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Measuring Momentum- The Dwyer Score of UFC 100: Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir II

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It’s widely accepted that UFC 100 was one of the biggest events in MMA history. It had grudge matches, title fights, a TUF coaches’ bout, exciting young prospects and the marketing advantage of that lovely round number- 100. In a column that’s all about numbers and event hype, what better event to look back on than one that enticed 1.7 million people to order the PPV?

This landmark event had a Dwyer Score of +26. For some context, that score would rank 4th of all the scores I’ve collected over the last 12 months, just ahead of  UFC 196 (+24) and behind UFC 199 (+30). The fighter who brought the longest winning streak into UFC 100 was Thiago Alves with +7, a streak that was actually greater than that of then-champion Georges St-Pierre (+5) whose belt Alves would be challenging for.

UFC 100’s main card alone would still have scored +26, meaning its prelims actually came in with a neutral 0. The prelims didn’t lack big names- we had Jon Jones, Jim Miller, Stephan Bonnar and Mark Coleman to name a few, but it also included fighters like Jake O’Brien, Mac Danzig, Shannon Gugerty and Matt Grice, all MMA veterans but not necessarily the kind of stars who would be on a top-to-bottom stacked event like the upcoming UFC 200 which, at the time of writing, has a Dwyer Score of +33, leaving UFC 200 slightly ahead of its centennial predecessor (update 09/07/16, Jon Jones out, Anderson Silva in. +14 replaced by -1, new UFC 200 score: +19).

The Big Contributors

Brock Lesnar +2 : Coming off a decision victory over Heath Herring and a TKO stoppage of Randy Couture, Lesnar would go on to avenge his lone career defeat, stopping his rival Frank Mir with a relentless wrestling pressure and an accumulation of damaging ground and pound.

Jon Jones +2 : This kid could have some potential. A week before his 22nd birthday, Jones submitted Jake O’Brien via submission in the second round in what was only his 3rd UFC fight. This victory would be the last of Jones’ earliest winning streak as he controversially lost his next bout to Matt Hammill via disqualification. Spare a thought for O’Brien, who fought pre-championship Jon Jones as well as pre-championship Cain Velasquez in 2 of his last 3 UFC bouts before being cut.

Georges St-Pierre +5 : This is the only winning streak from UFC 100 that is still unbroken (and now stands at +12) as of UFC 200- an incredible achievement. GSP dominated Thiago Alves en route to a decision victory and his third title defence, part of a title reign that would last over 5 years. If recent reports are to be believed we could see ‘Rush’ back in the Octagon before long, and that’s certainly a homecoming not to be missed.


The Dwyer score is a simple way of assigning a numeric value to the momentum of any one event. We can do this by assigning a figure to each fighter’s current streak. A fighter on a 3 fight win-streak contributes +3 to an event’s score. A fighter on a 2 fight losing streak contributes -2 to the score. If you tally up the scores for every fighter on a card (only counting UFC fights) you get a total which gives you an idea of the form of fighters heading into that event.

As you may imagine Pay-Per-View events tend to have higher scores than Fight Nights, as fighters on longer winning streaks tend to be placed on bigger cards. For example, UFC: Rothwell vs Dos Santos was a +4 whilst UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor was a +62.

So what does this tell us? It cannot definitively measure the quality or excitement of any one specific event, however, it does give a value for a card’s momentum that is immune to the business side of MMA matchmaking. Events pitting fighters at the top of their game against each other will score well, events that fast-track fighters into main card slots or push too many immediate rematches will not.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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