Chael Sonnen’s fists were on fire in his title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Not only did Sonnen take Silva down at will and beat the living daylights out of him, he outstruck Silva on the feet. CompuStrike’s numbers say it was only 19 strikes landed to Anderson’s 14, but still, if you saw the fight, you know Chael got the better of Anderson in the early striking exchanges, which was simply jaw-dropping in of itself.
Now if you factor in the ground strikes, then we’re talking about something else Anderson Silva has never been on the receiving end of — a domination. According to CompuStrike’s stats, Chael Sonnen outlanded Anderson Silva by an astounding 289 total strikes to 29. CompuStrike puts into words what that means.
Inside the Numbers: We’ve now seen everything. Sonnen dominated the entire fight, landing a CompuStrike record 289 Total Strikes vs. Silva. 270 of those 289 strikes were on the ground, as just under 21 minutes of the fight was fought on the ground. Silva was hit with just 208 total strikes in his previous 11 UFC fights combined.
In other words, Chael Sonnen hit Anderson Silva 81 more times than Chris Leben, Rich Franklin, Travis Lutter, Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin (again), Dan Henderson, James Irvin, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Forrest Griffin and Demain Maia combined. And lost. Utterly mind-boggling.
In other interesting numbers, Junior dos Santos outlanded Roy Nelson 130-38. Of those 130 shots Roy ate, 78 were rated as power arm strikes.
FightMetric also has reports filed on tonight’s fights. They came up with slightly different numbers, but more or less tell the same story.