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Zabit Magomedsharipov and Calvin Kattar are both coming off the biggest wins of their respective careers. Magomedsharipov confused veteran Jeremy Stephens with his footwork and movement to land shots of his own and earn a unanimous decision victory. That placed him at a comfortable fifth in the featherweight rankings. Meanwhile, Kattar is a win away from breaking into the Top 10. His last opponent was former title challenger Ricardo Lamas, whom he stopped in the first round. As Magomedsharipov and Kattar prepare for UFC Fight Night 163, read about some numbers relevant to their respective rises to the top.
Active winning streakOn April 14, 2013, Magomedsharipov met Igor Egorov at ProFC 47 and lost via armbar. That remains the only blemish in his career. The Russian has since piled up 13 straight wins, including five in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was signed by the promotion after going undefeated in his prior eight fights, most of which took place in Absolute Championship Berkut of which he was the featherweight champion.
As for Kattar, he is coming off of his victory over Lamas, his second in as many fights. Before that, he beat Chris Fishgold at UFC Fight Night 138.
Knockout rateOf Kattar’s 20 career victories, nine have come by KO or TKO, which translates to a 45 percent knockout rate. In addition to Lamas, whom he stopped in the first round, Kattar also stopped Shane Burgos in UFC competition. Magomedsharipov boasts a decent 35 percent knockout rate himself, having starched six opponents to date. Unlike Kattar, however, he has yet to score a knockout in UFC competition.
Submission rateMagomedsharipov has registered seven wins by submission, which makes for a 41 percent submission rate. This is a huge number compared to Kattar’s 15 percent, equivalent to three submission wins. The last time the American secured a submission victory was in 2009 in World Championship Fighting.
Striking accuracy in the UFCBoth fighters will be entering the Octagon for the sixth time. In five fights, Magomedsharipov has landed 284 out of the 534 significant strikes he has thrown. The most strikes that he has landed in a single fight was against Kyle Bochniak, against whom he landed 97 significant strikes. In all, Madomedsharipov boasts a 53 percent striking accuracy rate.
As for Kattar, he has connected on 247 of the 583 significant strikes that he has thrown, with his highest single fight mark coming against Burgos, against whom he landed 85. In all, Kattar’s accuracy rate is a bit lower than Madomedsharipov’s at 42 percent.