Snapstats: Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz Statistical Contrast

The main event at UFC 183 presents two living legends facing off in a very unpredictable bout due to unprecedented layoffs. But what shouldn’t be surprising is the style of striking that each man brings into the Octagon on fight night, as we have loads of historical data between them. The basic gist is that Silva is the precision knockout artist, while Diaz is the aggressive volume striker. As we’ll see the numbers tell a very clear story of contrasting styles, but they don’t necessarily tell us which style will prevail this weekend. We do know that both fighters have been reluctant to...

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UFC FN59 Matchup Analysis Tibau-Parke

  UFC Fight Night 59 January 18, 2015 Lightweight Matchup: Gleison Tibau vs Norman Parke   Big Picture:  In a fight card defined by one of the biggest betting mismatches in UFC history, there are several compelling and very close matchups elsewhere to appreciate. And leading off the main card is a matchup between a long-time successful combatant in the ultra-competitive lightweight division, Gleison Tibau, pitted against a relative newcomer and former TUF Smashes winner Norman Parke. Neither man is ranked despite amassing solid winning records, so a win here could boost one of...

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UFC Fight Night 59 Matchup Analysis McGregor-Siver

  UFC Fight Night 59 January 18, 2015 Featherweight Matchup: Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver By@fightnomics   Big Picture:  Immediately after Conor McGregor’s 2013 UFC debut, the Featherweight division has had a new self-proclaimed title contender. If you ask McGregor, he’ll tell you he earned his title shot long ago, even before his first-round finishes of several of the division’s best. But finally, in this weekend’s main event in Boston, Dana White has confirmed that McGregor can earn a title shot at current champion Jose Aldo with a win over the #10 ranked Featherweight...

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UFC182 Matchup Analysis Dunham-Damm

UFC 182 January 3, 2015   Big Picture:  Leading of the Fox Sports prelim card are two fighters who are a combined 0-5 in their most recent appearances.  This could be a loser goes home fight, but at least for Evan Dunham, his record is fairly misleading. Already competing in arguably the most competitive UFC weight class, Evan Dunham has had to face three of the division’s best in his last three fights, resulting in three straight losses. But look closer and you’ll see that he took current #1 contender and likely next title challenger Rafael Dos Anjos the distance, and Dunham even took...

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UFC 182 Matchup Analysis: Marquardt-Tavares

  UFC 182 January 3, 2015   Big Picture:  When Nate Marquardt returned to Middleweight after back to back knockout losses, many people wrote him off. In his next fight in New Zealand against Kiwi slugger James Te-Huna, Marquardt was a sizable underdog, but looked ferocious in his first round submission upset win. Marquardt was once a challenger to Anderson Silva, the whispered potential future successor to Georges St-Pierre, and then a Welterweight Strikeforce champion. But highlight reel losses can change a lot. And so here is Nate Marquardt, the long-time MMA veteran who has fought...

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UFC 182 Matchup Analysis: Lombard-Burkman

  UFC 182 January 3, 2015   Big Picture:  Leading off the main card at UFC 182 is a Welterweight matchup between a man looking to maintain momentum towards a title shot, and another looking to justify a second run in the UFC. Hector Lombard seems to have hit his stride and is riding a two-fight win streak over solid competition, while longtime UFC veteran Burkman turned heads by choking Jon Fitch out cold in the World Series of Fighting, though still fell short of winning a title. Now Burkman returns to the UFC, with many remembering his big upset over Fitch. This has people wondering...

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