The Bang Effect is real – It’s math

Monday, December 09, 2013

Reed Kuhn from the estimable Fightnomics took a practiced look at Team Alpha Male before and after they brought on Duane “Bang” Ludwig as head coach. The Bang effect is remarkable.

An unlikely new coaching star, Duane “Bang” Ludwig has surged to the forefront of the competitive MMA coaching landscape after a fortuitous change of scenery. Ludwig is the obvious candidate for 2013′s “MMA Coach of the Year.”

Since Ludwig’s arrival at Team Alpha Male in December of 2012, his team’s fighters have been posting wins and highlight reel finishes at an unlikely pace. In this weekend’s UFC on FOX 9 card, Team Alpha Male has a chance to capture its first UFC title of the Bang Era, and hold leading contender status in several divisions.

The data analyzed here includes all statistics from UFC fights for Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, Danny Castillo, and TJ Dillashaw, in an apples-to-apples comparison of the same five fighters in UFC fights only, before and after the arrival of their new coach.

It’s not a small improvement, it’s significant, and it’s across the board. Team Alpha Male is now a new and improved breed of solid wrestlers that have added crisp and violent striking to their arsenal.

With Benavidez, Faber, Mendes, and Castillo all competing at the UFC on FOX 9 card in their home-field arena in Sacramento, a lot of attention will be given to their performance. But there’s a lot at risk here for Team Alpha Male who are still seeking their first UFC title, and for head coach Duane Ludwig, who is hoping to end 2013 with a Bang.

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