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Much of this contest was fought on the feet, with the bout getting off to a slow beginning. Lyoto Machida employed his typical strategy of using footwork to create angles, staying out of Davis' reach while biding his time to attack.
Phil Davis, to his credit, didn't rush in like so many fighters before him. Having to chase Machida around for 15 minutes would undoubtedly frustrate anyone, but Davis was able to remain calm.
The breakdown in FightMetric numbers doesn't help distance one fighter from the other, unfortunately. Over the course of three rounds, Machida landed more significant strikes (with greater accuracy), but Davis landed more total strikes.
The first and second rounds saw Davis land more total strikes (and more significant strikes in the second round) but saw his striking attack slow in the third round.
Davis: 21 of 90 significant strikes, 29 of 98 total strikes.
Machida: 27 of 61 significant strikes, 27 of 61 total strikes.