UFC Fight Night Eye vs Calvillo this past Saturday was the first time in UFC history that the opening three fights of a card ended in under a minute. Does it have something to do with the smaller octagon?
Dana White doesn’t believe that to be the case.
“Were the fights in Jacksonville bad?” White replied when asked about the results from the smaller cage. “They were great. It’s all an illusion. It’s bullshit. It’s not true.”
I tend to agree with White, for the most part. Before returning to Las Vegas, the promotion held three events in Jacksonville, Fla. The 30-foot octagon produced 15 finishes across 31 fights. The shows more recently in the 25-foot cage produced 18 finishes in a total of 33 fights.
While the 25-foot octagon had a slightly higher finishing rate at 55% compared to 48%, the numbers are just to close together. A larger sample size would be necessary to see if there is any correlation.
For now, the UFC will have two more events at the UFC Apex in June featuring the 25-foot octagon. The fights in July will be held at Abu Dhabi on Fight Island, with 4 events scheduled. It has not been announced what size octagon will be used.
I believe the smaller octagon does allow fights in the heavier weight classes to end in a finish rather than going to the judge’s scorecards. Also, pressure fighters and high-level grapplers may have a slight edge using the cage and controlling the octagon.
The answer could be different depending on who you ask, but what do you think? Does it make a big difference? Do you prefer a 30 or 25-foot octagon? Does it not matter either way to you?
Whether or not the 25-foot octagon is here to stay or just a product of these crazy times, the UFC has worked around the clock to continue to put on events.