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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Apr 6/18

By: Jeff Fox | April 6, 2018 Mar 3, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Andrei Arlovski lands a kick against Stefan Struve during UFC 222 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 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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Conor McGregor Charged With Four Counts, Out on Bail

By: Jeff Fox | April 6, 2018 LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor speaks during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will meet boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Conor McGregor is once again a free man… for now.  The handcuffed Irishman made an appearance at Kings County Criminal Court today, facing three counts of assault and one count of...

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Al Iaquinta New UFC 223 Main Event

By: Jeff Fox | April 6, 2018 NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) An unlikely hero has rode in to save the day at UFC 223. A man who seems to be in a constant dispute with the bosses of the company.  Mr. Ragin’ Al Iaquinta.  Iaquinta will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event tomorrow night in Brooklyn. Now for the catch – only Nurmagomedov will be eligible to win the UFC lightweight...

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Holloway Out of UFC 223; Main Event Still in Flux

By: Jeff Fox | April 6, 2018 Of all the cursed cards the UFC has put on, tomorrow’s UFC 223 is surely the most cursed of all.  Now Max Holloway is out of the main event after not being allowed to continue his weight cut down to 155 pounds for his title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. So what’s the new main event?  Here is a brief summary on where we’re at and how we got here: Tony Ferguson trips on a camera chord and tears his LCL, pulling him out of the main event against Khabib Max Holloway is...

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UFC 223: Khabib vs Iaquinta Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | April 6, 2018 UFC 223: Khabib vs IaquintaApr 7, 2018 Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New York UFC 223: Khabib vs Iaquinta Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC PPV’s range between 13,300-6,500 points, with an average UFC PPV ranking 9,800 (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 (PPV – 10:00 pm Eastern) UFC Lightweight Championship (only Khabib eligible for belt):Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0, #3 ranked...

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McGregor Fallout: Three Fights Pulled From UFC 223; Conor in Police Custody

By: Jeff Fox | April 5, 2018 The fallout from the insanity that took place at the Barclays Center today continues, and it’s all bad news.  We are now up to a total of three fights (involving six fighters) pulled off of Saturday night’s UFC 223 card, and the perpetrator of the chaos, Conor McGregor, has turned himself into the NYPD and awaits criminal charges. As previously reported, McGregor crony Artem Lobov has been pulled from the card due to his involvement in the ruckus, and no replacement for him will be found, so that means Alex Caceres is...

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Conor Storms Presser, Injures Chiesa, Lobov Pulled From Card

By: Jeff Fox | April 5, 2018 Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Conor McGregor certainly knows how to make an entrance.  However, his entrance today in New York won’t earn him many news fans, and probably cost him quite a few.  The fiery Irishman, with an entourage in tow, stormed a UFC 223 press conference today, apparently looking to confront Khabib Nurmagomedov.  Luckily they were on McGregor Time, and...

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Dana White: Brock Lesnar is Coming Back

By: Jeff Fox | April 5, 2018 LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: Brock Lesnar punches Mark Hunt (R) during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Business is picking up for the UFC.  They’ve got a big pay-per-view this weekend that apparently is tracking well in terms of sales.  Dana White states that Conor McGregor will be back in the octagon before the calendar flips to 2019.  And now he also promises another one of the company’s biggest all-time stars, Brock Lesnar, is returning...

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Conor McGregor Profanely Responds to be Stripped

By: Jeff Fox | April 5, 2018 Conor McGregor isn’t one to hold his tongue (or whatever fingers/thumbs he uses to Tweet).  So when news got out yesterday that he’ll be stripped of his UFC Lightweight Championship after this weekend’s UFC 223, he didn’t go quietly into the night (it should be noted Dana White has still refused to use the “strip” word, but he continues to dance around the fact that the Irishman will no longer be champ after Saturday’s Max Holloway-Khabib Nurmagomedov main event for the belt).  Here’s McGregor’s response: You’s’ll strip me of nothing you’s do...

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Dillashaw-Garbrant 2 at UFC 227; dos Anjos-Covington at UFC 224

By: Jeff Fox | April 4, 2018 SINGAPORE – JUNE 17: Colby Covington of United States (front) reacts after his fight with Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea (back) in the Welterweight Bout during UFC Singapore Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images) MMA, like rust, never sleeps, and UFC title fights seem to be announced almost daily.  Case in point, the UFC has revealed two fights for straps (one real strap, one fugazi one) this week alone.  One fight has long been anticipated; the other is a bit...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Apr 4/18

By: Jeff Fox | April 4, 2018 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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LFA 36 Fighter Salaries

By: Jeff Fox | April 3, 2018 The 36th edition of Legacy Fighting Alliance went down March 23rd from the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California, and champ Ricky Simon was the top earner. Here are the fighter payouts, released by the California State Athletic Commission. Ricky Simon: $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 win bonus) Andre Ewell: $3,000 ($1,500 to show, $1,500 win bonus) Jamall Emmers: $2,900 ($1,750 to show, $1,500 win bonus, $350 fine for missing weight) Christian Aguilera: $2,500 ($1,250 to show, $1,250 win bonus) Benji Gomez: $2,500 ($1,250 to show, $1,250 win bonus) Vinicius Zani: $1,750 Tommy Aaron:...

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Scouting Report

By: Jeff Fox | April 3, 2018 DALLAS, TX – MAY 13: Joanna Jedrzejczyk celebrates her win in the Women’s Strawweight Title bout against Jessica Andrade during UFC 211 at American Airlines Center on May 13, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Joanna Jedrzejczyk Scouting Report Vitals 5’6″ 115 lbs (Women’s Strawweight)66″ reach, OrthodoxAug 18, 1987 Record 14-1 (UFC: 8-1) Current Streak 1 straight loss Training multiple Muay Thai & kickboxing championships Championships Held UFC Womens’ Strawweight Champion: 2015-2017 (five successful title defenses) Strengths – world class striker– tall & long for a strawweight– has beaten many of...

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Joe Lauzon Scouting Report

By: Jeff Fox | April 3, 2018 Joe Lauzon Scouting Report Vitals 5’10” 155 lbs (Lightweight)70″ reach, OrthodoxMay 22, 1984 Record 27-14 (UFC: 14-11) Current Streak 2 straight losses Training Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held World Fight League Grand Prix Champion: 2006 Strengths – extremely aggressive fighter– very experienced– submission wizard – vast majority of wins come via tap out– versatile with his submissions (chokes, armbars, kimuras, leg locks)– finishes fights– good ground and pound– great at passing guard on the ground– very active on the ground looking for submissions– decent striking defense– pushes pace– while no knockout...

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Max Holloway Scouting Report

By: Jeff Fox | April 3, 2018 Max Holloway Scouting Report Vitals 5’11” 155 lb (Lightweight)70″ reach, OrthodoxDecember 4, 1991 Record 19-3 (UFC: 15-3) Current Streak 12 straight wins Training Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held X-1 Lightweight Championship: 2011 (no title defenses)Interim UFC Featherweight Championship: 2016-present (no title defenses)UFC Featherweight Championship: 2017-present (one title defense) Strengths – tall for a featherweight– very young but very experienced– been in the UFC since he was 20– has fought at lightweight before– dangerous striker– has knockout power in all his limbs– pulls off dynamic & unorthodox strikes– very active striker– very difficult...

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