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Half-Year in Review: 2011's UFC Stats, Facts & Figures

With 36 days between UFC events, these are the dog days of summer for many fight fans who anxiously await their next fix. The long break, however, give us plenty of time to look back on what's happened so far in the MMA world.

In just over six months, we've already experienced quite a bit. We've watched the rise of Jon Jones, accepted the retirement of Randy Couture, witnessed Tito Ortiz resurrect a career on life support, and marveled at the biggest event in UFC history.

Some of those highlights, and a few lowlights are presented here in a look at 2011's statistics, facts and figures thus far.

(Note: All stats are through UFC 132 on July 2)

Finishing Rates
147 - Total fights
75 - Decisions
70 - Finishes (48.3% finishing rate)
45 - Knockouts/TKOs
25 - Submissions
2 - Draws
2 - No Contests

Class Warfare
76.9% - Finishing rate in heavyweight fights (10 out of 13)
65% - Finishing rate in middleweight fights (13 out of 20)
62.5% - Finishing rate in light-heavyweight fights (10 out of 16)
48.5% - Finishing rate in lightweight fights (16 out of 33)
47.4% - Finishing rate in featherweight fights (9 out of 19)
30.8% - Finishing rate in welterweight fights (8 out of 26)
23.5% - Finishing rate in bantamweight fights (4 out of 17)
0% - Finishing rate in catchweight fights (0 out of 1)

Age Warfare
Youngest to compete in 2011 - Michael McDonald at Fight Night: Nogueria vs. Davis (20 years, 2 months, 11 days)
Youngest to win in 2011 - McDonald, who defeated Edwin Figueroa at Fight Night: Nogueria vs. Davis
Oldest to compete in 2011 - Randy Couture at UFC 129 (47 years, 10 months, 8 days)
Oldest to win in 2011 - Vladimir Matyushenko, who defeated Jason Brilz at UFC 129 (40 years, 3 months, 26 days)

From Champions to Rookies
4-1-1 - Record of UFC champions fighting in 2011
15-14-1 - Record of former UFC, WEC, Strikeforce & PRIDE champions fighting in 2011
9 - Wins by fighters competing under Zuffa banner for 1st time
21 - Losses by fighters competing under Zuffa banner for 1st time
2 - Debuting Zuffa fighters to defeat Zuffa veterans (Chris Weidman & Brian Ebersole)

Gates & Attendance
13 - Events
185,786 - Total Attendance
$33,829,515 - Total gate receipts
55,724 - Largest attendance of 2011 so far, at UFC 129
2,053 - Smallest attendance of 2011 so far, at TUF 13 Finale

Time & Distance
20 - Time in seconds of fastest KO of 2011 (Vladimir Matyushenko over Jason Brilz)
48 - Time in seconds of fastest submission win of 2011 (Zhang Tie Quan over Jason Reinhardt via guillotine)
3:33, Rd. 3 - Latest submission win of 2011 (Nick Ring over James Head via rear naked choke)
3:44, Rd. 3 - Latest KO win of 2011 (Brendan Schaub over Mirko Cro Cop)
1,726 - Days elapsed between UFC wins for Tito Ortiz before defeating Ryan Bader at UFC 132

Odds & Ends
• Despite his dry spell, Ortiz doesn't have the longest time between wins in UFC history. That record belongs to Dan Henderson, who went 3,767 days between wins at UFC 17 and UFC 88
• There's been only 1 catchweight fight in 2011 (Nick Catone def. Constantinos Philippou at UFC 128)
• On March 26, 2011, Chan Sung Jung pulled off the first successful Twister submission in UFC history, forcing Leonard Garcia to tap out
• Three fighters have scored 2 knockouts apiece in 2011: Brian Stann, Melvin Guillard and Matt Mitrione
• Ryan Bader is the only fighter to be stopped twice in 2011, both via submission
• Mike Brown lost twice in a 21-day span, dropping decisions at UFC 125 on Jan. 1 and Fight for the Troops 2 on Jan. 22
• Daniel Roberts is the only UFC fighter to compete three times in 2011; he's 1-2
• UFC 129's $12,075,000 gate accounts for 35.7% of UFC's gate receipts for the entire year
• The rear naked choke has been the most popular submission finisher of 2011, closing out 9 fights; the guillotine is just behind with 8 finishes
• 42 out of 147 fights ended in the first round (28.6 percent); only 28 were finished in the second and third rounds combined
• With his win at UFC 129, Georges St-Pierre earned his 16th career octagon victory, tied with Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture for second all-time (Matt Hughes has the most, at 18)
• With his win at UFC 126, Anderson Silva won his 13th straight UFC fight, extending his own record. Royce Gracie is second with an 11-fight win streak
• With his next fight, Tito Ortiz will grace the UFC octagon for the 25th time, which will be a new record. He is currently tied with Hughes and Couture.
• In losing at UFC 127, Chris Lytle tied Tank Abbott for most losses in UFC history with 10
• In losing at UFC 129, Randy Couture was stopped via KO or TKO for the sixth time, one more than fellow former champions Chuck Liddell and Evan Tanner for most all-time
• There have only been two draws in UFC championship fight history. Both have come in the lightweight division (Penn vs. Uno, UFC 41 & Edgar vs. Maynard, UFC 125)

UFC 129
An event so big, it deserves its own "By the numbers." Here's what we got...
55,724 - Official attendance
$12.075 million - Gate, in U.S. dollars
$11.5 million - Gate, in Canadian dollars
850,000 - estimated pay-per-view buys
$129,000 - nightly bonuses, awarded to Lyoto Machida (knockout), Pablo Garza (submission), and Jose Aldo & Mark Hominick (Fight of the Night)
12 - matches
7 - matches finished by KO or submission
6 - consecutive title defenses by Georges St-Pierre
47 - age of oldest fighter, Randy Couture
21 - age of youngest fighter, Rory MacDonald
21 - cameras used in the broadcast (14 usually used)
38 - semi-trucks used by Zuffa for location setup (usually 5)
329 - rigging points in Rogers Centre setup (usually around 70)
1.4 million - kilowatt stereo system in Rogers Centre (usually 400,000 kilowatts)
14 - arena viewing screens (usually 6)
8 - broadcast trucks (usually 3)
85 - size in feet of replay screen erected in Rogers Centre by UFC
33 - Final number of consecutive rounds won by St-Pierre, a record streak snapped when challenger Jake Shields won the fourth

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