striking

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…

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…

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…

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   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…

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…

September 26th, 2014
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   We’ve already thrown compliments all over the stacked UFC 178 card, so it’s safe to say that any serious MMA fan is going to be watching this Saturday night. But digging deeper in to the stats brings out some of the battlegrounds within the matchups, the “fight within the fight,” if you…