The sequel was even better than the original.
Conor McGregor avenged a March loss to Nate Diaz in an epic rematch in the UFC 202 headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, capturing a hard-fought majority decision triumph. It wasn’t the customary McGregor victory, however, as he started quickly, then weathered a relentless Diaz to find a second wind down the stretch.
With such a memorable five-round clash comes plenty of facts and figures to review. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 202, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
330: Combined significant strikes landed by McGregor (166) and Diaz (164), the second most significant strikes landed by two fighters in a UFC bout. The most? Diaz and Donald Cerrone combined to land 334 significant strikes at UFC 141.
252: Total strikes landed by Diaz. By comparison, McGregor landed 197. Diaz outlanded his foe 51 to 36 in round two, 79 to 37 in round three and 49 to 34 in round five. McGregor, meanwhile, outlanded Diaz 34 to 25 in round one and 56 to 48 in round four.
3: Knockdowns landed by McGregor in the first two stanzas. The Irishman floored his foe once in the opening frame and twice in round two.
50: Significant strikes to the body landed by Diaz. McGregor landed 26.
40: Significant leg strikes landed by McGregor. By comparison, Diaz landed nine.
77: Significant strikes in the clinch landed by Diaz. McGregor, meanwhile, landed 27.
137: Significant strikes at distance for McGregor. Diaz landed 88 significant strikes at range.
1: Takedown landed in seven attempts for Diaz, who finally got McGregor to the canvas late in the fifth round. McGregor failed on his lone takedown try.
13: Seconds need by Anthony Johnson to finish Glover Teixeira in the light heavyweight co-main event, the third fastest knockout in the history of the division behind Ryan Jimmo’s seven-second KO of Anthony Perosh at UFC 149 and James Irvin’s eight-second stoppage of Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13 “Florian vs. Lauzon.”
11: Knockouts in UFC competition for “Rumble,” tied with Anderson Silva for second most in promotion history behind Vitor Belfort (12).
5: Knockout victories in less than a minute for Johnson in the UFC. Along with Teixeira, Johnson’s other sub-60 second victims are Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Tom Speer and Chad Reiner.
13: Career knockdowns for Johnson after flooring Teixeira with an uppercut. That ties him with Lyoto Machida and Melvin Guillard for third all-time among UFC fighters. Only Anderson Silva (18) and Chuck Liddell (14) have more.
18: UFC triumphs for Donald Cerrone following his second-round stoppage of Rick Story in a featured welterweight clash. That figure ties him with Matt Hughes for third-most in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion. Only Georges St. Pierre and Michael Bisping, with 19 wins apiece, have more.
16: Finishes in UFC and WEC bouts for Cerrone, tying him with Vitor Belfort, Mauricio Rua and Anderson Silva for third most among fighters in UFC/WEC/Pride/Strikeforce competition. Mirko Filipovic is first with 21 finishes, while Wanderlei Silva is No. 2 with 20.
27: Professional bouts without being stopped by KO/TKO for Story before falling to Cerrone in his 28th fight.
3: Knockdown suffered by Hyun Gyu Lim in his first-round TKO loss to Octagon newcomer Mike Perry. That marks the second tim Lim his been floored three times in a UFC bout, as he was also suffered three knockdowns against Tarec Saffiedine in January 2014.
71: Significant strikes landed, in 118 attempts by Tim Means, a 60 percent success rate. Means rolled to a second-round technical knockout of short-notice foe Sabah Homasi. Means’ career significant striking accuracy is 44 percent.
38: Significant strikes by which Means outlanded Homasi in the decisive second frame before finishing his opponent at the 2:56 mark.
4: Consecutive bantamweight wins for Cody Garbrandt, one behind reigning champion Dominick Cruz for the longest active streak in the division. Garbrandt’s overall winning streak is five, but one of those triumphs occurred at a catch-weight. “No Love” dispatched Takeya Mizugaki in 48 seconds at UFC 202.
13: Difference in seconds between Garbrandt’s knockout of Mizugaki (48 seconds) and Cruz’s stoppage of the Japanese veteran (61 seconds) at UFC 178. After his victory, Garbrandt called out Cruz for a future title shot.
6: Knockdowns in five UFC appearances for Garbrandt, who has floored all of his opponents at least one time.
5: UFC wins for Raquel Pennington, tying her with Miesha Tate for third most in the history of the women’s bantamweight division. Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey are tied for first with six victories. Pennington outpointed Elizabeth Phillips in a preliminary 135-pound matchup on Saturday.
24: Significant strikes by which Lorenz Larkin outlanded Neil Magny in their 170-pound matchup. That included a 13-to-2 edge in significant leg strikes before Larkin earned a technical knockout win 4:08 into the opening stanza.
6: Takedowns landed, in nine attempts by Colby Covington en route to a third-round stoppage of Max Griffin in a preliminary welterweight encounter. That American Top Team product has landed 20 takedowns in his five UFC victories.
161: Total strikes landed by Covington in the lopsided victory. By comparison, Griffin landed 33 total strikes.