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

2,189

CageRank

WINNER
Belfort

prediction

BY KO ROUND 2

prediction
54% chance Belfort
WILL WIN

2,220

CageRank

WINNER
Differences What advantages does each fighter have?
Advantages for Vitor Belfort
Much heavier hands 10.0 vs 8.5 More than 15% better at knocking out good defenders
Significantly fast finishes 10.0 vs 9.5 More than 5% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Harder to hit 9.8 vs 9.6 Almost the same
Stronger jaw 9.4 vs 9.1 Around 5% better at avoiding being knocked out; fewer dangerous concussions
Better striker 9.2 vs 9.0 Almost the same
Puts up a fight 9.6 vs 9.3 Almost the same
Advantages for Fedor Emelianenko
Much better submission offense 8.3 vs 6.9 More than 20% better at securing submissions; more ways to win
Significantly heavier 222 lbs vs 184 lbs More than 20% heavier ; harder for lighter weight opponents to control
Stronger takedown offense 8.0 vs 7.5 More than 5% stronger at taking people to the ground; can force the fight to the mat
Better submission defense 9.3 vs 8.8 More than 5% better avoiding and escaping submissions; less likely to have to tap
Belfort on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Emelianenko’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Vitor
Belfort
In 7:21, how much damage will he do? Belfort Emelianenko
Significant Strikes28
Belfort's excellent striking offense is matched by Emelianenko's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 66 Significant Strikes in 7:21
Excellent
Striking
vs
Excellent
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns0
Belfort's below average takedown offense won't be a factor against Emelianenko's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 4 Takedowns in 7:21
Below average
Takedown ability
vs
Excellent
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
Emelianenko on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Belfort’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Fedor
Emelianenko
In 7:21, how much damage will he do? Emelianenko Belfort
Significant Strikes22
Emelianenko's excellent striking offense is matched by Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 66 Significant Strikes in 7:21
Excellent
Striking
vs
Excellent
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns1
Emelianenko's average takedown offense won't be a factor against Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 4 Takedowns in 7:21
Average
Takedown ability
vs
Excellent
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Emelianenko has a reasonable chance to win by knockout
Excellent
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Emelianenko has a reasonable chance to win by submission
Excellent
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Emelianenko 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 Emelianenko 9.0
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 Emelianenko 8.0
Great takedowns by Emelianenko
4 takedowns Aug 28, 2005 vs Filipovic
5 takedowns Dec 31, 2004 vs Nogueira
1 takedown Mar 16, 2003 vs Nogueira

knockouts

Who's better at knocking out opponents?
fighter Belfort 10.0
fighter Emelianenko 8.5
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 Emelianenko 8.3
Great submissions by Emelianenko
Round 1 Jul 19, 2008 vs Sylvia
Round 1 Apr 14, 2007 vs Lindland
Round 2 Oct 21, 2006 vs Coleman

Fast finishes

Who can end the fight faster?
fighter Belfort 10.0
fighter Emelianenko 9.5
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
Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Belfort
legend Emelianenko
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