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Stats Illustrate Junior dos Santos Dominance Over Shane Carwin at UFC 131

Not that you really need the stats to know how dominant Junior dos Santos was against Shane Carwin earlier tonight — the picture alone tells you all you need to know — but seeing the numbers somehow makes JDS’ performance even more impressive. JDS was three, four and five steps ahead of Carwin for most of the night and the striking tallies really showed it.

Here’s the key stats from the UFC 131 main event from Fightmetric and CompuStrike.


  • Total Strikes: 104-22 JDS
  • Significant Strikes: 88-20 JDS
  • Takedowns: 2-1 JDS
  • Effectiveness Score: 482-110 JDS


  • Total Strikes: 94-13 JDS
  • Power Strikes: 76-8 JDS
  • Arm Strikes: 61-10 JDS
  • Leg Strikes: 8-3 JDS
  • Ground Strikes: 25-0 JDS

The only thing dos Santos didn’t do tonight was finish Carwin, but oddsmakers still found his performance impressive enough to make him the slight favorite in the opening lines against UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. That’s going to be a heck of a fight and to be honest, I think I’m leaning towards JDS mainly because Velasquez will be coming off a long layoff from shoulder surgery. Velasquez will need to be firing on all cylinders to beat the JDS we saw tonight.

As for Carwin, well he took a trip to the emergency room after the fight to get treated for three deep cuts and a broken nose. He also had to get a CT scan.

Interesting side note: Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos are now ranked #1 & #2, respectively, among the all-time UFC leaders in significant strikes landed per minute, as measured by Fightmetric. Velasquez lands an average of 7.46 significant strikes per minute while JDS lands an average of 6.79. No one else is above a 5.5 in the UFC.

Image via Ken Pishna for MMA Weekly

  • Guest

    Total domination by JDS. The fact that he didn’t finish Carwin was a little surprising, but on the other hand now no one can say JDS got a “lucky” KO. Carwin’s real chance to get the belt was a year ago; he must feel terrible now. And Wittman, is Shane still the best striker in the UFC?

  • Scottm2929

    very suprised to hear dos santos is the favourite but i defo agree. i remember watching dos santos at ufc 90 and even b4 he kod werdum i said this guy is goin to be the greatest heavyweight champ ( bar couture). dos santos will ko velasquez

  • ass

    poor carwin…i feel real bad for him;suprisinglt he didnt even look like a pro…bummer

    • ass


  • Leo

    Cain will smash jds!!
    I’m sure cains kicks are going to be way wicked this time around, and the way jds. Leaves his lead leg out there, it’s only going to be two to three rounds before Cain wins by tko.

    • i like sexy time

      No Leo go home and sit down!

  • sam_snee

    i love that i dont care who wins the fight. i just want to see a ko. no more playing it safe JDS. get out there and hurt someone.

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