UFC 200 Full Link Roundup!

  UFC 200 !! Well, it’s been a busy week. To say the least. Two fight cards have already happened this week, but most of our attention is on the huge milestone UFC 200 event this Saturday. We can’t event think about UFC South Dakota next Wednesday (you knew about that, right?). Here’s all the trouble we got into regarding UFC 200 and the matchups involved.   At ESPN, we were interested in some crazy things like: The Best UFC Career Betting Investments The Biggest UFC Title Fight Upsets of All Time How to Bet UFC 200 The first ever episode of ESPN’s 5 Rounds...

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UFC 199 Link Round Up

  It’s weigh-in day for UFC 199 in Los Angeles, and thanks to two title fights between bitter rivals, there’s plenty of press coverage for the event. Here in Silicon Valley, we’re eager to see our local UFC Middleweight Champion keep that belt when he faces off against veteran hustler Michael Bisping. We’re also very excited for the grudge match between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber. There are a lot of reasons to watch the fight card this weekend, and so we’ve organized all analysis related to UFC 199 here in one place. Take a look, follow along on Twitter...

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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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Snapstats: Offensive Striking Metrics for UFC on FOX 17

We saw several high performing strikers come through with big wins at UFC 194, and now we’ve arrived at the final fight card of the year. It’s a FOX card too, so we know it will be stacked with fan-friendly strikers hoping to draw new mainstream fans to the sport, as well as sending out with a bang. But not all strikers are created equal, and even among good strikers, some excel in different ways. So let’s review the FOX 17 fighters on their offensive metrics to see who stands out, and specifically how. As we’ll see, there are some freakishly high performers in several categories, and...

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Just How Good is Conor McGregor at Striking?

  As 2015 comes to a close, the MMA world is anticipating what could be the most watched UFC event in history at UFC 194 in Las Vegas. Coming off the heels of the recent, stunning upset of Holm Holm over Ronda Rousey, an even more highly anticipated title fight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo will finally take place. The matchup fell through once due to a short notice injury to Aldo, and McGregor’s subsequent knockout of Chad Mendes for an interim title skyrocketed his already-elevated popularity. The original matchup already had massive hype behind it, but McGregor’s...

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Snapstats: Offensive Striking Metrics for UFC 193

  Note, for our Fantasy preview of UFC 193, go here. For our ESPN Insider betting analysis, go here.     The final two fights at UFC 193 will feature two of the most decorated strikers in women’s MMA, one a former boxer, and one a form Muay Thai competitor. But one is a monstrous betting favorite, and the other is a massive underdog. One look at the graph below, and you’ll see why. But how does the rest of the card stack up in terms of striking skills? Let’s see them on all on page.   How the Graph Works This balloon (or bubble) chart includes the fighters competing...

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