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

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