UFC 189 Coverage & Link Roundup


With a rare off weekend for the UFC, the build up to UFC 189 seems to be over the top. Two titles on the line, and the Conor hype-train will finally collide with a wrestler. The market is passionately torn on who will win the Interim Featherweight title: the Irish Striker, or the Team Alpha Male Wrestler. And while that matchup is garnering most of the coverage, the Undisputed Welterweight Title has the market similarly split. With 10 ranked fighters competing at UFC 189 in total, there are also matchups in several divisions that could affect the title picture further down the road.



We started the week by previewing both title fight matchups on ESPN MMA Live, and also How to Bet UFC 189.

McGregor vs Mendes


Lawler vs MacDonald


There’s clearly a lot of talent on the card, and also some very interesting stylistic matchups, culminating in an ultimate Striker vs Wrestler matchup in the main event. So in order to fully appreciate what we’re going to see on fight night, consider brushing up on the stats for the fighters competing on the card.

Performance Metrics Analysis:

Power Head Striking Accuracy

Standup Striking Pace

Wrestling Control

Overall Cage Control

- Statistical Studs & Duds: 5 Sleeper Mismatches at UFC 189


For those looking to make a bet, consider a listening to the MMA Oddsbreaker Podcast that examines each and every fight on the card.

In particular, we looked at the Mike Brown vs  Tim Means matchup in detail.

And we also considered the prices for Kountermove Fantasy MMA for UFC 189.


For those who like denser graphs, consider these generated for the Featherweight title matchup. This graph shows the size of all UFC Featherweights and demonstrates the importance of Reach in being successful. This version shows us that McGregor is a rare physical specimen as a rangy Southpaw. And this graph shows us the offensive striking metrics of the Featherweigts, with McGregor, Mendes and Aldo highlighted for comparison.


Use the “FIGHTNOMICS” deposit code for a free bonus at Kountermove. And don’t forget to get the Fightnomics book for analysis of MMA.

Enjoy the awesome fight card!


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