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Fightnomics Releases Figures on Most and Least Active Strikers in the UFC, Jon Fitch Nowhere to Be Found

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Our buddies over at Fightnomics continue to crank out the finest in UFC-related empirical data. They’ve given us a breakdown of everything from how fights end by division to submission success rates by technique, and now they’ve released a statistical compilation of every single significant strike thrown in UFC history. And in even better news, it appears that the average pace at which significant strikes are thrown has nearly tripled since the promotion’s inception, even with Jon Fitch’s seventeen fights taken into account:

Since 2007, UFC fighters average 6.8 significant strikes per minute (SSpM) of fight time. Again, this is not just while standing, but also from dominant clinch and ground positions.  Significant strikes do damage, score knockdowns, set up submissions, or cause referees to jump in for the save.  Significant strikes generally define the action in a fight, and as the analysis shows, fighter output by this metric has changed drastically since the early years of the UFC.

Through the 1990’s, UFC fighters attempted an average of only 2.8 significant strikes per minute.  Averages for UFC fighters then more than doubled to 6.9 SSpM after the sport matured under Fertitta’s Zuffa umbrella.  Modern UFC fighters also score more knockdowns and throw a slightly higher percentage of power strikes than the old guard, further suggesting greater endurance. In terms of accuracy, about 42% of these significant strikes land on target.

My main question, of course, is whether or not those girly leg kicks Carlos Condit used to outpoint Nick Diaz at UFC 143 were factored into these figures. If so, this graph is therefore invalidated by the gold standard for significant strike measurement: The Unified Rules of Stockton. Obvious trolling attempts aside, this data should at least hinder the notion that lay-n-pray is the fastest rising trend in MMA, despite that scared bitch Georges St. Pierre’s endless attempts to prove otherwise.

And now, the reason you came here: Listed below is a breakdown of the 10 most active and the 6 least active strikers using the data made available through mid 2012.

Let’s start with the highest.

Noticeably Absent: Dominick Cruz, Frankie Edgar

Surprisingly Present: Jared Hamman, Chris Cope (?!)

Most Likely to go Unrecognized for his Accomplishment: Duane Ludwig….again.

And now, the least active. This list is much closer to what you’d expect, minus Jon Fitch, of course.

So what have we learned? If you throw less punches, chances are your ass is getting fired. With the exception of Volkmann and Zhang — the latter of which has somehow kept his job despite dropping his last three fights — none of the gentlemen on this list are still employed by the UFC. Guess they should have balled up some fists a little more often. That last sentiment goes double for Jon Fitch, who I’m not ready to accept back into my good graces after one decent fight and neither should you be.

For all of this great info and more, make sure to head over to Fightnomics and/or follow them on Twitter.

-J. Jones

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Thumblaster- January 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm
I concur with nippletwist,these numbers are bullshit,any retard who's been watching mma since shamrock and gracie made us dizzy circeling the cage for 25 minutes knows striking has improved a shit ton. I hope this study was'nt tax payer funded. GSP to me loves competition and not nessesarily fighting,i think he hates getting punched in the face and is happy to just hold people down and out point them, he never tries to finish the fucking fight. I realize nobody enjoys getting punched in the face but the exciting fighters are willing to take a shot to give a shot.
Nippletwist- January 10, 2013 at 11:31 am
fightnomics is a bunch of retards with too much time on their hands. who decides what is a significant strike and what isn't? it's a completely subjective judgement call. there's nothing scientific about this. all strikes have varying degrees of significance. all strikes are different from eachother, striking is so complicated, you can't just like quantify the significance of a strike into some kind of measurement. let alone to sit there and categorize every strike thrown as simply either "significant" or "non-significant". like every strike just falls into one of these two categorys and that's it. so a one punch KO is just categorically the exact same thing as a good leg kick. they're both just "significant". doesn't sound very scientific to me sounds like a load of subjective anecdotal bullshit being presented as some pseudo-science method of measuring fighting statistics.

this method of measuring striking is completely ineffective. striking is very complicated, there's a vast array of different strikes thrown and landed with a myriad of different causes and effects, to think that you're going to take this broad, diverse, spectrum of strikes and somehow classify all of them into just one of these two dumb categorys is just fucking ridiculous and stupid to begin with, it's completely oversimplifying something really complicated. and then you look into the method of how they go about classifying everything into these two oversimplified categorys, and you see that the definitions of these categorys are pretty vague and open to interpretation. so the whole things completely subjective garbage, it could mean something or it could mean absolutely nothing, it's just a load of bullshit, i don't understand how these idiots waste this much time putting together these idiotic forms of stat measurement that don't mean anything. to put so much time and effort in and the best you can come up with is some dumb system that doesn't give any real indication of anything, it's just garbage.
Kimbo Lesnar- January 10, 2013 at 11:12 am
At least GSP can step into a ring without getting stoned off his ass from nerves first.
The12ozCurls- January 10, 2013 at 10:40 am
Mind your own business alf ;)
angry little feet- January 10, 2013 at 10:37 am
@ 12oz - aww now don't be too angry with poor Danga. Perhaps he only meant GSP is a scared bitch when viewed in comparison to Nick Diaz.
Pen Fifteen- January 10, 2013 at 10:27 am
Everything else is virtually identical.
rngeorgeh- January 10, 2013 at 10:21 am
The stats are meaningless.
Clyde- January 10, 2013 at 10:02 am
When do you think we'll have some stats on the insignificant strikes? Like leg kicks. Or are they not important enough to warrant an article by definition?
The12ozCurls- January 10, 2013 at 9:57 am
"despite that scared bitch Georges St. Pierre’s endless attempts to prove otherwise."
JJ, a wise man once told me that "Trolling makes the world go around" but with the quoted sentence above . . . . it is clear that you are just trying to piss me off. Mission accomplished you fuck-tard. I now challenge you to a duel - Pistols at dawn!

Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- January 10, 2013 at 9:55 am
Hey Taters, J Fitch here. Just wanted to point out that if they had a "hip-thrust" stat for all my dry humping I'd surely be the top dawg in da pound.
Mike_Goldberg- January 10, 2013 at 9:30 am
The significant strikes significantly increased.
amsterdamheavy- January 10, 2013 at 9:28 am
So...all of this fucking talk about Fitch - where exactly is he on the scale then FFS?
Sloppyspray- January 10, 2013 at 9:21 am
How the fuck do you get the first word of an article wrong? This is why I keep coming back!
beef_kurtains- January 10, 2013 at 9:21 am
The only list you'll find edgar on is the "most likely to never, ever, ever, fucking finish a fucking fight list".
Fried Taco- January 10, 2013 at 9:20 am
I don't think they included Fitch's fight against Hendricks.
J.Jones- January 10, 2013 at 9:11 am
For the record, I do not dislike Jon Fitch as a fighter. I simply believe that negative reinforcement is the best way to get results. Skeletor would back me on this one.
The12ozCurls- January 10, 2013 at 9:59 am
Even IF skeletor agreed with you on something, he would never actually admit it and would slam you regardless. You really are the eternal optimist. The bong is NEVER half empty :)