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Alistair Overeem played the role of spoiler in Russia.
“The Reem” earned his second consecutive triumph in the UFC Fight Night 149 headliner, as he defeated Alexey Oleynik via technical knockout 4:45 into round one at Yubileyny Sports Complex in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday. A steady diet of knees from Overeem softened his opponent before the Dutchman sealed his victory with powerful ground-and-pound on the mat.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC St. Petersburg, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
40: Finishes among 45 professional victories for Overeem following his win over Oleynik. That record includes 23 KO/TKO wins and 17 submissions.
78: Total strikes landed by Oleynik. By comparison, Overeem landed 31. Oleynik utilized an aggressive approach from the outset, but ultimately it was Overeem’s more powerful knee strikes that made the difference in the heavyweight bout.
.870: Significant striking accuracy for Overeem, who landed 29 of 33 attempts. The former Strikeforce champion entered the event with a significant striking accuracy of 73.1 percent, the best in UFC history.
9: Knockdowns landed in UFC competition for Overeem, who sent Oleynik to the canvas with a knee in their headlining encounter. That figure is tied for fourth among heavyweights in the promotion.
11: Takedowns defended, in 12 attempts, by Islam Makhachev in a unanimous decision triumph over promotional newcomer Arman Tsarukyan in the lightweight co-main event. Makhachev, meanwhile, landed four of nine takedown tries in victory.
5: Consecutive victories for Makhachev, the fifth-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s lightweight division. Makhachev also owns wins over Kajan Johnson, Gleison Tibau, Nik Lentz and Chris Wade during that time.
27: Combined significant strikes landed by Makhachev (14) and Tsarukyan (13) in their 15-minute affair.
5: Takedowns landed in six attempts for Roxanne Modafferi in a split-decision win against Antonina Shevchenko at flyweight. “The Happy Warrior” landed two takedowns in round one, one in round two and two in round three to combat the standup of her opponent.
105: Total strikes landed by Modafferi. By comparison, Shevchenko landed 87.
64: Significant strikes landed by Shevchenko. Modafferi, meanwhile, landed 33.
105: Total strikes by which Krzysztof Jotko outlanded newcomer Alen Amedovski in a lopsided decision victory. Jotko also outlanded his opponent by 37 significant strikes en route to receiving scorecards of 30-25, 30-26 and 30-26 from the cageside judges.
4: Takedowns landed in four attempts for Jotko, a UFC career-high for the Polish fighter.
15-3: Career record for Sultan Aliev, who announced his retirement following a unanimous decision triumph over Keita Nakamura on Saturday. The 32-year-old Dagestani was 2-2 during his brief UFC tenure.
882: Days since Alexander Yakovlev’s last Octagon appearance, a second-round submission defeat against Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 99. The Russian fighter returned on home soil at UFC St. Petersburg, where he choked out Alex da Silva Coelho at the 3:10 mark of round two in their preliminary welterweight encounter.
3: Knockdowns landed by Michal Oleksiejczuk en route to a 44-second stoppage of Gadzhimurad Antigulov in a preliminary contest. That ties him with Luiz Cane, Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva for the second-most landed in a light heavyweight fight in the UFC’s modern era. The record of four knockdowns was set last week by Khalil Rountree against Eryk Anders at UFC 236.
3: Finishes stemming from a spinning back kick to the head after Magomed Mustafaev used the move to dispatch Rafael Fiziev in the card’s opening contest. Renan Barao and Uriah Hall are the other fighters to have won using similar methods in UFC competition.
6: Fighters who made their Octagon debuts on Saturday: Tsarukyan, Amedovski, Movsar Evloev, Sung Woo Choi, Coelho and Fiziev.