Fightnomics Review

Updated: February 1, 2014


By RU Twisted

“How do knockouts really happen and who scores them the most?”

“What Tale of the Tape ‘advantage’ is actually a disadvantage?”

“How does the Southpaw Advantage really work?”

“How accurate are MMA betting lines and where are they wrong?”

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.

The entire “Tale of the Tape” is deconstructed and put to the test. When a fight is about to begin, you’ll never look at it the same way again.

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. Fightnomics-UFC160-Velasquez-vs-Silva

Rather, it is an honest look at the numbers behind every aspect of MMA.

For example, in one chapter on “How size matters and how it doesn’t,” the authors cover:

– Size matters; bigger fighters pack more power but aren’t as fast

– Competition has driven fighters down in weight class due to the UFC Arms Race

– The reach advantage is real, with longer reach differentials leading to more wins

– The reach advantage is accentuated for fights that stay standing longer, but nullified on the ground

– Height is not an advantage if it doesn’t also come with reach

Some of the findings agree with common thoughts about fighting; others don’t.

But more importantly, each assertion is backed up rigorously. This isn’t a book about whose favorite fighter is better or why kung fu could totally beat ninjitsu. Again, Reed has done his homework on this.

The guy next to you at the bar on fight night won’t last two sentences debating you after this book.

Interestingly enough, Reed Kuhn isn’t a fighter and he isn’t a coach, either. But his background is one that makes that a plus rather than a negative.

After attaining a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in systems engineering, and an MBA, Reed understands a great deal about analytics and how to objectively apply them.

As a professional scientist for a time, and later as a strategy consultant, he was always asked to solve seemingly unanswerable questions using data and analysis to make the case.

This is what makes his work so unique—he didn’t set out to sell books based on his own fighting system or to promote himself. Instead, he uses the scientific method to breakdown all the quantities of mixed martial arts.

In other words, he’s not trying to hawk the latest five-finger, touch-of-death technique. He and Rhino Den Professor Emeritus Kelly Crigger are simply analyzing what works and what doesn’t in a sport that has a great deal of influence on combat arts in general.

MMA fans will benefit the most by seeing the sport at a new level of detail never before seen.

Which is exactly why you should buy the book.

For one thing, it will enable you to see through a lot of the bullshit in martial arts by using raw data to back up your point.

Secondly, buying the book will support a Veteran-owned business that published it, which means freedom wins.

And finally, if you don’t buy it, you will make puppies stay out in the cold and cry.*

Seriously, the book is a flat-out must for anyone serious about MMA, to include fighters and coaches. Just read the names on the back of the book to see why.

No one else has taken the time to assemble these facts in one place, so you can’t even say “well, I was debating between this one and…..” Fightnomics is the authority on this subject, so do yourself a favor; if you are into MMA and want to A) fight well, B) coach well, or C) win money from your friends on betting well, then download this book pronto.


*This may or may not be a scientific fact. But can you really risk it?



One Comment

  1. Cricket

    February 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Great article. Put a different and interesting perspective on MMA fights and how to look them.

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