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Jon Jones remains on top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division, but his latest victory came by the slightest of margins.
“Bones” retained his light heavyweight belt with a split-decision triumph over a very game Thiago Santos in the UFC 239 headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Jones absorbed some heavy leg kicks and needed to be helped from the Octagon, which played a large part in Santos being able to be the first opponent to take a scorecard from the champion.
Meanwhile, Amanda Nunes continues to stake her claim as the top female fighter of all time, as she knocked out ex-champ Holly Holm with a head kick 4:10 into the opening frame in the evening’s co-main event. After successfully defending her bantamweight crown, “Lioness” has designs on defending the 145-pound belt next.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 239, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
13: Victories in title fights for Jones, tying him with Georges St. Pierre for the most in UFC history.
59: Significant strikes landed by Jones. By comparison, Santos landed 43. Jones outlanded his foe 11 to 7 in round two, 14 to 6 in round three, 11 to 8 in round four and 16 to 11 in round five. Santos, meanwhile, held an 11-to-7 edge the opening stanza.
.650: Significant striking accuracy for Jones, who landed 59 of 90 attempts. Santos struggled to find the range against his taller foe, landing 43 of 166 attempts for a 25 percent success rate.
32: Significant leg strikes landed by Jones. Santos, meanwhile, landed 27.
16: Significant body strikes for Jones; Santos landed seven.
1: Takedown attempted by Jones in the fight, which was unsuccessful. Santos did not attempt a takedown.
6: Victories in title fights for Nunes after her first-round stoppage of Holly Holm, tying her with Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk for most wins with a belt on the line.
11: Victories in UFC competition for Nunes, tying her with Jessica Andrade for the most triumphs by a fighter in the Las Vegas-based promotion.
3: Knockdowns landed by Nunes in 5:01 of cage time in her last two fights, wins over Holm and Cristiane Justino.
0:05: Official time of Jorge Masvidal’s flying knee knockout of Ben Askren in their featured welterweight clash, making it the fastest knockout in UFC history. Duane Ludwig’s recognized six-second knockout of Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 3 in January 2006 was the previous fastest.
3: Significant strikes landed by Masvidal in victory. In addition to the devastating flying knee that knocked Askren unconscious, “Gamebred” landed a pair of follow-up punches on the canvas. 23: Significant strikes landed by Jan Blachowicz at distance in a second-round knockout win over Luke Rockhold. Rockhold spent much of the fight attempting to work in the clinch, but he just outlanded his opponent by a 5-to-4 count in that area.
0: Takedowns landed in five attempts by Rockhold, who was making his first 205-pound appearance.
40: Significant strikes by which Michael Chiesa outlanded Diego Sanchez in a dominant decision triumph at welterweight. “Maverick” also held a 98-to-23 edge in total strikes.
5: Takedowns landed in six attempts by Chiesa, who also passed guard eight times. Sanchez landed one of two takedowns and passed guard once.
38: Significant ground strikes landed by Chiesa, who landed 47 significant strikes overall. Sanchez landed just four significant strikes on the floor.
6:08:58: Total Octagon time for Diego Sanchez, who is No. 3 all time. By spending 15 minutes in the Octagon on Saturday, “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner surpassed B.J. Penn (5:56:17), Rafael dos Anjos (6:03:11), Jeremy Stephens (6:05:23) and Michael Bisping (6:05:33). Frankie Edgar is still No. 1 all-time at 6:47:33, while Demian Maia is second at 6:18:12.
6: Consecutive victories for Arnold Allen, the second-longest active streak in the UFC featherweight division behind only reigning champion Max Holloway (12).
4: Featherweights to start their UFC career with a 6-0 mark. On Saturday, Allen joined Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor and Yair Rodriguez in that select group.
102: Significant strikes landed by Allen. By comparison, Melendez landed 23. Allen landed at a 53 percent rate, while Melendez connected at just a 20 percent clip.
0-5: Record for Melendez in UFC competition since 2014. During that prolonged slump, the former Strikeforce champion has fallen to Allen, Jeremy Stephens, Edson Barboza, Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis.
6: Finishes in UFC competition for Marlon Vera following his second-round submission of short-notice foe Nohelin Hernandez at bantamweight. That ties him with Urijah Faber and Pedro Munhoz for the second-most finishes in the history of the division behind former champion T.J. Dillashaw (eight).
4: Consecutive finishes for Vera, tying him with Paulo Henrique Costa for the fourth-longest active streak in the UFC. Gregor Gillespie, Vicente Luque and Charles Oliveira are tied for first with five straight finishes.
4: Consecutive victories for Vera, tying him with Aljamain Sterling for the second-longest winning streak at 135 pounds. Russian contender Petr Yan has the longest winning streak with five.
6: Strawweight victories for Claudia Gadelha, tying her with Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres for third-most in the history of the division. Only Joanna Jedrzejczyk (nine) and Jessica Andrade (seven) have won more.
15: Significant strikes by which Gadelha outlanded (40 to 25) Markos. In her previous three promotional appearances, the Brazilian was outlanded by a combined margin of 280 to 117.
9: First-round finishes in 10 professional bouts for Dana White’s Contender Series alum Edmen Shahbazyan, who dispatched Jack Marshman with a rear-naked choke 72 seconds into their middleweight preliminary bout. The 21-year-old has only been past the opening stanza once in his career, when he took a split-decision triumph over Darren Stewart in his professional debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 28” finale.
4: Significant strikes landed by Chance Rencountre in a three-round verdict over Ismail Naurdiev at welterweight. By comparison, Naurdiev landed 21 significant strikes. The total strike totals were closer, as Naurdiev held a 56-to-48 edge. Both fighters landed two takedowns in the contest.
9:52: Total time spent in top position for Rencountre, a major reason he was able to secure the nod from the cageside judges.