How Every UFC Fight Ended in 2015 (in One Graph)

  A lot happened in MMA in 2015, and fans (especially Irish ones) are still elated by how the end of the year played out. The 473 fights that took place in the UFC Octagon at 41 events through the year went down in pretty much every conceivable fashion, resulting in new champions across most divisions. But if these fights seem like a blur, just consider that 2015 saw fewer UFC bouts than the prior year for the first time since Zuffa reorganized for a growth surge in 2003-4. So the decade of constant growth in action has finally come to a steady state, and yet that doesn’t mean we...

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Ronda Rousey the Destroyer – and Why We Should Watch Her at UFC 193

  Ronda Rousey has become a really big deal, and there are a lot of reasons why. But for serious Mixed Martial Arts fans who have watched the sport grow from its sloppy, circus-like infancy, they see that Rousey has delivered the type of combative dominance rarely seen in modern MMA. Not since Royce Gracie first shocked UFC fans by submitting one larger and more fearsome opponent after another has such an unsuspecting physical specimen belied such dangerous weapons. And over 20 years since UFC 1, this time around a much wider audience is prepared to see what a dominant fighter looks like...

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Striking Assessment: UFC Light Heavyweight Division

The UFC “Glamour Division” that drove the surging popularity of the sport during the late 2000’s on the backs of fighters like Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz has gone through a massive overhaul in recent years. Not only did physical superfreak Jon Jones emerge and clean house at Light Heavyweight on his way towards stardom, but then his sudden fall and departure from the promotion rejuvenated the competitiveness of the division. That said, the 205’ers haven’t been very busy in 2015, seeing only 11 total fights (plus one at catchweight) in the first six months of the year. Still, the...

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How Every UFC Fight in the First Half of 2015 Ended (in one graph)

  The year 2015 is barely into the second half, and already it’s been a blur for UFC fans. If you can’t recall some of the 237 fights that went down in the first six months of the year, don’t be surprised. And if that’s the case, we’ve got a single graph to summarize it all. The mosaic plot below shows how fights ended, but also what division they took place in. Both the vertical and horizontal axes are proportional, so the widest bars represent weight classes that had more fights. Click image to enlarge. So let’s consider a few takeaways. First, we see the common trend of...

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5 Facts for UFC 190 from Captain Obvious

  The UFC 190 card is so stacked they’re putting seven fights on the Pay-Per-View broadcast (thanks to TUF Brazil), including a bevy of Brazilians superstars anchored by both Nogueira brothers. But in a new twist to our stats segments, we’re offering you five facts you might have already known, but we’re backing them up with some hard numbers. Now, with the help of the Captain Obvious meme, here are five things you need to know about UFC 190, and the stats that will make you the smartest guy at the table on fight night.   1. Ronda Rousey is Really Good at Submissions Ronda...

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s Statistical Domination of UFC Strawweights

    The UFC’s newest division scored the first ever European champion before even Conor McGregor’s dramatic victory at UFC 189. Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been on a tear, showing dominant aggression and lightning fast strikes that have overwhelmed her last two opponents while still standing. And in fact, when we look at the numbers for the Women’s Strawweight division to date, we see that the champ has been backing up her performances with solid stats. Fight Metric’s Significant Strike is the basic unit measure of output in MMA, as it tends to correlate highly with fighter...

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