We broke down the win-ratios of each of the top-tier countries represented in the UFC to crown the one standout for the year 2018.
The winner here may surprise you.
The criteria here was simple. In order to qualify, the nation had to have had at least eight fights in the UFC between January 1 and December 31. The overall win-ratio was then used as the deciding factor and the resulting rankings can be read below.
Just to clarify, the fighter’s nation of birth will be used to determine their placement.
Quick shout-out to the Twitter account MMA Lock Of The Night for help with the statistics.
Win ratio: 17.6%
Although Japan is one of the traditional homes of mixed martial arts, the country’s athletes had a horrid time in the UFC this year, picking up the lowest win-ratio on this list.
Win ratio: 36.4%
Standouts Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz were both able to record a win this year but each tasted defeat, while tough-as-nails 205lb-r Jan Blachowicz brought the Polish average up with a perfect 2-0.
Win ratio: 37.5%
The Germans might be feared on the football pitch but in MMA, they’re still very much a work-in-progress. With that being said, the rising talent that is Nasrat Haqparast has been turning quite a few heads recently and is most certainly one to watch.
Win ratio: 44.4%
Losses for top-tier Korean standouts Doo-Ho Choi and Chan Sung Jung would no doubt have hurt their final score at the end of the year but even still, their ratio isn’t awful by any stretch and all things considered, South Korea remains a hotbed for rising talent.
Win ratio: 46%
Australia’s elite enjoyed a highly impressive year by all accounts with the likes of Tai Tuivasa, Alexander Volkanovski, and Jake Matthews posting winning records but with veterans Dan Kelly and Mark Hunt sustaining defeats – the Aussies fail to crack the 50% mark by a narrow margin.
United States of America
Win ratio: 46.72%
As always, the American representation in the UFC have been strong, with seven current UFC champions having been born on US soil. Considering their sheer numbers on the roster, they were always going to have something of a patchy record but even still, just shy of 47% is a pretty solid score all things considered.
Win ratio: 48.1%
We’re sure that the Americans will be disappointed to hear that their neighbours up north managed to beat them by the narrowest of margins. And while their two most decorated athletes, Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald, aren’t competing in the UFC, the remaining Canadian contingent did enough to beat out the Americans by 1.4%.
Win ratio: 50%
Alexander Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi both suffered losses at UFC 232 late last year but all in all, 5-5 and a 50% win-ratio is nothing to be ashamed of. This makes Sweden the first of just eight countries not to come through with a losing-ratio.
Win ratio: 52.9%
They may be best known for their boxers but the ever-blossoming Mexican mixed martial arts scene produced some solid numbers in 2018. Standouts Yair Rodriguez, Alejandro Perez and Irene Aldana are all pushing towards title-contention in their respective divisions, so expect some serious noise to be made by this nation in 2019.
Win ratio: 54.1%
Standouts Leon Edwards and Danny Roberts did enough to see England cross the 50% mark comfortably but even still, mixed years for Darren Till, Ross Pearson, and Jimi Manuwa will have them hoping for a strong showing this time around. With the UFC set to return to London in March – one would assume that a good night for the home-talent will do wonders for their average come January of 2020.
Win ratio: 58.2%
The Brazilians were always going to be well up there. The production of elite prospects has always been guaranteed from their major gyms but despite their strong history of maintaining a vice-like grip on the UFC’s championship belts – since her destruction of Cris Cyborg, it is now only Amanda Nunes who stands as a Brazilian UFC champ. 58.2% as a win-ratio is highly-impressive though.
Win ratio: 60%
New Zealand really does seem to be one of the nations to keep an eye on heading into the future. Their standouts Dan Hooker and the UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker brought home 3 of their 6 wins overall between them and with the UFC set to return to Australia for UFC 234, look to NZ prospects Kai-Kara France and Shane Young as they attempt to make a statement close to home.
Win ratio: 70.5%
The Chinese had an absolutely phenomenal year by any measure. Prospects Song Yadong and Weili Zhang really do look like they possess the potential to trouble the champs in their respective divisions while veterans Li Jingliang and Yan Xiaonan went to work, posting winning records – giving China the third spot on our list.
Win ratio: 70.5%
They might have finished second on this list, but make no mistake, 2018 was Russia’s year. Khabib Nurmagomedov was, of course, the one who stole the show in every sense of the word but standouts Zabit Magomedsharipov, Islam Makhachev, and Alexey Oleinik all had perfect years to give the Russians perhaps the most impressive win-ratio on this list when you factor in the sample pool.
Win ratio: 100%
Yes, seven of Nigeria’s victories this year came from Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman – who went 4-0 and 3-0 in 2018 respectively, but based on the criteria we put forth, the African nation enjoyed the best year out of all of the countries considered. Both of the aforementioned guys join Sodiq Yusuff as the three currently-rostered Nigerian-born fighters the UFC has at their disposal and who knows, we could well see two of them holding UFC belts before long.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena