Finding the Optimal Fighting Style: A Game Theoretic Model of Mixed Martial Arts Tournament Fighting. By Matt Bush. Introduction. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a relatively new sport, combining elements of many different traditional martial arts
By Matt Bush
Data on injuries taken from studies of injuries in other martial arts
Fedor’s grappling is dominated, and Nogueira’s ground and pound is dominated
There are two Nash Equilibria, (Strike, Grapple) and (Ground and Pound, Grapple). In the first fight between the two, in 2003, Fedor used ground and pound to beat Nogueira, who tried to grapple. This time, Fedor kept the fight standing, countering Nogueira’s takedowns and damaging Nogueira with strikes. Fedor would win the fight by unanimous decision.