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If it wasn’t already clear from a resume full of
Prochazka once again showed on Saturday night that he has some
serious offensive firepower.
The Czech starched former title challenger Dominick
Reyes with a spinning back elbow 4:29 into the second round of
UFC on ESPN 23 headlining bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on
Saturday night. With the victory, the ex-Rizin
Fighting Federation title holder could be in line to face the
winner of the 205-pound championship clash between Jan
Blachowicz and Glover
Teixeira later this year.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on ESPN 23, with statistics
courtesy of UFCStats.com.
77: Significant strikes landed by Prochazka in a little less than
10 minutes of fight time. Reyes, meanwhile landed 63 significant
strikes in defeat. “Denisa” outlanded his foe 45 to 39 in Round 1
and 32 to 24 in Round 2.
25: KO/TKO victories among 28 career triumphs for Prochazka.
12: Consecutive professional triumphs for Prochazka, who hasn’t
tasted defeat since a knockout loss to Muhammad Lawal under the
Rizin banner in December 2015. All but one of those victories have
come via KO or TKO.
6: Consecutive victories for Giga
Chikadze, tying him with Zabit
Magomedsharipov for the third-longest active winning streak in
the UFC’s featherweight division behind only Arnold
Allen (eight) and Alex Volkanovski (seven). Chikadze folded
Swanson with a liver kick and sealed his victory with follow-up
punches 63 seconds into Round 1 of their co-main event clash.
4: Knockdowns landed by Chikadze in his last four Octagon
8: Takedowns landed by Ion
Cutelaba during the opening round of his light heavyweight tilt
Jacoby. That ties Jimmy
Crute’s effort vs. Michal
Oleksiejczuk at UFC Fight Night 168 in February 2020 for the
most in the history of the division in a single round. Cutelaba
landed eight of his 11 attempts in Round 1.
1: Takedown landed in eight attempts by Cutelaba over the final 10
minutes against Jacoby. As Cutelaba faded, he was unable to
overwhelm his opponent with his wrestling. The end result was a
73: Significant strikes landed by Jacoby in Rounds 2 and 3
combined. Cutelaba landed 45 significant strikes during that same
period after outlanding his opponent by a 26-to-11 count in Round
84: Significant strikes landed by Sean
Strickland in a clear-cut decision triumph over Krzysztof
Jotko at 185 pounds. By comparison, Jotko landed just 37
significant strikes. Strickland outlanded his foe 26 to 14 in Round
1, 23 to 11 in Round 2 and 35 to 12 in Round 3 while connecting at
a 46 percent success rate compared to 18 percent for Jotko.
5: Consecutive victories for Merab
Dvalishvili, the second-longest winning streak in the UFC’s
banamweight division behind only teammate Aljamain
Sterling (six). Dvalishvili outpointed Cody
Stamann in a featured bantamweight contest. Note: Dvalishvili
is on a six-bout winning streak overall, but one of those victories
came in a catchweight affair.
178: Total strikes landed by Dvalishvili. By comparison, Stamann
landed 73 total strikes. Dvalishvili also landed five of 11
takedown attempts, compared to Stamann’s 1-for-4 effort in that
10: Losses in UFC competition for Randa
Markos, making her the first woman in the promotion with that
many defeats. “The Ultimate Fighter 20” veteran was disqualified
after landing an illegal upkick against Luana
Pinheiro in a strawweight matchup.
123: Combined significant striking advantage for Konklak
Suphisara in her three UFC triumphs. “Loma Looboonme” outlanded
Hughes by an 84-to-49 count in a three-round verdict on
Saturday. The muay Thai standout has also held sizeable advantages
in wins over Jinh Yu
Frey (80-26) and Aleksandra
1: Fighter from Greece to earn a victory in the Octagon, after
Michailidis accomplished the feat at UFC on ESPN 23 Saturday.
The Athens, Greece, native outpointed K.B. Bhullar
in a preliminary middleweight bout.
40: Significant striking deficit for Felipe Colares in a unanimous
decision triumph over Luke
Sanders at featherweight. That checks in as the largest
striking deficit in the history of the division for the winner of a
decision. All told, Sanders outlanded Colares by a 118-to-78 count
in significant strikes.