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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Mar 29/19

By: Jeff Fox | March 29, 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 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: Mar 28/19

By: Jeff Fox | March 28, 2019 May 12, 2018; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Amanda Nunes walks out of the ring after defeating Raquel Pennington (not seen) during UFC 224 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-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...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Mar 27/19

By: Jeff Fox | March 27, 2019 May 25, 2018; London, UK; Phil Davis (red) reacts to fight against Linton Vassell (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 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...

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Feather/Bantamweights: Mar 26/19

By: Jeff Fox | March 26, 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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Conor McGregor Announces Retirement From MMA

By: Jeff Fox | March 26, 2019 NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: Conor McGregor looks on as money rains down during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) We’ve been down this road before, and this is surely just a negotiating ploy, but Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from “Mixed Martial Art”. Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.I wish all my...

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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Mar 25/19

By: Jeff Fox | March 25, 2019 Jan 26, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ryan Bader (blue gloves) defeats Fedor Emelianenko (red gloves) during Bellator 214 at The Forum. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: Non-UFC Fighters Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, Ryan MacDonald, Kurt Killberg and Ricky Leone. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial...

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UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | March 25, 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 Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | March 24, 2019 UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs GaethjeMar 30, 2019Wells Fargo CenterPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje Fight Card Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC on ESPN/FOX’s range between 8,400-6,400 points, with an average UFC Fight Night ranking 7,400 (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank...

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The Statistical Star of UFC Nashville: Curtis Blaydes

By: Jeff Fox | March 24, 2019 Mar 23, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Curtis Blaydes (red gloves) and Justin Willis (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-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+...

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UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Pettis Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | March 24, 2019 Look out welterweights – Showtime is about to blow up your spot. Anthony Pettis made a spectacular debut at 170 pounds last night, and was the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Pettis. Before we go any further, we should note that the Tennessee 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,...

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