Key Statistics from the Month of July in the UFC
The month of July is winding down, and a pair of UFC events—UFC 162 and UFC on Fox 8—have come and gone. And we have the key statistics from this month right here.
The first event featured a good deal of stoppages, including an improbable upset in the main event that saw Anderson Silva's title reign come to an abrupt halt.
The second event, meanwhile, was live and free on Fox, featuring a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga. Johnson took home a slick fifth-round submission win in that main event.
But the major upset from UFC 162 and Johnson's exciting stoppage win were just two outcomes in the month of July, and there were many more interesting takeaways from this month.
Check out where July stands in comparison to the first five of 2013 in the UFC in our list of key stats from the past 30 days.
Striking and Takedown statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com
52 Percent of Fights Ended by Way of Stoppage, Same as June
The UFC put on 23 fights in July with 12 ending by way of stoppage, good for a 52 percent clip.
Oddly enough, those numbers mirror last month's, as 12 of 23 fights in June ended with a finish. Overall for the year, the 52 percent clip is just a few percentage points above the finish rate for 2013.
But July was different than June in terms of stoppages in one major way: both events had a finish rate better than 50 percent, while June had one event making up 10 of its 12 stoppages.
July's first event, UFC 162, featured six stoppages out of 11 fights, while UFC on Fox 8, the second event of this month, also saw six fights end via stoppage, though the card had 12 contests.
Here's how July stacks up with the against the first six months of 2013:
- January: 12 stoppages in 22 fights for 54.5 percent clip
- February: 13 stoppages in 37 fights for 35 percent clip
- March: Eight stoppages in 23 fights for 35 percent clip
- April: 29 stoppages in 48 fights for 60 percent
- May: 13 stoppages in 25 fights for 52 percent clip
- June: 12 stoppages in 23 fights for 52.2 percent clip
- July: 12 stoppages in 23 fights for 52.2 percent clip
Both Cards Came in at the Middle of the Pack in Terms of Stoppage Rate
Speaking of stoppages, neither UFC on Fox 8 nor UFC 162 managed to blow fans away with insane amounts of finishes. But both cards held their own when compared to the other cards of 2013.
Here's a list of where they stack up:
- 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 162: 54.5 percent
- UFC on Fuel 9: 54 percent
- UFC on FX 8: 54 percent
- UFC on Fox 8: 50 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
Just three events so far managed to outdo UFC 162's stoppage rate, while the card tied with two others in the No. 4 spot.
UFC on Fox 8 was just a bit further down the list, falling into the middle of the pack. Considering the stoppage rate for the year is right around 49 percent, it makes complete sense that the latest card would end up where it did.
Trevor Smith, Frankie Edgar Landed Most Significant Strikes
While July didn't have a single fighter land 100-plus significant strikes in a fight, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and UFC on Fox 8's Trevor Smith led the way with more than 80 strikes each.
Smith had the top number, scoring 87 significant strikes in a loss against Ed Herman in a Fight of the Night contest. Edgar managed to land 81 in the co-main event of UFC 162 opposite Charles Oliveira. "The Answer" won that fight via unanimous decision.
So far in 2013, 11 fighters have landed 100 or more significant strikes in a single contest, making it at least somewhat surprising that no fighter did so in July.
For what it's worth, here's the 2013 100 Significant Strike Club:
- 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
Gabriel Gonzaga Landed Fewest Significant Strikes, Still Earned Knockout
Gabriel Gonzaga and Dave Herman each landed three significant strikes at UFC 162, but the former walked away with the win.
He needed just 17 seconds.
The three significant strikes landed by Gonzaga tied him for the fewest landed in a fight in July. Yaotzin Meza landed four in a victory at UFC on Fox 8, though his fight with John Albert was a grappling battle. Gonzaga and Herman's was quite the opposite type of contest.
While the 17-second stoppage is far from a record-breaking feat, Gonzaga's knockout was the fastest at the heavyweight mark in the past four years. In August of 2009, Todd Duffee knocked out Tim Hague in just seven seconds.
And Gonzaga's knockout wasn't even the second-fastest KO in heavyweight history. Andrei Arlvoski's knockout win over Paul Buentello at UFC 55 takes the No. 2 spot.
Demetrious Johnson Went Perfect in the Takedown Department, Landing 12 of 12
UFC flyweight champion Johnson is arguably the most well-rounded champion in the UFC—he can do just about everything, and he does it all very well.
Fans saw "Mighty Mouse" pull out just about all the stops at UFC on Fox 8 against Moraga, utilizing his dominant striking and lightning-fast takedown offense with ease. He was especially good in the wrestling department, hitting 12 takedowns during the championship fight.
More impressively, he only attempted 12, making him perfect on takedown attempts.
Mark Munoz came in second in July for scored takedowns, working his UFC 162 fight against Tim Boetsch to the ground on five occasions.
Johnson parlayed his 12 takedowns, coupled with his elite striking, to a successful title defense in the main event of UFC on Fox 8. And if his striking and takedowns weren't enough, he also sealed Moraga's fate with a fifth round submission.
Talk about an impressive performance.