Statistics for any fight are always interesting but the numbers for the Anderson Silva/Chael Sonnen rematch this weekend are downright fascinating.
Their UFC 117 meeting was a multiple-record breaker for all sorts of reasons - strikes landed, the time of the submission, the amount of time Anderson was on his back.
Check out the number-crunching ahead of this weekend’s huge rematch:
IN UFC 117...
- Sonnen landed more significant strikes in round one than Silva had taken in any UFC fight before that
- Before the fight Silva had been hit a total of 166 times by his 11 UFC opponents
- Sonnen hit him 320 times in the fight and set a new UFC record for most strikes landed in the process
- Overall he landed 320 strikes to Silva’s 64
- The submission in their first fight was the latest in UFC history
- Sonnen put Silva on his back for 19:50 - twice as long as all Silva’s UFC opponents combined
- All Sonnen’s losses in the UFC and WEC are by submission
- He has been on the receiving end of 18 serious sub attempts - the third highest in UFC history
- Anderson has 68.5 per cent striking accuracy and hasn’t lost a fight in six years
- Anderson successfully defended 80 per cent of takedowns attempted on him in the UFC - The other 20 per cent were mostly Sonnen’s
- Sonnen is the least-hit middleweight in UFC history, avoiding 69 per cent of significant strikes and taking just over one per match
- Sonnen has outlanded all of his UFC and WEC opponents
- Sonnen is a former golden gloves amateur boxer
- Sonnen is the underdog for this rematch - but the odds of him winning are 2:1