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December 29th, 2018
Brian Hemminger

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

December 15th, 2018
Brian Hemminger

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

December 8th, 2018
Brian Hemminger

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

December 1st, 2018
Brian Hemminger

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

November 30th, 2018
Brian Hemminger

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

November 24th, 2018
Staff

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

November 17th, 2018
Brian Hemminger

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

November 10th, 2018
Staff

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

November 3rd, 2018
Brian Hemminger

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

October 27th, 2018
Brian Hemminger

Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn (@Fightnomics) organizes the Fightmetric data of all fights for each UFC event. When there is enough data on both fighters, he’s able to create an “Uber Tale of the Tape,” which showcases what he feels highlights some of the most important match-up data in a fight. Data includes fighter age, knockdowns,…

March 17th, 2017
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 107: Manuwa vs. Anderson Date: March 18, 2017 Arena: The O2 Arena City: London, England The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back in London, England this Saturday (March 18, 2017) for the ninth time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 107: Manuwa vs. Anderson. The 13-fight card will be streamed live…

December 18th, 2016
Gabe Killian

This year is nearly wrapped up and the UFC’s 2017 fight calendar continues to fill up. Here are my thoughts on some recently booked match-ups that are set to take place inside the Octagon… Fight: Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger vs Nina Ansaroff Card: UFC Fight Night 103 Where: Phoenix, AZ When: November 19, 2016 Thoughts: This women’s…

October 7th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics It may not be a title fight between the absolute best Middleweights on the roster, but the plot lines leading into the Bisping-Henderson rematch make for compelling MMA. Will Bisping successfully defend his title as the third champion since the Anderson Silva era, and in doing so exact revenge for one of the…

September 7th, 2016
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics It’s time for the Heavyweights to shine at UFC 203 in Cleveland. New champ Stipe Miocic gets to defend his belt for the first time on his home turf, with a card that boasts no shortage of dangerous strikers. But as we’ll see, not all strikers are created equal. And while some fighters…

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…

May 9th, 2016
Jay Primetown

ToutMaster 2016 (presented by MMAOddsbreaker.com and TheMMA-Analysis Podcast) continued this past weekend with UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. After UFC Fight Night 87, here’s the updated top 20: Godofmma continues to lead the 2016 ToutMaster; however his lead at the top has decreased to a miniscule .6 points. WesReynolds has just jumped from…

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 12th, 2016
Gabe Killian

Into the second month of 2016 and the UFC’s calendar year continues to fill up. Here are my thoughts on some recently booked match-ups… Fight: Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko Card: UFC 196 Where: Las Vegas, NV When: March 5, 2016 Thoughts: Man, I think this is going to be an extremely entertaining fight in…

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…

January 26th, 2016
Mike James

The main event of UFC on Fox 18 is a light heavyweight contest between #2 ranked Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and #4 ranked Ryan “Darth” Bader. Johnson has become a must-see attraction since re-signing with the UFC in 2014, while Bader has become a top contender by winning his last five fights. The winner of this…

January 10th, 2016
Jay Primetown

Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at Russian light heavyweight Adbul-Kerim Edilov as he takes on Brazilian veteran Francimar Barroso at Fight Night 81 in Boston, Massachusetts.   Abdul-Kerim Edilov Hometown: Grozny, Chechen Rupublic Age: 24 Height: 6’3” Reach: N/A Weight…

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 20th, 2015
Mike James

The co-main event of UFC Fight Night 78 is a featherweight contest between former title challenger Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas and longtime veteran Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez. This is Lamas’ first foray into the Octagon since his knockout loss to Chad Mendes in April. Sanchez, on the other hand, has not competed since June of…

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 18th, 2015
Mike James

The main event of Bellator 142: Dynamite is a light-heavyweight title fight between defending champion Liam McGeary and mixed martial arts legend Tito Ortiz. McGeary is looking to make his name off of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” while this is likely Ortiz’s last shot at championship gold.   Liam McGeary 10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC,…

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,…

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
Mike James

Kicking off the UFC Fight Night 74 main card is a strawweight contest between #8 ranked Maryna “Iron lady” Moroz and Valerie “Trouble” Letourneau. Moroz made a big impression in her UFC debut, as she scored a big upset win over Joanne Calderwood. Her counterpart, Letourneau, dropped to the strawweight division this year after starting…

August 20th, 2015
Mike James

The main card of UFC Fight Night 74 features a lightweight contest between top prospect Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Tony Sims. After losing his UFC debut to Chad Laprise, Aubin-Mercier has recorded consecutive submission wins inside the Octagon. Sims, meanwhile, made good on his UFC debut in June by knocking out Steve Montgomery in the first…

August 17th, 2015
Mike James

The main event of Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night 74 is a terrific featherweight contest between #5 ranked Max “Blessed” Holloway and #7 ranked Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira. Both fighters come into this contest on long winning streaks and will attempt to make a strong impression on the rest of the featherweight division.   Max…

August 11th, 2015
Mike James

UFC Fight Night 73’s co-main event was a controversial fight between top lightweight contenders Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush. The fight has been the talk of mixed martial arts fans and pundits since the event, with many questioning the judges’ call in awarding Dariush the winner via split decision (29-28×2, 28-29). Since the fight has…