UFC's Most Exciting Divisions by Fight Finishes

  • These stats are from 2016 but what I was focusing on was what percentage of fights ended in a knockout, submission or decision by division.  

    I'll post them here but I want to show Mens Flyweight first.  There was a total of 23 fights 18 of them ended by decision. That means 78% almost 80% of the time it goes the distance. When I got my first guy signed to the UFC at 8-0 I asked what they liked about him and they said that he finishes fights. That's all they cared about. Womens Straweight isn't even that bad they are at 70%. I'll run the numbers put the percentages after the decision column. Mens Flyweight division is even worse comparing the Knockouts. Out of 23 fights only 2 ended in knockout thats 8.69%.

    One other thing I noticed in 2016 there was 41 events and the main event or co-main event was changed 35 times. That means 85% of the time we don't get the main matchups announced. 


    Mens Flyweight

    Number of fights: 23
    Knockouts: Two    - 8.69%
    Submissions: Three -13%
    Decisions: 18     - 78%


    Women’s strawweight

    Number of fights: 27
    Knockouts: Three  -11.11%
    Submissions: Five  -18.5%
    Decisions: 19      - 70%


    Women’s bantamweight

    Number of fights: 22
    Knockouts: Five -23%
    Submissions: Three -14%
    Decisions: 14    -63%



    Number of fights: 45
    Knockouts: 12  - 27%
    Submissions: 10 -22%
    Decisions: 23     -51%



    Number of fights: 50
    Knockouts: Seven  -14%
    Submissions: Nine - 18%
    Decisions: 34     -68%



    Number of fights: 88
    Knockouts: 26     -30%
    Submissions: 15  -17%
    Decisions: 47   -53%



    Number of fights: 95
    Knockouts: 31   -33%
    Submissions: 20  -21%
    Decisions: 43   -45%
    Other: One



    Number of fights: 57
    Knockouts: 28   -49%
    Submissions: Seven  -12%
    Decisions: 22    -38%


    Light heavyweight

    Number of fights: 39
    Knockouts: 14  -36%
    Submissions: Nine  -23%
    Decisions: 15   -38%
    Other: One



    Number of fights: 40
    Knockouts: 20   -50%
    Submissions: Seven  -17.5%
    Decisions: 12    -30%
    Other: One



    Most Exciting Division by Percentage Ending in a Knockout.


    Heavyweight with 50%

    Middleweight with 49%

    Light Heavyweight with 36%

    Welterweight with 33%

    Lightweight with 30%

    Bantamweight with 27%

    Womens Bantamweight with 23%

    Featherweight with 14%

    Womens Strawweight with 11%

    Mens Flyweight with 8%


    Most Exciting Division by Percentage Ending in a Submission.


    Light Heavyweight with 23%

    Bantamweight with 22%

    Welterweight with 21%

    Womens Strawweight with 18.5%

    Featherweight with 18%

    Heavyweight with 17.5%

    Lightweight with 17%

    Womens Bantamweight with 14%

    Mens Flyweight with 13%

    Middleweight with 12%


    Least Exciting Division by Highest Percentage Ending in a Decision.


    Mens Flyweight with 78%

    Womens Strawweight with 70%

    Featherweight with 68%

    Womens Bantamweight with 63%

    Lightweight with 53%

    Bantamweight with 51%

    Welterweight with 45%

    Middleweight with 38.59%

    Light Heavyweight with 38.46%

    Heavyweight with 30%


    Mens Flyweight ended deadlast in every catagory besides only 1% above Middleweight for least submissions.


    The UFC held 41 events in 31 different cities across 10 countries and four continents.

    Within those events, there were 493 fights across 11 different weight classes (including catchweight bouts). Those 493 fights combined for a total cage time of 91:31:14.

    The longest event of the year was “UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson” in Ottawa. The 2:58:00 of fight time was the most for a single event in UFC history.

    The shortest event of the year was “UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem” in Cleveland at 1:28:10.

    At those events, the UFC drew an announced total attendance of 491,717 for a live gate total of $88,806,982.50 (Note: live gate was not announced for three events).

    The highest reported attended event of the year was “UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic” in Brazil (45,207) while the lowest attended event was “The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale” in Las Vegas (2,044).

    “UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic” drew an announced attendance of 45,207, the third highest in company history behind UFC 193 (56,214) and UFC 129 (55,724).

    You Can Read More 2016 Random Stats Here at

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