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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Jan 10/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Jan 10/18 Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Emily Ducote (blue gloves) fights Ilima Macfarlane (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-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...

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‘BIG’ JOHN MCCARTHY TO JOIN BELLATOR BROADCAST TEAM

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto ‘BIG’ JOHN MCCARTHY TO JOIN BELLATOR BROADCAST TEAM Got this in the ol’ inbox today: LOS ANGELES – Bellator is pleased to announce that it has come to an agreement with John McCarthy to serve as color commentator during broadcasts on the soon-to-launch Paramount Network, which kicks off with Bellator 192 on Saturday, January 20. “With the addition of ‘Big’ John to our broadcast team, we have put together the premier group of MMA commentators ahead of our Jan. 20 debut on the Paramount Network,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “With John and Chael...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Jan 8/18

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Jan 8/18 Jul 16, 2017; Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom; James Mulheron (red gloves) fights Justin Willis (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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...

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UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Pick ‘Em Contest

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi 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.  We are now sponsored by McBryde Mats! We are McBryde Mats, a sports mat manufacturer that’s based out of Lubbock, Texas. Our CEO, Clayton McBryde, founded the company in 2014 after plenty of research and consideration into the mat market – Today we pride ourselves on making the best quality mats at...

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UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Fight Card

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Fight Card UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs ChoiJan 14, 2018Scottrade CenterSt. Louis, Missouri UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi Fight Card (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 (FS1 – 10:00 pm Eastern) Featherweights (five rounds):Jeremy Stephens (26-14, #11 ranked featherweight) vs Doo Ho Choi (14-2, #13 ranked featherweight) Middleweights:Uriah Hall (14-8, #17 ranked middleweight) vs Vitor Belfort (26-13, 1 NC, #15 ranked middleweight) Women’s Flyweights:Paige VanZant (7-3, #5 ranked women’s fly/strawweight) vs...

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UFC Schedule & Results

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Schedule & Results 2013 UFC Schedule & Results 2014 UFC Schedule & Results 2015 UFC Schedule & Results 2016 UFC Schedule & Results 2017 UFC Schedule & Results 2018 UFC Schedule & Results UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi – Jan 14th UFC 220: Miocic vs Ngannou – Jan 20th UFC on Fox: Jacare vs Brunson 2 – Jan 27th UFC Fight Night: Machida vs Anders – Feb 3rd UFC 221: Whittaker vs Rockhold – Feb 11th UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros – Feb 18th UFC on Fox 28 – Feb 24th UFC...

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2017 UFC Fighter Salaries – Complete List

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto 2017 UFC Fighter Salaries – Complete List   LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: Fabricio Werdum knees Alistair Overeem during the UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) 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 2017 a good year financially to be a fighter?  Well, that depends on what your name is.  If it is Georges St-Pierre, then yes, it was...

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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Jan 5/17

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Jan 5/17 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 and Ricky Leone. *stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings Non-UFC Fighter Rankings 1) (Last Ranking – 1) Gegard Mousasi – Bellator Middleweight – 39 (out of 40) points Record: 43-6-2Last...

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Top Ten Earning Welterweights

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Top Ten Earning Welterweights (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (updated after UFC 219) Top Ten Earning Welterweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Tyron Woodley  $        500,000  $          500,000 2 Donald Cerrone  $        310,000  $          155,000  $     155,000 3 Robbie Lawler*  $        300,000  $          200,000  $     100,000 4 Carlos Condit  $        230,000  $          115,000  $     115,000 5 Diego Sanchez  $        190,000  $            95,000  $       95,000 6 Demain Maia*  $        172,000  $            86,000  $       86,000 7 Gunnar Nelson*  $        158,000  $           ...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Featherweights: Jan 3/17

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Featherweights: Jan 3/17 LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 03: Alexis Dufresne (R) faces Marion Reneau in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reneau won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images) 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...

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Introducing The MMA Manifesto’s Reader Rewards Program

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Introducing The MMA Manifesto’s Reader Rewards Program We love our loyal readers here at The MMA Manifesto, so it’s about time we reward you for your loyalty.  So today we introduce to you The MMA Manifesto’s Reader Rewards Program!  Every month we’ll be holding a draw for a free UFC Fight Pass subscription, and all you have to do is sign up (if we gets lots of people signing up and earning ballots, we’ll increase and/or change the prize(s) we give away)!  Every reader in the Reader Rewards Program will earn one ballot for...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound 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 system, solely based on how a fighter has performed in the cage.  Next up: Pound...

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UFC 219 Pick ‘Em Results

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto UFC 219 Pick ‘Em Results Congratulations to Derrick Fling for winning our UFC 219 Pick ‘Em Contest!  And to Dave K for winning the overall contest yet again (four 1st place finishes & three 2nds in the past seven years for him!!).  Dave wins a year subscription to UFC Fight Pass, and Creamy Goodness gets three months for coming in second.  First Pick ‘Em action of 2018 will be UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi on Jan 14th.  Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Cris Cyborg – 79%Khabib Nurmagomedov – 86%Cynthia Calvillo – 79%Neil Magny – 57%Khalil Rountree – 61% Consensus Overall Record...

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The Statistical Star of UFC 219: Cris Cyborg

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto The Statistical Star of UFC 219: Cris Cyborg 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. Cris Cyborg (vs Holly Holm) Key Stats:  outstruck opponent 131 to 48 (118-44 significant strikes)52% significant strike accuracy A dominant striking performance by the champ in her toughest test to...

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Holly Holm Career Earnings

The Sports Daily > MMA Manifesto Holly Holm Career Earnings Holly Holm Career Earnings (UFC earnings only – doesn’t include undisclosed bonuses or PPV earnings) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 184 – Feb 28/15 – W (Pennington) – $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus) UFC Fight Night: Mir vs Duffee – Jul 15/15 – W (Reneau) – $52,500 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship) UFC 193 – Nov 15/15 – W (Rousey) – $180,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus,...

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