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If last night's fights failed to excite you, perhaps FightMetric's numbers will pique your interest:
- As I noted in last my post-fight recap last night, Matt Hamill went 0-for-takedowns last night. FightMetric credited him with 17 attempts. Hamill resigned himself to shoot from the outside without any sort of setup move. That may cut it against the likes of Keith Jardine and Tito Ortiz, but you need more than your wrestling ability at the elite level of the sport.
- Quinton Jackson, unsurprisingly, outlanded Hamill in every striking category, with the exception of strikes to the legs. Jackson split his attack between the head (31) and body (25). Hamill watched his tape for this fight -- he ended up 14-19 in his strikes to the legs.
- Jackson's perfect takedown defense moved his career percentage to 84.4% in UFC fights, placing him fifth all-time among fighters with five UFC fights and 20 takedown attempts against.
- In the co-main event, Frank Mir completed 6 of his 8 takedowns attempts. Five of those takedowns came after the first round where Nelson exhausted himself. Mir pinned Roy Nelson up against the fence, changed levels, and scooped Nelson to the mat over and over and over and over...
- Like the main event, Mir outlanded Nelson in every category with the exception of leg strikes. The big difference in the fight was power shots: Mir's 44 to Nelson's 18.
- Nelson was especially futile in the third round, landing 10 strikes (1 power strike) in 12 attempts.
- The decision moved Mir outside the top 10 for shortest average fight time. He now finds himself at 13th on that list, with an average fight time of 5:04.