- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 10796 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Graybeard Publishing (9 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H7D4JPK
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers in Mixed Martial Arts and Why There’s No Such Thing as a Fair Fight Kindle Edition
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I've followed the sport since it's inception as teenage boy obsessed with martial arts, begging, stealing or borrowing tapes whenever I could. This book has given me a fresh perspective & didn't think that was possible. I've recommended it to all the coaches, promoters, officials & serious fans I know.
Hats off gentlemen. This is the best book on MMA I've read.
Actually this is an engaging and well written book, if your involved in combat sports, and have a brain, you'll love this book.
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This book offers a very solid account and measurement of all the various motor skill occurrences within mixed martial arts fights, with the various correlations that exist between actions and results of those actions from the individuals engaging these actions. Again, cause and effects are not being proven--merely relationships are established. But with these numbers, one can discover objective measurements of what happens in the arena. How one then interprets these measurements become the task of the interpreter, and his conclusion then become where the errors lie--not with the numbers themselves.
An example is we see the book offering positional breakdowns, measuring the likelihood of achieving positional control over your opponent per takedown. We see back control is at 20%(does that mean it has an 80% failure rate? Or does it mean other positions were attempted, and this was what occurred 20% of the time? Or does it mean back control is easier to achieve than full mount?) and full mount control is at 13%. On the following page we see how long these positions are maintained with time spent in this positional control. In seconds per position achieved, when back control is obtained, the competitor measures in at sustaining the position for forty seconds of control over the twenty-four seconds of control in the full mount. What does this mean? The numbers are there--what they mean are arguable--but this is a start into really seeing the who, what, when, where, why and how of motor skill applications with subsequent results. make sure you see all the existing variables interacting before coming to a conclusion.
For those who like objective measurements to assist them in training more wisely and getting a more, in-depth understanding to what is going on in this highly competitive, athletic endeavor, FIGHTNOMICS provides the objective numbers, and the author's evaluation of those numbers. The numbers don't lie. These alone make the book incredible valuable for any coach, student, practitioner, and/or trainer in the MMA arena. This is the purpose for me choosing to obtain the book, as I can then look at the numbers myself and draw my own conclusions. Without the numbers, I am flying blind.
The author writes in a relax style that I found flows well, even as he assesses the numerical values, and more often than not, I found myself agree with his many assessments. Where he was emphatic about something, I found myself being a tad more flexible and open to other assessments with the numbers, but that is what stats provide: An objective measurement of events. How one interpret the numbers remains the responsibility of each interpreter, and herein lies the place for the errors--not in the stats--of course, unless someone miscounted or used the incorrect formula.
The book is well made, well published, fun to read and offers the objective measurements of motor skill occurrence and their outcomes. It is a excellent, one-of-a-kind manual for seeing past the emotional hype the UFC-MMA generates to see more clearly what actually occurs in the octagon.
Well done, Mr. Kuhn.
The explanations are clear and well written. Fans will better understand what they see, and coaches might benefit from the conclusions by focusing on a fighter's tactics.
While the authors gave clear percentages to support most of their conclusions, I constantly found myself asking "out of how many matches?" 50% vs 43% might be significant, or it might just be noise depending on how large the sample is. In most cases the quant analysis always left me wanting more.
The book covers the quant side of MMA fighting better than anything I have seen or heard of. Fans as well as sports bettors will appreciate this book.
I also feel that this is snapshot of data as of late 2013. Because of the large volume of MMA fights each month, the data will be outdated pretty quickly. Outstanding book though.