MMA Finishing Rate Drops to 50 Percent After 20 Years

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Mixed martial arts is one of the most exciting sports to those who truly understand the nature of the sport. Even to the casual fan, the epic knockouts and out of nowhere submissions are exciting to see, but finishes are becoming less and less likely as the sport progresses.

Reed Kuhn from Fightnomics put together a chart that shows the decline of finishes in the UFC over the past twenty years.

When the promotion first started, the finish rate was a whopping 100 percent. However, throughout the years the finish rate has dropped to a mere 50 percent.

Here is a chart that displays Kuhn’s info, via Cage Potato:

From 2008 to 2010, the UFC saw the biggest decline in finishes, but the rate has stayed pretty consistent throughout the past three years.

Part of the reason for the decline in finishes is the fighters playing it safe and doing what it takes just to win. Fighters are fighting less and less for the entertainment of the fans, and more so to stay on the roster and avoid losing their jobs.

While the finish rate is declining, the sport continues to grow.

That goes to show you that it is not all about brutal finishes in mixed martial arts.

We still get to witness our fair share of finishes in the sport, which provides the excitement fans desire. While gameplanning and playing it safe plays a big part in the lack of stoppages, we shouldn’t ignore that fighters are becoming more skilled and evenly matched.

What do you think of the drop of finishing rates in the sport? Do you mind tuning in to a fight card and witnessing a number of highly contested decisions or has that started to direct you away from the sport? Leave your thoughts in the comments section and let your voice be heard.

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