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UFC Performance Based Fighter Ranking: Women's Strawweights: Dec 17/18

By: Jeff Fox | December 17, 2018 Nov 17, 2018; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cynthia Calvillo (red gloves) defeats Poliana Botelho (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Parque Roca Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-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...

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The Statistical Star of UFC Milwaukee: Jack Hermansson

By: Jeff Fox | December 16, 2018 Dec 15, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) defeats Gerald Meerschaert (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Mixed martial arts may not have reached its statistical revolution stage like other sports (and perhaps it never will given its primordial nature), but there is still plenty of good data out there.  So, following each UFC event, The MMA Manifesto will parse the numbers provided by FightMetric and target which pugilist enjoyed the best statistical night. Jack Hermansson (vs Gerald Meerschaert) Key Stats:  outstruck...

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UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | December 16, 2018 Congratulations to Robert Oakes for winning our UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 Pick ‘Em Contest.  Last Pick ‘Em action of 2018 will be for UFC 232  on Dec 29th. Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Kevin Lee – 78%Edson Barboza – 65%Rob Font – 52%Charles Oliveira – 78%Dwight Grant – 74% Consensus Overall Record in 2018: 100-68 (60%) UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 Pick ‘Em Results 1 Robert Oakes 10 2 Cameron Walsh 9 2 James Weise 9 4 Isaac Katz 8 5 CDN420 7 5 derek imm 7 5 Herman Martinez 7...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Dec 14/18

By: Jeff Fox | December 14, 2018 MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 21: A pensive Mirko Cro Cop of Croatia walks to the octagon before fighting Gabriel Gonzaga of USA in a Heavyweight bout of the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Manchester Evening News Arena on April 21, 2007 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/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...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Dec 14/18

By: Jeff Fox | December 14, 2018 Jun 23, 2018; Singapore, Singapore; Jessica Eye (blue gloves) celebrates beating Jessica-Rose Clark (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night Singapore at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Miller-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...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Dec 13/18

By: Jeff Fox | December 13, 2018 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.  Our  MMA  Fight Announcement Roundup will let you know what fights have been announced recently.  You’re welcome. (click here for details on all upcoming UFC fight cards) UFC Zak Ottow   (16-6) vs Dwight Grant   (8-1) – UFC on Fox: Lee vs...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Dec 12/18

By: Jeff Fox | December 12, 2018 Oct 6, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Darrion Caldwell (blue gloves) fights Eduardo Dantas (red gloves) during Bellator 184 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-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 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...

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2018 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings: November Update

By: Jeff Fox | December 12, 2018 July 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Israel Adesanya lands a kick against Brad Tavares during the TUF 27 Finale at Pearl Theater. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Mixed martial arts is as lonely and individualistic a sport as there is.  You enter a steel cage, the door gets locked behind you, and all that remains before you is your opponent and the referee.  No teammates, no coaches, no trainers.  You’re alone. However, outside of the cage (and in between rounds), a fighter is very much not alone.  While the...

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UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | December 11, 2018 UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2Dec 15, 2018 Fiserv ForumMilwaukee, Wisconsin UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC on FOX card’s range between 8,400-6,400 points, with an average UFC on FOX card ranking 7,300 (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 – 8:00 pm Eastern) Lightweights (five rounds):Kevin Lee  (17-3,  #4...

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Strawweights: Dec 11/18

By: Jeff Fox | December 11, 2018 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 Invicta FC.  We’ll roll out a new weight...

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Strawweights: Dec 11/18

By: Jeff Fox | December 11, 2018 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 Invicta FC.  We’ll roll out a new weight...

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UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | December 10, 2018 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 UFC Fight Pass subscription! Plus, the top point earner each month will win a SISU mouthguard! SISU Mouthguards are the best lightweight option on the market; they’re safe, effective, and breathable. Backed by a $35k dental warranty. Click the image to check out their website. Next up: UFC on Fox: Lee vs...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Feather/Bantamweights: Dec 10/18

By: Jeff Fox | December 10, 2018 Nov 30, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Macy Chiasson (blue) reacts after defeating Pannie Kianzad (red) during a featherweight bout at The Pearl. 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 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...

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UFC 231 Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | December 9, 2018 Congratulations to Neil H for winning our UFC 231 Pick ‘Em Contest.  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2  on Dec 15th. Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Brian Ortega – 55%Valentina Shevchenko – 66%Alex Oliveira – 62%Hakeem Dawodu – 52%Thiago Santos – 76% Consensus Overall Record in 2018: 97-68 (59%) UFC 231 Pick ‘Em Results 1 Neil H. 14 2 Abdalla 10 2 Bree 10 4 The MMA Manifesto 9 4 Dave K. 9 4 Herman Martinez 9 4 Haiden Wicks 9 4 Nathan H. 9 4 Cameron Walsh...

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