The UFC announced on Friday that they will be introducing a leg reach statistics for future shows. While there is no date or event that have been announced on when this new stat will be used, we do know this. The UFC will add leg reach to their traditional pre-fight “Tale of the Tape,” joining country of origin, age, height and fingertip-to-fingertip reach.
How it works is this, leg reach will be measured from the hipbone to the heel.
UFC commentator Jon Anik said this about the new stat:
“You’re not going to find as much discrepancy in these numbers as you see in some of the traditional reaches. When I looked at them for the first time today, the number that jumped off the page is Jack May at 6-foot-8, and his opponent Shawn Jordan is 5-foot-11, and their leg reach is only two-and-a-half inches different. I don’t think you’re going to see as big of discrepancies when it comes to the leg reach. It’s an important statistic, because we know how often knees and kicks are employed in mixed martial arts.”
FightMetric live stati producer/research analyst Michael Carroll had to say the following:
“I think it’s a real positive for the sport. It could be a really interesting measurable, and I think it’s long overdue. We know what arm reach is, we know what a sizable discrepancy is in arm reach. Jon Jones with his 84.5 versus, say, Dan Henderson with 76. That’s a huge difference. But what’s a huge difference in leg reach? I have no idea. It’s going to take a little while on the analytical side of things to figure out what’s a good length in proportion to what weight class you’re in and what’s a sizable discrepancy. A sizable discrepancy in leg reach might be much smaller than arm reach.”