Rose Namajunas isn’t the girl you thought you knew from “The Ultimate Fighter 20.”
In the most complete performance of her career to date, “Thug” Rose dominated Paige VanZant for five plus rounds before submitting the gritty Team Alpha Male member with a rear-naked choke 2:25 into the final stanza in the UFC Fight Night Las Vegas headliner on Thursday night.
That VanZant was able to endure for as long as she did spoke volumes about her resolve, but it was Namajunas who produced most of the eye-popping figures in the fight. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Namajunas vs. VanZant,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
57: Significant strikes landed by Namajunas, compared to just 10 for VanZant. The Grudge Training Center product also held a 104-to-53 edge in total strikes landed. Namajunas outlanded her foe 20 to 2 in round one, 10 to one in round two, 17 to three in round three and seven to one in round four. The strawweights landed three significant strikes apiece in the fifth frame.
43: Significant strikes to the head landed by Namajunas. VanZant landed just two.
21: Significant ground strikes landed by Namajunas; VanZant failed to land a single strike on the mat.
8: Takedowns landed, in 10 attempts, by Namajunas, the most of anyone on the Fight Night card. Namajunas took her foe to the canvas at least once in every round. VanZant, meanwhile, failed on both of her takedown tries.
14: Guard passes executed by Namajunas, who effortlessly transitioned from one dominant position to another throughout the bout.
4: Submission attempts for Namajunas, including the fight-ending choke. The “TUF 20” veteran appeared to have VanZant on the verge of a tapout on a number of occasions, only to see her opponent somehow escape the finish until the fifth round.
6: Submission attempts in UFC competition for Michael Chiesa, including the rear-naked choke that put Jim Miller away 2:57 into the second round of their lightweight tussle. It was Chiesa’s fourth submission triumph in the Octagon.
35: Career submission attempts for Miller, the most in UFC history. Chris Lytle is No. 2 with 31. Miller attempted one submission in his loss to Chiesa on Thursday.
3:40:35: Total Octagon time for Jim Miller, No. 5 in UFC lightweight history. Rafael dos Anjos is just slightly ahead in the fourth spot at 3:40:46. Miller spent 7:57 in the Octagon against Chiesa.
39: Total strikes landed by Cody Pfister in the opening round of his submission loss to Sage Northcutt, who landed 19 strikes. After Pfister maintained top position for much of the initial stanza, referee Mark Smith ordered a questionable standup late in the frame. Momentum shifted from there, ultimately leading to a Northcutt guillotine choke triumph 41 seconds into round two.
100: Percent takedown success rate in UFC competition for Northcutt, who went 2-for-2 against Pfister. The 19-year-old also landed his lone takedown attempt in his Octagon debut against Francisco Trevino.
30: Significant strikes by which Thiago Santos outlanded Elias Theodorou in rounds two (24 to 11) and three (20 to 3) combined en route to winning a unanimous decision in a middleweight bout. Theodorou held a 14-to-8 edge in significant strikes in round one.
.640: Significant striking accuracy for Santos, who landed 52 of his 81 attempts. By comparison Theodorou landed 28 of 94 significant strikes, a 29 percent clip.
12: Takedowns successfully defended by Santos. Theodorou landed his lone takedown of the fight in round two.
3: Significant strikes landed by Tim Means in round two before his welterweight clash with John Howard was halted 21 seconds into the period. The FIT-NHB representative put an end to Howard’s night with a perfectly placed left hook. Overall, “The Dirty Bird” outlanded his foe by a 37-to-20 margin in significant strikes.
21: Finishes in 25 professional outings for Means, who earned his third UFC triumph inside the distance by dispatching Howard.
11: Seconds before the middleweight bout between Antonio Carlos Jr. and Kevin Casey ended due to an accidental eye poke by Carlos Jr. That makes it the fastest no contest in UFC history, surpassing the previous fastest at UFC 37, when Benji Radach vs. Steve Berger ended in 27 seconds.
4-0: UFC record for Aljamain Sterling as he enters free agency. The Serra-Longo Fight Team product’s UFC contract expired following his second-round submission of Johnny Eduardo on Thursday night.
42: Total strikes by which Sterling outlanded Eduardo (42 to 7) as he completely neutralized his Brazilian foe for the better part of two rounds. Sterling also outlanded Eduardo 23 to four in significant strikes and landed both of his takedown attempts. Eduardo landed just 16 percent of his significant strikes overall.
579: Days since Eduardo’s last Octagon appearance, a resounding first-round knockout of Eddie Wineland at UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Silva” in Cincinnati.
6,978: Days since Johnny Eduardo made his professional debut against Wander Braga at a Brazilian Vale Tudo Fighting event in 1996. Incidentally, that is also the same year that fellow UFC Fight Night Vegas competitor Sage Northcutt was born.
48: Significant strikes landed by Santiago Ponzinibbio en route to a knockout of Andreas Stahl 4:25 into the opening round of their welterweight bout. By comparison, Zubaira Tukhugov and Phillipe Nover combined to land 41 significant strikes in an earlier preliminary featherweight contest that went three rounds.