UFC Fight Cards in 2009: The Numbers

First written at Bloody Elbow.

This is something I’ve been working on the last few days since I am a statistics enthusiast. With 2009 coming to a close an two UFC events in a nine day span ready to kick off 2010, I decided to crunch the numbers for each fight card the UFC has put out this year. I’ve separated the PPV cards from the Spike cards.

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Pay-Per-View

  • 13 cards, starting from UFC 93 and ending with 107. UFC 95 and 105 were aired on Spike.
  • 75 prelim bouts, which saw:
    • 21 unanimous decisions
    • 11 split decisions
    • 18 technical knockouts
    • 5 knockouts
    • 19 submissions
    • 1 draw (Fabricio Camoes vs. Caol Uno at UFC 106)
    • 23 of the 75 aired on the live PPV broadcast.
      • 1 from UFC 93
      • 4 from UFC 96
      • 3 from UFC 98
      • 1 from UFC 101
      • 3 from UFC 102
      • 3 from UFC 103 (1 of which was replayed from the Spike prelims)
      • 2 from UFC 104 (1 of which was replayed from the Spike prelims)
      • 4 from UFC 106 (all were aired on the Spike prelims)
      • 2 from UFC 107
  • 68 main card fights, which saw:
    • 8 title fights
    • An 0-3 record for The Ultimate Fighter alums in title fights.
    • 25 unanimous decisions
    • 6 split decisions
    • 1 majority decision (Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve at UFC 107)
    • 15 technical knockouts
    • 11 knockouts
    • 9 submissions
    • 1 no contest (Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun-Kim at UFC 94 after Parisyan tested positive for painkillers)
    • 2 fights originally scheduled for the preliminary card that were pushed to the main card due to time constraints (Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman at UFC 97 and Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley at UFC 101)

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Spike TV

  • 10 cards were broadcast.
    • 3 were hour-long, commercial free prelim specials preceding the live PPV broadcast.
    • 3 were Ultimate Fight Nights.
    • 2 were UFC international events in UK aired on tape delay.
    • 2 were The Ultimate Fighter Season Finales.
  • 59 prelim bouts, which saw:
    • 14 unanimous decisions
    • 6 split decisions
    • 14 technical knockouts
    • 5 knockouts
    • 19 submissions
    • 1 draw (Uno vs. Camoes at UFC 106, which could’ve aired on Spike’s prelim special)
    • 21 of the 59 aired on the original Spike TV broadcast.
      • 11 aired on Spike’s prelim specials.
      • 4 from UFC 95.
      • 2 from UFC 105.
      • 2 from Ultimate Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens.
      • 2 from The Ultimate Finale 10.
    • 38* main card fights, which saw:
      • 11 unanimous decisions
      • 4 split decisions
      • 8 TKOs
      • 5 KOs
      • 9 submissions
      • 1 disqualification (Jon Jones vs. Matt Hamill on the TUF 10 Finale card)
      • 10 decisions and 3 submissions on the televised card from Ultimate Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann, TUF 9 Finale, and Ultimate Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard, which were 3 consecutive Spike shows during the year.
      • 17 alums from The Ultimate Fighter featured on Ultimate Fight Nights as well as UFC 95 and UFC 105.
      • 6,000,345,711,521,344 commercials during Ultimate Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens.

Final Total for 2009

  • 23 fight cards
  • 221 fights (115 preliminary, 106 main card)
  • 66 unanimous decisions
  • 51 technical knockouts
  • 51 submissions
  • 25 split decisions
  • 24 knockouts
  • 1 majority decision
  • 1 draw
  • 1 no contest
  • 1 disqualification

I actually have a table which breaks down each individual card and its results, but I have no idea how to paste that here and I don’t want to make it even “geekier” than it already is. Digest the stats and then quickly discard them from your brain. Have a great new year and cheers towards another successful year in the growth of MMA as a globally popular sport.

* I counted the two fights per prelim special on Spike as “main card” with any additional prelims treated as if they were airing a prelim on any other show.

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