Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson saved his best for last. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
If there were ever any doubts about Demetrious Johnson’s staying power as flyweight king, there shouldn’t be now. “Mighty Mouse” saved his best for the championship rounds in his first 125-pound title defense, as he gradually wore down John Dodson in the UFC on Fox 6 headliner on Saturday night in Chicago.
The victory did not come without some adversity. Dodson rocked Johnson twice with his powerful left hand in the early going and appeared to have a legitimate chance at ending the WEC veteran’s reign before it began. However, Johnson gathered his bearings and managed to avoid any more precarious situations for the rest of the bout, sweeping the judges’ scorecards after 25 competitive minutes.
Johnson had to share the spotlight during the UFC’s sixth offering on Fox. Anthony Pettis and Ricardo Lamas authored explosive finishes that solidified them as title contenders in their respective weight classes, while Glover Teixeira gave Quinton Jackson a rude sendoff in what could be his final UFC bout. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 6, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
80: Significant strikes landed by Johnson in the championship rounds of his flyweight title defense against Dodson, who landed just 19 significant strikes in rounds four and five. The first three frames were much closer in terms of striking, as “Mighty Mouse” outlanded the challenger 47 to 38 in significant strikes.
94: Head strikes landed by Johnson. By comparison, Dodson landed 27.
123: Clinch strikes for Johnson. The flyweight king was most effective in the clinch over the bout’s final 10 minutes, outlanding Dodson 100-to-17 in tie-ups over the final two periods.
.67: Takedown defense rate for Dodson versus Johnson, as “The Magician” successfully defended 10 of his opponent’s 15 takedown tries on the night. Heading into the 125-pound title tilt, Dodson’s opponents were 0-for-10 on takedown attempts.
7: Consecutive UFC bouts involving Johnson that have gone the distance, including five-round encounters against Dodson, Joseph Benavidez and Dominick Cruz. The AMC Pankration representative has one finish during his entire Zuffa career, a third-round guillotine choke submission of Damacio Page at WEC 52.
3: Title bouts shown on UFC on Fox broadcasts after Saturday’s flyweight championship fight. UFC on Fox 1 featured a heavyweight clash between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, while UFC on Fox 5 showcased a 155-pound title showdown between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz.
5: Takedowns landed in five attempts by Teixiera, the most anyone has landed on Jackson during his tenure with the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships.
7-5: Record for Jackson during his UFC stint. The Memphis, Tenn., native scored notable victories over Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Lyoto Machida during his time with the Las Vegas-based promotion. However, Jackson is 0-3 in his last three Octagon appearances.
25: Professional fights for Donald Cerrone before the Jackson’s MMA product suffered his first knockout loss. Anthony Pettis become the first person to finish “Cowboy” with strikes by dropping his opponent with a kick to the body in the first round of their lightweight encounter.
2,436: Days since Matt Wiman’s last knockout loss, which came via flying knee from Spencer Fisher at UFC 60. Wiman stepped into the Octagon 12 more times before being knocked out by a T.J. Grant elbow and follow-up punches at UFC on Fox 6.
77.5: Average significant strikes landed per bout for T.J. Grant since moving to lightweight in 2011. By comparison, the Canadian averaged 29 significant strikes landed in six welterweight bouts in the UFC.
34: Total strikes by which Hatsu Hioki outlanded Clay Guida in his controversial split decision defeat to “The Carpenter.” The Japanese fighter outlanded his opponent in every round (31-16, 23-12 and 20-12) and also held a 41-to-26 edge in significant strikes.
51: Takedowns landed by Guida in his UFC career, No. 5 all-time in the promotion. The Jackson’s MMA representative scored one takedown in each round against Hioki.
163: Significant strikes landed by Pascal Krauss in his unanimous decision win over Mike Stumpf. “Panzer” picked his foe apart on the feet, outlanding Stumpf 46 to 22 in round one, 58 to 22 in round two and 59 to 19 in round three for his second UFC victory.
2-2: Record for Ryan Bader in UFC bouts where he lands less than 10 significant strikes. “Darth” landed three significant strikes in his first-round submission of Vladimir Matyushenko and six in his first-round TKO of Jason Brilz at UFC 139. In submission losses to Tito Ortiz and Jon Jones, Bader landed four and five significant strikes, respectively.
16: Seconds needed by Frank Shamrock to submit Kevin Jackson in a middleweight bout, which was contested 205 pounds, at UFC 15.5 in 1997. On Saturday, Ryan Bader tapped Matyushenko with a guillotine in 50 seconds, a time that the UFC broadcast team – as well as Dana White -- credited as being the fastest submission in UFC light heavyweight history. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer and MMAFighting.com first reported the omission of Shamrock via Twitter.
.933: Career finishing percentage for Shawn Jordan, who earned a second-round TKO victory over Mike Russow for his 14th career victory. “The Savage” has earned 10 of those triumphs by knockout or technical knockout and three by submission.
2: Takedowns landed in as many tries by Jordan, making him the first person to attempt a takedown against Russow in six UFC bouts.