San Antonio played host to the UFC’s unique brand of carnage this past Saturday and the event was full of potential. The card was littered with heavyweights and big names delivered including the controversial ex NFL footballer Greg Hardy, The Belarusian Veteran Andrei Arlovski and the explosive wrecking ball Walt Harris. The main event was a grueling battle between Britain’s best prospect Leon Edwards and Brazilian Journeyman Rafael Dos Anos at welterweight. Edwards grinded out a unanimous decision win against Dos Anos with a perfectly executed game plan of wrestling and rangy striking. Edwards talked about the psychology of the win in his post fight interview.
Once RDA starts losing it’s hard for him to come back in to get the win, so I knew coming into the fight once I take the first two rounds, I’m gonna win.
And on that note we’ll get into our first significant number of the night
8– The number of consecutive UFC victories for Leon Edwards. With wins over the likes of Gunnar Nelson, Rafael Dos Anos and Cowboy Cerrone expect to see Edwards in a number one contenders fight in his next outing.
72: Significant head strikes for Edwards. Dos Anjos landed 41 shots to the head.
23: Significant leg strikes for dos Anjos to Edwards’ 6
4: Dos Anos’ welterweight rank pre fight. If Edwards’ takes his spot he will jump 8 places in the rankings (from 12th) and put him just behind his rival Jorge Masvidal. A perfect Brew for a heated number one contenders bout.
50: Combined significant strikes landed by Alex Hernandez (25) and Francisco Trinaldo (25) in a lackluster lightweight bout. Both fighters landed single-digit totals in the first and second rounds before picking things up slightly in the third stanza (Trinaldo held a 12-to-11 edge in the final frame). Ultimately, it was Hernandez who emerged with a unanimous decision triumph against a seasoned veteran.
62– Number of seconds it took for Walt Harris to dispatch of his last 2 opponents. With a 12 second knockout of Aleksei Oleinik this weekend (3rd fastest in heavyweight history) and 4 KO finishes in as many fights, it’s easy to see this 6″ 5′ powerhouse giving anyone problems at heavyweight.
4,018: Days since the first meeting between Ben Rothwell and Andrei Arlovski, a bout Arlovski won via first-round knockout at Affliction “Banned’ on July 19, 2008. Arlovski also came out on top in the rematch, outpointing Rothwell, hitting him with a heart testing punches throughout the affair.
17: Victories for Arlovski in UFC competition. “The Pit Bull” passed Frank Mir on Saturday for the most wins in the history of the promotion’s heavyweight division.
3: Consecutive first round T/KO’s on the main card. These included Dan Hooker’s impressive KO finish of James Vick, Greg Hardy’s stoppage of Juan Adams and Walt Harris destructive finish over Aleksei Oleinik
8: UFC finishes for Dan Hooker
9: Consecutive decisions to begin UFC on ESPN 4, tying it for the most consecutive decisions to begin a UFC card.