Cody Garbrandt remains power king of UFC bantamweight division and other notes from UFC Fight Night 88

Going into UFC Fight Night 88, noted both Cody Garbrandt and Thomas Almeida had power in their strikes. On Sunday night, Garbrandt’s power won out, and he scored a first-round knockout. The Team Alpha Male product secured the KO with only 21 significant strikes landed. That number dropped his sig strike per knockout number to 48. Prior to card, Garbrandt’s ratio was 62, which was good enough for first among ranked bantamweights. The updated table show the sig strike per knockout ratio of all fighters in the UFC bantamweight rankings.

The following chart shows the evolution of Garbrandt’s sig strike per knockout ratio over the course of his UFC career. Each point shows his cumulative ratio following the fight listed on the x axis. At this rate, he might not be done picking up quick finishes.

Cody Garbrandt Sig Strike Per KO

Bryan Caraway grinds away Aljamain Sterling
Many pundits seemed to label Sterling the preordained winner of this grudge match. However, after a shaky first round, Caraway did enough in the next two rounds to take the decision. Sterling showed flashes early, but he inability to score at distance played into Caraway’s hands. "Kid Lightning" managed to win the decision despite landing only 9 sig strikes and putting up a -14 StrikeScore. Caraway is the first fighter in 2016 to win a decision with a negative StrikeScore.

The following chart show Sterling’s total striking percentage overall and at distance (that is, on the feet, not in the clinch). Most fighters are less accurate at distance. However, Sterling’s dropoff is rather drastic.

Aljamain Sterling Striking Percentage (Total Strikes and at Distance)

Shane Campbell needs to round out game
In 2016, Campbell has gone 0-2 in the UFC. Against both James Krause and Erik Koch, Campbell was unable to deal with his opponents’ grappling. He dropped a decision to Krause and submitted to Koch last weekend. In both fights, he dominated the striking in terms of StrikeScore: 224 against Krause and 189 against Koch. Both Krause and Koch are respected strikers, so Campbell’s accomplishment is impressive. However, it means very little without wins.

Stefan Struve wraps up May Striker of the Month honors
Nobody on UFC Fight Night 88 was able to enter the StrikeScore Most Efficient Striking Performance Top 10, which means that Stefan Struve takes home the honors for the month of May for his 16-second knockout of Antonio Silva.

1Alejandro PerezIan EntwistleUFC Fight Night 864/10/201611800
2Marcos Rogerio de LimaClint HesterUFC 1974/23/20169800
3Anthony JohnsonRyan BaderUFC on Fox 181/30/20169500
3Chris CamozziJoe RiggsUFC Fight Night 832/21/20169500
5Stefan StruveAntonio SilvaUFC FN 875/8/20169400
6Derek BrunsonRoan CarneiroUFC Fight Night 832/21/20166800
7Damian StasiakFilip PejicUFC Fight Night 864/10/20166700
8Teemu PackalenThibault GoutiUFC Fight Night 842/27/20165900
9Oluwale BamgboseDaniel SarafianUFC Fight Night 832/21/20164800
10Sheldon WestcottEdgar GarciaUFC 1951/2/20163424