“The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner put together his second
consecutive impressive performance at middleweight, knocking out
Belfort 3:52 into the opening round of their main event
showdown at UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza on Saturday. With
triumphs over Belfort and Tim Kennedy
under his belt, Gastelum is now targeting a showdown with Anderson
Silva later this year (online betting).
Before we look to far into the future, let us look back on the most
memorable facts and figures from the evening. Here is a
by-the-numbers look at
UFC Fight Night 106 “Belfort vs. Gastelum,” with statistics
courtesy of FightMetric.com.
1-4: Record for Belfort in the Octagon since 2015. That slump comes
on the heels of Belfort’s three-fight knockout streak of Dan
Rockhold and Michael
Bisping in 2013, when “The Phenom” was aided by the use of
testosterone replacement therapy.
2: Knockdowns landed by Gastelum, giving him a total of three in
two bouts at 185 pounds.
26: Significant strikes landed by Gastelum in the abbreviated
contest. The Arizona native landed 53 percent of his significant
strikes in the bout. By comparison, Belfort landed 10 of 28
significant strikes, a 28 percent clip.
17: Finishes for Rua in UFC and Pride competition. That ties him
Cerrone for third most all-time among fighters with experience
in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce competition. Only Mirko
Filipovic (21) and Wanderlei
Silva (20) have more.
16: KO/TKO triumphs for Rua in UFC and Pride bouts. That ranks
third in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce competition behind Silva (19)
and Filipovic (18).
94: Significant strikes landed by Rua. By comparison, Villante
landed 55. “Shogun” also landed two knockdowns in the bout.
29: Total strikes by which Ray Borg
outlanded Jussier da
Silva in the third round of their closely-contested flyweight
bout. Meanwhile, “Formiga” outlanded Borg by a combined 43-to-23
count in total strikes over the fight’s first 10 minutes. Borg
ultimately prevailed via unanimous decision.
0: Takedowns landed in nine combined attempts for Borg (six) and da
6: Knockouts in UFC competition for Edson
Barboza following his spectacular jumping knee finished
Dariush 3:35 into the second round of their lightweight bout.
That figure ties Barboza with B.J. Penn for the
second-most knockouts in the history of the division. Melvin
Guillard is No. 1 with seven knockout triumphs at 155
21: Significant strike advantage for Dariush, who outlanded Barboza
28 to 16 in round one and 23 to 14 in round two before losing via
85: Total strikes by which Marion
Reneau outlanded Bethe
Correia in their bantamweight duel. Reneau outlanded her
Brazilian foe by an 89-to-12 margin in the third round, which
resulted in a trio of 10-8 scorecards from the cageside judges. The
bout was ruled a majority draw after three rounds.
13: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 21 tracked by
MMADecisions.com, that scored the bout for Reneau. The other
eight media members scored the contest a draw.
6: Takedowns landed in 11 attempts for Alex
Oliveira against Tim Means.
That’s a UFC career best for the Brazilian “Cowboy,” who submitted
Means with a rear-naked choke at the 2:38 mark of round two in
their welterweight clash.
10: Takedowns successfully defended by Joe Soto during
his unanimous decision triumph over Rani Yahya in
a bantamweight scrap. Yahya landed his lone takedown of the fight
in the opening stanza.
1,084: Days since Rony
Mariano Bezerra’s last official UFC triumph, a first-round
technical knockout triumph over Steven
Siler at UFC Fight Night 38. Rony “Jason” lost a unanimous
decision to Jeremy
Kennedy in a preliminary featherweight bout on Saturday
8: Takedowns landed in nine attempts by Kennedy, giving him 13
takedowns landed in two UFC appearances.