UFC fight predictions and analysis
CAGERANK PREDICTION Who will win - Franklin vs Belfort

1,987

CageRank

WINNER
Belfort

prediction

BY KO ROUND 2

prediction
79% chance Belfort
WILL WIN

2,220

CageRank

WINNER
Differences What advantages does each fighter have?
Advantages for Vitor Belfort
Fast finishes 10.0 vs 8.2 More than 20% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Much heavier hands 10.0 vs 8.3 More than 20% better at knocking out good defenders
Much harder to hit 9.8 vs 9.1 More than 5% better at dodging and blocking powerful blows; endures less damage
Significantly better takedown defense 9.2 vs 8.3 More than 10% better at avoiding being taken down
Significantly stronger jaw 9.4 vs 8.7 Around 10% better at avoiding being knocked out; fewer dangerous concussions
Puts up a fight 9.6 vs 8.9 Around 10% better defense against being finished quickly; can fight into late rounds
Younger 39 years vs 42 years More than 5% younger ; less time being ground down in the octagon
Advantages for Rich Franklin
Better submission defense 9.5 vs 8.8 Around 10% better avoiding and escaping submissions; less likely to have to tap
Longer reach 193 cm vs 188 cm Around 5% longer reach; hit opponents from a safer distance
Taller 185 cm vs 183 cm Almost the same
Better submission offense 7.2 vs 6.9 Around 5% better at securing submissions; more ways to win
Stronger takedown offense 7.7 vs 7.5 Almost the same
Belfort on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Franklin’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Vitor
Belfort
In 5:17, how much damage will he do? Belfort Franklin
Significant Strikes26
Belfort's excellent striking offense will dominate Franklin's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 47 Significant Strikes in 5:17
Excellent
Striking
vs
Good
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns1
Belfort's below average takedown offense won't be a factor against Franklin's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 3 Takedowns in 5:17
Below average
Takedown ability
vs
Average
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Belfort has a reasonable chance to win by knockout
Excellent
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Belfort is unlikely to win by submission
Below average
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Belfort is unlikely to win by decision
Below average
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
Franklin on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Belfort’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Rich
Franklin
In 5:17, how much damage will he do? Franklin Belfort
Significant Strikes18
Franklin's excellent striking offense is matched by Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 47 Significant Strikes in 5:17
Excellent
Striking
vs
Excellent
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns0
Franklin's below average takedown offense won't be a factor against Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 3 Takedowns in 5:17
Below average
Takedown ability
vs
Excellent
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Franklin has a reasonable chance to win by knockout
Excellent
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Franklin is unlikely to win by submission
Average
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Franklin is unlikely to win by decision
Average
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
OFFENSE Who’s better on the attack?

striking

Who can land devastating blows when it matters?
fighter Belfort 9.2
fighter Franklin 9.2
Great striking by Belfort
12 strikes Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
18 strikes Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
6 strikes Jan 24, 2009 vs Lindland

takedowns

Who's going to take it to the ground?
fighter Belfort 7.6
fighter Franklin 7.7
Great takedowns by Franklin
1 takedown Jun 13, 2009 vs Silva
1 takedown Jun 16, 2007 vs Okami
5 takedowns Mar 04, 2006 vs Loiseau

knockouts

Who's better at knocking out opponents?
fighter Belfort 10.0
fighter Franklin 8.3
Great knockouts by Belfort
Round 1 Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
Round 2 Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
Round 1 Sep 19, 2009 vs Franklin

submissions

Who can finish it on the ground?
fighter Belfort 6.9
fighter Franklin 7.2
Great submissions by Franklin
Round 2 Dec 12, 2004 vs Stout
Round 3 Oct 22, 2004 vs Rivera
Round 1 Nov 03, 2001 vs Eastman

Fast finishes

Who can end the fight faster?
fighter Belfort 10.0
fighter Franklin 8.2
Fast finishes by Belfort
77 seconds Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
387 seconds Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
182 seconds Sep 19, 2009 vs Franklin
Fight History Who won last time these two fought?
Winnner
Prediction
CageRank Before
CageRank After
September 19, 2009UFC 103
team
VS
team
XR1 KO
R1 KOX
2,0852,002
2,0232,064
Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Belfort
legend Franklin
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