Yes, you’re reading that correctly. BJ Penn landed 150 total strikes to Diego Sanchez’s 8 according to the Fightmetric report. In fact, Penn landed more strikes on himself in his post-fight celebration than Sanchez did the entire fight. The percentage of strikes landed was equally disproportionate — BJ’s 70% to Diego’s 7%. What’s even crazier is Diego was 0-27 in takedown attempts. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
It was the type of fight that would mentally break most fighters in the early rounds, so if nothing else, you gotta give Diego credit for hanging in there and fighting till the very end.
Update: Here’s another little fun fact courtesy of FightMetric.
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.