Ok, but couldn’t you could
Ok, but couldn’t you could use the stats that fight metric as a comparative tool of individual ability as well. Maybe not right this second due to lack of info.
Fight Metric is the official statistics provider of the UFC. If the UFC tossed them some cash, and the entire video library for the UFC they could go back, and record the stats of every UFC fight. The results would be a raw data look at fighters, as well as the fights.
If every fight was taken into account you could see who has the best takedown offense based on landed/attempted totals. You could see who was the best in clinch, shots, and overall based on a non-biased viewpoint. Just the numbers.
– Say fighter X has a 80% takedown success rate over their entire career.
– In 20 years fighter Y comes along and has a 85% takedown success rate over their entire career.
Using only raw data you could compare the Takedown defense of their opponents, average it, and judge who fought better opposition only in regard to takedowns.
Fighter X’s opponents had an average takedown defense of 75%
Fighter Y’s Opponents had an average takedown defense of 45%
Based on my example Fighter X has better a better takedown success rate, due to taking down better opponents
**Alves has 3 recorded fights right now. He defended 18%/17%/100% of attempted takedowns in the 3 fights. He has an average of 45% on defending a takedown. **
Today that comparison may be limited, but as more fights are recorded you can get a better picture of ability based on the numbers.