MMA Math – is it a real thing? It can be, but don’t forget the intangibles

So if you follow The World of MMA closely enough, then eventually you will come across two people talking about MMA Math. So today at the MMAGateway this is the subject we are going to be analysing in all its facets.

Se people thin MMA Math works, some people don’t think it works at all and then there’s some people think it works some of the time.

But lets be honest here mathematics in anything in life is solid logic, it gives us a groundwork to build from, a structure to work with, pennies make dollars –

because lets be honest no matter what way you slice it 1+1 will always be 2 – so I don’t care what MMA event in the world that you are watching, just like any sport and anything in life maths is always a factor.

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But what is MMA Math?

MMA Math is the whole idea that if “X” fighter beats “Y” fighter, then if “Z” fighter loses to “Y” fighter, then surely if “Z” fighter went on to fight “X” fighter then surely he would lose, because “X” fighter beat “Y” fighter.

This can then be taken to another level in terms of how impressively did “X” fighter defeat “Y” fighter and how badly did “Z” fighter lose to “Y” fighter. Understand?

Let me give you a few recent common sense examples from the world of MMA – so because Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated and finished Michael Johnson, and because Micheal Johnson defeated only Ferguson, then according to MMA Math Khabib would defeat Tony.

Anther common sense example is because Holly Holm Knocked out Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg beat Holly Holm, then surely Ronda Rousey could not defeat Cris Cyborg.

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 Is it really a factor?

Well what do you think? Let me ask you a few questions – so if you had to bet your whole paycheck on two fights – do you think Tony Ferguson would beat Khabib if they fought in a few months? Or do you really think Ronda Rousey could beat Cris Cyborg? If you use MMA Math then you would definitely say no to both questions right?

I know one thing is for sure is that I would definitely put my money on Khabib and Cyborg. So what we have just shown here, is that despite the fact that many people do not think MMA Math works, then the above two examples should show you that it does work sometimes.

But we haven’t seen Ronda fight Cyborg or Khabib fight Tony so how can we know? Well an example of when MMA Math proved true in the cage is the fact that Andrei Arlovski defeated Fabricio Werdum, and Stipe Miocic defeated Andrei Arlovski and proving the validity of MMA Math did in fact go on to defeat Fabricio Werdum.

There are hundreds if not thousands of fighter triangles like this that have happened in MMA through the years, that prove that MMA Math is a real thing.

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Is the Math ever wrong?

Ya damn right it is! Statistics can only go so far which is the problem with MMA Math at times, it’s because of the fact that there is so much chaos that happens in an MMA fight, there is so many ways to win or lose and so many intangibles leading up to a fight.

Lets look at a few examples of when MMA math doesn’t work – So because Holly Holm beat Ronda Rousey and Ronda Rousey beat Meisha Tate twice, then surely Holly Holm would beat Meisha Tate right? Wrong! Meisha Tate choked Holm Holm unconscious.

I mean you tell me – if Artemj Sitenkov defeated Conor McGregor, and Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez with ease then surely Artemj Sitenov would beat Eddie Alvarez even easier right? Ooooooh yeah no offence to Mr Sitenkov but I really do not think it would be physically possible for Artemj Sitenkov to defeat Eddie Alvarez in MMA or any combat sports – but according to MMA math he would.

See how stupid that is? Trust me here is hundreds or thousands of much crazier MMA math threads that could show you things like how Flyweight John Dodson could defeat heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic lol!

So after these examples you should definitely be having your doubts about MMA math.

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Styles and Athleticism matter, but so do the intangibles

In my experience when it comes to MMA Math I would say It’s most effective when a triangle develops between 3 fighters and there is a clear skill gap in some areas, as well as athletically.

For instance stylistically or athletically I think it would be near impossible for Nate Diaz to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov and MMAMath would definitely back that up a lot, or Khabib_Nurmagomedov_2_BattleBeetle__UFC223_Tony_Ferguson_Khabib_Nurmagomedov_Tickets_MMA MMAGateway UFC Analysisstylistically and athletically there is no way I could see Daniel Kelly matching someone like Yoel Romero.

But then having said that its the intangibles that MMA Math can NEVER account for, such as:

A fighters training camp going badly, or a fighter taking huge leaps in skills since we last saw them, a fighters weight cut going badly, their mood/psychological state in preparation, motivation issues, having family issues, money issues and the most common intangible which is the dreaded injury which one fighter is trying to hide during the fight.

So now I’m guessing you understand the pros and cons of MMA Math – use this knowledge wisely. If you enjoyed this post then give it a like, share it, subscribe, leave a comment below and stay tuned for more from the world of MMA right here at the MMAGAteway.



Marley Dawkins

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