Junior dos Santos will be taking on the one fighter with a better strike differential than him.The UFC finishes off the year Saturday with arguably the best rematch in the history of the heavyweight division when current champion Junior dos Santos takes on former champion Cain Velasquez.
Here are the numbers you’ll need to know for their second fight:
Most Sig Strikes Landed Per Minute
7.5-– Cain Velasquez ranks first in UFC history in significant strikes landed per minute at 7.5. In their first matchup in November 2011, Velasquez landed seven significant strikes in 14 attempts over the span of their 64-second contest.
Velasquez is second all time in significant strike accuracy (60.2 percent) behind UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“Cigano” is second all time in significant strikes per minute with 6.9, topping that average by three significant strikes in his victories against Velasquez and first title defense against Frank Mir at UFC 146.
In title fights, Velasquez lands 11.3 significant strikes per minute.
6.2-– Along with landing strikes, Velasquez is good at not getting hit, absorbing 1.2 punches per minute for a strike differential of 6.2 (first all time). The man who is second in that category: dos Santos, at a strike differential of 4.8 (6.9 landed to 2.1 absorbed per minute).
The champion has never been outstruck in a fight while the challenger has been outstruck only once, when he was defeated for the UFC heavyweight championship by dos Santos.
88.2-– In his nine-fight UFC career, opponents are 2-for-17 (88.2 percent) in takedown attempts against dos Santos. While Velasquez, a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State, ranks fourth all-time in takedown percentage (66.2), he was unsuccessful in his lone attempt against dos Santos.
Against Frank Mir, dos Santos stopped all four takedown attempts.
6 minutes, 5 seconds-– The average combined fight length for Velasquez (4:53) and dos Santos (6:56). The 64-second matchup at the inaugural UFC on FOX card was the shortest fight of Velasquez’s career and second shortest of dos Santos’ UFC career (54 seconds against Stefan Struve in 2009). Dos Santos has finished five of nine fights in the first round and has gone to the judges twice.
Velasquez is also a quick finisher, putting away six of his nine UFC opponents in the first frame. His lone judges’ decision came in June 2009 against Cheick Kongo and he has not been to the second round since, a span of four fights.
9–- After knocking down Frank Mir and winning by TKO in his first title defense, dos Santos set the record for most knockdowns in the UFC’s heavyweight division with nine in as many fights. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski previously held the record with eight, but that was over a span of 14 UFC fights. The champion has six UFC wins by knockout, one behind Arlovski and Velasquez for most in the heavyweight division.
In each of his past six UFC fights, dos Santos has at least one knockdown, putting down such heavyweights as Gilbert Yvel, Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin along with the aforementioned Mir and Velasquez. The nine UFC knockdowns put him at seventh all time.
All statistics provided by FightMetric