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Curtis Blaydes made short work of Junior dos Santos in the UFC Fight Night 166 headliner in Raleigh, North Carolina, but it wasn’t the way most envisioned he would emerge victorious.
“Razor” Blaydes failed to land a single takedown at PNC Arena on Saturday night, but it didn’t matter because his hands were more than enough to get the job done. The Chicago native rocked dos Santos with a big right in the second stanza and then finished the reeling Brazilian with punches and knees near the fence to force the stoppage 1:06 into Round 2. Outside of Francis Ngannou, no one has been able to stop Blaydes in Ultimate Fighting Championship competition.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 166, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
28: Significant strikes landed by Blaydes. By comparison, dos Santos landed just seven. Blaydes outlanded his opponent 14 to 5 in Round 1 and 14 to 2 in Round 2.
.460: Significant striking accuracy for Blaydes, who landed 28 of 60 attempts. Dos Santos landed just seven of his 30 significant strikes, a 23 percent success rate.
0: Takedowns landed in six attempts for Blaydes. Dos Santos’ previous seven opponents combined to attempt just one takedown against the Brazilian.
3-0: Record for Micheal Chiesa since moving from lightweight to welterweight. “Maverick” took a decision over Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC Raleigh co-headliner. He also owns wins over Diego Sanchez and Carlos Condit at 170 pounds.
1-4: Record for dos Anjos in his last five UFC appearances. After beginning his welterweight tenure with three straight triumphs, the former lightweight king has struggled, falling to the likes of Leon Edwards, Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington and Chiesa.
34: Takedowns surrendered by dos Anjos in his last five UFC bouts. Chiesa landed six of his eight takedown attempts on Saturday night.
6: UFC victories for Angela Hill, tying her for the third most in the history of the strawweight division. Hill defeated hometown favorite Hannah Cifers via technical knockout at the 4:26 mark of Round 2.
29: Significant ground strikes landed by Hill in the second frame, when she mounted Cifers and put her opponent away with a brutal barrage of punches and elbows.
101: Significant strikes landed by former Dana White’s Contender Series competitor Jamahal Hill in a three-round verdict against Darko Stosic at light heavyweight. By comparison, Stosic landed just 31. Hill attempted 233 significant strikes, more than three times as many as Stosic (72).
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40: Significant strikes to the body for Hill. Stosic landed just three body shots in defeat.
7: Consecutive victories for Arnold Allen, giving him the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s featherweight division — just ahead of Alexander Volkanovski and Zabit Magomedsharipov. Allen outpointed Nik Lentz on Saturday night. The Englishman has won his last nine professional fights overall.
0: Takedowns landed in nine attempts for Lentz. Allen, meanwhile, held a 63-to-49 edge in significant strikes, outlanding his foe by a small margin in each frame.
11: Takedowns landed by Montel Jackson in a decision victory over Felipe dos Colares. That ties him with Brett Johns (UFC Fight Night 99) and Merab Dvalishvili (UFC Fight Night 123) for the most ever landed in a bantamweight bout in UFC/WEC competition.
60: Significant strike advantage for Jackson in the first and second rounds combined. The Contender Series alum outlanded Colares 41 to 3 in Round 1 and 24 to 2 in Round 2.
6: Career UFC wins for Sara McMann, who earned a dominant unanimous verdict over Lina Lansberg in a bantamweight scrap. That ties her with Ronda Rousey for the third most in the history of the division.
20: Takedowns landed in UFC competition for McMann, the most all-time among female 135-pound competitors. The Olympic silver medalist landed three of five takedowns against Lansberg.
38: Significant strikes landed by McMann. Lansberg, meanwhile, landed just one. Thirty-six of those significant strikes were landed on the ground.
13: Combined takedowns landed by Brett Johns (six) and Tony Gravely (seven) in their preliminary bantamweight clash. Johns prevailed when he locked in a rear-naked choke at the 2:53 mark of Round 3. Johns attempted three submissions in the fight.