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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Jul 2/18

By: Jeff Fox | July 2, 2018 Jun 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Alistair Overeem (red gloves) fights Curtis Blaydes (blue gloves) during UFC 225 at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-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 come...

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UFC 226: Miocic vs Cormier Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | June 29, 2018 UFC 226: Miocic vs CormierJuly 7, 2018 T-Mobile ArenaLas Vegas, Nevada UFC 226: Miocic vs Cormier 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 9,700 (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) Heavyweight Championship:Stipe Miocic – champion  (18-2, #1 ranked heavyweight) vs Daniel Cormier  (20-1, 1...

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TUF Undefeated (TUF 27) Finale Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | June 29, 2018 TUF Undefeated (TUF 27) FinaleJuly 6, 2018 Pearl TheatreLas Vegas, Nevada TUF Undefeated (TUF 27) Finale Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC Fight Night cards range between 7,800-4,200 points, with an average UFC Fight Night card ranking 5,900 (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/TSN3 – 10:00 pm Eastern) Middleweights (five rounds):Brad Tavares  (18-5, #11 ranked middleweight) vs Israel...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Jun 29/18

By: Jeff Fox | June 29, 2018 Jun 23, 2018; Singapore, Singapore; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Leon Edwards (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Singapore at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Miller-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 Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Jun 29/18

By: Jeff Fox | June 29, 2018 Jun 23, 2018; Singapore, Singapore; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Leon Edwards (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Singapore at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Miller-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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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jun 27/18

By: Jeff Fox | June 27, 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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Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series Season 2, Episode 3 Fighter Salaries

By: Jeff Fox | June 27, 2018 Antonina Shevchenko and Te’Jovan Edwards were the big winners last night on the third installment of the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – the duo were the top earning fighters and also snagged UFC contracts. Here are the fighter payouts, released by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Antonina Shevchenko: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Te’Jovan Edwards: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Josh Parisian: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Julian Erosa: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Jordan Williams: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Jaymee...

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UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Edwards Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | June 26, 2018 Congratulations to Travis Parsons  for winning our UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Edwards  Pick ‘Em Contest, as well as being our monthly winner (via an epic tiebreaker)!  Next Pick ‘Em action of will be  UFC 226  on July 7th.  Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone – 59%OSP/Pedro – 50%Jessica-Rose Clark – 55%Li Jingliang – 96%Petr Yan – 59% Consensus Overall Record in 2018: 53-35 (60%) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Edwards Pick ‘Em Results 1 Travis Parsons 9 2 Nick Davidson 8 3 Derrick Fling 7 3 Nathan H. 7 3 larry chaput 7 3...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Strawweights: Jun 25/18

By: Jeff Fox | June 25, 2018 May 19, 2018; Santiago, Chile; Tatiana Suarez (blue gloves) defeats Alexa Grasso (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Movistar 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 has come...

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UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Edwards Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | June 25, 2018 Saturday night was a good night for Ovince Saint Preux – he got back on the winning track and was the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Edwards. 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...

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UFC Legend Lyoto Machida Signs With Bellator

By: Jeff Fox | June 22, 2018 May 12, 2018; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Vitor Belfort (red gloves) fights Lyoto Machida (blue gloves) during UFC 224 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Another UFC legend has jumped ship to Bellator.  Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida has verbally agreed to a multi-fight deal with the UFC’s top competitor, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports. While you would think that the 40-year-old Machida is on the downside of his career (and you’d probably be correct), he is on a two-fight win streak.  He also leaves...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Jun 22/18

By: Jeff Fox | June 22, 2018 May 27, 2018; Liverpool, United Kingdom; Gillian Robertson (red gloves) fights Molly McCann (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Echo Arena. 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 spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has...

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Mousasi vs MacDonald For Bellator Middleweight Title Set For September

By: Jeff Fox | June 21, 2018 Bellator has booked the biggest fight in their promotion’s history.  Middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi’s first title defense will be against newly-crowned welterweight champ Rory MacDonald.  ESPN was first to report the news. The fight is expected to go down during Bellator’s September 29th event in San Jose, California.  Both men had publicly asked for the fight, but Bellator brass was coy at first to express their interest in booking it.  Either their opinions changed, or they were holding their cards close to their vest originally. Since leaving the UFC, Mousasi has gone...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jun 20/18

By: Jeff Fox | June 20, 2018 May 25, 2018; London, UK; Phil Davis (red) fights 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 ranking system, solely...

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Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series Season 2, Week 2 Fighter Salaries

By: Jeff Fox | June 20, 2018 Matt Sayles, Anthony Hernandez, Ryan Spann and Dwight Grant were the big winners last night on the second installment of the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – the four were the top earning fighters and also snagged UFC contracts. Here are the fighter payouts, released by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Matt Sayles: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Anthony Hernandez: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Austin Springer: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Ryan Spann: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Dwight Grant: $10,000 ($5,000 to show,...

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UFC 225 PPV Sales Better Than Originally Reported (But Still Not that Good)

By: Jeff Fox | June 19, 2018 The estimated pay-per-view buyrate for UFC 225 have come in, and they are better than the original, erroneous report of 150,000.  But they’re still not that good.  Dave Meltzer reports that the event is estimated to have sold around 250,000 PPVs (including online streaming sales). This is actually a 100,000 increase over the first time Robert Whittaker fought Yoel Romero, which was at UFC 213 last July.  This may be in part due to the inclusion of a certain former wrestler named CM Punk on the card earlier this month. A quarter...

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