As we’re currently enjoying a rare break from regular UFC action, I thought now would be a good time to take account of 2017 so far, specifically in terms of how fights are finishing.
These pie charts below display each of the ways a fight can possibly finish, and how frequently each finish-type has occurred.
Here’s a look at 2017’s results to start:
2017 has seen 52% of its 130 fights go to the judges’ scorecards. This is above last year’s figure of 50%, as well as the historic (pre-2017) figure of 43%, but we’ll take a look at those in a bit more detail in a moment.
Of these 67 decisions, judges’ agreed on 46 unanimously, whilst the remaining 21 verdicts were either split or majority decisions.
This means around 31% of all decisions in 2017 were in some way disputed (either split or majority verdicts). In 2016, that figure was around 27%, and the historic figure is around 24%. It seems judges are finding it harder than usual to get on the same page in 2017.
29% of fights have ended via TKO/KO stoppage in 2017 (down from 31% in 2016 and 33% historically), whilst 19% of fights culminated in a submission (up from 18% in 2016, but down from 23% historically). We’ve yet to see a DQ or a No Contest in 2017.
Here’s a look at how last year’s results compare:
Generally speaking, UFC results are relatively consistent. As you can see, there’s not much variation in any category, except perhaps in the amount of split/majority decisions as a proportion of all decisions.
Things do start to change slightly when we look at all the data pre-2017:
56% of fights resulted in a finish pre-2017, compared to 48% in 2017. Submission finishes were noticeably more common during the UFC’s formative years, where jiu-jitsu specialists could routinely exploit those with under-developed grappling knowledge.
Ultimately though, even the pre-2017 chart does not show a huge amount of variation. Perhaps the chaos of MMA is more consistent than it looks.
Pre-2017 data courtesy of FightMatrix.