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Maia vs. Shields By the Numbers

Before UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields takes place October 9 on FOX Sports 1, we take a look at some of the numbers behind the men of the main event.
19
Combined submission wins by UFC Fight Night headliners Demian Maia and Jake Shields.

0
Losses via submission in their combined 58 fights

5
Consecutive submission victories for Maia inside the Octagon, a UFC record

13
Career finishes by Shields: 3 KO/TKOs and 10 subs

4
Degree of black belt that Maia holds in Brazilian jiu-jitsu; Shields is also a black belt in BJJ

4
Submission of the Night bonuses for Maia, the third most in UFC history

4
UFC submission wins by Maia in the first round

7
Takedowns scored by Shields on Dan Henderson in his successful Strikeforce middleweight title defense

280
Strikes landed by Shields in that fight, the most in Strikeforce history

2:30

Time it took for Maia to ground, take the back, and rear naked choke Rick Story at UFC 153

12-0
Maia’s record when completing one or more takedowns of his opponent

3-0

Maia’s record in the UFC since dropping from middleweight to welterweight in July 2012

15
Number of consecutive wins Shields racked up between November 2005 and his 2011 title challenge loss against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129

3.91

Significant strikes landed per minute by Shields in the UFC, the third highest among active welterweights

41
Percentage of Maia’s successful takedown attempts against the infamously strong ground specialist Jon Fitch (7 of 17, career best) at UFC 156, plus 3 submission attempts and 5 guard passes

40.3

Percentage of Shields’ sig strikes that hit the body, the 2nd highest in the UFC. (First place goes to Fabio Maldonado, who is fighting Joey Beltran at the same event.)

71.3

Percentage of Maia’s significant strikes that go to the the head

1.93
UFC average for number of takedown attempts by a fighter per 15 minutes

3.35
Average number of takedown attempts per 15 minutes for Maia

11.4
Average number for Shields

1999
Year that Shields started training MMA at Chuck Liddell’s SLO Kickboxing Academy

2011
Year in which the vegetarian Shields was named "Most Animal-Friendly Athlete" by PETA

1
Collective gasp of excitement from all grappling fans should this fight hit the canvas

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