The month of June has come and gone and with it a pair of UFC events—UFC on Fuel 10 and UFC 161—have come and gone as well. And we have the key statistics from last month right here.
The first event was nothing short of stellar, featuring 10 stoppages in 12 fights. The headliner, a heavyweight bout between Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, saw the former walk away with a submission win.
However, the follow-up event, a pay-per-view card, featured just two stoppages and a handful of lackluster contests. That card, UFC 161, was headlined by Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. Evans took home a split-decision after three rounds of action.
Check out where last month stands in comparison to the first five of 2013 in the UFC in our list of key stats from the past 30 days.
The month of May, which also featured two events, had 13 fights end by way of stoppage out of 25 total. The month of June had 12 stoppages in 23 fights.
However, May’s UFC on FX 8 and UFC 160 featured seven and six stoppages, respectively. The June stoppages were not so evenly dispersed.
UFC on Fuel 10 had a stoppage-rate of 83 percent, featuring 10 of 12 fights ending without need for the judges—that’s the highest stoppage-rate of any card so far this year.
UFC 161 was an entirely different story. With two stoppages out of 11 fights, just 18 percent of fights ended by way of stoppage, the low mark for any card this year.
But combine the cards, and the month of June turned out to be respectable from a finish standpoint, scoring a stoppage-rate of 52 percent.
Here is where June stacks up against the previous five months of 2013:
- January 2013: 12 stoppages in 22 fights for 54.5 percent clip
- February 2013: 13 stoppages in 37 fights for 35 percent clip
- March 2013: Eight stoppages in 23 fights for 35 percent clip
- April 2013: 29 stoppages in 48 fights for 60 percent
- May 2013: 13 stoppages in 25 fights for 52 percent clip
- June 2013: 12 stoppages in 23 fights for 52.2 percent clip
After a frantic start, June's stoppage rate was evened out thanks to UFC 161, placing it above the 50 percent mark, though just barely.
So far in 2013, 49 percent of fights have ended with a finish.
UFC on Fuel 10's two decisions of 12 fights earned the card the high mark for stoppages thus far in 2013, crushing the stoppage rates of all but two cards.
Those cards, the TUF 17 Finale and UFC on Fox 7, earned 75 and 67 percent stoppage rates, respectively. UFC on Fuel 10 earned an 83 percent stoppage rate, which easily sets the mark for the top card in that respect.
Here's the list:
- UFC on Fuel 10: 83 percent
- TUF 17 Finale: 75 percent
- UFC on Fox 7: 67 percent
- UFC on FX 7: 54.5 percent
- UFC on Fox 6: 54.5 percent
- UFC on Fuel 9: 54 percent
- UFC on FX 8: 54 percent
- UFC 160: 50 percent
- UFC 159: 45 percent
- UFC 157: 42 percent
- UFC 158: 42 percent
- UFC 156: 38 percent
- UFC on Fuel 8: 27 percent
- UFC on Fuel 7: 25 percent
- UFC 161: 18 percent
Not only did the 83 percent stoppage rate make for an incredibly entertaining event, but the card also set a record for most submissions in an event.
In front of the Brazilian crowd, eight of 12 winners earned submission finishes, setting a record for Zuffa events.
June was feast or famine as far as stoppages went, but after a free event like UFC on Fuel 10, the UFC should get a pass for the tragically uninspiring second event of last month.
This stat was mentioned last month in the key statistics from UFC 161, but it ought to be reiterated. So here it is: UFC 161 ended up with the fewest finishes for a pay-per-view event in over four years.
The event had just two stoppages out of 11 fights—something everyone who dropped $50 on the event should be well aware of.
So what was the last PPV event to feature just two stoppages? UFC 94, which took place way back in January of 2009.
Entering the co-main event of that card, not one fight had ended by way of stoppage. The final two fights, however, each were stopped short of a decision with Lyoto Machida knocking out Thiago Silva and welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defeating BJ Penn via corner stoppage.
At UFC 161, Shawn Jordan defeated Pat Barry to secure the lone knockout of the card, while Sam Stout was submitted by James Krause. Every other fight went the distance.
Stipe Miocic is the latest heavyweight to land a spot in the division's top-10. He also landed the most significant strikes out of the 46 fighters to compete in June.
Miocic, who defeated Roy Nelson on the main card of UFC 161, landed 106 significant strikes, according to Fightmetric.com, while absorbing just 23 significant strikes from Nelson
What's more, Miocic became the first heavyweight of 2013 to hit the triple-digit mark in terms of strikes. He is the 11th fighter to land 100-plus strikes so far this year.
Here's the complete list:
- Court McGee: 166 at UFC 157
- Pascal Krauss: 163 at UFC on Fox 6
- Demetrious Johnson: 127 at UFC on Fox 6
- Nah-Shon Burrell: 121 at UFC 157
- Dennis Bermudez: 120 at UFC 157
- Brad Tavares: 116 at UFC on Fuel 8
- Luke Barnatt: 113 at the TUF 17 Finale
- Stipe Miocic: 106 at UFC 161
- Georges St-Pierre: 105 at UFC 158
- Mizuto Hirota: 102 at UFC on Fuel 10*
- Fabio Maldonado: 100 at UFC on FX 8
*Hirota lost the fight via unanimous decision
Stipe Miocic's 106 significant strikes may have sent Roy Nelson to a unanimous decision loss, but it also earned "Big Country" a record.
Following UFC 161, UFC President Dana White announced that Nelson set the record for most significant strikes absorbed by a heavyweight without being knocked out. The number of strikes absorbed, 437, have come over the span of 10 UFC fights, four of which Nelson has lost.
In wins, Nelson has been on the receiving end of 64 significant strikes, meaning in his four losses he's absorbed a whopping 373 significant strikes.
Junior dos Santos landed 130 against him, Fabricio Werdum landed 91, and Frank Mir landed 46. Tack on Miocic's output and it's pretty impressive that Nelson, who has been knocked out before (see: Andrei Arlovski fight), has managed to avoid a stoppage loss during his UFC tenure.
Of the 23 fights over the last 30 days, seven featured underdogs taking home victories.
At UFC on Fuel 10, Thiago Silva, a near 2:1 underdog, took out Rafael Cavalcante in the first round of their light heavyweight contest, while Caio Magalhaes topped Karlos Vemola to earn the slight upset (the line had him at +116).
UFC 161 was much kinder to fighters on the wrong side of the line with five of the 11 winners earning upset victories.
Included in that list are James Krause, Jake Shields, Mitch Clarke, Shawn Jordan and Stipe MIocic.
Krause was the heaviest underdog at +240 against Sam Stout, while Miocic was a 2:1 underdog against Roy Nelson.