UFC Fight Night 27, UFC 164 milestones and footnotes

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

While the UFC gears up for Fight Night 28 on Wednesday, it's time to look back at who made history at last week's Fight Night 27 and UFC 164 events. All notes and statistics courtesy of Fight Metric.

UFC Fight Night 27:

* Zak Cummings earned a D’Arce choke submission victory over Ben Alloway at 4:19 of round one Wednesday night. It was the 10th D’Arce choke submission in UFC history. Only Dustin Poirier has earned two D’Arce choke submissions in UFC competition.

* Takeya Mizugaki passed Dominick Cruz for second-most total fight time and second-most total strikes landed in UFC/WEC bantamweight history. Mizugaki has logged 2:54:20 of total fight time in the UFC and WEC, and he’s landed 937 total strikes in the process. Only Scott Jorgensen has more fight time (3:06:19) and more strikes landed (954) in bantamweight history.

* No fighter in UFC history has landed 100+ significant strikes in three consecutive fights, but Court McGee came plenty close. McGee landed 88 significant strikes en route to a split decision victory over Robert Whittaker Wednesday night. In McGee’s two previous UFC bouts, he landed 166 against Josh Neer at UFC 157 and 108 against Nick Ring at UFC 149. McGee is landing an incredible 5.93 significant strikes per minute, the second-highest rate in UFC history among fighters with five fights and 350 significant attempts. (First is Cain Velasquez at 6.50.)

* Carlos Condit earned a fourth-round knockout victory over Martin Kampmann in dominating fashion. Condit landed 100 significant strikes to just 35 for Kampmann. Condit’s KO/TKO victory at the 54-second mark of round four is the earliest stoppage in extended or championship rounds ever. It was Condit’s ninth finish in UFC/WEC welterweight competition, tying Matt Brown for 2nd most in 170-pound history. Matt Hughes’ ten finishes at welterweight rank first.

UFC 164:

* Magnus Cedenblad earned his first UFC victory in quick fashion. Cedenblad earned a guillotine submission over Jared Hamman at just 0:57 of the first round. It’s the fifth-fastest submission in middleweight history. In the month of August, there were six finishes that happened in under a minute each.

* Hyun Gyu Lim earned his second-consecutive knockout stemming from a knee strike, making him just the second fighter in UFC history to do it in back-to-back fights. The other fighter is Thiago Alves, who actually did it twice in two pairs of consecutive fights: UFC 66 (Tony DeSouza) and Fight Night 11 (Kuniyoshi Hironaka), and then Fight Night 13 (Karo Parisyan) and UFC 85 (Matt Hughes). (Note: Anderson Silva’s finish of Chris Leben at Fight Night 5 is attributed to punches at distance, which did the lion’s share of the damage that brought upon the finish, not a knee strike.)

* Tim Elliott authored one of the most lop-sided three-round fights in recent memory. Elliott landed 270 total strikes to just 41 for his opponent Louis Gaudinot. The +229 strike differential for Elliott is the second-largest ever in a three-round fight and fourth-largest in a UFC fight. The record for strike differential in a UFC fight goes to Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 117, where Sonnen landed 256 more strikes than Silva. The three-round record belongs to Matthew Riddle for his performance against Steve Bruno at Fight Night 17. Riddle’s strike differential was +236. Tim Elliott’s 270 total strikes landed are the fourth-most ever landed in UFC fight.

* Among fighters with five UFC fights and 20 opponent attempts, Gleison Tibau remains the statistical takedown defense king. Tibau’s takedown defense rate of 91.9% is the highest in UFC history. After completing his 20th UFC bout, Tibau has still never been taken down twice in a single fight. Coming into this fight, Jamie Varner was averaging 6.82 takedowns landed per 15 minutes, the highest rate in UFC history (minimum five fights). Tibau was taken down just once in their 15-minute bout.

* Chad Mendes gained sole possession of second place in UFC/WEC featherweight history with his 9th victory, passing Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, and Cub Swanson. Mendes also earned his fourth KO/TKO victory at 145 pounds, gaining sole possession of 2nd place in the division’s history. Only Jose Aldo has more wins (13) and knockouts (9) in featherweight history.

* If you had Anthony Pettis by first-round submission in your office pool, hats off to you. Pettis is the first fighter to submit Benson Henderson in Henderson’s UFC/WEC career. In fact, prior to their fight at UFC 164, Henderson had successfully defended all 32 submission attempts from his UFC and WEC opponents, more than any fighter in UFC/WEC history.

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