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By the numbers: How do UFC fights end?

I decided to compile all the UFC fights into a single dataset, though there's a bit of missing data (usually the time that a fight ends).  I'm still messing around with everything and thought I'd share some initial results.  Here's a breakdown (by percentage) of how UFC fights have ended since 1993.

 

 

Submission

TKO

KO

Decision

Draw

No Contest

Number of Fights

1993

62.5

37.5

0

0

0

0

8

1994

75

12.5

12.5

0

0

0

32

1995

60

22.5

5

7.5

5

0

40

1996

46.5

32.6

9.3

11.6

0

0

41

1997

41.5

34.1

2.4

19.5

2.4

0

43

1998

32

24

12

32

0

0

25

1999

20.5

40.9

13.6

20.4

4.5

0

44

2000

31.0

21.4

7.1

38.1

2.4

0

42

2001

25.6

20.5

20.5

30.8

0

2.6

39

2002

18.9

43.4

7.5

28.3

0

1.9

53

2003

20

35

10

30

5

0

40

2004

30.8

17.9

25.6

25.6

0

0

39

2005

27.5

32.5

15

23.8

0

1.3

80

2006

31.4

22.4

12.8

33.3

0

0

156

2007

32.4

22.4

8.2

35.9

0.6

0.6

170

2008

26.9

31.8

9.5

31.8

0

0

201

2009

23.5

25.8

7.5

42.7

0.5

0

213

2010

22.1

25.7

6.6

44.9

0.7

0

136

 

You'll notice that the number of fights have increased dramatically in recent years.  From only 80 fights five years ago, we've already seen 136 fights in 2010... and we're only halfway through the year.

 

The other thing you might notice is the 10-15% increase in decisions over the last two years.  However, you should keep in mind that this number represents all UFC fights, not just the ones that have been televised.  I hope to eventually put together the data so that I can break down results by televised card (which may drive these numbers up or down).

 

Two quick notes.  (1) Data is from Sherdog Fight Finder.  (2) Number may not add up to 100 due to rounding error but should be very close.

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