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UFC 181: By The Numbers

Take a deeper look at the UFC 181 main event between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, and the UFC lightweight title fight between Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez. Catch UFC 181 this Saturday, Live on Pay-Per-View!



Total Octagon events held by the UFC across pay-per-views, free TV and on UFC FIGHT PASS, including this Saturday’s UFC 181 

155, 170

The two weight divisions which will have their titles up for grabs at UFC 181, as UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis takes on Gilbert Melendez and, in the main event, UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks battles Robbie Lawler for the second time this year


UFC event where “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and “Ruthless” Lawler first collided with the then-vacant UFC welterweight belt on the line, which Hendricks won via unanimous decision and both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses


Significant strikes landed by Hendricks against Lawler at UFC 171, most significant strikes landed in a UFC title fight


Significant strikes landed by Lawler against Hendricks at UFC 171, 4th most significant strikes landed in a UFC title fight


Fight of the Night bonuses awarded in a row to Hendricks against Lawler, Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit


Knockouts by Bigg Rigg were scored in under a minute in the UFC - against Amir Sadollah, Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann


Fighters in UFC history have completed the above task - Hendricks, Vitor Belfort, Anthony Johnson and Mike Swick


Seconds it took for Hendricks to score the KO of Fitch at UFC 141, 2nd fastest knockout in UFC welterweight history


Significant strikes landed by Bigg Rigg inside the Octagon


Percentage of those significant strikes were landed in the clinch, largest proportion among active UFC welterweights (min. 350 att.)


Takedowns by Hendricks, 4th most in UFC welterweight history


Of those takedowns were against Carlos Condit at UFC 158, tied for 4th most in a single UFC fight


Takedowns per 15 minutes by Hendricks, highest rate among active UFC welterweights and 5th best in UFC welterweight history (min. 5 fights)


Percentage of Hendricks’ 40 takedowns that were started from the clinch


Years in a row Hendricks earned NCAA Division I All-American honors in wrestling representing Oklahoma State University

2005, 2006

Years that Hendricks became the NCAA Division I National Champion in wrestling representing Oklahoma State University


Current ranking of “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler as a UFC welterweight


Percentage of Lawler’s 24 career wins gotten via stoppage


Career finishes by Ruthless via strikes


KO/TKOs by Lawler since returning to the Octagon - against Josh Koscheck, Bobby Voelker and Jake Ellenberger


UFC event where Lawler scored a Knockout of the Night against Koscheck in the first round


UFC event where Lawler scored a knockout of Jake Ellenberger via knee strike to the head in the third round


Career finishes via knees or kicks to the head by Ruthless


KO/TKOs by Lawler in the UFC, tied for 5th most in UFC welterweight history with Hendricks


Knockdowns scored by Lawler inside the Octagon, 5th most in UFC welterweight history


Knockdowns scored by Lawler across his UFC/PRIDE/Strikeforce/EliteXC fights


Takedown accuracy percentage by Lawler, highest in UFC history (min. 5 fights and 20 att.)


Percentage of Lawler’s UFC fights since returning to the Octagon that have won a Fight Night bonus including Ruthless’ Fight of the Night unanimous decision win over Matt Brown in July


Number of lightweight champions in UFC history including current champ Anthony “Showtime” Pettis


UFC event where Showtime secured an armbar on Benson Henderson at 4:31 in the first round earning Pettis the UFC lightweight belt and a Submission of the Night bonus, fastest finish in a UFC lightweight title fight


Submission wins by Pettis starting from in the bottom position in UFC/WEC competition, tied for 2nd most with Frank Mir in UFC/WEC history behind Nate Diaz’s 5


KO/TKO finishes by Showtime stemming from a kick to the head or body, tied for most such finishes in UFC/WEC history


Knockout of the Night bonuses by Pettis in the UFC - against Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon


Significant strikes absorbed per minute by Pettis, 2nd best rate among active UFC lightweights and 3rd best in UFC lightweight history (min. 5 fights)


The Ultimate Fighter season Pettis and Melendez appeared as rival coaches


WEC event where Pettis became the last WEC lightweight champion by earning a unanimous decision win over Benson Henderson


WEC event where Melendez became the first WEC lightweight champion by scoring a third round KO of Olaf Alfonso


Days between Pettis’ last Octagon appearance and his upcoming first title defense


Days between Melendez’s last Octagon appearance and his upcoming second shot at the UFC lightweight title


Current ranking of Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez as a UFC lightweight


Wins by Melendez in Strikeforce, most in Strikeforce history


Total fight time by Melendez in Strikeforce, most in Strikeforce history


Days that El Nino reigned as Strikeforce lightweight champion, longer period of time than any UFC lightweight champion


Significant strikes landed by Melendez in Strikeforce, most in Strikeforce history


Of those sig. strikes were landed at distance, 3rd most ever in Strikeforce history


Significant strikes landed to absorbed by Melendez in his Fight of the Night earning, unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166


Percentage of Melendez’s 12 stoppage wins in his pro career stemming from strikes


Takedown defense percentage by Melendez in Strikeforce, 5th best in Strikeforce history (min. 5 fights and 20 opp. att)


Takedown defense percentage Melendez in his two UFC bouts, stuffing 4 attempts by Benson Henderson and 5 attempts by Sanchez