- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Graybeard Books; 1st edition (December 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991238206
- ISBN-13: 978-0991238200
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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? The numbers are there--what they mean are arguable--but this is a start into really seeing the who, what, when, where, why and how of motor skill applications with subsequent results. make sure you see all the existing variables interacting before coming to a conclusion.
For those who like objective measurements to assist them in training more wisely and getting a more, in-depth understanding to what is going on in this highly competitive, athletic endeavor, FIGHTNOMICS provides the objective numbers, and the author's evaluation of those numbers. The numbers don't lie. These alone make the book incredible valuable for any coach, student, practitioner, and/or trainer in the MMA arena. This is the purpose for me choosing to obtain the book, as I can then look at the numbers myself and draw my own conclusions. Without the numbers, I am flying blind.
The author writes in a relax style that I found flows well, even as he assesses the numerical values, and more often than not, I found myself agree with his many assessments. Where he was emphatic about something, I found myself being a tad more flexible and open to other assessments with the numbers, but that is what stats provide: An objective measurement of events. How one interpret the numbers remains the responsibility of each interpreter, and herein lies the place for the errors--not in the stats--of course, unless someone miscounted or used the incorrect formula.
The book is well made, well published, fun to read and offers the objective measurements of motor skill occurrence and their outcomes. It is a excellent, one-of-a-kind manual for seeing past the emotional hype the UFC-MMA generates to see more clearly what actually occurs in the octagon.
Well done, Mr. Kuhn.
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.
The explanations are clear and well written. Fans will better understand what they see, and coaches might benefit from the conclusions by focusing on a fighter's tactics.
While the authors gave clear percentages to support most of their conclusions, I constantly found myself asking "out of how many matches?" 50% vs 43% might be significant, or it might just be noise depending on how large the sample is. In most cases the quant analysis always left me wanting more.
The book covers the quant side of MMA fighting better than anything I have seen or heard of. Fans as well as sports bettors will appreciate this book.
"If you alpha" (as Rampage would say), this book might not be for you. It's not a meathead book. It's not an easy read. It's not a technique guide, or a how to manual or even a history of the sport. This is stats & analysis, and not the simple kind that get flashed on the PPV or scroll across the bottom of SportCenter. In depth, hardcore, heavily researched, well-presented statistical analysis of Mixed Marital Arts (specifically the UFC).
It is, however, an engaging read & really well done. Just be aware of what you're getting into.
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