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CAGERANK PREDICTION Who will win - Starks vs Romero

1,762

CageRank

WINNER
Romero

prediction

BY KO ROUND 2

prediction
75% chance Romero
WILL WIN

1,955

CageRank

WINNER
Differences What advantages does each fighter have?
Advantages for Yoel Romero
Much heavier hands 9.0 vs 7.2 More than 25% better at knocking out good defenders
Significantly fast finishes 8.1 vs 7.2 More than 10% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Significantly better striker 8.8 vs 8.3 More than 5% better at delivering meaningful attacks; can hit better defenders
Harder to hit 8.7 vs 8.3 Around 5% better at dodging and blocking powerful blows; endures less damage
Puts up a fight 8.5 vs 8.1 More than 5% better defense against being finished quickly; can fight into late rounds
Better submission defense 8.1 vs 7.9 Around 5% better avoiding and escaping submissions; less likely to have to tap
Advantages for Clifford Starks
Much longer reach 198 cm vs 185 cm More than 5% longer reach; hit opponents from a safer distance
Better takedown defense 8.4 vs 8.1 Around 5% better at avoiding being taken down
Younger 36 years vs 40 years 10% younger ; less time being ground down in the octagon
Stronger takedown offense 8.2 vs 7.9 Around 5% stronger at taking people to the ground; can force the fight to the mat
Romero on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Starks’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Yoel
Romero
In 9:30, how much damage will he do? Romero Starks
Significant Strikes55
Romero's good striking offense may be a factor against Starks's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 86 Significant Strikes in 9:30
Good
Striking
vs
Average
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns1
Romero's average takedown offense is matched by Starks's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 5 Takedowns in 9:30
Average
Takedown ability
vs
Average
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Romero has a good chance of winning by knockout
Excellent
Knockout ability
vs
Good
Jaw
Submission
Romero is unlikely to win by submission
Below average
Submission ability
vs
Good
Resistance
Decision
Romero is unlikely to win by decision
Average
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
Starks on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Romero’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Clifford
Starks
In 9:30, how much damage will he do? Starks Romero
Significant Strikes36
Starks's average striking offense is matched by Romero's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 86 Significant Strikes in 9:30
Average
Striking
vs
Average
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns2
Starks's average takedown offense is matched by Romero's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 5 Takedowns in 9:30
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
Good
Jaw
Submission
Starks is unlikely to win by submission
Poor
Submission ability
vs
Good
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 Romero 8.8
fighter Starks 8.3
Great striking by Romero
60 strikes Jan 15, 2014 vs Brunson
50 strikes Nov 06, 2013 vs Markes
12 strikes Apr 20, 2013 vs Starks

takedowns

Who's going to take it to the ground?
fighter Romero 7.9
fighter Starks 8.2
Great takedowns by Starks
3 takedowns Oct 29, 2011 vs Jacoby

knockouts

Who's better at knocking out opponents?
fighter Romero 9.0
fighter Starks 7.2
Great knockouts by Romero
Round 3 Jan 15, 2014 vs Brunson
Round 3 Nov 06, 2013 vs Markes
Round 1 Apr 20, 2013 vs Starks

Fast finishes

Who can end the fight faster?
fighter Romero 8.1
fighter Starks 7.2
Fast finishes by Romero
803 seconds Jan 15, 2014 vs Brunson
699 seconds Nov 06, 2013 vs Markes
92 seconds Apr 20, 2013 vs Starks
Fight History Who won last time these two fought?
Winnner
Prediction
CageRank Before
CageRank After
April 20, 2013UFC on Fox 7
team
VS
team
XR1 KO
DECX
1,7941,672
1,7271,739
Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Romero
legend Starks
Comments Who do you think is a better fighter, and why?
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