Fightnomics

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Graybeard Publishing, Dec 7, 2013 - Hand-to-hand fighting - 336 pages
"Fightnomics quantifies the underlying drivers of the world's most exciting and fastest growing sport through deep analysis of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition. Part Freakonomics and part Moneyball, Fightnomics is a statistical spotlight on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the fighters who compete in the Octagon. Does size matter? Is the Southpaw Advantage real for MMA? Is it better to be young or experienced in a fight? How is the UFC Tale of the Tape lying to us? What makes a strike significant? What about Ring Rust, Octagon Jitters, or the Home Cage Advantage? Just how accurate are betting odds? Theories about how MMA works get put to the test with a little bit of science, and a whole lot of numbers. Fightnomics is the deepest and most complete analysis to date of historical UFC data that answers common, yet hotly debated questions about the sport. The fight game will never quite look the same once you've learned what really matters in a cage fight, and even a few surprising things that don't"--Publisher's description.

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About the author (2013)

Reed Kuhn is a Washington D.C.-based strategy consultant with over a decade of professional experience. Reed's foray into sports statistics began during his graduate studies when he mined data of National Football League team performance. In 2009 he began analyzing professional mixed martial arts through a research fellowship with FightMetric, the sport's leading statistics system, and the official statistics provider to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Reed holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from Washington and Lee University, a master's degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he specialized in strategy and decision sciences.

Kelly Crigger is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with a bunch of degrees that he never used. Crigger began writing about MMA in 2006 and has published three other books about the sport including Title Shot, Into the Shark Tank of Mixed Martial Arts. A twelfth-level cleric of the Ranger Up order, Crigger lives in Northern Virginia where he writes, plays rugby, critiques bourbon, and prepares for doomsday. Crigger considers himself privileged to be a Jayhawk, honored to be a Ranger, and blessed by God to be American.

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