The best finishers in the UFC, statistically

Thursday, April 13, 2017

In other more major sports like baseball, basketball, and football, statistics play a major role in breaking down all the action and determining who is the best. You are starting to see more statistics in the UFC broadcasting but expect to see more in the future as the sport continues to get more and more mainstream.

In the following video, we see some statistics on the best finishers in the UFC and some may surprise you and others not so much.

For example, among the top 15 pound for pound fighters in the UFC, Amanda Nunes has the highest finishing percentage which is an incredible 93%. That’s even higher than more well known knockout artists like Yoel Romero, Cody Garbrandt and even Conor McGregor who’s finishing rate is 90% (which is still incredibly high).

Outside of the current top 15 pound for pound is where things get really interesting as it reveals who may very well be on their way to becoming an all time great.

Currently surging UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou has an incredible 100% finishing rate and judging by how his fights go that’s probably going to stay that way for a while.

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey also shares Ngannou’s amazing 100% finishing rate, which really is amazing regardless of how her last couple fights went.

Other top finishers seen in the video are Derrick Lewis, Carlos Condit, Alistair Overeem, Thomas Almeida, as well as Matt Brown and Gunnar Nelson. Not much surprise there.

Hopefully the role of statistics in the UFC continues to improve and would be cool to see featured more during the ‘tale of tape’ segment before each fight starts.

It would also be cool if they could somehow work statistics into the ranking system somehow to have a more accurate ranking system based on math and numbers instead of just personal opinion.

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