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UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Rodriguez Fighter Salaries & Incentive Pay

Marina Rodriguez stamped her ticket as a top contender tonight in Las Vegas, and was the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Rodriguez. Before we go any further, we should note that the  Nevada 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 18 fighters that traded blows at the event.  But please...

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Mackenzie Dern Career Earnings

May 30, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Mackenzie Dern (red gloves) celebrates after her submission victory over Hannah Cifers (blue gloves) in their strawweight fight during UFC Fight Night. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa via USA TODAY Sports Mackenzie Dern Career Earnings (one LFA fight & UFC only – doesn’t including undisclosed bonuses of PPV earnings) denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event LFA 24 – Oct 13/17 – W (Polk) – $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus) UFC 222 – Mar 3/18 – W (Yoder) – $53,500 ($25,000...

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Marina Rodriguez Career Earnings

Jan 22, 2021; Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES; Marina Rodriguez of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports Marina Rodriguez Career Earnings denotes an estimated purse – UFC fights only – doesn’t include undisclosed and/or PPV bonuses   Click on an event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Anders – Sept 22/18 – D (Markos) – $13,500 ($10,000 to show, $3,500...

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UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Rodriguez Results

UFC Fight Night: Dern vs RodriguezOct 9, 2021UFC APEX Las Vegas, Nevada   UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Rodriguez Results   Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) 5,137 – very weak UFC Fight Night cards range between 9,900-3,200 points, with an average card ranking 6,200 (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 (ESPN+  4:00 pm Eastern) Women’s Strawweights (five rounds):Mackenzie Dern   (11-1, #6 ranked women’s strawweight)...

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Tim Elliott Career Earnings

Mar 6, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tim Elliott punches Jordan Espinosa in their flyweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports Tim Elliott Career Earnings   UFC fights only, * denotes an estimated purse, doesn’t include PPV and/or “locker room” bonuses UFC on Fox: Diaz vs Miller – May 5/12 – L (Dodson) – $6,000* TUF 16 Finale – Dec 15/12 – W (Papazian) – $52,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus, $40,000 Fight of the Night bonus) UFC 164...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Oct 8/21

Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gerald Meerschaert (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Eric Spicely (not pictured) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena. 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 a 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...

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UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Rodriguez Fight Card

UFC Fight Night: Dern vs RodriguezOct 9, 2021UFC APEX Las Vegas, Nevada   UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Rodriguez Fight Card   Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) 5,137 – very weak UFC Fight Night cards range between 9,900-3,200 points, with an average card ranking 6,200 (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 (ESPN+  4:00 pm Eastern) Women’s Strawweights (five rounds):Mackenzie Dern   (11-1, #6 ranked women’s...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Oct 6/21

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 a 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 based ranking system, solely...

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Oct 5/21

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 not.  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 class every Tuesday. Next up: Pound for...

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UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Rodriguez 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 $50 (U.S.) gift card from the store of their choice courtesy of our sponsor – BetSGPN! BetSGPN is your home for the best online sports betting promotions and offers. They also have signup bonuses for fantasy football and DFS!  Just head over to BetSGPN! And make sure to download the SGPN App! Next up: UFC Fight Night: Dern...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Oct 4/21

Apr 27, 2019; Sunrise, FL, USA; Glover Teixeira (red gloves) fights Ion Cutelaba (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 a 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 based...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Oct 3/21

Dec 1, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sean O’Malley (red gloves) fights Terrion Ware (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale 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 a while, 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...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Oct 1/21

Sep 25, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Chris Daukaus reacts following his TKO victory against Shamil Abdurakhimov during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-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 a 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...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Sept 29/21

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 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 a 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 based ranking system, solely based on...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Sept 28/21

Feb 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) fights Ilir Latifi (blue gloves) during UFC 247 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-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 a while, 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....

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Atomweights: Sept 28/21

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 a 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 class every Tuesday. Next up: Atomweights....

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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker Fight Card

UFC Fight Night: Santos vs WalkerOct 2, 2021UFC APEX Las Vegas, Nevada   UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker Fight Card   Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) 7,186 – surprisingly solid UFC Fight Night cards range between 9,900-3,200 points, with an average card ranking 6,200 (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 (ESPN+  7:00 pm Eastern) Light Heavyweights (five rounds):Thiago Santos   (21-9, #16 ranked light...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Sept 27/21

Feb 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Valentina Shevchenko (red gloves) after her win against Katlyn Chookagian (not pictured) during UFC 247 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-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 a 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...

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UFC 266 Pick ‘Em Results

Congratulations to Sen for winning our UFC Vegas 37 Pick ‘Em Contest!  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC 266 on Sept 25th. Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Alexander Volkanovski – 78% Valentina Shevchenko – 97% Nate Diaz – 61% Curtis Blaydes – 72% Jessica Andrade – 88% Consensus Overall Record in 2021: 76-54 (58%) UFC 266 Pick ‘Em Results 1 Sam Keary 12 2 Fellstar 11 3 Jesse Murray 10 3 Michael V. 10 3 Sam D 10 6 Birney Lindsay 9 6 Daniel Preston 9 6 David Minnich 9 6 Elimi uluikadavu 9 6 John Rong 9...

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UFC 266 Fighter Salaries & Incentive Pay

He took a beating in his long-awaited return to the cage, but at least Nick Diaz was well paid. Before we go any further, we should note that the  Nevada 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 the event.  But please remember – this is only an...

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