Renan Barao returned to his winning ways. | Photo: Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Heading into Saturday night, both Lyoto Machida and Renan Barao were looking to make a statement after losing championship fights in their most recent Octagon appearances. Consider the mission accomplished.
Machida was undeniably the more impressive of the two, as he dispatched C.B. Dollaway with a wicked kick to the body and follow-up punches 62 seconds into the opening round of their headlining bout UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo. Barao, meanwhile, needed more time to put his foe away, but he was successful nonetheless, tapping out Mitch Gagnon 3:53 into the third round in the evening’s co-main event. Before we begin to contemplate either fighter’s future title prospects, let us examine some of the statistics that got them to this point. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Machida vs. Dollaway,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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0: Dolloway's is the 100th performance in modern UFC history with 0 strikes landed.
13: Career knockdowns for Machida, moving him past Junior dos Santos and into sole possession of second place in the promotion among active fighters behind only Anderson Silva (17). The former light heavyweight champion floored Dollaway with a vicious kick to the body 62 seconds into their middleweight clash.
3: First-round finishes in UFC completion for Machida, two of which have come since the fighter moved from light heavyweight to middleweight. In addition to his stoppage of Dollaway, the Brazilian has also beaten Mark Munoz and Thiago Silva inside of a round.
2-0: Record for Machida against members of the Arizona-based Power MMA Team following his first-round knockout of Dollaway. “The Dragon” also dispatched Ryan Bader via second-round KO in a UFC on Fox 4 showdown.
7: Takedowns defended, in seven attempts, by Barao.
100: Percent of takedowns defended by Barao during his UFC career, No. 1 in the promotion among fighters with at least five bouts and 20 takedowns defended. Jon Jones is No. 2 at a 96.6 percent defense rate.
2:03:42: Total fight time for Barao after Saturday night, moving him past Alex Caceres (2:02:15) and into third place on the UFC’s all-time bantamweight rankings behind only Takeya Mizugaki (2:10:31) and Urijah Faber (2:19:04).
4: Knockdowns landed by Barao in UFC competition. The former 135-pound king floored Gagnon in the opening round of their co-headlining showdown.
7: Finishes in UFC and WEC bantamweight completion for Barao following his third-round submission of Gagnon. That total ties him with Urijah Faber for the most finishes in UFC/WEC history.
5: Fighters in UFC with two arm-triangle submission victories to their credit. Barao became the fifth on Saturday night with his finish of Gagnon, joining Dan Severn, Eric Schafer, Rick Story and Francisco Trinaldo.
66: Total strikes landed by Gagnon, two more than Barao. Gagnon outlanded his opponent 26-to-18 in round one, while Barao held a 27-to-23 edge in round two and 19-to-17 advantage in round three.
108: Total strikes by which Patrick Cummins outlanded Antonio Carlos Junior in their light heavyweight scrap. The former Penn State University wrestling standout landed four takedowns in the fight and also held a 58-to-2 advantage in significant ground strikes landed.
4:57: Official time of Rashid Magomedov’s third-round TKO of Elias Silverio in their lightweight encounter, making it the latest stoppage ever for a three-round fight in the UFC.
147: Combined significant strikes landed by Magomedov and Silverio, the most of anyone on the card. Overall, Magomedov held a 91-to-56 advantage in significant strikes landed.
2: Knockdowns landed by Magomedov, the second of which eventually led to the last-second stoppage.
5: First-round stoppages by Erick Silva in his UFC tenure, tying him with former 170-pound competitor Anthony Johnson for No. 3 all-time in the division. Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck are tied at No. 1 with six.
8:41: Total fight time for Silva in his five UFC victories. “Indio” polished off Mike Rhodes 1:15 into the opening stanza of their welterweight clash on Saturday. Silva has also made short work of Luis Ramos, Charlie Brenneman, Jason High and Takenori Sato in the Octagon.
3: Fights in which Silva has landed single-digit significant strikes in victory. He landed four significant strikes before finishing Rhodes.
13: Significant strikes by which Antonio dos Santos Jr. was outlanding Daniel Sarafian in their middleweight bout before the fight was halted 1:01 into round two when dos Santos Jr. dislocated his finger blocking a punch. All told, dos Santos Jr. held a 37-to-24 edge in significant strikes landed.
4: Dissenting scorecards in 2014 for judge Tony Weeks, who submitted a 29-28 scorecard in favor of Marcio Alexandre Jr. in his split decision loss to Tim Means. That tally ties Weeks with Chris Lee and Sal D’Amato for most UFC split-decision dissents this year, according to MMADecisions.com.
949: Days since Igor Pokrajac’s last UFC win, a unanimous verdict over Fabio Maldonado at UFC on Fuel TV 3. Pokrajac is now winless in his last five outings after suffering a first-round technical knockout at the hands of Marcos Rogerio de Lima.
29: Total strikes by which Pokrajac was outlanded in his encounter with Lima, which was halted at the 1:59 mark of round one.
4: “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” alums competing on Saturday’s card, including Antonio Carlos Junior, Marcio Alexandre Jr., Antonio dos Santos Jr. and Marcos Rogerio de Lima.