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August 16th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics The rematch of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will headline this weekend’s return to Vegas at UFC 202, which will be the promotion’s second appearance at the new T-Mobile Arena. McGregor and Diaz always draw a crowd, and after the upset of McGregor in their first fight, interest in the rematch should be…

August 5th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

UFC FN92 August 6th, 2016 Middleweight Matchup: #12 Thales Leites vs Chris Camozzi By @fightnomics Big Picture:  Chris Camozzi may now be in his third run in the UFC, but still shy of his 30th birthday he’s now on a three-fight win streak and looking to move ahead in the world. And he can do…

July 5th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics It’s an historic event years in the making, with three titles on the line and even the return of one of the biggest Pay-Per-View kings of MMA history. And thanks to such a stacked lineup, we have plenty of data on these fighters to explore. So let’s take a closer look at offensive…

May 26th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   When the main event for Fight Night 88 in Las Vegas was announced, MMA fans took notice and began to anticipate a striking war. For the first time in a long time, the UFC would not be putting on an all-star loaded PPV card over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Las…

April 26th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   The sport of boxing is sometimes boiled down to the old adage, “to hit, and not be hit.” Athletes who can do this simple thing again and again, and at the highest levels, are the victors. And those unable to deliver and/or who take too much punishment while exchanging blows, inevitably lose…

April 22nd, 2016
Reed Kuhn

April 23rd, 2016 UFC 197 Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson vs Henry Cejudo By @fightnomics   Big Picture How do you measure dominance in MMA? First, it’s winning long enough to hold that rare title, becoming the best in the world for a given weight class. Then, once a title is won, you have to defend…

April 13th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

UFC on FOX 19 April 16th, 2016 Middleweight Matchup: Lyoto Machida vs Dan Henderson By @fightnomics   Big Picture:  It’s hard to imagine that this weekend will mark the 19th time the UFC has put fights on network primetime, and yet here we are with a FOX card loaded with veterans and fresh stars alike…

February 4th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   The Heavyweight title fight rematch and long-awaited main event for Super Bowl weekend may have been scrapped due to injuries, but that doesn’t mean the card will be lacking in potential knockouts. That’s thanks to a crew of heavy hitters. Some are brawlers who sling leather, while others are skilled technical strikers…

December 17th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   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…

December 11th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   It’s the most highly anticipated matchup in a long time that’s had nearly a year for the rivalry to bubble over. And we also have an unprecedented situation of not just a title matchup with razor close odds, but two of them on the same card. Both challengers in the two title…

December 10th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

TUF 22 Finale December 11th, 2015 Featherweight Matchup: Frankie Edgar vs Chad Mendes By @fightnomics   Big Picture:  Before the long awaited title matchup between the UFC’s top two Featherweights, the #2 and #3 ranked contenders will face off in a high-quality TUF Finale main event that may be flying under the radar given the…

November 20th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

UFC Fight Night 78 November 18th, 2015 Featherweight Matchup: Ricardo Lamas vs Diego Sanchez By @fightnomics Big Picture:  It’s an odd pairing between a former and still potential contender in Lamas, and an unranked Lightweight dropdown in Diego Sanchez. But the man formerly nicknamed both the “Dream” and the “Nightmare” still has the name recognition…

November 17th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

The amount of hype headed into UFC 193 was unusual for a number of reasons. The fight card was set to be witnessed by the largest live audience in the history of MMA, and so was generously stacked with double title fights. And yet none of the participants in the in the final two fights…

November 13th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   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…

November 5th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   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…

October 1st, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics When five out of the eight men competing on a UFC main card have NCAA Division 1 experience, it’s fair to say that wrestling remains one of the most critical ingredients to a successful MMA career. So let’s expand the aperture and look deeper at the mat skills to date at UFC 192,…

September 3rd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

UFC 191 September 5th, 2015 Bantamweight Matchup: John Lineker vs Francisco Rivera By @fightnomics The UFC’s college football kickoff event this weekend is loaded with heavy hitters, and not all of them are reserved for the pay-per-view broadcast. The prelims for UFC 191 are also packing some heat, and two matchups in particular should be…

September 2nd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics 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,…

September 2nd, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Join leading MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas, Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn and MMA journalist Brian Hemminger for the best source of insider MMA betting and fantasy sports analysis: The Premium OddsCast, presented by 5Dimes and Kountermove. Our UFC 191 betting podcast gives detailed picks, bets and breakdowns for the entire fight card in two parts. – Part one is…

August 31st, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics 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…

August 29th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   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…

August 27th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   The UFC’s Lightweight division went dark for a few years before returning with tons of momentum, and it’s now the center of mass for the entire UFC. More fights now take place at Lightweight than any other single division, and the roster for that weight class just edges out the Welterweights as…

August 26th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics With the Barao Era fully behind us in the UFC Bantamweight division, The Dillashaw Era is already looking to be a similarly dominant one. TJ Dillashaw trounced Barao not once, but twice, and we’re left looking around and wondering where any challenge to Team Alpha Male’s top Alpha might lie. However, this analysis…

August 25th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics 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…

August 24th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics 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. So let’s turn our attention to the big…

August 23rd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics 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…

August 23rd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   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…

August 22nd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics 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…

August 20th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Join leading MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas, Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn and MMA journalist Brian Hemminger for the best source of insider MMA betting and fantasy sports analysis: The Premium OddsCast, presented by 5Dimes and Kountermove. Our UFC Fight Night 74 betting podcast gives detailed picks, bets and breakdowns for the entire fight card in two parts. –…

August 6th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics As the UFC heads back to Nashville apparently some dominant wrestlers are coming along for the ride. Not only does the roster for UFC Fight Night 73 include a former Olympian, Sarah McMann, but there are several other wrestlers who have been dominant on the mat and in the cage. There are fighters…

August 6th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Join leading MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas, Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn and MMA journalist Brian Hemminger for the best source of insider MMA betting and fantasy sports analysis: The Premium OddsCast, presented by 5Dimes and Kountermove. Our UFC Fight Night 73 betting podcast gives detailed picks, bets and breakdowns for the entire fight card in two parts. – Part…

July 29th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics 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…

July 28th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics When Ronda Rousey walks to the cage at UFC 190, it won’t be a matter of “if,” but “how fast?” Rousey’s finishes have broken arms as well as records, and despite the foregone conclusion of victory for the champ who is favored more than 15-to-1, we’re still going to tune in to see…

July 24th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

UFC on FOX 16 July 25th, 2015 Lightweight Matchup: Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder By @fightnomics When the UFC heads to primetime FOX this weekend for the 16th time (!), they will be giving fans a striking duel to watch on a main card that promises a little bit of everything. After bonus machine Joe…

July 23rd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics FOX cards usually deliver plenty of hard hitters, but there are some stylistic contrasts brewing on this weekend’s matchups in Chicago, including a number of fights that will boil down to a striker versus a grappler. But where, exactly? This metric shows what percentage of a fighter’s total fight time is spent not only…

July 23rd, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Join leading MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas, Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn and MMA journalist Brian Hemminger for the best source of insider MMA betting and fantasy sports analysis: The Premium OddsCast, presented by 5Dimes and Kountermove. Our UFC on Fox 16 betting podcast gives detailed picks, bets and breakdowns for the entire fight card in two parts. – Part…

July 22nd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

The UFC always wants to put on a good show when the quarterly FOX card comes around, and that usually means stacking the fight card with heavy hitters. It appears that this weekend’s card will be no different. We’ll consider other performances metrics like wrestling later, but first let’s see who has the heaviest hands…

July 14th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

UFC Fight Night 71 July 15th, 2015 Heavyweight Matchup: Frank Mir vs Todd Duffee By @fightnomics It’s going to be tough to top the fight cards of the last week, but while many fans try to recover from the big annual Vegas blowout, they’re going to be hit by two Heavyweights set to collide in…

July 11th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

TUF 21 Finale July 12th, 2015 Welterweight Matchup: Jorge Masvidal vs Cezar Ferreira By @fightnomics On Sunday many in Vegas will still be recovering from the aftermath of UFC 189, with potentially two new champions to toast at numerous after parties until the wee hours of the morning. And yet there are still more fights…

July 8th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics International Fight Week for the UFC kicks off with a bang. And despite the derailment of the Aldo-McGregor contest, fans are still getting a stacked card at UFC 189, the first of four cards in an eight day period. With so much talent heading to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there are plenty…

July 7th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

UFC 189 July 11th, 2015 Welterweight Matchup: Matt Brown vs Tim Means By @fightnomics How stacked does a fight card have to be to see Matt Brown fighting on the prelims? The UFC pulled out the stops for UFC 189, and unassuming fans that might be watching the prelim fights at a bar will certainly…

July 6th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics We’ve looked at pure striking stats in terms of power striking accuracy, and also total standup pace, and we’ve also looked at wrestling control. So let’s put it all together and see who really will be controlling the cage at UFC 189. The chart uses standup striking volume as a proxy for standing…

July 5th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics The main event features a classic striker vs wrestler matchup, but it’s not the only fight where styles will contrast. Most fans readily accept that a Team Alpha Male fighter is probably good at wrestling, but how often does Chad Mendes really utilize his base? It turns out, an awful lot. This metric…

July 3rd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   The long-awaited UFC 189 card has come with some last-minute twists, but the card overall remains very high-quality despite an “interim” title situation in the main event. But as usual, the competitors throwing down in Las Vegas on fight night come in all shapes, sizes, and specialties. And that means a pretty…

July 2nd, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   Despite the loss of Jose Aldo in the main event, UFC 189 still has more than a few crisp strikers throwing down. There’s also some potential for extreme stylistic mismatches, culminating in the one in the main event between striker Conor McGregor and wrestler Chad Mendes. But all fights start standing, and…

June 30th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

There has been some doubt as to whether or not Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion will be able to defend his crown at UFC 189 due to a reported rib injury, so the promotion will be flying in Chad Mendes as a back-up plan to fight Conor McGregor should something happen. Just in case,…

June 24th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

UFC Fight Night 70 June 27th, 2015 Middleweight Matchup: Lyoto Machida vs Yoel Romero By @fightnomics Lyoto Machida has been fighting in main and co-main events since 2011 with title appearances in two divisions, so he’s no stranger to the big stage. Across the cage Yoel Romero, despite his age of 38 years, is a…

June 17th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics We have already seen a brief history of the UFC by the fights they promoted, and how they ended. But what about more subtle ways in which MMA has evolved over time? Are fighters fighting any differently now than they once did? We often hear that wrestlers are altering the competitive dynamics of…

June 13th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   In fantasy MMA there’s no more valuable a rule than “bang for your buck.” Fighters who manage to score lots of knockouts or submissions normally come at a premium, so the trick is to hunt for finishing potential in fighters that are reasonably priced. To rack up big points, you need winners…

June 12th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics It’s a long-delayed title matchup a year in the making. An extended Ultimate Fighter coaching build-up and then an injury that forced Cain Velasquez from his first matchup with Fabricio Werdum means Velasquez has now been out of the cage for 602 days. The mulligan at the UFC’s Mexican debut saw Werdum knock…

June 10th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   The UFC’s return to Mexico for UFC 188 will finally bring a conclusion to the murky Heavyweight title picture that has patiently awaited the return of legacy champion Cain Valesquez for an excruciating 602 days. The two UFC veterans in the main event are impressive along the statline in a number of…