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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Dec 3/21

Jul 6, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marlon Vera (red gloves) after his win against Nohelin Hernandez (not pictured) at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance-based...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Dec 1/21

ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Liz Carmouche gets Ronda Rousey in a neck crank during their UFC Bantamweight Title fight at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come...

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Louis Smolka Career Earnings

Nov 24, 2018; Beijing, China; Louis Smolka (blue gloves) defeats Su Maderji (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Cadillac Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Louis Smolka Career Earnings (UFC earnings only – doesn’t include any undisclosed PPV bonuses or any other bonuses; Reebok sponsorship started at UFC 189) denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs Philippou – Jan 15/14 – W (Ozilic) – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus) UFC Fight Night: Brown vs Silva – May 10/14 – L...

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Manel Kape Career Earnings

Manel Kape Career Earnings (UFC earnings only – doesn’t include any undisclosed PPV bonuses or any other bonuses; Reebok sponsorship started at UFC 189) denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Volkov – Feb 6/21 – L (Pantoja) – $13,500 ($10,000 to show, $3,500 fight week incentive pay)* UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad – Mar 13/21 – L (Nicolau) – $13,500 ($10,000 to show, $3,500 fight week incentive pay)* UFC 265 – Aug 7/21 – W (Osbourne) – $22,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus,...

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UFC Fight Night: Font vs Aldo Pick ‘Em Contest

So you think you know your MMA? You think you can predict who is going to win a fight and how?  Time to prove it. We present to you The MMA Manifesto Pick ‘Em contest.   This week’s winner wins a $50 (U.S.) gift card from the store of their choice courtesy of our sponsor – BetSGPN! BetSGPN is your home for the best online sports betting promotions and offers. They also have signup bonuses for fantasy football and DFS!  Just head over to BetSGPN! And make sure to download the SGPN App! Next up: UFC Fight Night: Font...

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UFC Fight Night: Font vs Aldo Fight Card

UFC Fight Night: Font vs AldoDec 4, 2021UFC Apex Enterprise, Nevada   UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate Fight Card   Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) 8,765 – super strong   UFC Fight Night cards range between 9,900-3,200 points, with an average card ranking 6,200 (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list)   Main Card (ESPN  10:00 pm Eastern) Bantamweights (five rounds):Rob Font   (19-4, #6 ranked bantamweight) vs...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Nov 29/21

Mar 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Josh Emmett (red gloves) fights Michael Johnson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Wells Fargo Arena. Emmett won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come...

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Jose Aldo Scouting Report

Dec 14, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; (Editors Notes: Caption Correction) Jose Aldo (blue gloves) reacts after his bout against Marlon Moraes (not pictured) during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Jose Aldo Scouting Report Vitals 5’7″ 135 lbs (Bantamweight) 70″ reach, Orthodox September 9, 1986 Record 30-7 (UFC: 12-6) Current Streak 2 straight wins Training Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt in Luta Livre Esportiva Championships Held WEC Featherweight Champion: 2009-2010 (two successful title defenses) UFC Featherweight Champion: 2010-2015 (seven successful title defenses) UFC Featherweight Champion: 2016-2017 (no successful title defenses)...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Nov 28/21

Mar 7, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Beneil Dariush (red gloves) celebrates beating Drakkar Klose (blue gloves) during UFC 248 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Or something like that.   But fight announcements do come fast and furious these days, so it’s easy to miss them.  But don’t worry, The MMA Manifesto has got you covered.  Our  MMA  Fight Announcement Roundup will let you know what fights have been announced...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: Nov 26/21

Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Carlos Diego Ferreira (blue gloves) reacts to fight against Jared Gordon (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Light Heavyweights

Apr 27, 2019; Sunrise, FL, USA; Glover Teixeira (red gloves) fights Ion Cutelaba (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports   (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (updated after UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate) Top Ten Earning Light Heavyweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Jan Blachowicz*  $600,000  $600,000  $          – 2 Glover Teixeira*  $350,000  $350,000  $          – 3 Anthony Smith*  $280,000  $140,000  $  140,000 4 Vadim Nemkov (Bellator)  $250,000  $175,000  $    75,000 5 Corey Anderson (Bellator)...

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Top Ten Earning Women’s MMA Fighters

Feb 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Valentina Shevchenko (red gloves) after her win against Katlyn Chookagian (not pictured) during UFC 247 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (updated after UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate)   Top Ten Earning Women’s Fighters  Total    Show   Win Bonus  1 Amanda Nunes*  $   450,000  $   350,000  $    100,000 2 Valentina Shevchenko*  $   350,000  $   350,000  $            – 3 Cris Cyborg (Bellator)  $   250,000  $   250,000  $            – 4 Holly Holm*...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Lightweights

Jan 23, 2021; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (updated after UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate) Top Ten Earning Lightweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Conor McGregor  $5,000,000  $5,000,000  $          – 2 Dustin Poirier  $1,000,000  $1,000,000 3 Charles Oliveira*  $   350,000  $  ...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Welterweights

Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock puts the BMF belt on Jorge Masvidal (red gloves) after Masvidal defeated Nate Diaz (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (updated after UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate)   Top Ten Earning Welterweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Kamaru Usman*  $600,000  $600,000  $          – 2 Colby Covington*  $500,000  $500,000  $          – 2 Jorge Masvidal*  $500,000  $500,000  $          –...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Heavyweights

Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports   Top Ten Earning Heavyweights (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (updated after UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate) Total Show Win Bonus 1 Stipe Miocic*  $750,000  $     750,000  $           – 2 Derrick Lewis  $700,000  $    ...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Bantamweights

Dec 14, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; (Editors Notes: Caption Correction) Jose Aldo (blue gloves) reacts after his bout against Marlon Moraes (not pictured) during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (updated after UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate)   (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Total Show Win Bonus 1 Jose Aldo*  $450,000  $400,000  $    50,000 2 T.J. Dillashaw*  $400,000  $200,000  $  200,000 3 Frankie Edgar*  $250,000  $250,000  $          – 4 Marlon Moraes*  $240,000  $120,000  $  120,000 5 Aljamain Sterling*...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Flyweights

Feb 29, 2020; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Joseph Benavidez (red gloves) fights Deiveson Figueiredo (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Chartway Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Top Ten Earning Flyweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Deiveson Figueiredo  $320,000  $210,000  $  110,000 2 Brandon Moreno  $200,000  $100,000  $  100,000 3 Alex Perez*  $100,000  $100,000  $          – 4 Tim Elliott*  $  88,000  $  44,000  $    44,000 5 Alexandre Pantoja*  $  80,000  $  40,000  $    40,000 5 Kai Kara-France*  $ ...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Middleweights

Jun 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Robert Whittaker (red gloves) fights Yoel Romero (blue gloves) during UFC 225 at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (updated after UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate)   Top Ten Earning Middleweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Israel Adesanya*  $500,000  $500,000  $          – 1 Nick Diaz*  $500,000  $500,000  $          – 3 Robert Whittaker*  $390,000  $220,000  $  170,000 4 Chris Weidman*  $325,000  $325,000  $          – 5 Robbie Lawler*  $300,000  $200,000  $  100,000...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Featherweights

Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Max Holloway (red gloves) fights Dustin Poirier (blue gloves) during UFC 236 at State Farm Arena. Poirier won by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports   (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (updated after UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate)   Top Ten Earning Featherweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Max Holloway*  $   420,000  $   210,000  $   210,000 2 Alexander Volkanovski*  $   400,000  $   400,000  $           – 3 Brian Ortega*  $   250,000...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Featherweights: Nov 24/21

Jul 9, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Julianna Pena (blue gloves) is kicked by Cat Zingano (red gloves) during UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance-based ranking...

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