And Jack, you're the man. Awesome work.
The UFC rule changes over the years shake out into three broad eras: (1) the early years when every fight was open weight and their was no protective gear; (2) the bi-modal years when fighters were mostly either >= 200 lbs (heavyweight) or less (first called lightweight, but quickly switched to middleweight); (3) the modern era. Here are top fives for some periods/weight classes:
Early Years, Open Weight
1. Royce Gracie
2. Dan Severn (nearly tied with Royce)
3. Don Frye
4. Mark Coleman
5. Oleg Taktarov (nearly tied with Coleman)
200+ lb Heavyweight
1. Kevin Randleman
2. Randy Couture (almost tied for first)
3. Bas Rutten
4. Mark Kerr
5. Gary Goodridge (almost tied for 4th)
Modern Heavyweight (265)
1. Tim Sylvia
2. Pedro Rizzo
3. Randy Couture
4. Andrei Arlovski
5. Ricco Rodriguez, Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin (6-way tie!)
Modern Light Heavyweight (205)
1. Chuck Liddell
2. Rashad Evans
3. Lyoto Machida
4. Keith Jardine
5. Mauricio Rua
I stress again that these stats are all specific to UFC performance. Many of these fighters would be ranked differently if we were to consider their fights in other orgs.
nice job to the OP. the chart IMO just proves to me, how important the more basic fundamental subs are. and that you don't need to have thousands of submissions in your toolbox, but just a handful of the "tried and true" subs, knowledge shouldn't go wide, but deep. nice job with the charts! =D
Hm, I think I might disagree with you a bit there, CB. It's good to have solid skills in the "tried-and-true" subs, but they all have very well-known defenses and counters. If all you've got in your toolbox is a flat-head, what are you gonna do when you need a philips? I'm not saying to have only a cursory knowledge for every obscure submission out there, but it pays to have some unorthodox subs at your disposal.
Is it strange that the triangle sub varies +/- 5% from year to year? It seems that the occurence of this sub would go down as people learned bjj defense.
People are also learning BJJ offense.