UFC fight predictions and analysis
CAGERANK PREDICTION Who will win - Branch vs Rockhold

2,069

CageRank

WINNER
Rockhold

prediction

BY Submission ROUND 2

prediction
56% chance Rockhold
WILL WIN

2,108

CageRank

WINNER
Differences What advantages does each fighter have?
Advantages for Luke Rockhold
Fast finishes 9.5 vs 7.9 Around 20% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Better striker 9.1 vs 8.1 Around 15% better at delivering meaningful attacks; can hit better defenders
Significantly better submission offense 8.6 vs 7.5 Around 15% better at securing submissions; more ways to win
Taller 191 cm vs 185 cm Around 5% taller
Heavier hands 7.9 vs 7.5 More than 5% better at knocking out good defenders
Better takedown defense 8.8 vs 8.6 Around 5% better at avoiding being taken down
Younger 33 years vs 36 years Around 10% younger ; less time being ground down in the octagon
Advantages for David Branch
Much stronger takedown offense 8.9 vs 7.4 Around 20% stronger at taking people to the ground; can force the fight to the mat
Stronger jaw 9.0 vs 8.4 More than 5% better at avoiding being knocked out; fewer dangerous concussions
Puts up a fight 9.3 vs 8.7 More than 5% better defense against being finished quickly; can fight into late rounds
Harder to hit 9.2 vs 9.0 Almost the same
Rockhold on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Branch’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Luke
Rockhold
In 9:30, how much damage will he do? Rockhold Branch
Significant Strikes43
Rockhold's excellent striking offense will dominate Branch's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 86 Significant Strikes in 9:30
Excellent
Striking
vs
Good
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns1
Rockhold's poor takedown offense won't be a factor against Branch's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 5 Takedowns in 9:30
Poor
Takedown ability
vs
Average
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Rockhold is unlikely to win by knockout
Good
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Rockhold has a reasonable chance to win by submission
Excellent
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Rockhold is unlikely to win by decision
Average
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
Branch on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Rockhold’s defensive skills
Predictions For
David
Branch
In 9:30, how much damage will he do? Branch Rockhold
Significant Strikes25
Branch's average striking offense won't be a factor against Rockhold's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 86 Significant Strikes in 9:30
Average
Striking
vs
Good
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns2
Branch's good takedown offense is matched by Rockhold's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 5 Takedowns in 9:30
Good
Takedown ability
vs
Good
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Branch is unlikely to win by knockout
Average
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Branch is unlikely to win by submission
Average
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Branch has a reasonable chance to win by decision
Excellent
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
OFFENSE Who’s better on the attack?

striking

Who can land devastating blows when it matters?
fighter Rockhold 9.1
fighter Branch 8.1
Great striking by Rockhold
12 strikes Jan 15, 2014 vs Philippou
60 strikes Jul 14, 2012 vs Kennedy
97 strikes Sep 10, 2011 vs Souza

takedowns

Who's going to take it to the ground?
fighter Rockhold 7.4
fighter Branch 8.9
Great takedowns by Branch
4 takedowns Dec 04, 2010 vs Attonito
3 takedowns Sep 15, 2010 vs Drwal

knockouts

Who's better at knocking out opponents?
fighter Rockhold 7.9
fighter Branch 7.5
Great knockouts by Rockhold
Round 1 Jan 15, 2014 vs Philippou
Round 1 Jan 07, 2012 vs Jardine
Round 1 Feb 26, 2010 vs Bradley

submissions

Who can finish it on the ground?
fighter Rockhold 8.6
fighter Branch 7.5
Great submissions by Rockhold
Round 1 Nov 06, 2009 vs Taylor
Round 1 Jun 19, 2009 vs Devela
Round 1 Nov 21, 2008 vs Theotikos

Fast finishes

Who can end the fight faster?
fighter Rockhold 9.5
fighter Branch 7.9
Fast finishes by Rockhold
151 seconds Jan 15, 2014 vs Philippou
266 seconds Jan 07, 2012 vs Jardine
30 seconds Jun 19, 2009 vs Devela
Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Rockhold
legend Branch
Comments Who do you think is a better fighter, and why?
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