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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jan 13/21

Jul 14, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; John Salter (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Kendall Grove (red gloves) during Bellator 181 at Winstar 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 with a performance based ranking...

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MMA Gambling Podcast – Episode 10 – Holloway vs Kattar Preview & Picks

  Readers, lend me your ears – below is a link to the tenth episode of the MMA Gambling Podcast on the Sports Gambling Podcast Network. Hosted by me, co-hosted by MMA Manifesto senior writer Daniel Vreeland, we make picks for all the fights for the UFC’s debut on ABC TV this weekend! Enjoy! #HollowayVsKattar preview w/ @JeffFoxWriter & @GumbyVreeland #UFCFightIsland returns from hiatus for the first time ever on ABC!The boys break down the complete card and try to find some live dogs amongst the chalkThe return of #chunkyguys! https://t.co/Msd3Dz86eI pic.twitter.com/xHQG6dixVe — Sports Gambling Podcast (@GamblingPodcast) January 11,...

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UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Kattar Fight Card

UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs KattarJan 16, 2020Etihad Arena Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Kattar Fight Card   Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) 7,143 – average UFC Fight Night cards on network TV range between 8,400-5,600 points, with an average card ranking 7,100   (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...

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UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Kattar 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 free year of Marune Peak!   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 and even post pictures.  Marune then...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Jan 11/21

Feb 2, 2019; Fortaleza, Brazil; Mara Romero Borella (red gloves) fights Taila Santos (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Arena CFO. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sportse 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...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Feather/Bantamweights: Jan 8/21

Mar 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Sabina Mazo (red gloves) fights Maryna Moroz (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Wells Fargo Arena. Moroz 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 fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Jan 7/21

Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) reacts after beating Alexander Volkov (blue gloves) during UFC 229 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 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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MMA Gambling Podcast – Episode 9 – Conor McGregor’s Return

Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) reacts after his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov (red gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Readers, lend me your ears – below is a link to the ninth episode of the MMA Gambling Podcast on the Sports Gambling Podcast Network. Hosted by me, co-hosted by MMA Manifesto senior writer Daniel Vreeland, we go deep on Conor McGregor’s return, and much, much more.. #throwhiminaparlay Enjoy!   This week on The MMA Gambling Podcast w/ @JeffFoxWriter & @GumbyVreeland Conor McGregor returns to the...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jan 6/21

Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Corey Anderson (red gloves) defeats Johnny Walker (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-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 a performance based ranking...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Jan 4/21

Mar 14, 2020; Brasilia, DF, Brazil; Brandon Moreno in the press room after fighting Jussier Formiga during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio Nilson Nelson. Mandatory Credit: Jason da 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 come up with a...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Jan 1/21

Dec 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Rob Font (red gloves) fights Ricky Simon (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-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 come up with a performance...

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2020 UFC Fighter Salaries – Complete List

January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Conor McGregor celebrates his TKO victory against Donald Cerrone following UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports   Another memorable year in mixed martial arts is in the books, so it’s time for The MMA Manifesto to look back and reflect on UFC Fighter Salaries. Was 2020 a good year financially to be a fighter?  Well, that depends on what your name is.  If it is Khabib Nurmagomedov, then yes, it was a very good year.  On the other hand, if you happen to be Cole Williams, you...

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Odds for UFC Division Champs at End of 2021 Released

Feb 9, 2019; Melbourne, Australia; Israel Adesanya (red gloves) gestures to Anderson Silva (blue gloves) during UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports Got this e-mail today in the inbox:   As we look ahead to the next year of UFC events, matches and fighters, it’s interesting to project who will be atop each weight class when 2021 comes to a close.   Fortunately, the oddsmakers have provided a framework of possibly what to expect in the upcoming year.   Odds are courtesy of SportsBetting.ag: https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/mma-props   Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor                     +150 Khabib Nurmagomedov                    ...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Dec 30/20

Feb 3, 2018; Belem, Brazil; Timothy Johnson (red gloves) defeats Marcelo Golm (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mangueirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-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 a performance based ranking system, solely...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Light Heavyweights

May 19, 2018; Santiago, Chile; Dominick Reyes (blue gloves) defeats Jared Cannonier (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Movistar Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-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: Thompson vs Neal)   Top Ten Earning Light Heavyweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Jon Jones*  $       500,000  $         500,000  $                    – 2 Dominick Reyes*  $       350,000  $         350,000  $                    – 2 Jan Blachowicz*  $       350,000  $         350,000  $                    – 4 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua*  $       275,000  $         205,000...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Heavyweights

Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Stipe Miocic (red gloves) fights Daniel Cormier (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-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: Thompson vs Neal) Total Show Win Bonus 1 Stipe Miocic*  $750,000  $     750,000  $           – 2 Junior dos Santos*  $500,000  $     500,000  $           – 3 Alistair Overeem  $400,000  $     400,000  $           – 4 Andrei Arlovski*  $330,000  $     330,000  $           –...

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Top Ten Earning Women’s MMA Fighters

Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Julia Budd (red gloves) looks on prior to fighting Arlene Blencowe (not pictured) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-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: Thompson vs Neal)   Top Ten Earning Women’s Fighters  Total    Show  Win Bonus 1 Amanda Nunes  $   450,000  $   350,000  $    100,000 2 Julia Budd (Bellator)  $   350,000  $   350,000  $            – 3 Cris Cyborg (Bellator)  $   250,000  $   250,000  $            –...

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Top Ten Earning MMA Lightweights

Aug 25, 2018; Lincoln, NE, USA; Justin Gaethje (red gloves) reacts to fight against James Vick (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (updated after UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Neal)   Top Ten Earning Lightweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Khabib Nurmagomedov  $     6,000,000  $     6,000,000  $                 – 2 Conor McGregor  $     3,000,000  $     3,000,000  $                 – 3 Justin Gaethje*  $       400,000  $        400,000  $                 – 4 Dustin Poirier  $       300,000  $        150,000  $        150,000 4 Tony Ferguson*  $       300,000  $        150,000  $        150,000 6 Charles Oliveira*  $       230,000  $       ...

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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: Thompson vs Neal   Top Ten Earning Featherweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Alexander Volkanovski*  $   350,000  $   350,000  $           – 2 Max Holloway*  $   250,000  $   250,000 3 Brian Ortega*  $   220,000  $   110,000  $  ...

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2020 MMA Top Ten Earners

Sep 7, 2019; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Khabib Nurmagomedov (red gloves) fights Dustin Poirier (blue gloves) during UFC 242 at The Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Who is the top earner in MMA in 2020?  We’ve crunched the numbers and have the answer. It is worth noting that these are only the reported salaries plus Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night bonuses that have been made public, plus the official UFC fight week incentive pay.  Many top performing fighters get additional bonuses paid out to them that aren’t reported, plus the top guys get a...

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