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Fightnomics Paperback – December 11, 2013

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Fightnomics does a fantastic job of tackling the myths of the sport and presenting new and potentially revolutionary theories. There's a ton of information to digest here, but it's worth sifting through to find each golden nugget of truth behind the numbers. Ultimate Fighting Championship just celebrated its 20th anniversary late last year, and with detailed analysis and modern statistics from books like Fightnomics leading the charge, the next 20 years look very bright indeed.     -Brian Hemminger, MMAOddsbreaker.com

Anything can happen in MMA, right? You've heard the cliché ad nauseum over the years. You've probably uttered it a few times yourself. And betting on MMA? Such a crapshoot. In a sport where everyone has a puncher's chance, you can lose your money literally seconds into a fight. Reed Kuhn is out to dispel this MMA myth through statistics and quantitative analysis with his new book Fightnomics. One of the many things he uncovered was a betting trend that could change the way we look at MMA gambling forever.     -Marc Raimondi, Fox Sports.com

"Basically, what the authors have done is to take MMA and break down every aspect of the sport to find out, based on the thousands of fights we have to reference now, what works, what doesn’t, and why that is so. In other words, this isn’t a book stating that “____” fight system is better because so-and-so trains it or that “_____” is a superior fighter because his training is done with shaolin monks or some nonsense like that. Rather is is an honest look at the numbers behind every aspect of MMA."     -The Rhino Den
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Graybeard Books; 1st edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991238206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991238200
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lot of what passes for "books" in the world of mixed martial arts are, to say the least, lacking greatly in anything resembling objectivity. If you want to read where Matt Hughes wrestled in high school or how Randy Couture became the legend he is, that kind of thing exists in plentiful numbers.

The real science of numbers in fighting, however, has almost completely been ignored. Until now, that is.

Reed Kuhn, along with Kelly Crigger -- author of Greg Jackson's book The Stand Up Game -- has filled a void in the world of mixed martial arts by ignoring favorites and biases and taking a look at hard facts. Everything from the evolution of the sport (which has been profound, to say the least), to who scores the most take-downs, where size matters (and where it doesn't), and even how betting odds work -- from an informed perspective -- in combat sports.

Basically, what the authors have done is to take MMA and break down every aspect of the sport to find out, based on the thousands of fights we have to reference now, what works, what doesn't, and why that is so. In other words, this isn't a book stating that "____" fight system is better because so-and-so trains it or that "_____" is a superior fighter because his training is done with shaolin monks or some nonsense like that. Rather, it is an honest look at the numbers behind every aspect of MMA.
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With his concise and narrow points, you can drop knowledge on your friends and correct their misstatements. It gives you an entirely new way of looking at each fight as it unfolds to understand and appreciate what's going on. I have fought before and still train and this book even gave me a great deal of insight. Fun stuff. You HAVE to read it if you enjoy MMA.
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Statistics often get a bad wrap, usually from people who neither understand what statistics provide, or that that someone is on the negative receiving end of what the statistics are showing. Stats are merely objective numerical measurements to show relationships exist. They are not supposed to prove the truth--that's what experimentation is for with control groups and a specific independent/dependent variables set up to prove causation.

This book offers a very solid account and measurement of all the various motor skill occurrences within mixed martial arts fights, with the various correlations that exist between actions and results of those actions from the individuals engaging these actions. Again, cause and effects are not being proven--merely relationships are established. But with these numbers, one can discover objective measurements of what happens in the arena. How one then interprets these measurements become the task of the interpreter, and his conclusion then become where the errors lie--not with the numbers themselves.

An example is we see the book offering positional breakdowns, measuring the likelihood of achieving positional control over your opponent per takedown. We see back control is at 20%(does that mean it has an 80% failure rate? Or does it mean other positions were attempted, and this was what occurred 20% of the time? Or does it mean back control is easier to achieve than full mount?) and full mount control is at 13%. On the following page we see how long these positions are maintained with time spent in this positional control. In seconds per position achieved, when back control is obtained, the competitor measures in at sustaining the position for forty seconds of control over the twenty-four seconds of control in the full mount. What does this mean?
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I constantly refer to this book when teaching Defense Tactics to armed security guards in Texas.

Did you know that the average fight in a 35ft Cage ends in 10.8 minutes, where as a fight in a 25 foot cages averages in 9.9 minutes? That means fights end quicker in smaller spaces. That is just one fact i took from this book to help me teach the theory of fighting to security guards, and amateur fighters. It doesnt matter if its Pro fighters or people on the street, fights end quicker in smalls spaces. That data was collected from over 1,000 UFC fights from 1993 to 2013. This book is filled with TONS of information like that. Best book I own on fighting and martial arts, and I own over 60 books on the subject.
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This book probably isn't for everyone, in that it reads a bit like a college textbook, but if you want the most detailed, in depth analysis and statistics mashup for MMA, this is the end all be all. No one else has even attempted to collect this much data about MMA and the data is actually put to use to answer age old questions, and ask some new ones along the way. Very interesting book if you want the stats and info to back up or breakdown the common (mis)conceptions about the MMA world, and there's just enough humor peppered throughout to keep it light and interesting.
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