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Robert
Whittaker
has the look of a man who’s ready to reclaim
Ultimate Fighting Championship
gold.

“The Reaper” offered a brilliant performance in the
UFC on ESPN 22
headliner, sweeping the scorecards over five
rounds against Kelvin
Gastelum
at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Whittaker has won three consecutive bouts and has his sights set on
a rematch with reigning 185-pound champion Israel
Adesanya
.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on ESPN 22, with statistics
courtesy of UFC Stats.com.

150: Significant strikes landed by Whittaker, a career high in 17
UFC appearances. His previous best of 128 came in a five-round
victory over Yoel Romero
at UFC 225. By comparison, Gastelum landed 62 significant
strikes.

115: Significant head strikes for Whittaker. Gastelum, meanwhile,
landed 42 significant strikes to the head.

.520: Significant striking accuracy for Whittaker, who landed 150
of 284 attempts. Gastelum was far less accurate, landing 62 of 209
attempts — a 29 percent clip.

4: Takedowns landed in seven attempts for Whittaker, also a UFC
career high.

20: Career UFC triumphs for Andrei
Arlovski
, who outpointed Chase
Sherman
in the co-main event. That total ties the Belarusian
with Michael
Bisping
, Jon Jones and
Georges St.
Pierre
for fourth most in UFC history. Only Donald
Cerrone
(23), Demian Maia
(22) and Jim Miller
(21) have won more.

105: Significant strikes landed by Arlovski. By comparison, Sherman
landed 88. Arlovski outlanded his opponent 32 to 21 in Round 2 and
46 to 34 in Round 3, while Sherman held a 33-to-27 edge in Round
1.

25: Significant leg strikes landed by Arlovski, who hindered
Sherman’s movement with low kicks over the course of the
heavyweight bout. Sherman, meanwhile, landed 17 significant leg
strikes. Arlovski also held a 26-to-16 edge in body shots.

17: Consecutive bouts in which Arlovski has been a betting underdog
in UFC competition, according to ESPN Stats & Info. That’s the
longest such streak in UFC history.

1: Card in UFC history with four consecutive split decisions on the
lineup. UFC on ESPN 22 became the first when Jessica
Penne
vs. Lupita
Godinez
, Alexander
Romanov
vs. Juan
Espino
, Luis Pena vs.
Alex
Munoz
and Tracy
Cortez
vs. Justine
Kish
all received split verdicts. The figure also ranks as the
second-most split decisions on a card in promotion history.

8: Takedowns landed in 24 attempts by Jacob
Malkoun
in a dominant unanimous decision win against Razak
Alhassan at middleweight. Malkoun landed four of 11 takedowns in
Round 1, two of four in Round 2 and two of nine in Round 3.

11:41: Total control time for Malkoun in the 15-minute bout.
Alhassan, meanwhile, logged just two seconds of control time.

90: Significant strikes landed by Luis Pena in
split-decision triumph over Alex Munoz
at lightweight. “Violent Bob Ross” was at his best in Round 3,
outlanding his opponent by a 47-to-33 count.

18: Significant ground strikes landed by Alexander
Romanov
in a technical split decision triumph over Juan Espino
at heavyweight. By comparison, Espino landed just one significant
strike on the ground. Romanov landed all 18 of his significant
strikes in a second round in which he nearly finished Espino.



1,465: Days since Jessica
Penne
’s last Octagon appearance, a decison loss to Danielle
Taylor
at UFC Fight Night 108 on April 22, 2017. Penne endured
an extended absence due to a lengthy USADA suspension before
various injuries and withdrawals delayed her comeback. Penne
enjoyed a successful return, taking a split verdict over the
previously unbeaten Lupita
Godinez
at strawweight.

11: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 17 tracked by
MMADecisions.com
, that awarded the contest to Godinez. Judges
Michael Bell and Derek Cleary saw things differently, giving 29-28
scorecards to Penne.

6: Submission triumphs in UFC competition for Gerald
Meerschaert
, a record for the middleweight division. By choking
Bartosz
Fabinski
unconscious on Saturday, “GM3” passed Demian Maia,
Rousimar
Palhares
, Thales
Leites
, and Antonio Carlos
Junior
for sole possession of first place.

24: Career submission wins in professional competition for
Meerschaert. All told, the Roufusport member has finished 30 of his
32 pro wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

30: Significant strikes landed by Dakota Bush
in the opening round of his lightweight contest with Austin
Hubbard
. Over the next two frames, Bush, who took the fight on
a week’s notice, would land just 11 significant strikes in route to
a unanimous decision defeat. All told, Hubbard outlanded his foe by
a 67-to-41 count in significant strikes.

2: Knockdowns landed by Tony
Gravely
in a second-round technical knockout victory against
Anthony
Birchak
at bantamweight. Gravely floored his opponent once in
Round 1 and again in the second frame to get the finish. After
facing striking deficits in his first two UFC appearances, Gravely
also outlanded Birchak by a 39-to-18 margin in significant strikes.
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