Analysis: A Complete Breakdown of MMA Fight Finishes by Weight Class

Ed. Note: As usual, the good folks at Breakdown Fights broke down MMA fight finishes by weight class like only they can. Check out the full analysis below, and also be sure to check out all the other cool things they have on their site over at BreakdownFights.com.

MMA Fight Finishes by Weight Class

February 8, 2012

The graph above shows how often MMA fights in each weight class finish by KO/TKO (blue), submission (red) or decision (green).

Results are based on 3,194 fights since 1993 in the Fight Metric database.

The conclusion is clear: the lighter the weight class, the more decision victories, and the heavier the weight class, the more KO/TKOs. Submissions are mostly unaffected by weight.

Here’s a different look. This second graph shows the % of fights that finish period (regardless of finish type).

Same story.

Why do big men finish fights more often? Mostly because big men punch harder.

Striking power increases with mass/strength much faster than the ability to absorb strikes.

Big men can take a bigger punch because neck muscles are stronger and noggins more robust, but that ability to take a punch doesn’t keep pace with the ability to deliver a punch.

The brain is the weak link in this equation and you can’t do much to “pump <clap> that up”.

Mike the Geek

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