CompuStrike has released their stats and analysis of the UFC 104 main event between Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua. One item of interest that no one has said much about is the knee strikes that Shogun outlanded 2-1 on Machida.
Rua outlanded Machida 89-50 in Total Strikes landed including 73 Leg Strikes landed. Rua dominated the fight and did just about everything he needed to do to beat the undefeated Machida, including outlanding Machida in every round, but apparently it wasn’t enough for the judges. All 3 judges scored it 48-47 or 3-2.
The Arm Strikes were virtually the same as both fighters landed 16 total Arm Strikes but it was Rua who dominated every position by landing the damaging Leg Strikes. Rua was able to land 46 kicks when going toe-to-toe with Machida, and landing 27 knees when in the clinch.
Lyoto Machida Mauricio Rua 50/105 Total Strikes Landed/Thrown 89/155 48% Percentage 57% 16/54 Total Arm Strikes Landed/Thrown 16/50 30% Percentage 32% 15 Power Strikes Landed 13 1 Clinch Strikes Landed 3 34/51 Total Leg Strikes Landed/Thrown 73/105 67% Percentage 70% 21 Kicks Landed 46 13 Knees Landed 27 0/0 Ground Strikes Landed/Thrown 0/0 0% Percentage 0% 0/0 Takedowns/Attempts 0/3 0 Submission Attempts 0 0 Reversals 0 0 Dominant Positions 0
Total Strikes = Total Arm Strikes + Total Leg Strikes + Ground Strikes
Total Arm Strikes Landed = Power Strikes Landed + Clinch Strikes Landed
Total Leg Strikes Landed = Kicks Landed + Knees Landed
CompuStrike also has round-by-round stats available on their site.
Image via Sherdog.
Note: This post originally included comments from Cecil Peoples, one of the judges who scored the fight, however Bloody Elbow has reason to believe the quotes may have been fabricated. I didn’t think it was fair to Mr. Peoples to leave the quote up not knowing if he actually made the comments, so I removed them and my commentary. If the quotes are confirmed, I’ll put them back up. You’ll see the title change back to the original title if that’s the case.