Fightnomics – Reed Kuhn – The Hidden Numbers in MMA
Through in-depth study of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition, Fightnomics analyzes the fundamental drivers of the world’s most entertaining and fastest growing sport. Fightnomics is a statistical look at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the fighters who participate in the Octagon. It’s half Freakonomics and part Moneyball.
Is size important?
Is there a Southpaw Advantage in MMA?
In a conflict, is it preferable to be young or experienced?
How does the UFC Tale of the Tape deceive us?
What distinguishes a strike?
What about Ring Rust, Octagon Jitters, or the Advantage of the Home Cage?
How reliable are betting odds?
Theories about how MMA works are put to the test using some science and a lot of data. Fightnomics is the most in-depth and comprehensive review of historical UFC statistics to date, answering popular yet contentious topics regarding the sport. The fight game will never be the same again after you’ve discovered what actually counts in a cage battle, as well as a few surprise elements that don’t.
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