UFC Fight Statistics For 1st Quarter of 2012

Between now and April 9th there will be no UFC event. It’s a blast to the stone-age era when you used to wait 6 months between shows, much less 6 weeks. The closest fill you’ll get as far as a UFC fix is simply to watch The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX every Friday night at 9 PM, as it premieres this week. In the meantime, I’ve taken a closer look at some fight statistics for the first three months worth of shows. You can gloss over these numbers after the jump.

Why don’t we start things off with the endings, shall we?

UFC 2012 Statistics: Fight Ending Breakdown

Event

KO/TKO

Submission

UD/MD

SD

DQ/NC/Draw

UFC 142

3

3

3

0

1 DQ

FX 1

3

5

2

0

0

FOX 2

3

2

5

0

0

UFC 143

2

2

4

3

0

FUEL 1

3

1

4

1

0

UFC 144

5

1

6

0

0

FX 2

4

3

3

0

1 Draw

TOTAL

23

17

29

4

2

Percentage wise, the numbers breakdown as such:

Unanimous/Majority Decision = 38.7%
KO/TKO = 30.7%
Submissions = 22.7%
Split Decisions = 5.3%
DQ/Draw/NC = 2.6%

Not surprisingly, unanimous and majority decisions rule the roost. The finishing rate so far is 53.4%, and is on pace to be an improved percentage from 2011, which was below 50% at the halfway point for the first time ever.

Next up is the finishes by round. Have there been more stoppage victories in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd round? What about any 4th and 5th rounders?

UFC 2012 Statistics: Finishes by Round

Event

RD 1

RD 2

RD 3

RD 4

RD 5

UFC 142

5*

0

1

0

0

FX 1

6

1

1

NA

FOX 2

2

2

1

0

0

UFC 143

2

2

0

0

0

FUEL 1

3

1

0

NA

UFC 144

3

2

1

0

0

FX 2

4

2

1

NA

TOTAL

25

10

5

0

0

NOTE: The asterisk refers to Carlo Prater vs. Erick Silva, which would’ve been a first round TKO finish, but Silva was DQed for illegal shots to the back of the head. Therefore, it can’t count as a legal stoppage.

Easy numbers to digest. 62.5% of this year’s finishes have come in the opening round, 25% in the 2nd, and only 12.5% in the 3rd. Obviously of the 5 to come in the final round, two have come in the last couple of weeks, with Tim Boetsch’s comeback KO vs. Yushin Okami and Martin Kampmann’s dramatic guillotine choke over Thiago Alves. Only four fights have been five-rounders and three of them went the distance, and since the switch to five-round non-title main events, not a single one has seen a finish past the 3rd round.

This table breaks down fight results for every weight class thus far, including the recently added flyweight division from last Friday’s UFC on FX 2 card.

UFC 2012 Statistics: Finishes by Weight Class

Weight Class KO/TKO Submission Decision Other
Flyweight

1

0

0

1 Draw

Bantamweight

1

2

5

0

Featherweight

4

5

2

0

Lightweight

4

3

5

0

Welterweight

3

3

6

1 DQ

Middleweight

2

2

7

0

Light Heavyweight

2

0

1

0

Heavyweight

6

1

2

0

Catchweight

0

1

1

0

To refresh everyone’s memory, the two catchweight fights were Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony “Stomach Grumble” Johnson, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader. Both Johnson and Jackson missed weight, and both lost.

PERCENTAGES

Flyweight: 50% OTHER, 50% KO/TKO (duh)

Bantamweight: 62.5% DEC, 25% SUB, 1 KO/TKO

Featherweight: 45.4% SUB, 36.6% KO/TKO, 18.1% DEC

Lightweight: 41.7% DEC, 33.3% KO/TKO, 25% SUB

Welterweight: 46.2% DEC, 23.1% KO/TKO, 23.1 SUB, 0.8% OTHER

Middleweight: 63.6% DEC, 18.1% KO/TKO, 18.1% SUB

Light Heavyweight: 66.7% KO/TKO, 33.3% DEC

Heavyweight: 66.7% KO/TKO, 22.2% DEC, 11.1% SUB

Catchweight: 50% SUB, 50% DEC

As easy as it is to attribute the rise in decisions to the lower weight classes (as holds true most of the time), the bulk of the decisions belong to welterweight and middleweight. In fact, 20 of 33 fights lightweight and below have ended in either a KO/TKO or submission.

Another interesting note is just three light heavyweight fights so far after 7 events. And two of those were on the last FX card. Of course, the next two cards will be headilned by light heavies (Nogueira vs. Gustafsson and Jones vs. Evans).

The final table focuses on submissions, more specifically what type of submissions are being used to end bouts.

UFC 2012 Statistics: Submission Types

Submission Method Number of Finishes

Rear Naked Choke

8

Guillotine Choke

3

Armbar

2

Mounted Triangle Armbar

1

Triangle/Armbar

1

Heel Hook

1

Calf Slicer

1

After only two armbars in ALL of 2011 (Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi and Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez) we’ve already had two plain ol’ armbars and two other variations of it. Charles Oliveira’s calf slicer win over Eric Wisely is the first in UFC history. Rousimar Palhares sports the lone heel-hook with his mangling of Mike Massenzio’s leg.

No kimuras and also no triangle chokes either, but Chael Sonnen hasn’t rematched Anderson Silva yet.

So what have we learned after 3 months? The rear-naked choke is the submission of choice, welterweights and middleweights are ruining the sport with boring decisions (as I gloss over the fact that 4 of 7 Fight of the Night awards have gone to a decision), and heavyweights tend to knock people out.

That’s it for now. I’d think of more things to explore but my brain is literally fried (in Mike Goldberg’s incorrect sense of the word “literally”). We’ll do this again with more numbers and more stats towards the end of the year.

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