Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Santanu Chakraborty

Second Advisor

Dr. George Yanev

Third Advisor

Dr. Tamer Oraby


Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport with many organizations worldwide. The biggest stage or biggest organization for Mixed Martial Arts is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). There are eight weight classes for men. The website: provides data on fighters in all these categories. This data measures Striking Accuracy, Take downs, Reversals, Knockdowns, etc. in each category. It is interesting to understand and interpret all these numbers and study their relationships. Statistical tools like both parametric and nonparametric inference may give rise to such interpretations and provide explanations how the weight classes differ from one another. In this study, we selected 30 fighters per weight class and conducted some comparative study. Using Correlation Analysis, Shapiro-Wilk Test, Levene’s Test ANOVA, and Kruskal-Wallis Test. We believe that our study will give rise to many striking insights, which may be of help for future research.


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