EdSoares'Contribution made the claim in another thread that the little guys don't have very much power. That didn't sound right to me since I can think of several great knockouts right off the top of my head. Like Michael McDonald tuning Alex Soto in 56 seconds. Or the recent Aldo KO of Mendes.
But, just to see for sure I went back over the past year all the way to Fight for the Troops 2 (Jan. 22, 2011). Here are those results:
As expected, the big boys have heavy power. But the Lightweights and Welterweights are more likely to get a KO than the Middleweights. And it's true, the lightest weights are due for a few more knockouts, scoring just seven for every 100 fights.
But if you put things into context, getting a KO is pretty rare in general. Middleweights, who carry 50 extra pounds of weight on the Bantamweights, have just two more knockouts. Still, you're unlikely to see someone knocked out cold in a FW or BW fight. It makes you wonder what the percentage might drop to for 125 pounds?
I might follow this up with a breakdown of TKO, submissions and decisions to see if guys are still getting stopped at FW and BW, even if they're not being put to sleep.
Ok, here we go.
Featherweights and Bantamweights are most likely to go to a decision, followed by Welterweights, then Middleweights, etc. If you want to see submissions, watch a Lightweight fight. Make of the rest of it as you will.