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UFC 236 Embedded: Episode 2, 3 & 4

By: Jeff Fox | April 11, 2019 [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] (The MMA Manifesto is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com) MMA Manifesto View the original article on MMA Manifesto: UFC 236 Embedded: Episode 2, 3 &...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Welterweights: Apr 10/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 10, 2019 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...

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Strawweights: Apr 9/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 9, 2019 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 Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Welterweights: Apr 8/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 8, 2019 Mar 23, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Anthony Pettis (blue gloves) defeats Stephen Thompson (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-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...

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UFC 236 Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | April 8, 2019 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 prize from our new sponsor – Engage! Engage is a premium brand offering a wide range of products that are custom designed for those who have an interest in Combat Sports. From fightwear to high-quality fight gear, apparel and activewear, there are options for everyone through the engageind.com online store. The thorough research and...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Apr 5/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 5, 2019 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. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! (click here for details...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Apr 5/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 5, 2019 Mar 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Jack Hermansson shakes hands with fans after his win over David Branch (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Wells Fargo Arena. Hermansson 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 voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a...

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Bellator 219: Awad vs Girtz Fighter Salaries

By: Jeff Fox | April 4, 2019 Daniel Straus made a remarkable and successful return to the cage last weekend at Bellator 219, and was the top earner at the event. Here are the fighter purses, released by the California State Athletic Commission. Daniel Straus:   $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 win bonus) Andrey Koreshkov:   $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 win bonus) David Rickels:   $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 win bonus) Brandon Girtz:   $55,000 Saad Awad:   $49,000 Joe Schilling:   $45,000 Janay Harding:   $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 win bonus) Joey Davis:   $25,000 Shawn Bunch:   $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win...

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2019 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings: March Update

By: Jeff Fox | April 4, 2019 Mar 9, 2019; Wichita, KS, USA; Junior Dos Santos (blue gloves) defeats Derrick Lewis (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at InTrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Ross-USA TODAY Sports Images 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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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Apr 3/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 3, 2019 Jul 16, 2017; Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom; Charlie Ward (red gloves) reacts after his bout against Galore Bofando (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Apr 2/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 2, 2019 May 25, 2018; London, UK; MMA: Bellator 200 – Rafael Carvlho (red) -V- Gegard Mousasi (blue) at SSE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-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 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....

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Apr 1/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 2, 2019 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 Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Apr 1/19

By: Jeff Fox | April 1, 2019 INGLEWOOD, CA – JUNE 04: Luke Rockhold gets ready to enter the cage for his middleweight championship bout at UFC 199 at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) 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 not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective,...

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UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | March 31, 2019 Congratulations to Barry Oh  for winning our UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje  Pick ‘Em Contest, and to Michael J. for being March’s winner.  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC 236  on Apr 13th. Thanks for playing! Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Consensus Picks Justin Gaethje – 58%David Branch – 65%Josh Emmett – 54%Karolina Kowalkiewicz – 65%Kennedy Nzechukwu – 65% Consensus Overall Record in 2019: 30-12 (71%) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje Pick ‘Em Results 1 Barry Oh...

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UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | March 31, 2019 Justin Gaethje lived up to his billing last night in Philly, and was the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje. Before we go any further, we should note that the Pennsylvania state 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 26 fighters that traded blows at...

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How To Watch UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje

By: Jeff Fox | March 30, 2019 Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! ET U.S. Canada U.K. Brazil Latin America Main Card 7:00 PM ESPN TSN2 BT Sport 2 Combate Fox Sports Prelims 5:00 PM ESPN TSN2 BT Sport 2 Combat Fox Sports Early Prelims 3:30 PM ESPN+ UFC Fight Pass UFC Fight Pass UFC Fight Pass UFC Fight Pass France Australia Germany Italy New Zealand Main Card 7:00 PM Kombat ESPN DAZN DAZN ESPN Prelims 5:00 PM Kombat ESPN ESPN Early Prelims 3:30 PM UFC...

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How To Watch Bellator 219: Awad vs Girtz

By: Jeff Fox | March 29, 2019 Bellator 219 goes down tonight from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.  Here’s how you can watch it. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! EDT U.S. Canada U.K. Brazil Main Card 9:00 PM Paramount Paramount Sky Sports Action Fox Sports Dazn Dazn Prelims 8:00 PM Bellator app Bellator app Bellator app Bellator.com Australia Germany Italy New Zealand Main Card 9:00 PM Spike DAZN DAZN Sky Sports Prelims 8:00 PM Bellator.com DAZN DAZN Bellator.com Japan Southeast Asia Sweden...

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