While the final verdict might have been controversial, the UFC 195 headliner between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit somehow exceeded the lofty expectations that preceded it.
After five scintillating rounds, Lawler retained his title via split decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. It was a verdict that could have gone either way: the champion landed the harder shots, while Condit had a clear edge in total volume.
With such a memorable five-round battle comes plenty of figures to examine. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 195, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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2: UFC champions to win two title fights via split decision after Lawler captured a split verdict over Condit. “Ruthless” also took a split decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 181. Benson Henderson is the other champion with two such triumphs (Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox 7 and Frankie Edgar at UFC 150).
84: Significant strikes by which Condit outlanded Lawler, the biggest differential for a fighter winning a decision in UFC history. The previous biggest difference occurred when Igor Pokrajac defeated Fabio Maldonado at UFC on Fuel TV 3 despite being outlanded by 57 significant strikes.
176: Significant strikes landed by Condit, the second most landed in a UFC championship fight. Joanna Jedrzejczyk tops the list by landing 220 in her victory over Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193 in November. Condit outlanded Lawler 28 to 12 in round one, 17 to 10 in round two, 22 to 11 in round three, 47 to six in round four and 62 to 53 in round five.
47: Significant strikes to the body landed by Condit; Lawler landed seven.
33: Significant strikes to the legs landed by Condit. By comparison, Lawler landed three.
495: Total significant strikes attempted by Condit, more than twice as many as Lawler (177). “The Natural Born Killer” landed 176 of 495 attempts, a 35 percent success rate. Lawler, meanwhile went 92 for 177, a 51 percent clip.
5: UFC fighters with three or more knockouts in less than a minute after Stipe Miocic needed 54 seconds to knock out Andrei Arlovski in the co-main event. Miocic, who also finished Fabio Maldonado and Phil de Fries in under 60 seconds, joins a heavy-handed group that includes Vitor Belfort, Anthony Johnson, Johny Hendricks and Mike Swick.
10: Career triumphs via KO/TKO for Miocic, including his first-round finish of Arlovski. It was the Ohio native’s fifth such victory in the Octagon.
22: Time, in seconds, of the quickest defeat of Arlovski’s career, which came against Brett Rogers under the Strikeforce banner in 2009. The 54-second loss to Miocic was the second quickest of the Belarusian’s professional tenure.
5: Consecutive victories for Albert Tumenov, tying him with Stephen Thompson for the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s welterweight division. Tumenov garnered a split-decision triumph over fellow striker Lorenz Larkin on Saturday night.
47: Significant strikes to the legs landed by Larkin, who gradually weakened Tumenov’s base over the course of the fight. Tumenov landed just five significant leg strikes in the bout.
52: Significant strikes to the head landed by Tumenov. By comparison, Larkin landed just 12.
27: Significant strikes by which Diego Brandao outlanded Brian Ortega in their featherweight clash. While the Brazilian held the striking edge in each frame, Ortega was in his element on the ground, eventually winning via triangle choke at the 1:37 mark of round three.
.510: Significant striking accuracy for Brandao (56 of 108). Ortega, meanwhile, landed 29 of 110 significant strikes, a 26 percent clip.
749: Days since Michael McDonald’s last Octagon appearance, a second-round submission defeat to Urijah Faber at UFC on Fox 9 in December 2013. “Mayday” made a triumphant return on Saturday, as he tapped Masanori Kanehara with a rear-naked choke 2:09 into round two.
71: Total strikes by which Kanehara outlanded McDonald. The Japanese veteran took his opponent down in both frames and did the majority of his damage from top position before McDonald rallied for the fight-ending submission in round two. Kanehara also passed guard four times.
11: Days’ notice for Alex Morono in his UFC debut against Kyle Noke. The Legacy FC veteran, who replaced the injured Kelvin Gastelum, captured a hard-fought split decision triumph in the welterweight bout.
16: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that saw the bout for Noke.
164: Combined significant strikes landed by Justine Kish (72) and Nina Ansaroff (92) in their strawweight clash, which Kish won via unanimous decision. Ansaroff outlander her foe 57 to 41 in round one and 29 to 16 in round two. Kish held a 15-to-6 edge in the final frame.
3: Takedowns landed, in 10 attempts by Kish. Ansaroff landed one of two takedown tries.
12: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the 115-pound contest to Kish.
35: Significant strikes by which Dustin Poirier outlanded Joe Duffy in their lightweight battle. The American Top Team product outlanded his foe 37 to 25 in round one and 25 to 1 in round two, while the two men landed 10 significant strikes apiece in round three. 27: Significant ground strikes landed by Poirier. Duffy, meanwhile, landed two significant ground strikes.
4: Takedowns landed, in seven attempts, by Poirier, his most since landing five against Jason Young in a unanimous decision victory at UFC 131 in 2011.
0-3: Record in UFC competition for Joe Soto, who fought for the bantamweight title on short notice in his Octagon debut. Soto dropped a split decision to Michinori Tanaka at UFC 195 on Saturday.
4: Submission attempts by Soto, including the rarely seen gogoplata in the first round. Incidentally, Soto successfully executed a gogoplata against Mike Christensen at Tachi Palace Fights 1 on Oct. 8, 2009.
11: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the contest for Soto. “One Bad Mofo” outlanded Tanaka 71 to 57 in significant strikes, while the Japanese fighter landed three takedowns to his opponent’s one.
33: Significant strikes landed by Sheldon Westcott, all of which came on the ground, in his first-round stoppage of Edgar Garcia in the evening’s opening bout. A barrage of ground-and-pound from back mount brought a halt to the contest 3:12 into the period. Westcott outlanded his foe 33 to one in significant strikes and 60 to 1 in total strikes.