Michael Chiesa is a dangerous finisher from dominant positions
It is fitting that Chiesa made his UFC debut with a rear-naked choke submission over Al Iaquinta. His calling card in the promotion has been his ability to take the back, hold the position and apply the submission. That trend continued on Saturday. After falling behind Beneil Dariush, he stormed back in the second round to finish by submission.
During his UFC run, Chiesa has finished nearly 63 percent of his submission attempts. He has done so with only 17 dominant positions. His submission per pass ratio is 29 percent. It is safe to say Chiesa is a deadly finisher.
Tecia Torres registers 4th highest StrikeScore in decision loss in 2016
For people who like numbers, the Torres-Rose Namajunas fight is an interesting one. The fight took place mostly on the feet. After an even first round (14-14), Torres outstruck her opponent 28-23 and 19-9 in the final two rounds. However, Namajunas still walked away with a decision that has not been considered on the worst of the year.
Obviously, numbers are not everything. All strikes are not created equal. Of Torres’ significant strikes in the final two rounds 26 of 47 were to the legs, and we all know leg kicks “certainly don’t” finish fights.
The bottom line is that Torres did not take home the decision. However, she can take solace in the fact that she registered the fourth highest StrikeScore by a fighter to lose a decision in 2016.