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 founder and directorRami Genauer.
On March 1, both boffins will partake in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference's inaugural MMA panel, “Breaking Down the Fight: MMA Analytics.” Ahead of the panel discussion, Breen and Genauer look at the recent development of advanced statistics in the sport, how it has impacted the understanding of the sport and advanced the discourse around it. The pair discuss the fashion in which MMA statistics have forced accountability and introduced new insights into judging, how stats might reflect the tendencies of fighters, judges and fans and whether or not these analytic tools can emerge as strategic tools in the process of gameplanning in the cage.
The duo also discuss the curious statistical natures of fighters such as Anthony Pettis, Dominick Cruz and Leonard Garcia, the potential for motion tracking in MMA fights and what it could mean, whether the UFC's in-house rankings can prove worthwhile analytically and much more.
Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”
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