By the Numbers: Henderson vs. Melendez

This Saturday at UFC on FOX, UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson meets departing Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.

Here's a look at how the two titleholders match up in several important -- and a few completely unimportant -- categories.
Benson Henderson  Gilbert Melendez

5’9”                    height                    5’9”

17-2            record            21-2

70”            reach            71”

29                age                31

2 (Diaz, Njokuani)                      Fighters at UFC on FOX             2 (Thomson twice, Masvidal)
he's already beaten


2011            year won current title           2009

brown                    BJJ belt ranking                    brown

2.93    average number of strikes landed per minute    3.56

45%            striking accuracy            33%

63%    percentage of opponents' strikes that don't land    66%

3.2    average takedowns landed per 15 minutes        1.95

67%     percentage of opponents' takedowns defended    71%

Smooth        official nickname    El Nino

Bendo        unofficial nickname        Melendo

                Vail, CO             most glamorous pre-Zuffa fight locales       Honolulu; Beverly Hills, CA

2        knockout wins            12

8        submission wins        0

champion           current position in UFC Fighter Rankings            1

6            current win streak            7

2        number of times he’s defended his title            6

25:00        average fight length since winning title        17.74

1:15:00         total fight time in 2012             25:00

1 (The MMA LAB,         gyms owned    1 (El Nino Training Center,
Glendale, AZ)                                                 San Francisco)

Larry Fitzgerald,        toughest friends                The Diazes
Arizona Cardinals
                                                                        

                                          

Midia

Recente
UFC Fight Night Weigh-ins at Goiania Arena on May 29, 2015 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
29/05/2015
Assista à pesagem do UFC Goiânia: Condit x Alves ao vivo direto do ginásio Goiânia Arena, sexta-feira, dia 29 de maio, às 16h.
29/05/2015
Brasileiro enfrenta o norte-americano Carlos Condit no UFC Goiânia, neste sábado, nos meio-pesados. Compre seu ingresso - http://www.livepass.com.br/ufcgo/ Confira o card - http://on.ufc.com/UFCGoiania
29/05/2015
Assista ao P&R com a desafiante peso galo Bethe Correia e o meio-médio Erick Silva, ao vivo na sexta-feira, 29 de maio, às 14h45.
29/05/2015