UFC on Fox Results: Guida vs. Henderson FightMetric Report

Normally the awesome reports from FightMetric aren't a talking point in a bout that wasn't super close. But in the case of last night's number one contenders bout between Ben Henderson and Clay Guida, it is a very good tool to show that the fight was a little closer, at least on stats alone, than it appeared. You can view the whole report here, and here's a summary of the striking:

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While that looks like a blowout for Bendo (and it was), I was surprised at how little each fighter scored on the feet. If you go into the report and switch over to the "striking distance" option, it shows that Henderson only landed seven strikes at distance (including a knockdown) and Guida only landed six. In the clinch is was somewhat even as well, with Bendo outlanding Clay 37-26. On the ground it was a different story though, to the tune of 58-3.

The grappling was closer than it appeared as well (at least to me), with each fighter getting credit for two takedowns (Bendo went 2 for 7, Guida 2 for 9), and Guida was given credit for four submission attempts. Henderson was given credit for one pass to side control, and two instances of taking Guida's back.

Obviously statistics are just one tool used when evaluating a fight, but reports like this do a good job of adding a lot of context to 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.

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