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Posted on September 21, 2014 by jcs

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Last weekend, in the co-main event of the UFC Fight Night 51 in Brazil, lightweight competitor Gleison Tibau scored a split decision victory over [#41] Piotr Hallman.  This was  not a highly anticipated or hyped fight; a contest between two middle-of-the-road lightweights both ranked outside of Top 25 in their division (the win propelled Tibau from #27 up to #22, while Hallman’s ranking was not affected).  What was most notable about this fight is that it marked Tibau’s 23rd UFC bout, and his 15th win in the Octagon.    This puts Tibau in a tie for the fourth place for both most wins and most bouts in the UFC history.

To put things in perspective, the record for most wins in UFC is currently  held by Georges St. Pierre (19), followed by Matt Hughes (18).  The third place is shared by Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell, and Randy Couture, all with 16 wins a piece.  Gleison is tied for #4 with Tito Ortiz, Josh Koscheck, and Michael Bisping.  In the most bouts category, Tito Ortiz (27) holds the lead, followed by Matt Hughes (25) and Randy Couture (24).   Tibau shares the fourth place with Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn, Frank Mir, and Josh Koscheck.

Take another look at these names.  All except for Koscheck, Bisping, and Tibau are former UFC champions and legends of the sport.   In fact, they have a combined record of 61-26-1 in UFC title fights!  Even Josh Koscheck has had a shot at UFC gold, and Michael Bisping had several “top contender” bouts, though he fell short each time.  Tibau on the other hand has never had a title shot or even a #1 contender bout.  He was never ranked in the Top 10 of any weight class, coming closest at #12 after his 3-fight win streak in 2011.  I certainly would have never expected the kid who got plastered by Nick Diaz in his UFC debut (as a welterweight), to ever be mentioned in the same sentence with the all-time greats, in any context.

What’s more is that at 31, Gleison is not showing any signs of slowing down.   After dropping down to lightweight in his second UFC bout, he has been steadily chugging along for eight years, fighting on average 2.75 times a year, and winning around 68% of these fights – or 1.875 fights a year.  If he continues at this rate for another two years, by the end of 2016 he should be tied for the top spot in both the total number of UFC fights and total wins, or may even hold the record in both categories.   The only active fighters who may give him a run for the total number of fights are Frank Mir and Josh Koscheck – both on extended losing streaks and the verge of retirement.  In the wins column, there is Michael Bisping – but at 35 he too  is four years older than Tibau, and is likely past his peak judging by his recent fights.   There is a very real possibility that Tibau may soon hold both records.  He is also at #7 for the most total fight time in the UFC.  The only currently active fighters on the roster with more minutes clocked in the Octagon are Frankie Edgar and Diego Sanchez.

Posted on September 17, 2014 by oleg

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Heavyweight (265)
[#7] Mark Hunt (9-8-1, -145) vs. [#12] Roy Nelson (20-9-0, +121)
Mark Hunt is the All-Time #17 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Mark Hunt (1-1-1)
2013-12-07: D vs. [#6HW+] Antonio Silva (18-6-1) via Draw (Majority) in 5:00 of round 5
2013-05-25: L vs. [#3HW+] Junior dos Santos (16-3-0) via KO (Spinning Hook Kick) in 4:18 of round 3
2013-03-03: W vs. [*] Stefan Struve (25-6-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:44 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Roy Nelson (1-2-0)
2014-04-11: W vs. [#21HW+] Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-9-1) via KO (Punch) in 3:37 of round 1
2013-10-19: L vs. [#2LHW/#8P4P] Daniel Cormier (15-0-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-06-15: L vs. [#9HW+] Stipe Miocic (12-1-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Mark Hunt 287, Roy Nelson 162
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Mark Hunt leads 4-3
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Lightweight (155)
[#14] Myles Jury (14-0-0, -472) vs. [#30] Takanori Gomi (35-9-0, +364)
Takanori Gomi is the All-Time #1 ranked Lightweight and #22 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Myles Jury (3-0-0)
2014-03-15: W vs. [#17LW] Diego Sanchez (25-7-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-09-21: W vs. [#55LW] Mike Ricci (10-4-0) via SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
2013-04-20: W vs. [#59LW] Ramsey Nijem (9-5-0) via KO (Punch) in 1:02 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Takanori Gomi (2-1-0)
2014-04-26: W vs. [#93LW] Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-5-1) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2013-03-03: L vs. [#17LW] Diego Sanchez (25-7-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2012-11-10: W vs. [*] Mac Danzig (21-12-1) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Myles Jury 189, Takanori Gomi 147
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Myles Jury leads 1-0
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Welterweight (170)
[*] Amir Sadollah (6-4-0, +145) vs. [*] Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-5-0, -171)

Last 3 Fights: Amir Sadollah (1-2-0)
2012-09-29: L vs. [*] Dan Hardy (25-10-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2012-05-15: W vs. [#302WW] Jorge Lopez (11-5-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2011-08-14: L vs. [*] Duane Ludwig (21-14-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Yoshihiro Akiyama (0-3-0)
2012-02-26: L vs. [#9WW] Jake Shields (29-7-1) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2011-08-06: L vs. [#3MW/#9DD] Vitor Belfort (24-10-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:52 of round 1
2010-10-16: L vs. [#11MW] Michael Bisping (25-6-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Amir Sadollah 721, Yoshihiro Akiyama 937
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Posted on September 16, 2014 by jcs

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Posted on September 14, 2014 by jcs

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Fighter TUF Seed FM Seed w/ Inactivity FM Seed w/o Inactivity FM Avg Seed
Carla Esparza 1 6* 2 4*
Joanne Calderwood 2 1 1 1
Tecia Torres 3 2 3 2
Jessica Penne 4 3 4 3
Aisling Daly 5 5 6 6
Felice Herrig 6 8 7 7
Rose Namajunas 7 14 8 T-11
Bec Rawlings 8 15 14 15
Justine Kish 9 4 5 5
Alex Chambers 10 9 11 9
Heather Clark 11 10 12 T-11
Angela Magana 12 12 13 13
Lisa Ellis 13 11 10 10
Randa Markos 14 7 9 8
Emily Kagan 15 13 15 14
Angela Hill 16 16 16 16

Above, see the seeds that we give the competitors, with and without the inactivity (and related) penalties that some fighters have been hit with due to the filming and pre-planning stages of the competition.  Blue is most underrated, red is most overrated.

Randa Markos, last night’s upset winner, was the most underrated by the TUF seeding, based on either one of our seeds.  Justine Kish also seems to be quite underrated.

Bec Rawlings appears to be the most overrated, by quite a bit.

For the most part, the “official” seeding seems quite accurate.

* – Carla’s inactivity triggered another divisional quality outlier penalty.  If we took that away, but kept the inactivity, she would fall in at #4 between Torres and Kish for w/ Inactivity, and #3 at Seed Avg between Torres and Penne.

Posted on September 11, 2014 by jcs

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Heavyweight (265)
[#4] Antonio Silva (18-5-1, -429) vs. [#14] Andrei Arlovski (22-10-0, +328)
Antonio Silva is the All-Time #14 ranked Heavyweight fighter.
Andrei Arlovski is the All-Time #15 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Antonio Silva (1-1-1)
2013-12-07: D vs. [#6HW+] Mark Hunt (9-8-1) via Draw (Majority) in 5:00 of round 5
2013-05-25: L vs. [#1HW+/#2DD/#2P4P] Cain Velasquez (13-1-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:21 of round 1
2013-02-02: W vs. [#10HW+] Alistair Overeem (37-14-0) via KO (Punches) in 0:25 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Andrei Arlovski (3-0-0)
2014-06-14: W vs. [#21HW+] Brendan Schaub (10-4-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2013-11-29: W vs. [#154HW+] Andreas Kraniotakes (17-9-1) via TKO (Punches) in 3:14 of round 2
2013-09-14: W vs. [#48LHW] Mike Kyle (20-11-1) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Antonio Silva 280, Andrei Arlovski 91
Previous Match-up Record: Antonio Silva leads 1-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: Antonio Silva leads 5-4
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Lightweight (155)
[#27] Gleison Tibau (29-10-0, -224) vs. [#41] Piotr Hallmann (15-2-0, +178)

Last 3 Fights: Gleison Tibau (2-1-0)
2014-07-16: W vs. [#48LW] Pat Healy (26-20-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2013-12-28: L vs. [#13LW] Michael Johnson (15-8-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:32 of round 2
2013-08-31: W vs. [#70LW] Jamie Varner (21-10-1) via SD (29-28, 27-29, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Piotr Hallmann (2-1-0)
2014-06-07: W vs. [#100LW] Yves Edwards (42-21-1) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:31 of round 3
2013-10-26: L vs. [#42LW] Al Iaquinta (10-3-1) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-09-04: W vs. [#71LW] Francisco Trinaldo (14-4-0) via Submission (Kimura) in 3:50 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Gleison Tibau 59, Piotr Hallmann 98
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Lightweight (155)
[#61] Leonardo Santos (12-3-1, -204) vs. [#69] Efrain Escudero (22-8-0, +166)

Last 3 Fights: Leonardo Santos (2-0-1)
2014-03-23: D vs. [#47LW] Norman Parke (20-2-1) via Draw (Majority) in 5:00 of round 3
2013-06-08: W vs. [#100WW] William Macario (7-1-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 4:43 of round 2
2012-09-01: W vs. [*] Mark Holst (12-5-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 1:15 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Efrain Escudero (2-1-0)
2014-05-03: W vs. [#262LW] Juha-Pekka Vainikainen (22-9-1) via TKO (Elbows and Punches) in 4:48 of round 3
2014-03-07: L vs. [#82LW] Dakota Cochrane (17-6-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2013-10-12: W vs. [#38LW] Luis Palomino (23-9-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Leonardo Santos 174, Efrain Escudero 133
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Posted on September 10, 2014 by jcs

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Aside from more fighters moving down from Bantamweight, which has been of great help recently, the UFC must move more quickly in building the talent pool for the UFC Flyweight division.

Although the Heavyweight division is arguably as weak, there is enough volatility with the fight results to ensure that the competition remains relatively fresh.  At Flyweight, with Demetrious Johnson being on such a quality run, the lack of depth is already apparent as his next opponent is sitting at #14 in the UFC Flyweight rankings.

The following fighters may be not-so-obvious options for additions to this division as they don’t have undefeated records and aren’t spending time in major or mid-major promotions, at least not in the states.

 

#15 – JP Yuki Motoya  (24)  [12-4-0]

I’ll be the first to admit, the ratings are possibly being a little too kind to Motoya.  He’s got a unique combination of characteristics that always yield a friendly rating; he fights and wins often and he fights aging fighters who’ve recently dropped down in division, likely out of desperation.

However, he’s young and 9-1-0 in his last 10 (with the lone loss being a split decision that he since avenged).  I think you have to give him at least a glance.

 

#18 – US Czar Sklavos  (32)  [10-3-0]

I’m somewhat shocked that I hear nothing about Sklavos.  He got a late start to the game, debuting and losing to TJ Dillashaw back in 2010.  And although he’s recently lost two, one to #16 Sampo and the other to former top Flyweight Alexis Vila, he’s on quite a run.  His next fight sees him once again travel across the Pacific to fight #28 Ogikubo.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a win here yields a phone call from the UFC.  At the very least, he’s racking up frequent flyer miles.

 

#27 – BR Giovanni da Silva Santos Jr  (27)  [15-1-0]

Having only lost his debut fight, “Soldado” is the top-rated Brazilian Flyweight that still remains undiscovered by a major promotion.  His last win over former #2 Strawweight Gilberto Dias launched him up near the top-half of the first page of the Flyweight rankings.  Due to a lack of data, there is a tendency to underrated these types of Brazilian fighters who never leave home.  As a result, he might be one to watch.

 

Honorable Mentions: #32 – Nildo Nascimento, #43 – Yuya Shibata

Posted on September 8, 2014 by jcs

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Posted on September 4, 2014 by oleg

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Women Atomweight Championship (105)
[*] Michelle Waterson (11-3-0) vs. [#7] Yasuko Tamada (15-8-3)

Last 3 Fights: Michelle Waterson (3-0-0)
2013-04-05: W vs. [#3AW] Jessica Penne (11-2-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 2:31 of round 4
2012-10-06: W vs. [#28SW] Lacey Schuckman (10-7-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2012-01-21: W vs. [NA] Diana Rael (5-3-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:12 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Yasuko Tamada (3-0-0)
2013-08-31: W vs. [#31AW] Yukiko Seki (12-24-0) via UD ()
2012-12-15: W vs. [#21AW] Satomi Takano (4-4-0) via UD ()
2012-07-21: W vs. [NA] Naoko Omuro (13-9-4) via Technical Submission (Armbar) in 1:05 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Michelle Waterson 519, Yasuko Tamada 371
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Women Strawweight (115)
[#6] Katja Kankaanpaa (9-1-1) vs. [#17] Stephanie Eggink (4-1-0)

Last 3 Fights: Katja Kankaanpaa (2-1-0)
2014-05-17: W vs. [#13AW] Alyona Rassohyna (10-4-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 0:49 of round 2
2013-12-07: L vs. [#3SW] Joanne Calderwood (8-0-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2013-04-05: W vs. [#35SW] Juliana de Lima Carneiro (6-2-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Stephanie Eggink (3-0-0)
2013-09-06: W vs. [#34SW] Angela Magana (11-6-0) via Submission (Triangle Choke) in 3:10 of round 2
2013-04-19: W vs. [#15SW] Brianna VanBuren (3-1-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2012-12-07: W vs. [#30SW] Heather Clark (6-4-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Katja Kankaanpaa 112, Stephanie Eggink 365
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Women Bantamweight (135)
[#19] Tonya Evinger (12-6-0) vs. [*] Ediane Gomes (10-2-0)

Last 3 Fights: Tonya Evinger (3-0-0)
2013-12-07: W vs. [#27BW] Sarah DAlelio (7-6-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2012-11-10: W vs. [#48BW] Carina Damm (22-11-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2012-04-13: W vs. [NA] Lacie Jackson (2-2-0) via KO (Punch) in 1:47 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Ediane Gomes (3-0-0)
2013-01-05: W vs. [NA] Hiroko Yamanaka (12-3-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2012-10-06: W vs. [NA] Katalina Malungahu (2-2-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 4:19 of round 1
2011-10-01: W vs. [#10BW] Leslie Smith (7-5-1) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Tonya Evinger 273, Ediane Gomes 609
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Posted on September 4, 2014 by jcs

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