Nate Diaz's attacking submission game and other notes from UFC 196 and Bellator 151

During his UFC career, Diaz has collected 25 submission attempts and finished eight per FightMetric. A 32 percent finish rate does not seem all that impressive. However, let's consider that FightMetric does not count a submission attempt unless it is fully locked on. From that point of view, the fact that he has been able to score 25 near submissions in only 22 fights is rather impressive.

McGregor appeared ready to engage in a back-and-forth standing battle against Diaz. Perhaps this was not the best strategy. Diaz is now 10-3 in UFC fights in which he lands over 30 sig strikes. He has never loss a fight where he has landed over 70. The Stockton fighter appeared fresher in round two and the numbers bear that out. Diaz's attempted sig strike output increased from 62 to 90, while McGregor's went from 74 to 66. Perhaps this is why McGregor attempted his first takedown since 2014.

Miesha Tate pulls out victory despite her striking
Tate has always been successful despite her shortcomings in the striking game. She holds a 5-2 record in the UFC even though she has only posted one StrikeScore above 200 (against Rin Nakai). With that being said, her ability to win without striking superiority has never been more apparent than it was against Holm. Tate won with only a 60 StrikeScore. Her previous low score in a victory was 86 against Sara McMann. 

Obviously, MMA is more than just striking. However, it is still rare for a fighter to win with that much of a striking disparity. Of the 88 UFC winners so far this year, only nine have had scores lower than 60. Also remember that this list of winners includes questionable decisions such as Brad Pickett over Francisco Rivera, Michinori Tanaka over Joe Soto and Alex Morono over Kyle Noke.

FighterOpponentEventDateStrikeScore
Miesha TateHolly HolmUFC 1963/5/201660
Alex MoronoKyle NokeUFC 1951/2/201650
Donald CerroneAlex OliveiraUFC Fight Night 832/21/201642
Tony MartinFelipe OlivieriUFC on Fox 181/30/201641
Michinori TanakaJoe SotoUFC 1951/2/201628
Damon JacksonLevan MakashviliUFC on Fox 181/30/201626
Brad PickettFrancisco RiveraUFC Fight Night 842/27/201625
James KrauseShane CampbellUFC Fight Night 832/21/201624
Brian OrtegaDiego BrandaoUFC 1951/2/20163
Michael McDonaldMasanori KaneharaUFC 1951/2/2016-23

Jason Saggo posts the night's highest StrikeScore, enters 2016 Top Ten
Saggo's first round finish over Justin Salas earned him a 2173 StrikeScore which was the highest of the night. It is also the seventh highest score so far this year. In the fight, Saggo landed 20 sig strikes, while Salas only managed one.

RankFighterOpponentEventDateStrikeScore
1Anthony JohnsonRyan BaderUFC on Fox 181/30/20169500
1Chris CamozziJoe RiggsUFC Fight Night 832/21/20169500
3Derek BrunsonRoan CarneiroUFC Fight Night 832/21/20166800
4Teemu PackalenThibault GoutiUFC Fight Night 842/27/20165900
5Oluwale BamgboseDaniel SarafianUFC Fight Night 832/21/20164800
6Sheldon WestcottEdgar GarciaUFC 1951/2/20163424
7Jason SaggoJustin SalasUFC 1963/5/20162173
8Derrick LewisDamian GrabowskiUFC Fight Night 822/6/20161539
9Chris WadeMehdi BaghdadUFC Fight Night 811/17/2016590
10Tom BreeseKeita NakamuraUFC Fight Night 842/27/2016579

Darrion Caldwell makes a statement
Caldwell planted a world champion Greco-Roman wrestler with a German suplex. That right there is a pretty incredible accomplishment. With his victory over Joe Warren, Caldwell moved up 13 spots in the Fight Matrix rankings to 6. He is now the highest ranked bantamweight on the Bellator roster ahead of both Eduardo Dantas (7) and current champion Marcos Galvao (11).