Debunking the myth: Matching winners vs losers

Okay so I've finally gotten round to making this fan post about something that has been bothering me for a while.

After just about every fight event, we as fans begin to play fantasy match maker. We put on our most serious Joe Silva face and predict who everyone should fight next. Whether its who is next for a title shot, who is left for Dan Hardy to fight (that he might actually have a chance against) or which champ Akiyama should face after losing his fifth fight in a row, matching up guys against other guys is fun.

One thing I've noticed however, and I'm sure you have too is that when we do this there is always someone ready to tell you that Joe Silva doesn't match people who have won their last fight with somone who has lost their last. Since I'm officially finished for the summer I thought I would take it upon myself to do the reasearch and see just how many times Silva has matched up a winner and a loser. I was going to do it for a whole year but got bored and my point got proved quickly so I decided to do the events from Janurary (142) and go to the furthest event with announed bouts (150). This is 21 events and 207 fights.86 of these fights are announced but haven't happened yet. There was one case were a fighter or both fighters were coming off a draw (McCall vs Johnson) and 2 cases of a fighter or both fighters coming off a no contest (Peralta/Semerzer and someone else I forget)

The results of my research are after the jump.

Oh Hai there. Welcome back. Before that crazy jump we were discussing the amount of times a winner has been matched up with someone coming off a loss so lets go. The first number is how many winner/loser matchups there is and the second is how many fights that are/were on that card.

UFC 150 - 1/4 Frankie Edgar (Loss to Ben Henderson) vs Ben Henderson (Win over Frankie Edgar)

UFC On Fox 4 - 1/7 Lyoto Machida (Loss to Jon Jones) vs Ryan Bader (Win over Rampage Jackson)

UFC 149 - 2/10 Michael Bisping (Loss to Chael Sonnen) vs Tim Boetsch (Win over Yushin Okami) and Thiago Alves (Loss to Martin Kampmann) vs Siyar Bahadurzada (win over Paulo Thiago)

UFC Fuel 4 - 1/4 Chris Cariso (Win over Takeya Mizugaki) vs Josh Ferguson (Loss to Roland Delorme)

UFC 148 - 2/9 Dong Hyun Kim (Win over Sean Pierson) vs Demian Maia (Loss to Chris Weidman) and Melvin Guillard (Loss to Jim Miller) vs Fabricio Camoes (Win over Tommy Hayden)

UFC 147 - 0/3

UFC FX 4 - 1/11 Matthew Riddle (Win over Henry Martinez) vs Luis Ramos (Loss to Erick Silva)

UFC FX 3 - 1/12 Erick Silva (Loss to Carlo Prater (DQ)) vs Charlie Brenneman (Win over Daniel Roberts)

TUF Finalie - 0/14

UFC 146 - 1/12 Kyle Kingsbury (Loss to Stephan Bonnar) vs Glover Teixeira (Win over Ricco Rodriguiez)

UFC FUEL 3 - 3/12 Franciso Rivera (Win over Antonio Duarte) vs Alex Soto (Loss to Michael 'So much power' McDonald), Igor Pokrajac (Win over Soszynski) vs Fabio Maldonado (Loss to Kyle Kinsgbury) and Codie McKenzie (Loss to Vagner Rocha) vs Marcus LeVesseur (Win over Taurean Bogguess)

UFC Fox 3 - 1/12 Luis Gaudinot (Loss to Jonny Bedford) vs John Lineker (Win over Iliarde Sabino Belo dos Santos)

UFC 145 - 2/12 Marcus Brimage (Win over Stephen Bass) vs Maximo Blanco (Loss to Pat Healy) and Keith Wisniewski (Loss to Josh Neer) vs Chris Clements (Win over Rich Clementi)

UFC FUEL 2 - 2/12 Tom DeBlass (Win over Randy Smith) vsCyrille Diabate (Loss to Anthony Perosh) and Diego Nunes (Win over Manvel Gamburyan) vs Denis Siver (Loss to Donald Cerrone)

UFC FX 2 - 2/11 Andrew Craig (Win over Eric Schambari) vs Kyle Noke (Loss to Ed Herman) and Ian McCall (Win over Darrell Montague) vs Demitrious Johnson (Loss to Dominick Cruz)

UFC 144 - 3/12 Eiji Mitsuoka (Win over Bruno Carvalho) vs Takanori Gomi (Loss To Nate Diaz), Tim Boetsch (Win over Nick Ring) vs Yushin Okami (Loss to Anderson Silva) and Ryan Bader (Win over Jason Brilz) vs Quinton Jackson (Loss to Jon Jones)

UFC FUEL - 1/9 Vagner Rocha (Win over Cody McKenzie) vs Jonathan Brookins (Loss to Erik Koch)

UFC 143 - 2/11 Henry Martinez (Win over Ali Hanjani) vs Matthew Riddle (Loss to Lance Benoist) and Roy Nelson (Win over Mirko Cro Cop) vs Fabricio Werdum (Loss to Alistair Overeem)

UFC FOX 2 - 3/10 Evan Dunham (Win over Shamar Bailey) vs Nik Lentz (Loss to Mark Bocek, Mike Russow (Win over Jon Madsen) vs John-Olav Einemo (Loss to Dave Herman) and Eric Wisely (Win over Brandon Girtz) vs Charles Oliveria (Loss to Donald Cerrone)

UFC FX - 2/10 Nick Denis (Win over Nick Mamalis) vs Joseph Sandoval (Loss to Walel Watson) and Khabib Nurmagonedov (Win over Arymarcel Santos) vs Kamal Shalorus (Loss to Jim Miller)

UFC 142 - 2/10 Antonio Carvalho (Win over Doug Evans) vs Felipe Arantes (Loss to Yuri Alcantara) and Ricardo Funch (Win over Ryan Quinn(is this the guy that just threated Dana?)) Mike Pyle (Loss to Rory Macdonald)

So there you have it. It doesn't actually look like that many events so I might come back later and add some more. Basically the crux of the story is that Joe Silva does match winners with losers. Of the 21 events I looked at only 2 didn't have a winner loser match up. In total there were 34 cases of a winner and loser being matched up with 10 of those still to come.

So the next time you hear someone say that Joe Silva doesn't match up winners and losers you send them this way and we can laugh at them together.




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