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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jun 5/19

By: Jeff Fox | June 5, 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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UFC 238 Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | June 3, 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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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Jun 3/19

By: Jeff Fox | June 3, 2019 Sep 22, 2017; Saitama, Japan; Jussier Formiga (red gloves) defeats Ulka Sasaki (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Saitama Super Arena. Mandatory Credit: Susumu Nagao-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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The Statistical Star of UFC Stockholm: Lina Lansberg

By: Jeff Fox | June 3, 2019 Jun 1, 2019; Stockholm, Sweden; Tonya Evinger (red gloves) fights Lina Lansberg (blue gloves) at Ericsson Globe. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month....

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UFC 238: Cejudo vs Moraes Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | June 1, 2019 UFC 238: Cejudo vs MoraesJune 8, 2019 United CenterChicago, Illinois UFC 238: Cejudo vs Moraes Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC PPV’s range between 13,400-4,698 points, with an average UFC PPV ranking 10,100 (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) Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today!...

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UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Smith Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | June 1, 2019 Congratulations to ME!!! for winning our UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Smith  Pick ‘Em Contest!  But since I’m not eligible to win (BOOOOOOO), we’ll give the prize to CDN420.  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC 238 on June 8th. 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 Alexander Gustafsson – 84%Sung Bin Jo – 68%Aleksandar Rakic – 81%Makwan Amirkhani – 54%Damir Hadzovic – 65% Consensus Overall Record in 2019: 46-30 (61%) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs...

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UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Smith Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | June 1, 2019 Jimi Manuwa got headkicked into never-never land today in Stockholm, but at least he was fairly well paid for it. Before we go any further, we should note that international athletic commissions don’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...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: May 31/19

By: Jeff Fox | May 31, 2019 Apr 27, 2019; Sunrise, FL, USA; John Lineker (red gloves) fights Cory Sandhagen (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-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 not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: May 29/19

By: Jeff Fox | May 29, 2019 May 11, 2019; Rosemont, IL, USA; Jake Hager (red gloves) defeats T.J. Jones (blue gloves) during Bellator 221 at Allstate Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-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 with...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: May 28/19

By: Jeff Fox | May 28, 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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2019 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings: June Update

By: Jeff Fox | May 28, 2019 Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Macy Chiasson (blue gloves) defeats Gina Mazany (red gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. 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 actual...

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UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Smith Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | May 27, 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 UFC Fight Pass subscription courtesy of Marune! With over 15,000 users Marune is the first social media and training log app for Jiu Jitsu.  Marune allows users to track their daily training, including a Gi or NOGI session, training length, technique vs rolling time, list the techniques learned, gyms visited, take notes...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: May 27/19

By: Jeff Fox | May 27, 2019 May 11, 2019; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jose Aldo (red gloves) fights Alexander Volkanovski (blue gloves) during UFC 237 at Jeunesse 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 has...

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UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Smith Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | May 26, 2019 UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs SmithJune 1, 2019Ericsson GlobeStockholm, Sweden UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Smith Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC Fight Night cards range between 9,900-3,200 points, with an average Fight Night card ranking 6,100 (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) Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: May 24/19

By: Jeff Fox | May 24, 2019 Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Dustin Poirier (blue gloves) reacts after a bout against Max Holloway (not pictured) during UFC 236 at State Farm Arena. Poirier won by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-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 Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: May 22/19

By: Jeff Fox | May 22, 2019 Apr 27, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; Phil Davis (red gloves) reacts after defeating Liam McGeary (not pictured) during Bellator 220 at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-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...

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