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

1,705

CageRank

WINNER
Belfort

prediction

BY KO ROUND 2

prediction
95% 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 6.7 Around 50% better at knocking out good defenders
Fast finishes 10.0 vs 7.7 Around 30% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Much harder to hit 9.8 vs 8.7 Around 15% better at dodging and blocking powerful blows; endures less damage
Much better takedown defense 9.2 vs 7.8 Around 20% better at avoiding being taken down
Better striker 9.2 vs 8.3 More than 10% better at delivering meaningful attacks; can hit better defenders
Stronger jaw 9.4 vs 8.8 More than 5% better at avoiding being knocked out; fewer dangerous concussions
Puts up a fight 9.6 vs 9.0 More than 5% better defense against being finished quickly; can fight into late rounds
Advantages for James Zikic
Significantly stronger takedown offense 8.3 vs 7.5 More than 10% stronger at taking people to the ground; can force the fight to the mat
Better submission offense 7.5 vs 6.9 Around 10% better at securing submissions; more ways to win
Taller 188 cm vs 183 cm Around 5% taller
Better submission defense 9.4 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 Zikic’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Vitor
Belfort
In 5:57, how much damage will he do? Belfort Zikic
Significant Strikes35
Belfort's excellent striking offense will dominate Zikic's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 53 Significant Strikes in 5:57
Excellent
Striking
vs
Average
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns1
Belfort's below average takedown offense won't be a factor against Zikic's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 3 Takedowns in 5:57
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
Average
Scoring ability
Zikic on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Belfort’s defensive skills
Predictions For
James
Zikic
In 5:57, how much damage will he do? Zikic Belfort
Significant Strikes10
Zikic's average striking offense won't be a factor against Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 53 Significant Strikes in 5:57
Average
Striking
vs
Excellent
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns1
Zikic's average takedown offense won't be a factor against Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 3 Takedowns in 5:57
Average
Takedown ability
vs
Excellent
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Zikic is unlikely to win by knockout
Below average
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Zikic is unlikely to win by submission
Average
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Zikic is unlikely to win by decision
Below 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 Zikic 8.3
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

knockouts

Who's better at knocking out opponents?
fighter Belfort 10.0
fighter Zikic 6.7
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 Zikic 7.5
Great submissions by Zikic
Round 1 Feb 27, 2011 vs Punshon
Round 3 May 10, 2008 vs Glunder
Round 1 Feb 02, 1999 vs Jhun

Fast finishes

Who can end the fight faster?
fighter Belfort 10.0
fighter Zikic 7.8
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 22, 2007Cage Rage 23
team
VS
team
XR3 DEC
XR1 KO
1,8181,844
1,7721,891
Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Belfort
legend Zikic
Comments Who do you think is a better fighter, and why?
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