UFC on Fox 8 Preview: Fun Facts and Stats Heading into Johnson vs. Moraga Card
The UFC will head to Seattle on July 27 for the eighth installment of its on Fox series of fight cards. The card will be headlined by a flyweight title bout, as champion Demetrious Johnson puts his belt on the line against the fourth-ranked contender, John Moraga.
The evening's co-main event will see the No. 3-ranked Rory MacDonald meeting the fourth-ranked Jake Ellenberger.
What follows are a few handy stats and facts leading into the UFC on Fox 8 fight card.
*All stats via FightMetric.
Liz Carmouche Is Not Afraid to Throw ‘Em
Liz Carmouche may have been unsuccessful in wresting the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship belt from Marloes Coenen when the two met in March 2011, but she did manage to etch her name in the Strikeforce record book that night.
During the course of the fight, Carmouche attempted 335 total strikes, landing 238 of those strikes. That number puts her second all time behind only Jake Shields. Shields landed 280 strikes when he defeated Dan Henderson in April 2010.
It should be noted that Shields’ fight went the five-round distance, while Carmouche was stopped at the 1:29 mark of Round 4 in her bout.
Robbie Lawler Has Somewhere to Be on Fight Night
If Robbie Lawler’s hand is raised at the end of his fight, odds are that the fight ended early. Lawler is 20-9-0-1 in his MMA career, and all but two of those victories have come before the end of regulation—giving him an astounding 90 percent finishing rate.
To go along with that finishing rate is an impressive knockdown ratio, which stands at 8-to-1.
Head-to-Head with Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger
UFC on Fox 8’s co-main event will pit the No. 3 UFC welterweight, Rory MacDonald, against the No. 4 welterweight, Jake Ellenberger. Let’s take a closer look at some key stats in this fight.
MacDonald’s 53.5 percent significant striking accuracy ranks him fourth all time in the division. That number may fall a bit in July 27 when he matches up with Ellenberger, who has the second-best striking defense among active welterweights. Ellenberger’s 68.4 percent trails only champion Georges St-Pierre’s 75.1 percent.
If you think Ellenberger’s NCAA wrestling gives him an advantage against MacDonald, you would be correct, but not by much. Ellenberger has the second-highest takedown accuracy among active UFC welterweights at 58.1 percent. Right behind him is MacDonald with a 57.7 percent takedown accuracy.
As for takedown defense, Ellenberger has stopped 13 of 14 attempts, while MacDonald has thwarted 16 of 18.
John Moraga’s Striking
If John Moraga is going to dethrone Demetrious Johnson to become the new UFC flyweight champion, the belief is that Moraga will triumph due to his striking. Moraga lands 4.01 significant strikes per minute, much higher than the UFC average of 2.61 per minute.
Moraga’s striking accuracy is also above average; he lands 44 percent of the time, exceeding the flyweight average of 37.4 percent.
Demetrious Johnson's Striking
Johnson’s opponent on July 27 may be a heavier-handed striker than Johnson, but he’s not as active. He averages 4.61 significant strikes per minute, a big improvement of his average of 2.38 when he fought at bantamweight.
Johnson’s most impressive striking display came at UFC on Fox 6. During that bout, he landed 127 significant strikes, the third-most significant strikes ever landed in a UFC title fight. The 73 strikes Johnson landed in the clinch during that bout are a UFC record.