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UFC 157: Whacky facts and stats

By on February 19, 2013
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UFC 157: Whacky facts and stats - OPINION

The numbers dont lie - UFC 157 adds up to be a cracking card

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) presents UFC 157 this Sunday afternoon. The twelve bout bill is capped off with a UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout as armbar queen Ronda Rousey defends against Liz Carmouche.

As the UFC is gearing up for their star studded event in Anaheim, California let’s take a look at the fun, wacky and interesting facts and stats related to pay-per-view participants for this Sunday’s event.

Main event stats

  • The UFC has visited Anaheim on five occasions, four times they’ve featured a championship bout as a headliner 
  • UFC 157 will be the first time in the modern era that an event will be headlined by two participants making their promotional debut
  • Rousey’s total time spent in the cage after six professional fights is just 7 mins, 41 seconds - averaging 1 minute and 16 seconds per fight.
  • Rousey has a takedown average of 11.69 per fifteen minutes and an identical submission average
  • Carmouche opened as a twelve-to-one underdog when this fight was first announced.Last time Carmouche challenged for a championship bout against Marloen Coenen she was an eight-to-one dark horse yet dominated most of the bout before being submitted
  • Rousey will most likely look to get this fight to the floor but Carmouche could make it difficult. The challenger Carmouche has successfully defended 60% of takedown attempts in in her career

Co-main event stats

  • According to the official UFC rankings, Lyoto Machida comes in as the number two light heavyweight contender, despite losing three of his last five bouts
  • With a victory, Dan Henderson would be considered the number-one contender for the UFC light heavyweight title. If successful he would be the only person to hold championships in UFC, Strikeforce and Pride Fighting Championships
  • Both Henderson and Machida are comfortable as strikers with Henderson averaging 2.5 significant strikes per minute with his Brazilian counterpart surpassing him with 2.93

Main card stats

  • Urijah Faber has never lost two fights in a row, after each setback he has bounced back with a submission victory
  • Ivan Menjivar has competed for twelve years across four weight-classes (welterweight, lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight)
  • Faber has a significant 5 inch (12.7cm) reach advantage over Menjivar but his French-Canadian foe lands 3.3 significant strikes per minute, as oppose to Faber’s 2.37
  • Court McGee won the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. However, the most successful fighter from that series, middleweight Constantinos Philippou, did not make it past round one on the show
  • Josh Neer is on a two fight losing skid. This has only happened twice in his 46 bout career, both times he successfully returned to form with a stoppage victory
  • Neer has 12 submission victories on his docket, but getting one over McGee could be tough. He boasts an impressive 83% takedown defence accuracy
  • Robbie Lawler returns to the UFC for the first time since 2004. Since then he has accumulated an 11-6-1NC record, only being successful four times in his last ten bouts.
  • Josh Koscheck has made a reputation for being an impressive finisher with ten to his credit. He'd probably like to continue in his fast-finishing ways because he loses 67% of the time when his fights go to decision.
  • Lawler is a knockout artist with 84% of his fights finishing by TKO/KO. His opponent however, has an impressive 64% striking defence record

All stats courtesy of Fight Metric.

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