Silva vs. Weidman Fight Card: A Look at the Main Card FightMetric Numbers

Craig Amos@@CAABRMMAFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

Silva vs. Weidman Fight Card: A Look at the Main Card FightMetric Numbers

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    UFC 162 is now in the books. Not only the results, but also the numbers that explain how those results came about.

    While numbers can't always explain why a bout progressed as it did (see Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman), they are often useful indicators that demonstrate how victory was achieved on one end and denied on the other.

    Here we will make a round-by-round investigation of the fight statistics from the UFC 162 main card, captured by FightMetric, to see where each winner found an advantage, and where each loser came up short.

Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver

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    Round 1   

    Dennis Siver jumped out to an early lead in Round 1, holding his own in the exchanges and shutting down Cub Swanson's offense. He was hit with just three significant strikes during the round, while he landed 10 of his own.

    The big difference in the frame was Siver's 1-0 edge in takedowns. He was able to control the action for a good chunk of time, leading to a clear 10-9 victory.

    Key stat: Siver 1-1 takedowns


    Round 2

    The action picked up in Round 2 with both fighters coming out more aggressively.  Swanson landed 17 significant strikes to Siver's 12 and landed the only takedown of the ground.

    Key stat: Siver 0-2 takedowns


    Round 3

    Swanson finished the fight midway through the final frame, and it's easy to see how he did it. His 24-4 edge in significant strikes tells the story of his superior stamina and punching accuracy, which ultimately made the difference.

    Eventually, the worn out and increasingly ineffectual Siver succumbed to the constant damage and needed to be saved by Herb Dean.

    Key stat: Swanson 23 significant strikes to Siver's four


    Result: Swanson def. Siver via TKO (Round 3, 2:24)

    Siver was able to control the action when Swanson's wild kick attempt gifted him an easy takedown, but Swanson made sure not to repeat his mistake from Round 1.

    After the first round, the American demonstrated his speed edge, constantly beating Siver to the punch and whittling away his defenses. Perhaps the most impressive component of Swanson's game was his striking defense.

    Key fight stat: Siver 18 percent significant striking accuracy    


    Check out all the fight data at FightMetric.

Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz

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    Round 1

    Tim Boetsch aggressively pursued the takedown in the early going, and was able to land one, but he was unable to capitalize. Mark Munoz countered by securing two takedowns of his own and was able to find a little more control than his foe.

    It was a pretty even round, both guys mixing up their striking and wrestling well. It was also a very grueling round that tired me out just from watching.

    Key stat: Boetsch 74 percent significant striking accuracy


    Round 2

    Munoz began to pull ahead in the second, connecting on two takedown attempts to Boetsch's zero. Munoz also outlanded Boetsch 28-5 in significant strikes. 

    Key stat: Boetsch zero takedowns


    Round 3

    It was more of the same from Munoz in Round 3. He was able to control the majority of the action, taking Boetsch down, working his ground and pound. 

    As important as the damage Munoz did from top position was his ability to shutdown his opponent's offense. Boetsch's third round output was almost non-existent.

    Key stat: Boetsch four strikes attempted


    Result: Munoz def. Boetsch via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

    The difference in this bout was Munoz's ability to keep a torrid pace while Boetsch faded early in the second round. The fight was a grind, but Munoz's persistent aggression allowed him to keep Boetsch in bad positions where he couldn't mount much offense.

    It was a terrific comeback victory for Munoz, who last fought in a losing effort  in July 2012.

    Key fight stat: Munoz takedown edge 5-1     


    Check out all the fight data at FightMetric.

Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy

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    Round 1

    Roger Gracie made no bones about his gameplan in Round 1. He came forward, sought the takedown and attempted to control Tim Kennedy on the mat.

    It worked fairly well, as the Brazilian went 2-2 in the takedown department. He also outstruck his foe 7-5 in significant strikes.

    Key stat: Gracie 2-2 takedowns


    Round 2

    Kennedy found his rhythm in the second frame, mixing up his attacks with leg-kicks, jabs and takedowns.

    Most impressive was his ability to control the grappling from the top position. Most important was his success in shutting down Gracie's offense absolutely.

    Key stat: Kennedy 26-4 advantage in significant strikes


    Round 3

    Round 3 was more or less Round 2 replayed, though Kennedy failed to get Gracie to the mat. It proved no matter, though; he simply outclassed him on the feet.

    Key stat: Gracie one significant strike landed


    Result: Kennedy def. Gracie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

    It's concerning that two judges gave Kennedy Round 1, but it's a moot point. The American outlasted the Brazilian, eating him alive after the first five minutes of the match.

    Kennedy stayed within himself, content to do damage rather than score a big finish. The approach proved successful, and he saved himself from taking any real damage throughout the course of the fight.

    Key fight stat: Kennedy 54-12 edge in significant strikes


    Check out all the fight data at FightMetric.

Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira

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    Round 1

    Both guys started out active, mixing it up in some good exchanges, but it was Frankie Edgar who got the better of most. The American didn't land any crushing blows, but his straight right hand continually found a home on Charles Oliveira's chin, which was the difference.

    Key stat: Edgar 51 percent to 32 percent edge in significant striking accuracy


    Round 2

    More of the same from Edgar in Round 2 gave him an edge, which he solidified by mixing in some takedowns.

    He was able to hit with some solid shots from top position, but Oliveira's dangerous ground game kept him in check. Still, he was able to put himself up two rounds to none with a strong showing in the second frame.

    Key stat: Edgar two of four on takedown attempts


    Round 3

    Edgar continued to get the better of the exchanges in Round 3 and nearly put Oliveira out at one point. But the tale wasn't one of big power punches and near finishes; it was Edgar's consistent, prodding assault.

    Key stat: Edgar landed 34 significant strikes


    Result: Edgar def. Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

    Edgar implemented the strategy that made him a lightweight champion—he stuck and moved, and he mixed in takedowns when necessary to shut his opponent down.

    It was a vintage performance for Edgar, who came up big when he desperately needed a win.

    The difference in striking accuracy tells the tale best.

    Key fight stat: Edgar 55 percent to 30 percent edge in significant striking accuracy    


    Check out all the fight data at FightMetric.

Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman

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    Round 1

    Weidman went to his wrestling early, shooting and achieving a takedown during the fight's opening moments. From top position he was able to land some decent ground and pound before attempting a failed leg-lock.

    Once upright, the fighters exchanged, Silva focusing on leg-kicks (and dancing), Weidman attempting to work straight punches upstairs.

    Key stat: Weidman 1-0 takedown edge


    Round 2

    Silva spent more time showboating than fighting, something evidenced by his minuscule striking output.

    Both Silva and Weidman landed five significant strikes in Round 2, but Weidman threw nearly three times as many. 

    Key stat: Silva six significant strike attempts


    Result: Weidman def. Silva via TKO (Round 3, 1:18)

    This fight cannot be effectively represented through statistics since it was Silva's mental approach to the match that characterized it more than anything else.

    Weidman's early takedown was big, but from there it was Silva's overconfidence (or lack of concern) that led to his demise. 

    To Weidman's credit, he was able to exploit Silva's showmanship in a way that no one else ever has.

    Key stat: Weidman 43 to 24 edge in significant strikes attempted   


    Check out all the fight data at FightMetric.