How many years does it take for a fighter with championship potential to become a champion?

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  1. MMAart Brown Belt

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    How many years does it take for a fighter with championship potential to become a champion?

    A fan on Reddit looked into the records and careers of 61 UFC champions, and these were what he found:

    "The average amount of years it took those 61 UFC champions to earn their belts was 6. The average amount of years into their career's that those 61 champions took to lose their belts was 7."

    https://www.reddit.com/r/MMA/commen...rs_enter_their_prime/?st=j93m07sd&sh=cf3d509e


    This inspired me to look into the records of welterweight champions to see if there is any truth to this, since welterweight is one of the most competitive divisions with new prospects showing up, such as Darren Till and Colby Covington (in before Erick Silva). This is what I found:

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    What is the average age of WW champs when they first debuted?
    22 years and 8 months

    How many years before a WW with champion potential becomes champ?
    5.5 --to-- 6.8 years *

    What is the average age of WW champs when they won the first major title?
    27 years and 8 months --to-- 29 years and 4 months

    What is the average number of years a WW champ remains the champ before losing?
    1.07 --to-- 1.8 years


    * Robbie Lawler is a rare case where he won the UFC belt after 13.6 years in MMA. What's also worth noting is that Lawler actually won his first major MMA championship after 4.25 years in MMA, prior to joining the UFC.
     
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  2. AimedWithV Purple Belt

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    Statistics will not help you much here.

    1. Pre-Zuffa era was a completely different animal.

    2. Current situation is unrelated to rankings, but mostly to each fighters' representation/marketability.
     
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    Chart race - anyone as dark or darker than Max or Tony takes like 10 in a row. They would have made Yoel fight 15 wins. Lucky for UFC he lost at 9.

    If you're fair like Conor, zero. Straight shot at LW title over guys undefeated or nearly. Even at FW only had to win 5 for its gold.
     
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    I agree 1,000%! WME / McGregor Era with gifted title shots and avoidance of title defenses totally screwed up the statistics of previous champions.

    Fortunately, we don't have such fiasco with the WW divison, at least for the time being.
     
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    - Honda: handed UFC belt

    - Brock: 1-1 for HW Title Shot

    - Connie: 1-1 above Manlet division for LW Title Shot

    - Bisping: Gatekeeper career, UFC passed up entire division to book him vs Rockhold when Weidman fell out (another white guy who was getting unwarranted rematch)



    I guess the biggest factor is how blond haired/blue eyed can you go.


    And from the looks of it, Till seems to be their new white WW hope.


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    KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV #1 contender for how many years and not 1 title shot!!!
     
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    If you look at boxing it takes about 4 years after fighting in the Olympics for a boxer to fight for a world title.
    As there's no real amateur mma at a decent level then 6 years seams a reasonable amount of time for the UFC.
     
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    Hasn’t been fighting.
     
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    Not a great example to be honest when you factor in injury proneness and cake eating dilemma's. Don't get it twisted either because i like Khabib.

    I think if you can talk and can finish fights in spectacular fashion then the UFC machine is going to propel you to a title shot and will cut corners for you to get it faster than a fighter normally would.
     
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    Being a WWE talent shouldn't put you into title contention. Sorry but I'm from the old school where title shots are earned by fights you won and being the #1 contender and not a WWE pretender.
     
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    Probably 10 years of intense training plus some sort of background/natural talent...

    GSP started training mma seriously at 17/18
     
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    Depends on how you are finishing your fights and how stacked your division is. If you want to point fight and be safe people will not really care as much and you will have a longer road to a title shot unless you are in a shitty division like men's 125. Then all you gotta do is win 2 or 3 fights in a row, or win TUF for a title shot
     
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    What does WWE have to do with anything ? Conor Mcgregor, Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones were not WWE Talent ?

    Khabib has been injured before every big chance he had and wrote him off a huge fight with Tony through a weight cut, i would just like to see him be a bit more consistent with things. He could be the greatest of all time but he has so much controversy surrounding him. I was so looking forward to Tony vs. Khabib and what a let down it was it still hurts.
     
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    Damn Hughes got wide shoulders

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    It seems like WW is the only division where we haven't seen much of these gifted title shots and over protection of a champion. But things might change with Darren Till.
     
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    Didnt he removed himself from his title eliminator fight?
     
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    Its actually ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain = a hundred percent reason to get a title shot.
     
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