Striking Assessment: UFC Flyweight Division

  It’s the last remaining men’s division that has only known one champion. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson has reigned over the UFC Flyweight division since inception, with 7 consecutive title defenses so far, and without ever having to take time off or for allow an “interim” title. But that domination will get put to the test by his most threatening former challenger, and as we’ll see there’s another threat down the road from a new arrival in the division. So let’s turn our attention to the UFC Flyweight division’s striking metrics.   For similar prior...

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Striking Assessment: UFC Heavyweight Division

  In the fight world, bigger fighters make for bigger fights. It’s always been the case. Heavyweights not only finish far and away the most fights by knockout, we’ll soon learn that they get paid a lot more than their peers, perhaps because of that risk. It’s a division full of power, and several all-time great knockout artists fought among the heavies.   So let’s turn our attention to the big boys, the UFC Heavyweight division.   For similar, prior analysis, follow these links for the: Light...

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Striking Assessment: UFC Featherweight Division

This Sunday in Saskatoon, two young gun Featherweights will face off in the main event. Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira are ranked #5 and #7 respectively, and their young ages belie a wealth of UFC experience. The two fighters are just 23 and 25 years old, yet have 25 combined UFC appearances between them. In fact, they are two of the four youngest fighters ever to become 12-fight UFC veterans. One of these two will clearly remain in the title picture at Featherweight, and both could be contenders further down the road. So let’s turn our attention to the UFC Featherweight division’s...

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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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Deconstructing the UFC’s Pound for Pound Most Dangerous Striker

  Of all the exhilarating things that can happen when two fighters face off inside the Octagon, a fighter dropping an opponent to the floor with a single strike is perhaps the most iconic. The fundamental physics and biology of a strong and well placed strike to the head will trump the strength of beast, the heart of a warrior, and even a lifetime of training. But who is truly the best knockout artist in UFC history? The punch for punch, pound for pound most dangerous striker? To answer the question, let’s deconstruct the ingredients of striking, and see what we might learn about how...

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Striking Assessment: UFC Heavyweight Division

We’ve saved the biggest fighters for last in the striking assessment series. Heavyweights end 57% of fights by (T)KO, far more than any other weight class. They also have the highest average power head striking accuracy, possibly because defense is harder when you’re that big. And on top of all that, heavyweights hit really hard . Collectively the group shown in the graph has scored 82 knockdowns in their Strikeforce and UFC fights through 2012. So let’s see how the whole division stacks up against each other, and then look at the winners and losers in each category. A full explanation...

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