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

2,108

CageRank

WINNER
Belfort

prediction

BY KO ROUND 1

prediction
66% 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 7.9 More than 25% better at knocking out good defenders
Much harder to hit 9.8 vs 9.0 Around 10% better at dodging and blocking powerful blows; endures less damage
Significantly stronger jaw 9.4 vs 8.4 More than 10% better at avoiding being knocked out; fewer dangerous concussions
Puts up a fight 9.6 vs 8.7 Around 10% better defense against being finished quickly; can fight into late rounds
Fast finishes 10.0 vs 9.5 More than 5% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Better takedown defense 9.2 vs 8.8 Around 5% better at avoiding being taken down
Better striker 9.2 vs 9.1 Almost the same
Stronger takedown offense 7.5 vs 7.4 Almost the same
Advantages for Luke Rockhold
Much better submission offense 8.6 vs 6.9 Around 25% better at securing submissions; more ways to win
A lot taller 191 cm vs 183 cm Around 5% taller
Significantly longer reach 196 cm vs 188 cm Around 5% longer reach; hit opponents from a safer distance
Younger 32 years vs 40 years 20% younger ; less time being ground down in the octagon
Belfort on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Rockhold’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Vitor
Belfort
In 4:45, how much damage will he do? Belfort Rockhold
Significant Strikes24
Belfort's excellent striking offense will dominate Rockhold's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 43 Significant Strikes in 4:45
Excellent
Striking
vs
Good
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns0
Belfort's below average takedown offense won't be a factor against Rockhold's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 3 Takedowns in 4:45
Below average
Takedown ability
vs
Good
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
Rockhold on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Belfort’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Luke
Rockhold
In 4:45, how much damage will he do? Rockhold Belfort
Significant Strikes15
Rockhold's excellent striking offense is matched by Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 43 Significant Strikes in 4:45
Excellent
Striking
vs
Excellent
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns0
Rockhold's poor takedown offense won't be a factor against Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 3 Takedowns in 4:45
Poor
Takedown ability
vs
Excellent
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
OFFENSE Who’s better on the attack?

striking

Who can land devastating blows when it matters?
fighter Belfort 9.2
fighter Rockhold 9.1
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 Rockhold 7.4
Great takedowns by Belfort
3 takedowns Sep 22, 2007 vs Zikic
3 takedowns May 27, 2001 vs Herring
4 takedowns Jun 04, 2000 vs Yvel

knockouts

Who's better at knocking out opponents?
fighter Belfort 10.0
fighter Rockhold 7.9
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 Rockhold 8.6
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 Belfort 10.0
fighter Rockhold 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
Fight History Who won last time these two fought?
Winnner
Prediction
CageRank Before
CageRank After
May 18, 2013UFC on FX 8
team
VS
team
XR1 KO
XR2 KO
2,0472,140
2,0102,177
Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Belfort
legend Rockhold
Comments Who do you think is a better fighter, and why?
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