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UFC Weight Class Fight Finish Rates for 2016

Pictured: Jose Aldo (left) suffers a first round knockout against Conor McGregor (right) at UFC 194

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UFC Weight Class Fight Finish Rates for 2016

Besides the heavyweights, what other divisions are yielding the most fight stoppages?

When picking your DraftKings MMA lineups, do you take into consideration the weight class of each fighter you choose?

You should be.

Whenever there are heavyweight fighters on an upcoming event, I always consider them in my lineups because their finish rate is usually higher than other weight classes.

That theory held true in 2016. The heavyweights continue to have the highest finish rate of any other weight class but what other divisions are yielding the most fight stoppages?

Middleweights.

In 2016, the middleweight division amassed 35 fight stoppages compared to 21 decisions, yielding a 61% finish rate.

Also surprising was the finish rate for the Men’s bantamweight weight class which came in just ahead of the lightweight division.

Using this chart, produced by FightMetric, I was able to determine the finish rate for each weight class for the 2016 season. Here they are.

UFC Weight Class Finish Rates

Weight Class

Fights

Dec

Finishes

FR%

Total

482

246

236

49% (avg.)

Heavyweight

39

12

27

69%

Middleweight

56

21

35

63%

Light Heavyweight

38

15

23

61%

Welterweight

94

43

51

54%

Bantamweight

45

23

22

49%

Lightweight

88

47

41

47%

Women's Bantamweight

22

14

8

36%

Featherweight

50

34

16

32%

Women's Strawweight

27

19

8

30%

Women's Flyweight

23

18

5

22%

UFC weight class finish rates for 2016 above do not include catchweight bouts or fights that ended in a draw, disqualification, or no contest. Not included in this list of finish rates is the Women's featherweight division because it was introduced to the UFC in 2017.
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