Michael Bisping’s title claiming upset over Luke Rockhold was one of the biggest upsets in UFC title fight history. However, the way that the fight ending is perhaps even more surprising. Over the course of his 26-fight UFC career, Bisping has scored 10 knockouts. That is not a terrible knockout rate. With that being said, a lot of the finishes were the result of an accumulation of strikes. Going into Saturday night, Bisping was landing a knockout for every 133 sig strikes landed.
Against Rockhold, Bisping needed only 21 strikes to turn the lights out and take the belt. That is the fewest sig strikes Bisping has landed in a knockout victory since he bested Eric Schafer in 2006. The Rockhold finish is also the fastest Bisping knockout in his UFC career. Finally, Rockhold had the highest Fight Matrix peak ranking of any of Bisping’s knockout victims.
To come close to Dominick Cruz, you need to throw… a lot
Only one opponent in the UFC has landed over 30 percent of their sig strikes against Cruz, Demetrious Johnson (35). While Cruz’s constant motion forces opponents to constantly miss strikes, he still lands at a relatively solid percentage for an outside striker. If fighters want to match him in the standup, they are forced to throw an excessive number of strikes. On Saturday, Faber was outlanded by 53 strikes. Not only was he landing at a lower rate, he also attempted 101 fewer strikes. In the UFC, the fighter who has come the closest to matching Cruz in terms of landed strikes is T.J. Dillashaw. In their January meeting, Dillashaw landed 109 sig strikes compared to Cruz’s 112. To get that close, Dillashaw had to attempt 430 strikes, which is 118 more than Cruz on that night.
StrikeScore is a proprietary stat that measures striking efficiency. You can read more about it here. At UFC 199, Beneil Dariush took home the highest score of the night for his knockout over James Vick. None of the performances were strong enough to crack the top ten of 2016.