With UFC on FOX 8 in the books, it's time to look at the milestones and footnotes coming off Saturday's event in Seattle, courtesy of Fight Metric.
* Ed Herman and Trevor Smith combined for 160 significant strikes landed, the 6th most ever landed in a middleweight fight. The middleweight record, though, still belongs to Luke Barnatt and Collin Hart for their 208 combined significant strikes at the TUF 17 Finale in April 2013.
* Herman landed 73 significant strikes in his fight against Trevor Smith, a new career high. But what might have won the favor of two of the three judges Saturday night were Herman’s two takedowns. Herman’s been one of the most consistent ground-oriented fighters in the UFC. He now has landed 29 takedowns as a UFC middleweight, passing Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt for the 2nd most in middleweight history behind only Chael Sonnen’s 35 takedowns.
* Melvin Guillard made lightweight history with his finish of Mac Danzig. Guillard earned his seventh KO/TKO victory as a lightweight, passing BJ Penn for most knockouts in lightweight history. Guillard also tied Jim Miller for most lightweight victories with 11. Guillard is also one of the most prolific power strikers in UFC history. He’s knocked his UFC opponents down 13 times, the third most knockdowns ever. He sits behind only Chuck Liddell with 14 knockdowns and Anderson Silva with 17.
* UFC fans have seen quite a few last-second finishes lately and Saturday night contributed to the trend. Jorge Masvidal cinched in a D’Arce choke and earned Michael Chiesa’s tap at 4:59 of round two Saturday night to earn earn his second UFC victory. The submission at exactly 4:59 of round two is just the second of its kind in UFC history. The other: Chan Sung Jung’s Twister submission of Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24 in March 2011. The eerie part? Both submissions occurred at Seattle’s Key Arena. Other recent buzzer-beaters:
- Brian Melancon's KO of Seth Baczynski at 4:59 R1, UFC 162
- James Krause's SUB of Sam Stout at 4:47 R3, UFC 161
- Bryan Caraway's SUB of Johnny Bedford at 4:44 R3, UFC 159
And speaking of late finishes …Demetrious Johnson’s armbar submission of John Moraga at 3:43 of round five was the latest stoppage of any kind in UFC history. The tapout came 33 seconds later than the previous record-holder, Anderson Silva’s triangle submission of Chael Sonnen at 3:10 of round five at UFC 117. There have been four fifth-round stoppages in UFC history: Johnson’s armbar, Silva’s triangle, BJ Penn’s doctor stoppage TKO of Diego Sanchez at UFC 107, and Ricco Rodriguez’s ground and pound submission of Randy Couture at UFC 39.
* Johnson put on a ground-fighting clinic throughout his flyweight title match with John Moraga. Johnson went a perfect 12-for-12 with takedown attempts, he earned 13 passes, and he committed to 3 submission attempts. All three figures are personal bests for Johnson in UFC and WEC action. Johnson became just the second fighter in UFC history to earn ten or more takedowns in a single fight twice, joining Georges St-Pierre. His 12 takedowns against Moraga are tied for fourth most ever landed in a single UFC fight, and it's the highest takedown number recorded without a single unsuccessful attempt.