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Fighter Stance Analysis for MMA

This page analyses statistics for fighter stances in MMA (primarily in the UFC). We have not yet logged stances for all fighters in the UFC, so this page will grow with time (I add stances manually when watching fights). Win % statistics are based on fights logged in our system, starting November 2014. UFC Fighter Stance

Basic Stance Statistics - Number of fighters using each stance type

Orthodox: 1205 (71%)
Southpaw: 281 (17%)

Fighters who switch stances: 207 (12%)
Switches (Mostly Orthodox): 109 (6%)
Switches (Mostly Southpaw): 35 (2%)
Switches (Equal Both): 63 (4%)

Note - fighters who switch stances but are predominantly one stance or the other are NOT included in the pure orthodox or southpaw tallies.
Total fighters whose stance we've not yet logged: 2702

Win Percentage in MMA for Orthodox, Southpaw and Switch Stances

Stance Fighters Fights Won Lost Win %
Orthodox 1205 6990 3489 3501 50%
Southpaw 281 1905 987 918 52%
Switches Stances (All) 207 1569 885 684 56%
Switches (Mostly Orthodox) 109 862 501 361 58%
Switches (Mostly Southpaw) 35 318 157 161 49%
Switches (Equal both) 63 389 227 162 58%

*Note. It might look weird that we have an overall win % way over 50%. That's because people in this list have beaten fighters we've not yet logged a stance for. Obviously I've watched more successful fighters than rubbish ones, so I've logged their stances more at this stage! :)

Detailed breakdown of stance vs stance win %

When we have both fighters' stances logged for a particular fight in our system, the results are as follows.

  Fights TKOs Subs Decisions
Orthodox vs Orthodox 2096 662 (32%) 355 (17%) 1061 (51%)
Southpaw vs Southpaw 162 49 (30%) 23 (14%) 88 (54%)
Switch vs Switch 122 40 (33%) 25 (20%) 55 (45%)
Orthodox vs Southpaw 1112 332 (30%) 232 (21%) 534 (48%)
Orthodox vs Switch 923 326 (35%) 141 (15%) 453 (49%)
Southpaw vs Switch 271 70 (26%) 57 (21%) 144 (53%)
4686 1479 (32%) 833 (18%) 2335 (50%)


Orthodox vs Southpaw Fights TKOs Subs Decisions
Orthodox beat Southpaw 514 (46%) 153 (14%) 114 (10%) 245 (22%)
Southpaw beat Orthodox 580 (52%) 179 (16%) 118 (11%) 281 (25%)


Orthodox vs Switch Fights TKOs Subs Decisions
Orthodox beat Switch 389 (42%) 113 (12%) 59 (6%) 215 (23%)
Switch beat Orthodox 527 (57%) 213 (23%) 82 (9%) 232 (25%)


Switch vs Southpaw Fights TKOs Subs Decisions
Switch beat Southpaw 153 (56%) 45 (17%) 30 (11%) 78 (29%)
Southpaw beat Switch 115 (42%) 25 (9%) 27 (10%) 63 (23%)

Analysis of UFC / MMA fight stance statistics

As you might expect, most fighters in the UFC use an orthodox stance. That's no surprise. The main question you were probably wondering when you found this page: Does being a southpaw give you an advantage in MMA? Well, given that around 10% of the population is stated as being left handed (southpaw), the fact that the UFC has 17% southpaws would suggest it certainly helps! The stats also suggest that southpaws have a higher success rate, with southpaws winning 52% of their fights, as opposed to 50% for orthodox fighters. More interestingly, fighters who switch stances have an even higher success rate than both orthodox and southpaw fighters, with a combined win percentage of 56%
 
 
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