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Website Review: ProfileGeek

MMAFrenzy LogoProfileGeek.com is a website looking to provide a solid database for MMA fans to be able to find stats about their favorite fighters, as well as other fighters they may not know much about. ProfileGeek does a solid job of compiling various data to give fans a comprehensive look at a fighter, but falls short in some areas due to its adherence to using data to form a picture rather than the eye test.

When I first visited the site I had a good laugh when I saw that the pound-for-pound list featured two heavyweights atop the rankings. While this has since changed, it shows the flaw in using finishes as the measuring stick of how good a fighter truly is. Integrating some form of rankings aggregation to the formula could be a good addition since MMA fans enjoy arguing rankings.

Another flaw that stuck out to me was when I clicked on Anderson Silva’s record and read that a con of the UFC champion is that he is a “slow finisher.” If a fighter has finished 24 of their 33 victories in the first two rounds, how are they a “slow finisher?” While it is understandable mathematically, three title fights going into the fifth round will cause a deviation in your averages, and with nearly 73% of the fighter’s finishes falling into the first two rounds it stands to reason that Silva is still a quick finisher.

Another gripe with the pros/cons sections is the use of the term “many losses”. Losses do not really measure the overall skill of fighter for various reasons – the leading reason being that you are naturally going to have more losses the longer your career goes. A better item to track in this case is win percentage or by adding strength of schedule component (i.e. an opponents’ win percentage at the time of their fight). A fighter like Carlos Condit should not have his losses listed as a con when he is facing top competition and has so many victories to raise his level.

It is not all bad however, as the site provides a solid database of fighters from all promotions, including Bellator and women’s division fighters. The site also features an easy-to-use format and the screen is not too busy. Despite some of the issues with the pros/cons sections, including bad phrasing, they are fun things to have in a profile.

In short, ProfileGeek.com is a good start for a fighter database. If some of the early issues are worked out then it could become a solid tool for hardcore MMA fans and mainstream fans alike. Until these things are looked at, the site feels a bit amateurish for now but has plenty of potential to grow into a solid database.

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