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UFC 162 milestones and footnotes

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

By now you already know that history was made at UFC 162 when Chris Weidman knocked out Anderson Silva in the second round to become the new UFC middleweight champion, thus ending Silva's 16-fight unbeaten streak in the UFC.

But that wasn't the only record broken on Saturday night. Below, courtesy of Fight Metric, the official statistics provider of the UFC, are some milestones and footnotes from UFC 162.

* Brian Melancon's knockout of Seth Baczynski at exactly 4:59 of the first round is the seventh knockout at that time in UFC history. The last time it happened was Anthony Perosh's TKO finish of Nick Penner at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney, Australia on March 3, 2012. There have been six KO/TKO victories at the 5:00 mark of the 1st round in UFC history, mostly due to injury or corner stoppage.

* Edson Barboza's leg kick knockout of Rafaello Oliveira was one for the record books, as Barboza is the first UFC fighter to ever earn two such finishes. In fact, he's the first fighter in UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, and WEC combined history to do it. Only seven fighters have earned a knockout or submission from leg kicks in those organizations: Marco Ruas, Keith Jardine, Brandon Vera, Pat Barry, Mirko Cro Cop, Pedro Rizzo, and Edson Barboza ... twice. Barboza averages 23.4 landed leg kicks per 15 minutes of fighting, the second highest average in UFC history (minimum five fights). Only Donald Cerrone with 25.1 leg kicks per 15 minutes lands them more frequently.

* Gabriel Gonzaga's knockout of Dave Herman in 17 seconds is tied for 3rd fastest in heavyweight history. Todd Duffee holds the heavyweight record with his seven-second finish of Tim Hague at UFC 102. It's also Gonzaga's tenth UFC finish, the second-most in heavyweight history. Only Frank Mir has more with 11. Gonzaga's average fight time of 5:22 is the second-shortest in heavyweight history, behind only Shane Carwin's 4:55 average.

* Chris Leben now has the third-most landed strikes in UFC history. Leben passed B.J. Penn Saturday night and now has 1,780 total strikes landed. Only Georges St-Pierre (2,398 strikes landed) and Jon Fitch (2,185 strikes landed) are ahead of Leben.

* With his victory over Dennis Siver, Cub Swanson is now tied for second-place in featherweight history (UFC/WEC) with eight wins. He ties Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, and Chad Mendes. (Note: his UFC 152 fight with Charles Oliveira was a catchweight and is not included.)

* Mark Munoz landed a personal best 132 total strikes against Tim Boetsch. His previous high for a single fight was 92 against Aaron Simpson at UFC 123. Munoz landed most of his damaging strikes on the ground. His 52 significant ground strikes were the second-most ever landed by a middleweight in a three-round fight and just one behind Ed Herman's 53 landed at UFC 97 against David Loiseau. The UFC record belongs to T.J. Dillashaw for his 76 significant ground strikes landed against Walel Watson at UFC on FUEL TV 1.

* Frankie Edgar passed B.J. Penn and Rich Franklin for career significant strikes landed. Edgar's 908 significant strikes are now fourth-most in UFC history. Georges St-Pierre holds the UFC record with 1,153. Edgar landed his strikes against Charles Oliveira with an accuracy rate of 55%, the most accurate performance he's had since his unanimous decision victory over Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night 14.

* Among fighters with five or more UFC fights and 20 or more takedown attempts, Chris Weidman's takedown accuracy rate of 66.7% is tied for fourth-highest in UFC history with Renato Sobral. Weidman is averaging 4.21 takedowns per 15 minutes, the third-highest rate in middleweight history and highest among active middleweights.

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