Age: It’s impact on fights (Part II)

12 Apr , 2011,
jcs
8 comments

A little disclaimer before viewing the following results.

Obviously, the fighters we actually have birthdates are, for the most part, more “well known” than the fighters who we don’t have birthdates for.  So, in the following, you can’t compare to a 50% win percentage (you can’t anyway, because draws are included), you’ll have to compare to the sample average.  Having said that…

Win % by Age

Win% By Age

In the above graph, the dotted line represents the sample average.  I’m very surprised at the almost impeccable trend downward, which starts all the way at the beginning when the fighters are in their teens.  The teenage group boasts an astounding 79.8% win percentage.

The spike after age 39 is undoubtedly a result of the few ageless wonders that we’ve seen in the recent years of MMA, carefully picking and choosing their spots rather than retiring.


8 Comments

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  7. jcs April 13, 2011 at 7:40 am Reply

    The sample set below 20 is really small. There’s a decent amount of fights at 40, but not any higher.. so I thought I’d round each side off nicely.

  8. oleg April 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Can you make another one with annual increments for the entire range, instead of cutting them off at 19 and 41?

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