Going into the event, UFC Fight Night 83 did not look like a very impactful cards. Several of the matches were changed or removed, and it was lacking the regular amount of star power. Well, a few of the fighters made up for the lack of star power with striking power. Four competitors from Sunday night were good enough to crack the Top Ten Most Efficient Striking Performances of 2016 list. One of those performances, Chris Camozzi's brutual finish of Joe Riggs, tied Anthony Johnson's knockout of Anthony Johnson for best of the year so far.
|1||Anthony Johnson||Ryan Bader||UFC on Fox 18||1/30/2016||9500|
|1||Chris Camozzi||Joe Riggs||UFC Fight Night 83||2/21/2016||9500|
|3||Derek Brunson||Roan Carneiro||UFC Fight Night 83||2/21/2016||6800|
|4||Oluwale Bamgbose||Daniel Sarafian||UFC Fight Night 83||2/21/2016||4800|
|5||Sheldon Westcott||Edgar Garcia||UFC 195||1/2/2016||3424|
|6||Derrick Lewis||Damian Grabowski||UFC Fight Night 82||2/6/2016||1539|
|7||Chris Wade||Mehdi Baghdad||UFC Fight Night 81||1/17/2016||590|
|8||Dennis Bermudez||Tatsuya Kawajiri||UFC Fight Night 83||2/21/2016||574|
|9||Rob Font||Joey Gomez||UFC Fight Night 81||1/17/2016||570|
|10||Patrick Cote||Ben Saunders||UFC Fight Night 81||1/17/2016||547|
Three fighters fail to land a single strike
Camozzi, Derek Brunson and Oluwale Bamgbose earned exceptional marks with their brutal first-round domination. However, their opponent's total lack of offense also contributed to the high scores. Riggs and Sarafian, like Bader at UFC on Fox 18, were finished without even attempting a strike. Roan Carneiro at least tried to land strikes, but he went 0 for 13 before ending of the ground and being dispatched.
Third round of Anthony Smith vs. Leonardo Guimaraes
First, let's preface this with the fact that Smith took this fight on about six days notice. With that being said, he appeared to entirely shutdown and refuse to fight after building a two round lead against Guimaraes. In the final stanza, Smith was more than happy to grab wrist control and hold on for dear life. Guimaraes is not without blame, since a better strategy would have likely lead to a knockout finish. However, rounds like the third round of this fight need to scored 10-8!
In the third round, Smith landed only six sig strikes, while Guimaraes landed 39. The StrikeScore differential was 747 to -34 in favor of Guimaraes. To put that into perspective, if a fighter scored a 747 StrikeScore over the course of a whole fight, he/she would have the seventh best score of the entire year.
Decision in Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau
This was not a good decision. Of the media scorecards tracked by MMADecisions.com, 16 went for Reneau and only one went for Evans-Smith. StrikeScore, of course, agrees with the majority. Two of the three judges even had round one for Evans-Smith, which is dreadful. As previously stated, this was not a good decision.
Lauren Murphy's comeback in terms of StrikeScore
Out of the gate, it looked like Kelly Faszholz was going to pick up a pretty sizeable upset in her UFC debut. However, Murphy stayed true to her gameplan and ended up finishing the bout in the finals seconds of the fight. FightMetric's Michael Carroll confirmed on Twitter that this was the fourth latest finish in a three-round fight.
The Oddity of Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000
It was a strange fight to say the least. Neither fighter had the lunges to go more than two minutes, but the fight ended up going over 11. If you look at the numbers in a vacum, it appears as if Kimbo actually had a pretty good performance. He finished with a 360 StrikeScore and landed over five strikes per minute.
With that being said, the only reason Kimbo's number look passable is how miserable Dada 5000's performance was. In the first two rounds, he absorbed 72 percent of Kimbo's strikes and landed only 38 percent of his own. These numbers are the unofficial live numbers from the Bellator app provided by CompuStrike. Live numbers tend to run higher, and CompuStrike percentages are almost always higher than FightMetric, because they do not exclude "insignificant strikes."
Big night for Derek Campos
Lost in the shuffle of Kimbo, Dada, Royce and Ken was a career performance for Campos. Going into his fight against Melvin Guillard, he was riding a two-fight winning streak and had failed to make it out of the first round since 2014. Last Saturday, he caught Guillard early and finished the fight in the second round. He finished with a 318 to -57 StrikeScore advantage. His Fight Matrix ranking jumped up a whopping 112 ranking spots to 46.