End Method Types

Most frequently fights finish with:

  • Strikes
  • Submission Holds
  • Decision Win
  • Decision Draw

 

Submission Holds include only finishes with submission techniques (not Submissions due to strikes).

 

Here is the all time (since 1993) split between those four Main End Types:

 

 

  

 

 

Same graph with only UFC fights included:

 

 

 

There are a very few Decision Draws in the UFC.

It is interesting that only 22% of UFC fights end with a Submission Hold - compared to 33% with all promotions included.

 

UFC fights end with a Decision much more often than fights in other promotions.

 

 

 

This is how that looks if we split into 4 year periods:

 

 

And same for the UFC fights:

 

 

 

 

4 Main End Types on the annual basis:

 

    

 

This shows a gradual increase in Decision win percentage.

Percentage of fights ending with a submission is in a slow decline.

 

 

Same graph as before, but this includes only UFC fights.

 

     

 

General trend in the UFC is similar as for all other fights. But for the last few years (since 2009) they have Decisions as a prevailing fight end type.

 

 

Fights finishing with a Submission Hold are in a steady decline.

The interesting fact is that submissions become less prevalent with the increase of fighter rating:

 

  

 

In 2013, 20% of UFC fights finished with the submission. For fighters that have rating 18 or higher (that is about top 800 fighters) submission rate is 24%. Fighters with rating 12 and higher (top 2000 fighters) are at 31%. When we include all fighters, submission percentage goes up to 34%.

 

In the first few years UFC was dominated by submission artists (Royce Gracie). Later fighters learned how to defend submissions and submission percentage went under 30%.

Between 2004 and 2007, in UFC there was a small increase in submission percentage.

 

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Following lists show fighters with the most Submissions and the highest Submission percentage.

Submission percentage = "number of wins with a submission" / "number of wins"

 

Here are the fighters with the most Submissions:

End Method - Submission - rating>=4 - //ScoreCardMMA.com
Ftr RatingFighter NameAll WinsSubmissionPercentage
20Travis Fulton25210642.1
22Dan Severn1015453.5
28Jeremy Horn915459.3
19Ikuhisa Minowa604168.3
8Shannon Ritch524178.8
22Alexey Oleinik503876.0
22Dennis Hallman523771.2
15Joe Pearson433479.1
22Jeff Monson573357.9
24Joe Doerksen513364.7
   

 

Following are the top fighters (rating>=24) with the high number of Submissions: 

End Method - Submission - rating>=24 - //ScoreCardMMA.com
Ftr RatingFighter NameAll WinsSubmissionPercentage
28Jeremy Horn915459.3
24Joe Doerksen513364.7
24Masakatsu Funaki393384.6
33Shinya Aoki392461.5
24Miguel Torres432148.8
32Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira342161.8
25Kazushi Sakuraba261973.1
26Megumi Fujii261973.1
31Josh Barnett341852.9
25Evan Tanner321856.3
28Alistair Overeem401742.5
25Satoru Kitaoka371745.9
   

 

Notable fighters (rating>=16) with the high Submission percentage:

End Method - Submission - rating>=16 - //ScoreCardMMA.com
Ftr RatingFighter NameAll WinsSubmissionPercentage
19Paul Sass141392.9
19Yan Cabral121191.7
16Jim Hettes111090.9
17Chris Brennan211990.5
17Giva Santana181688.9
16Jim Theobald181688.9
17T.J. Waldburger161487.5
17Shayna Baszler151386.7
24Masakatsu Funaki393384.6
16Vinny Magalhaes131184.6
19Dean Lister131184.6
16Kleber Koike Erbst181583.3
17Dustin Denes121083.3
17Mitch Gagnon121083.3
16Oleg Taktarov171482.4
18Rickson Gracie11981.8
22Mikhail Ilyukhin302480.0
19Bryan Caraway201680.0
  

Exceptional fighters (rating>=28) with the high Finish percentage:

End Method - Submission - rating>=28 - //ScoreCardMMA.com
Ftr RatingFighter NameAll WinsSubmissionPercentage
28Ronda Rousey12975.0
32Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira342161.8
33Shinya Aoki392461.5
29Luke Rockhold15960.0
28Jeremy Horn915459.3
29Ronaldo Souza221359.1
28Thales Leites251456.0
31Donald Cerrone281553.6
31Josh Barnett341852.9
32Urijah Faber331751.5
31Fabricio Werdum201050.0
31Renan Barao331545.5
  

 

 

Notable fighters (rating>=18) with the high Strike Win percentage:

End Method - Strike - rating>=18 - //ScoreCardMMA.com
Ftr RatingFighter NameAll WinsStrikePercentage
19Rafael Cavalcante1212100.0
23Melvin Manhoef302790.0
27Conor McGregor191789.5
25Cristiane Justino151386.7
18Soa Palelei221986.4
29Cain Velasquez131184.6
31Mauricio Rua231982.6
19Amanda Nunes11981.8
25Yoel Romero11981.8
19Benji Radach211781.0
  

 

Exceptional fighters (rating>=28) with the high Strike Win percentage:

End Method - Strike - rating>=28 - //ScoreCardMMA.com
Ftr RatingFighter NameAll WinsStrikePercentage
29Cain Velasquez131184.6
31Mauricio Rua231982.6
30Robbie Lawler272074.1
28Anthony Johnson211571.4
32Wanderlei Silva352365.7
29Mirko Filipovic312064.5
30Vitor Belfort251664.0
30Rich Franklin291862.1
31Chuck Liddell211361.9
35Anderson Silva332060.6
29Junior dos Santos171058.8
31Eddie Alvarez271555.6
   

 

 

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When we brake down the 3 fight end classes (Strikes, Submissions and Decisions) we get following 6 most frequently used fight end types:

 

 

 

 

Here is how those 6 fight end types were used historically: