Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by FightMetric research analyst Michael Carroll.
With longtime welterweight ruler Georges St. Pierre stepping away from the sport and a year full of championship shake-up in MMA, there's new, dominant faces in the sport. Breen and Carroll discuss the statistical underpinnings of MMA's top champions and what they have in common as divisional rulers. The two investigate the likes of Cain Velasquez, Demetrious Johnson, Chris Weidman and others, detailing how particular metrics reveal the sources of their dominance, or at least brilliantly reflect it.
The duo also debate the importance of statistical efficiency for MMA fighters, the statistical anomalies of Jake Shields, which metrics might best predict championship success and which up-and-comers excel in those categories.
Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”
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