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UFC Performance Based Fighter Ranking: Heavyweights: Feb 23/18

February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Curtis Blaydes pins Mark Hunt to the mat during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-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 voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance based ranking system, solely...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Feb 20/18

LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 07: Mixed martial artist and model Michelle Waterson arrives at the sixth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Palazzo Las Vegas on February 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)   As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, 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. ...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: Feb 21/18

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 voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance based ranking system, solely based on how a fighter has performed in the cage, this time for Bellator.  We’ll roll out a new weight class every Wednesday.  Next up: The Lightweights.  ...

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Top Ten Earning Lightweights

Oct 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tony Ferguson (red gloves) competes against Kevin Lee (blue gloves) during the third round during UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports   (updated after UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros)   Top Ten Earning Lightweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Tony Ferguson  $       500,000  $        250,000  $            250,000 2 Kevin Lee  $       300,000  $        250,000  $              50,000 3 Anthony Pettis  $       270,000  $        135,000  $            135,000 4 Justin Gaethje*  $       200,000  $        100,000  $            100,000 5 Khabib Nurmagomedov  $       160,000  $          80,000  $              80,000 6 Edson Barboza...

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UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros Pick ‘Em Results

Congratulations to derek imm for winning our UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros Pick ‘Em Contest!  Next Pick ‘Em action of will be UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs Stephens on Feb 24th.  Thanks for playing!   Consensus Picks Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone – 71% Derrick Lewis – 61% James Vick – 79% Thiago Alves – 75% Sage Northcutt – 100% Consensus Overall Record in 2017: 13-10 (57%) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros Pick ‘Em Results 1 derek imm 10 2 KurtK26 9 2 Cameron Walsh 9 4 kavon nadimi 8 4 Jason Poirier 8 4 Barry Oh 8 4 Neil H. 8 4 The...

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Ovince Saint Preux Scouting Report

(Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)   Ovince Saint Preux Scouting Report Vitals 6’3″ 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight) 80″ reach, Southpaw April 8, 1983 Record 22-10 (UFC: 10-5) Current Streak 3 straight wins Training Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held None   Strengths – terrific athlete – college football; football, wrestling, track in high school – huge reach – very well rounded fighter – powerful striker – knockout power in all limbs; broke Ryan Jimmo’s arm with a kick – great submission skills – has only been finished twice in his pro career – very accurate striker – good takedown accuracy...

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Sara McMann Scouting Report

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)   Sara McMann Scouting Report Vitals 5’5″ 135 lbs (Women’s Bantamweight) 66″ reach, Orthodox September 24, 1980 Record 11-3 (UFC: 5-3) Current Streak 3 straight wins Training 2004 Olympic Games silver medalist in freestyle wrestling Numerous international grappling & wrestling medals Collegiate wrestler Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held None   Strengths – world class wrestler – very good submission skills – very powerful – used to the “big stage” from her wrestling experience – very accurate striker – a takedown machine – very accurate with her takedowns – has never been taken down...

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UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs Stephens 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.  We are now sponsored by McBryde Mats! We are McBryde Mats, a sports mat manufacturer that’s based out of Lubbock, Texas. Our CEO, Clayton McBryde, founded the company in 2014 after plenty of research and consideration into the mat market – Today we pride ourselves on making the best quality mats at affordable prices to keep athletes in all sports categories safe from accidents and...

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UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs Stephens Fight Card

  UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs StephensFeb 24, 2018 Amway CenterOrlando, Florida   UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs Stephens Fight Card (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 (FOX/CTV2 – 8:00 pm Eastern) Featherweights (five rounds):Josh Emmett (13-1, #12 ranked featherweight) vs Jeremy Stephens (26-14, #11 ranked featherweight) Women’s Strawweights:Jessica Andrade (17-6, #4 ranked women’s strawweight) vs Tecia Torres (10-1, #6 ranked women’s strawweight) Light Heavyweights:Ovince Saint Preux (22-10, #4 ranked light heavyweight) vs Ilir Latifi (14-5, 1 NC, #11 ranked light heavyweight) Welterweights:Mike Perry (11-2, #26...

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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Feb 19/18

  The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: Non-UFC Fighters Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, Ryan MacDonald and Ricky Leone.   *stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings Non-UFC Fighter Rankings   1) (tied) (Last Ranking – 1) Gegard Mousasi – Bellator Middleweight – 37 (out of 40) points Record: 43-6-2 Last Five Fights: 5-0 Record vs Top 10:...

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UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros Fighter Salaries, Attendance & Gate

  Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone got a much needed win last night in Austin, and subsequently was the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros. Before we go any further, we should note that the Texas athletic commission doesn’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter’s pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 24 fighters that traded blows at the event.  But please remember –...

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Derrick Lewis Career Earnings

  denotes an estimated purse – UFC fights only – doesn’t include undisclosed and/or PPV bonuses   Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC on Fox: Werdumv vs Browne – Apr 19/14 – W (May) – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus) TUF: Team Edgar vs Team Penn Finale – Jul 6/14 – W (Inocente) – $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus) UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs Mousasi – Sep 5/15 – L (Mitrione) – $15,000* UFC 184 – Feb 28/15 – W (Potts) – $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch...

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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Career Earnings

  Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Career Earnings (WEC & UFC fights only, doesn’t include any PPV bonuses or other bonuses, Reebok sponsorship pay came in to effect at UFC 189)   denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event   WEC 30 – Sept 5/07 – NC (Alexander) – $3,600 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 win bonus, fined $2,400 for failed drug test) WEC 34 – Jun 1/08 – W (Castillo) – $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) WEC 36 – Nov 5/08 – W (McCullough) – $21,500 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 win...

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Roy Nelson Career Earnings

  Roy Nelson Career Earnings (2008 onward, other than SRP) denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event   IFL: Las Vegas – Feb 29/08 – W (Scherner) – $24,000 ($14,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus) IFL: Connecticut – May 16/08 – W (Imes) – $24,000 ($14,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)* EliteXC: Heat – Oct 4/08 – L (Arlovski) – $80,000 TUF: Heavyweight Finale – Dec 5/09 – W (Schaub) – $41,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $25,000 Knockout of the Night bonus) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Gomi –...

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UFC 220 Does Mediocre PPV Sales Numbers

  UFC 220 didn’t do the blockbuster sales numbers one could have hoped for, but given today’s pay-per-view market, it still came out alright.  Dave Meltzer reports the event sold in the 340,000-380,000 range, similar to UFC 219 (Cyborg vs Holm).  Only two other UFC PPVs in the past year outsold it. So where does the disappointment come from?  The fact that the card has headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship fight as well as a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight.  In years past that would have got you in the 1 million sales range.  Heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic...

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