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Some real MMA Math

The guys at Fightticker have done some general math based on a few assumptions to figure out how many fighters are on the chopping block due to the UFC’s tightening of the roster:

20 cards per year x 10 fights per card = 200 fights per year

200 fights per year x 2 fighters per fight = 400 fighters per year (similar to man hours)

To achieve 3 bouts a year per fighter (which I think is a good number), the UFC needs 400/3 fighters or approximately 133 fighters on its roster. Let’s round off to 135 to make this easy.

Suppose the UFC keeps 3 guys on notice in each division that can step in because of injuries, etc, we then have 3 x 5 = 15 fighters on notice.

So, in total the UFC could keep 135 + 15 = 150 fighters (or 30 per division).

If we are at 40 fighters per division now, we’re probably looking at 10 cuts per division or 50 total cuts to get from 200 fighters to 150 fighters.

Of course, we don’t really know how many fighters Dana has under contract right now, and we also don’t know how many events the UFC is planning on throwing next year. But I’d say from a general point of view, 50 fighters sounds about right. Fighters who wanna stick around might wanna start practicing their impressive spinning flip death kick.

  • garth

    is this a result of UFC trying to keep talent from other promotions? you think the talent pool will start spreading out enough that other promos can survive (i’m talking IFL/EliteXC) or is death already in the water?
    with businesses it’s all perception…IFL could put on the most amazing card ever and people will still say “eh, they’re dying anyways, let’s not go”.

  • Captain

    So they’re just reiterating what Meltezer said but in a more convoluted way? Reminds me of the Rube Goldberg competition.

  • Michaelthebox

    garth: how is the IFL gonna put on the most amazing card ever using the UFC castoffs? They’ll lose two or three more big-name fighters, but most of the castoffs will be mediocre, unmarketable, or mediocre and unmarketable fighters.

  • Steve4192

    This is long overdue.

    The UFC roster has been bloated ever since their 2006 spending spree that saw them absorb WFA, WEC, and Pride. Hopefully, they can get fighters back onto a regular 3-5 fights per year schedule.

  • kentyman

    Rube Goldberg is a terrible announcer.