Remember nine hours ago when I told you that B.J. Penn is scary good? Yeah, I was right. But hot damn, I didn't offer the superlatives that Penn deserves.
FightMetric released their report for last night's main event. Even with the universally acknowledged dominating performance from Penn, the data is quite shocking.
Get this: Sanchez landed all of eight strikes throughout the duration of the fight. Eight. Penn landed more than eight jabs to the head in each round. Let that sink in for a second. Sanchez threw 108 strikes during the fight. That's a success rate of 7%.
Meanwhile, B.J. landed 150 of 214 strikes for a land rate of 70%. Gross.
In the grappling department, Sanchez attempted 27 takedowns*, completing zero.
In the words of Shirley Evans, "He dominated your will, Rashad."
* - If I'm not mistaken, FightMetric scores each individual pull or yank as a takedown attempt. Meaning, if Sanchez grabs a hold of a single leg and yanks him away from the fence three times while maintaining control of said leg, he gets credit for three takedown attempts.
[UPDATED] From FightMetric's blog:
Question: When was the last time that BJ Penn got taken down while fighting at 155 pounds?
Answer: You have to go back more than six years to Penn's fight against Takanori Gomi. Lightweight opponents are 0 for their last 39 takedown attempts against BJ.