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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Snapstats: Where is the Knockout Potential at UFC Fight Night 77?

  The main event this weekend in Sao Paulo Brazil is a trilogy fight between two of the most famous veterans of the sport. It’s also a matchup between two older fighters, presumably having to compete off of testosterone supplements despite being longtime users before the TRT ban. Regardless, maximal strength is one of the last attributes to fade for an athlete, even after speed, reaction time, and brain resiliency have long since declined. That means that Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort should still be packing plenty of punch, but also that their ability to avoid and withstand a heavy...

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Rousey’s UFC Career as a Huge Favorite

    She’s faced MMA Champions, Olympic Champions, decorated wrestlers, and black belts, but none of it mattered. Ronda Rousey has been so dominant over decorated opponents in her current UFC run that even in her upcoming fight against the most decorated female boxer to enter MMA, Holly Holm, Rousey is again a monster favorite. (Click image to enlarge.) Rousey has been heavily favored in every matchup in her UFC career, and all her four Strikeforce fights prior. The closest odds she saw came against Olympic wrestler Sarah McMann, when Rousey closed as only a -360 favorite. Rousey...

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Who is the Hardest Hitter at UFC 191?

  The final fight of the night at UFC 191 may be in the Flyweight division, not known for knockouts, but before that happens plenty of skilled knockout artists will enter the cage, and that includes the title challenger. The other marquee matchups at Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight promise lots of potential for violence, and there are also some intriguing striking matchups all the way down on the prelims. Striking fans can especially look forward to the Felder-Pearson matchup, as well as Lineker-Rivera. So let’s take a closer look at the power in this weekend’s lineup. Here are how...

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Striking Assessment: UFC Middleweight Division

    The UFC Middleweight division was long ruled by the most dangerous striker in UFC history, Anderson Silva. His rise to power was swift and merciless, and when he cleaned out the division, he even made a few daytrips up to Light Heavyweight to knockout some of the talent in that division too. Silva recorded 17 career knockdowns while in the UFC, the most of any fighter by a longshot. But with a suspension delaying his post-championship super-fight schedule, it’s uncertain how many more points Silva will put on the board before retiring. In the meantime, the division’s...

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Striking Assessment: UFC Welterweight Division

  After the Lightweights, the next most populous and most frequently competed division is at Welterweight. It’s one of the legacy divisions that’s been around forever, and since the retirement of dominant champion Georges St-Pierre, it’s be given a recent makeover. So let’s see how this large and diverse division stacks up. We’ve got plenty of former wrestlers in the mix, and a few submission specialists. Some have picked up the striking game successfully, while others clearly are only trading as long they need to in order to set up a takedown.   For similar, prior...

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