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Fight Stat Wrap: UFC Phoenix Recap
Fight Stat Wrap: UFC Phoenix Recap

B.J. Penn looked well past his prime Sunday, but how does this loss stack up statistically with his others? Richard Mann is back to break down UFC Phoenix by the numbers.

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Chael Sonnen    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Sonnen lost to Tito Ortiz via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03 of Round 1 at Bellator 170 in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Sonnen needed to avoid ending up on the bottom in this fight. He knew Ortiz was going to go for the takedown. He attempted to sweep his opponent off his initial attempt, but he could not complete the reversal. Sonnen then worked for a D'arce choke, but Ortiz remained patient and escape the hold. Ortiz finished the takedown. Once he ended up on top, he took the mount. From there, Sonnen gave up his back and the choke. Sonnen has not since defeating Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in 2013.
Tito Ortiz    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Ortiz defeated Chael Sonnen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03 of Round 1 at Bellator 170 in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Going in to this fight, fans and pundits knew that whoever scored the takedown would have the advantage. Ortiz went for the takedown early. Sonnen defended with a sweep attempt and worked for a D'arce choke. However, Ortiz continued to press for the takedown and finally landed it. From there, he moved to the mount and caught Sonnen's back in a scramble. The former UFC champion locked on the rear-naked choke. The hold did not appear to be below the chin, but Ortiz continued to squeeze until Sonnen tapped out. Ortiz announced prior to this fight, that he would retire with either a victory or loss. He joined Bellator after an extensive UFC career in 2014. During his run in the promotion he defeated Alexander Shlemenko, Stephan Bonnar and Sonnen. His only defeat came against Liam McGeary at Bellator 142.
Brennan Ward    Bellator    Welterweight
Ward lost to Paul Daley via KO (Knee) at 2:27 of Round 1 at Bellator 170 in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ward has never really been afraid to mix it up on the feet in his fights. He was clearly rethinking that strategy early in this fight. After tasting Daley's power, he switched to his wrestling game. He landed a pair of takedowns, but Ward could not hold him down. After the two separated, Daley unleashed a flying knee that finished Ward. "Irish" suffered a knockout loss for only the second time in his career.
Paul Daley    Bellator    Welterweight
Daley defeated Brennan Ward via KO (Knee) at 2:27 of Round 1 at Bellator 170 in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Daley decided to bring the crowd to their feet. After getting back to his feet following a pair of takedowns, the British fighter unleashed a flying knee that knocked Ward out cold. This is an early contender for "Knockout of the Year." Daley needed an impressive win after struggling against Douglas Lima in his last fight. He has now gone 5-1 since joining Bellator in 2015.
Quinton Jackson    UFC    Heavyweight
During the broadcast of Bellator 170, the promotion announced that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will face Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in the main event of Bellator 175 on March 31.

Fantasy Analysis

"Rampage" is currently riding a five-fight winning streak that dates back to 2013. In 2014, he scored a controversial decision of Lawal in the main event of Bellator 120. In his last fight, Jackson defeated Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii at Bellator 157.
Muhammed Lawal    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
During the broadcast of Bellator 170, the promotion announced that Lawal will face Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the main event of Bellator 175 on March 31.

Fantasy Analysis

Lawal will be looking to get back on track after falling to legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in the first round of the 2016 Rizin World Grand Prix. In his last three outings, he has scored only one victory over Satoshi Ishii in the main event of Bellator 169. "Rampage" defeated Lawal in the main event of Bellator 120 via controversially decision.
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