Yesterday marked the launch of a new site design here at FightMetric. We've been working on it for quite a while, taking into the account the great suggestions we've gotten over the years from MMA fans across the world. We've added a few new things and tweaked some old things, but the upshot is that there is now more information on fightmetric.com for your enjoyment, most of it unavailable anywhere else in the world. Here are a few of the new features of the site:
Charity Tracker - As in 2013, FightMetric is continuing our Strength in Numbers program, donating money to the Fisher House Foundation for every minute UFC fighters spend competing in the Octagon. You can now follow along at the top of the homepage to see how much fight time has transpired in 2014, along with FightMetric's resulting donation to Fisher House.
Homepage Visualizations - Our homepage introduces a few new ways to display fight data. The most recent main event gets an intuitive chart that shows each fighter's significant strike totals by target and position, with the larger bars indicating the strikes that made up a greater proportion of total striking output. A quick glance shows where each fighter did their best work and how important it was to the totality of the fight. The upcoming main event gets a dashboard comparing the two fighters against each other, but also against the UFC average and the UFC record for that category.
Stat Leader Filters - Our UFC statistical leaders page now gives you the ability to filter by fighter country, weight class, and whether the fighter is active in the UFC. Want to know which Brazilian lightweight has landed the most strikes in UFC history? Now you can find out! (It's Gleison Tibau, by the way)
UFC Rankings Page - The official UFC rankings are now available on our site. We've added some extra detail, such as the results of each fighter's last three fights and the max rank they've achieved while in the UFC.
Deeper Fight Stats - We've added a bunch of new stats to every fight and some charts to help visualize the new data. Every fight now has a breakdown of significant strikes by both target and location. Now it's easier to drill into the striking data to see which fighter mixed their strikes better and who controlled the striking at distance, in the clinch, and on the ground. Check it out for Jones vs. Teixeira.
We'd love to get your feedback on the site. Please feel free to Contact Us with comments, questions, or suggestions for future improvements.
FightMetric's inaugural Strength in Numbers campaign for 2013 concluded with UFC 168. We pledged to donate $5 for every minute UFC fighters spent competing in the Octagon. In total, 2013 saw 4,014 minutes, 9 seconds of Octagon time, a new UFC record for a single year. That means FightMetric will donate $20,070.75 to the Fisher House Foundation to benefit the families of wounded warriors. We look forward to continuing the campaign in 2014 to raise even more money for charity.
Here are some notes from a year's worth of UFC fights and how they affected the charity campaign:
The longest event of the year, UFC on FUEL 7, raised $843.25. That event featured 10 of 12 fights going at least 15 minutes and clocked in at a total of 168 minutes, 39 seconds.
The year's quickest event was Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson, which only raised $322.00. Seven of the 11 fights that night finished in the first round and only two went the distance. The whole thing was over in 64 minutes, 24 seconds.
Congratulations are due to the fighters we saw the most of in 2013. Their endurance in the Octagon meant hundreds of dollars raised for a worthy cause. The top 3 earners in 2013 were:
On the low end, Dave Herman had the shortest year in the UFC, raising $1.41 for 17 seconds of work. Rony Jason had the quickest combined two fights, with a total of two minutes, four seconds, resulting in $10.33. And Gabriel Gonzaga fought four times in 2013 and only managed 9 minutes, 2 seconds of fight time. He was one of only six fighters to compete four times this year and the only one to spend less than a half hour in the Octagon.