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2018 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings: September Update

By: Jeff Fox | October 2, 2018 Sep 8, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Tyron Woodley (red gloves) receives his championship belt after the fight against Darren Till (not pictured) during UFC 228 at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Mixed martial arts is as lonely and individualistic a sport as there is.  You enter a steel cage, the door gets locked behind you, and all that remains before you is your opponent and the referee.  No teammates, no coaches, no trainers.  You’re alone. However, outside of the cage (and in between rounds), a fighter is very...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Oct 1/18

By: Jeff Fox | October 1, 2018 Sep 22, 2018; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (blue gloves) defeats Sam Alvey (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio do Ibirapuera. Mandatory Credit: Jason 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 not.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA...

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UFC 229 Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | October 1, 2018 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 affordable prices to keep athletes in all...

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Sean O'Malley Pulled From UFC 229 Due to Potential USADA Violation

By: Jeff Fox | October 1, 2018 UFC 229 needs a new prelim main event.  Sean O’Malley has announced that he is out of his fight against Jose Alberto Quinonez scheduled for this Saturday night.  The culprit is a potential violation of the USADA drug policy. Here is what Sugar had to say about it: The UFC and USADA just recently announced that potential USADA violations will no longer be announced until a resolution has been reached, so there has yet to be any comment from the UFC on the matter or news if they’ll look to find an...

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Bellator 206 Fighter Purses

By: Jeff Fox | September 30, 2018 Rampage Jackson howled his way to the biggest payday at UFC 206. Only main card fighter info released thus far – first reported by MMA Fighting. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson:   $300,000 Wanderlei Silva:   $200,000 Gegard Mousasi:   $150,000 Rory MacDonald:   $150,000 Douglas Lima:   $130,000 Aaron Pico:   $80,000 ($40,000 to show, $40,000 win bonus) Andrey Koreshkov:   $55,000 Leandro Higo:   $14,000 MMA Manifesto, MMA Manifesto Salary Data View the original article on MMA Manifesto: Bellator 206 Fighter...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Sept 29/18

By: Jeff Fox | September 29, 2018 Sep 15, 2018; Moscow, Russia; Aleksei Oleinik (blue gloves) fights Mark Hunt (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aleksander V. Chernykh-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...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Sept 28/18

By: Jeff Fox | September 28, 2018 May 12, 2018; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Aleksei Oleinik reacts after defeating Junior Albini (not seen) during UFC 224 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason 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...

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UFC 228 Tanks at the PPV Box Office

By: Jeff Fox | September 28, 2018 Tyron Woodley might be a dominate UFC champion, TV talking head, and burgeoning rapper, but unfortunately none of this has translated to much success at the pay-per-view box office. Dave Meltzer reports in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the event, which was headlined by Woodley defeating title challenger Darren Till, sold an estimated 130,000 PPVs. The only PPV this sales total tops this year for the UFC would be UFC 224 (Nunes vs Pennington).  It is also the worst-selling PPV headlined by Woodley in his career (he’s sold 300,000 and 240,000 for...

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UFC 230 Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | September 26, 2018 UFC 230Nov 3, 2018 Madison Square GardenNew York City, New York UFC 230 Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC PPV’s range between 13,400-6,500 points, with an average UFC PPV ranking 10,000 (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) Main Event:TBA vs TBA Middleweights:Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza  (25-6, 1 NC,  #7 ranked middleweight) vs David Branch ...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Sept 26/18

By: Jeff Fox | September 26, 2018 Oct 6, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Darrion Caldwell (blue gloves) reacts to fight against Eduardo Dantas (red gloves) during Bellator 184 at Winstar World 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...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker – Sept 25/18

By: Jeff Fox | September 25, 2018 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.  You’re welcome. (click here for details on all upcoming UFC fight cards) UFC Vicente Luque   (13-6-1) vs Jalin Turner   UFC 229(7-3) – – Oct 6th Beneil...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Sept 24/18

By: Jeff Fox | September 24, 2018 August 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Henry Cejudo following his championship victory against Demetrious Johnson during UFC 227 at Staples Center. 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 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...

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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Anders Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | September 23, 2018 Congratulations to Robert Oakes for winning our UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Anders  Pick ‘Em Contest, and to Brandon Kaplan for being September’s winner.  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor  on Oct 6th. Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Thiago Santos – 61%Alex Oliveira – 96%Sam Alvey – 83%Renan Barao – 83%Randa Markos – 65% Consensus Overall Record in 2018: 78-53 (60%) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Anders Pick ‘Em Results 1 Robert Oakes 7 2 Jason Poirier 6 2 larry chaput 6 2 Nathan H. 6 2 Ryan A. MacDonald 6 2...

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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Anders Fighters Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | September 23, 2018 Minotouro got his first win inside the octagon in almost a year and a half, and subsequently was the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Anders. Before we go any further, we should note that most  international  athletic  commissions don’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 24...

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk to Challenge Valentina Shevchenko for Flyweight Belt

By: Jeff Fox | September 21, 2018 NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Joanna Jedrzejczyk reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Joanna Jedrzejczyk will aim to make some UFC history on December 8th.  The former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion will look to add the flyweight title that night, making her the first female fighter to be a champ in multiple weight classes in UFC history. She will first have to go through Valentina Shevchenko, who was set to challenge for the 125-pound belt...

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