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

1,762

CageRank

WINNER
Branch

prediction

BY Decision

prediction
85% chance Branch
WILL WIN

2,069

CageRank

WINNER
Differences What advantages does each fighter have?
Advantages for David Branch
Much harder to hit 9.2 vs 8.3 More than 10% better at dodging and blocking powerful blows; endures less damage
Puts up a fight 9.3 vs 8.1 More than 15% better defense against being finished quickly; can fight into late rounds
Significantly better submission offense 7.5 vs 6.5 More than 15% better at securing submissions; more ways to win
Significantly stronger takedown offense 8.9 vs 8.2 Around 10% stronger at taking people to the ground; can force the fight to the mat
A lot taller 185 cm vs 178 cm Around 5% taller
Significantly fast finishes 7.9 vs 7.2 Around 10% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Stronger jaw 9.0 vs 8.3 Around 10% better at avoiding being knocked out; fewer dangerous concussions
Better submission defense 8.6 vs 7.9 Around 10% better avoiding and escaping submissions; less likely to have to tap
Better takedown defense 8.6 vs 8.4 Around 5% better at avoiding being taken down
Heavier hands 7.5 vs 7.2 Around 5% better at knocking out good defenders
Advantages for Clifford Starks
Better striker 8.3 vs 8.1 Around 5% better at delivering meaningful attacks; can hit better defenders
Branch on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Starks’s defensive skills
Predictions For
David
Branch
In 15:00, how much damage will he do? Branch Starks
Significant Strikes62
Branch's average striking offense is matched by Starks's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 135 Significant Strikes in 15:00
Average
Striking
vs
Average
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns4
Branch's good takedown offense may be a factor against Starks's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 8 Takedowns in 15:00
Good
Takedown ability
vs
Average
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
Good
Jaw
Submission
Branch is unlikely to win by submission
Average
Submission ability
vs
Good
Resistance
Decision
Branch has a reasonable chance to win by decision
Excellent
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
Starks on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Branch’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Clifford
Starks
In 15:00, how much damage will he do? Starks Branch
Significant Strikes42
Starks's average striking offense won't be a factor against Branch's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 135 Significant Strikes in 15:00
Average
Striking
vs
Good
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns2
Starks's average takedown offense is matched by Branch's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 8 Takedowns in 15:00
Average
Takedown ability
vs
Average
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Starks is unlikely to win by knockout
Average
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Starks is unlikely to win by submission
Poor
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Starks is unlikely to win by decision
Good
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
OFFENSE Who’s better on the attack?

striking

Who can land devastating blows when it matters?
fighter Branch 8.1
fighter Starks 8.3
Great striking by Starks
26 strikes Oct 29, 2011 vs Jacoby

takedowns

Who's going to take it to the ground?
fighter Branch 8.9
fighter Starks 8.2
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 Branch 7.5
fighter Starks 7.2
Great knockouts by Branch
Round 3 May 27, 2011 vs May
Round 2 Mar 19, 2010 vs Troyer
Round 1 May 09, 2008 vs Aquino

submissions

Who can finish it on the ground?
fighter Branch 7.5
fighter Starks 6.5
Great submissions by Branch
Round 2 Apr 22, 2010 vs Mehmen
Round 1 Jun 12, 2009 vs Olson
Round 2 Dec 13, 2008 vs Huston

Fast finishes

Who can end the fight faster?
fighter Branch 7.9
fighter Starks 7.2
Fast finishes by Branch
326 seconds Apr 22, 2010 vs Mehmen
566 seconds Mar 19, 2010 vs Troyer
147 seconds Jun 12, 2009 vs Olson
Fight History Who won last time these two fought?
Winnner
Prediction
CageRank Before
CageRank After
April 2, 2016WSOF 30
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Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Branch
legend Starks
Comments Who do you think is a better fighter, and why?
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