Silva vs Bonnar: Breaking Down the FightMetric Numbers
Despite spending the majority of the time with his back against the Octagon, Silva absolutely dominated Bonnar in every significant category during their short bout and showed once again why he's the pound-for-pound MMA king.
Let's break down the numbers from the exciting main event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
To Bonnar's credit, he brought the fight to Silva, but was unsuccessful in implementing his game plan.
Right off the bat, Bonnar tried to get "The Spider" to the ground, quickly tying up the middleweight champ against the cage. However, "The American Pyscho" just couldn't get the takedown, failing in all three of his attempts.
Silva showed great takedown defense, constantly pummelling and even landing an outside leg trip of his own before finishing Bonnar with brutal strikes.
Bonnar landed slightly more total strikes than Silva during this fight, which isn't that surprising since "The Spider" basically let his foe unload on him against the Octagon during the middle of the round.
"The American Psycho" connected on 28 out of his 59 strikes, while Silva landed 27 out of his 35 strikes.
As this fight proved, though, it's the quality, not the quantity, of the attacks that counts.
Silva may not have landed more total strikes, but the shots he did connect with were punishing, to say the least.
In terms of significant strikes, Silva landed 19 out of 27 for a remarkable 70 percent, while Bonnar only connected with 12 out of 43 for a measly 28 percent.
"The Spider" also scored the only knock down of the fight with his huge knee to the chest that eventually meant the end of Bonnar's night.
Overall, Silva dominated "The American Psycho" to once again prove why he's the top dog of the sport.
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