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.
|Miesha Tate||Holly Holm||UFC 196||3/5/2016||60|
|Alex Morono||Kyle Noke||UFC 195||1/2/2016||50|
|Donald Cerrone||Alex Oliveira||UFC Fight Night 83||2/21/2016||42|
|Tony Martin||Felipe Olivieri||UFC on Fox 18||1/30/2016||41|
|Michinori Tanaka||Joe Soto||UFC 195||1/2/2016||28|
|Damon Jackson||Levan Makashvili||UFC on Fox 18||1/30/2016||26|
|Brad Pickett||Francisco Rivera||UFC Fight Night 84||2/27/2016||25|
|James Krause||Shane Campbell||UFC Fight Night 83||2/21/2016||24|
|Brian Ortega||Diego Brandao||UFC 195||1/2/2016||3|
|Michael McDonald||Masanori Kanehara||UFC 195||1/2/2016||-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.
|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||Teemu Packalen||Thibault Gouti||UFC Fight Night 84||2/27/2016||5900|
|5||Oluwale Bamgbose||Daniel Sarafian||UFC Fight Night 83||2/21/2016||4800|
|6||Sheldon Westcott||Edgar Garcia||UFC 195||1/2/2016||3424|
|7||Jason Saggo||Justin Salas||UFC 196||3/5/2016||2173|
|8||Derrick Lewis||Damian Grabowski||UFC Fight Night 82||2/6/2016||1539|
|9||Chris Wade||Mehdi Baghdad||UFC Fight Night 81||1/17/2016||590|
|10||Tom Breese||Keita Nakamura||UFC Fight Night 84||2/27/2016||579|
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).