Most common subs in UFC history, graphically displayed

 

Ever wonder what submissions are the most commonly used in the UFC? UGer Tycho did, so he counted em, and here are the results in graph form.

Tycho explains his methodology:
I counted all these manually by looking through records from Sherdog and Wikipedia. I counted and added and graphed them using excel. When I had video footage available, which was often, I would view the submission, especially if it seemed weird somehow. I usually try to fit a submission into an existing category, unless it seems significantly different. An armbar from guard and an armbar from mount are the same. I didn't originally want to list "Triangle Armbar" as a submission but it turns out they are fairly common. Because I do not take from the records verbatim, this is an interpretative study, and hence almost certainly contains errors. So don't take this as 100% accurate.

What is a submission?
A submission is a way to finish a fight without strikes. Techniques are from BJJ, Judo, and other grappling disciplines. Tapping to strikes, injury, fatigue or frustration are not submissions. "Technical submissions" as stopped by refs are counted. Submissions are, where possible, counted even if the official result was later overturned to NC, though I can't be sure I caught all of these.

Submissions are listed on the pie graph if they comprise at least 10% of subs from that time period. Otherwise they are listed in "Other".

Every fight and every sub in the UFC's history:

1993-1999
“Choke” and “Armlock” are what the official records show. Were possible I watched the fight to define it more precisely eg "Choke" becomes RNC upon viewing. These early records are spotty and not very reliable.

2000-2005
These fights all took place under the modern, unified rules. I lumped them together because there are so few compared to future events.

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Top 20 Submissions in UFC History:

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IZASH INDUSTRY site profile image  

11/8/14 7:38 PM by IZASH INDUSTRY

just happy to see this get some more credit

rbl site profile image  

11/4/14 9:52 PM by rbl

This is great but I wish they'd differentiate between set ups. There's a big difference between an armbar from guard and one from mount or side.

Bull_in_chinashop site profile image  

11/4/14 8:27 PM by Bull_in_chinashop

Per Reed Khun (Fighnomics) All UFC events as of 2013: 36%Ko/TKO/Stoppage, 24% Submission, 39% Decision, 1% other (no winners)

GenkiSudoTT_FawkinxD site profile image  

11/4/14 8:12 PM by GenkiSudoTT_FawkinxD

Congrats killa B!!!

Bull_in_chinashop site profile image  

11/4/14 7:48 PM by Bull_in_chinashop

How has the UG not read Fightnomics yet? http://fightnomics.com/book/

IZASH INDUSTRY site profile image  

11/4/14 1:16 PM by IZASH INDUSTRY

I was thinking the same thing! That's why I bumped it! Hopefully OP still has a spreadsheet with all the raw data and could maybe just update it once a year. OP really does deserve more credit for putting this together. Respect.

GongandDash site profile image  

11/4/14 10:53 AM by GongandDash

Nice work! Sub. Any ideas what percentage of fights end in tko vs decision vs sub?

siebe41 site profile image  

11/4/14 10:14 AM by siebe41

We have an omaplata now!

garrote site profile image  

11/4/14 12:03 AM by garrote

Bad ass.

fightsfan site profile image  

11/3/14 11:25 PM by fightsfan

In the early days armbars were more prevalent , and with guys like FABIANO IHA who won most of his fights by Armbar.Now Rousey is giving armbars a resurgence in the stats.So 23 %, i in every 4 fights will be a submission.Seems it might be wise to focus on learning and applying the 3 most likely submissions according to the stats.REAR NAKED CHOKE, GUILOTINE CHOKE, ARMBAR



 

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