Posted by jiujitsufreak74
Posted by Kpro
I think 155ers in the UFC are at 46% decisions now and it's too small a sample size for stats on 145 and 135 but decisions go up as weight classes go down.
If people aren't liking the lack of finishes at 135, those people are going to hate the 125 division even more.
i recorded some data extending across a vast amount of UFC fights, (there was a thread i posted here about it) and the data was significant in pointing to the fact that as weight decreases, the amount of decisions increas(besides LHW for some reason lol). less size means less power behind punches and kicks so less KOs. less size also means more speed which means more scrambles so it becomes harder to "lay" on top of someone and land finishing GnP. i'll attach a link to the thread
Nice data jjfreak
. Looks like LW's are at 48% decisions over the last 35 events in that data. I think it's safe to assume 135ers and 145ers will be at or above 50% decisions. Who knows, 125ers may be 60% or so once we have data on it.
I guess my only point as it relates to the thread is that those that don't enjoy watching some lighter weight fighters just because they don't finish need to realize, and I'll quote from above, " less size means less power behind punches and kicks so less KOs. less size also means more speed which means more scrambles so it becomes harder to lay on top of someone and land finishing GnP", EDIT
Sure there are many people who don't like Cruz's style and I get that. But to not like him because he doesn't finish often? They call them Featherweights for a reason. I'm sure when the sample size is large enough we'll probably see that about 55% of UFC 135 pound fights go to decision. Cruz has had 60% in his career go to decision. There's no logic for that to be a reason not to like a lighter weight fighter. Enjoy the time and hard work they put in, the show they put on, and don't be disappointed if there's no finish. The odds are worse than a coinflip that a finish will happen.
Hopefully those stats give some insight to some who are new to watching the new (to the UFC) lighter weight classes and what you should realistically expect from a fight at 135.