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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker – Oct 1/19

By: Jeff Fox | October 1, 2019 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. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Canadians – get a...

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Oct 1/19

By: Jeff Fox | October 1, 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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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Sept 30/19

By: Jeff Fox | September 30, 2019 Sep 7, 2019; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Curtis Blaydes (red gloves) defeats Shamil Abdurakhimov (not pictured) during UFC 242 at The 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 come...

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UFC 243 Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | September 30, 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 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 development...

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UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | September 29, 2019 UFC 243: Whittaker vs AdesanyaOct 6, 2019 (Oct 5 in Australia)Marvel StadiumMelbourne, Australia UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC PPV cards range between 13,300-4,700 points, with an average card ranking 10,300 (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) Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your...

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Bellator 228 Fighter Salaries

By: Jeff Fox | September 29, 2019 The champ-champ, Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire was successful in round one of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix last night in Los Angeles, and was the event’s top earner. Here are Bellator 228 fighter payouts, released by the California State Athletic Commission and first reported by MMA Fighting. Patricio Freire:   $200,000 Gegard Mousasi:   $150,000 Lyoto Machida:   $150,000 Darrion Caldwell:   $125,000 Daniel Weichel:   $80,000 ($40,000 to show, $40,000 win bonus) Juan Archuleta:   $75,000 A.J. McKee:   $50,000 Georgi Karakhanyan:   $30,000 Henry Corrales:   $30,000 A.J. Agazarm:   $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 win bonus) Leandro Higo:  $28,000 ($14,000...

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Lyoto Machida Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | September 29, 2019 Feb 3, 2018; Belem, Brazil; Lyoto Machida (red gloves) defeats Eryk Anders (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mangueirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Lyoto Machida Career Earnings (UFC pay only, not including PPV or locker room bonuses) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 67 – Feb 3/07 – W (Hoger) – $36,000 UFC 70 – Apr 21/07 – W (Heath) – $40,000 UFC 76 – Sep 22/07 – W (Nakamura) – $50,000 UFC 79 –...

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Gegard Mousasi Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | September 29, 2019 Oct 20, 2017; Uncasville, CT, USA; Gegard Mousasi (red gloves) before fighting Alexander Shlemenko (blue gloves) during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Gegard Mousasi Career Earnings (Strikeforce & UFC fights only, doesn’t include undisclosed bonuses, Reebok sponsorship started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event Strikeforce: Carano vs Cyborg – Aug 15/09 – W (Sobral) – $25,000 Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rogers – Nov 7/09 – W (Sokoudjou) – $25,000* Strikeforce: Nashville – Apr 17/10 –...

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UFC Copenhagen Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | September 28, 2019 Congratulations to Isaac for winning our UFC Copenhagen  Pick ‘Em Contest, and to Michael J for being September’s winner via tie-breaker!  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC 243 on Oct 6th. Thanks for playing! Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Consensus Picks Jack Hermansson – 83%Mark Madsen – 77%Gunnar Nelson – 77%Khalil Rountree – 80%Michal Oleksiejczuk – 53% Consensus Overall Record in 2019: 84-47 (64%) UFC Copenhagen Pick ‘Em Results 1 Isaac 9 2 Sam Keary 7 2 Daniel Sansone 7 4...

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The Statistical Star of UFC Copenhagen: Jack Shore

By: Jeff Fox | September 28, 2019 Sep 28, 2019; Copenhagen, DENMARK; Jack Shore (red gloves) defeats Nohelin Hernandez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Royal Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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+ for...

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UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Cannonier Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | September 28, 2019 OSP did it again – he pulled off a Von Preux choke, and was the top earner at UFC Copenhagen. Before we go any further, we should note that 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 26 fighters that traded blows at the event.  But...

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Ovince Saint Preux Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | September 28, 2019 TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 14: Ovince Saint Preux of the USA interacts with media during the UFC Fight Night Japan press conference at Tokyo Dome Hotel on July 14, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images) Ovince Saint Preux Career Earnings * denotes an estimated purse, Strikeforce & UFC fights only (from July 2011 onward) Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event Strikeforce Challengers: Voleker vs Bowling III – Jul 22/11 – W (Cason) – $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win) Strikeforce: Melendez vs Masvidal –...

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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Sept 27/19

By: Jeff Fox | September 27, 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. Canadians – get a free trial of the home of Bellator, NFL & more, DAZN, right here! Americans,...

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Jared Cannonier Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | September 26, 2019 in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 208 at the Barclays Center on February 11, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Jared Cannonier Career Earnings UFC fights only, *denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 182 – Jan 3/15 – L (Jordan) – $8,000 UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs dos Santos – Apr 10/16 – W (Asker) – $72,500 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)* TUF 24 Finale – Dec 3/16 –...

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Jack Hermansson Career Earnings

Apr 27, 2019; Sunrise, FL, USA; Jacare Souza (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports   Jack Hermansson Career Earnings UFC fights only, *denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs Barnett – Sept 3/16 – W (Askham) – $22,500 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)* UFC Fight Night: Bader vs Nogueira 2 – Nov 19/16 – L (Ferreira) – $14,500 ($12,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)* UFC Fight Night:...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker – Sept 25/19

By: Jeff Fox | September 25, 2019 Nov 25, 2017; Shanghai, China; Zabit Magomedsharipov (red gloves) fights Sheymon Moraes (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Mandatory Credit: David G. McIntyre-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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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Sept 25/19

By: Jeff Fox | September 25, 2019 Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Erik Perez (red gloves) fights Felipe Arantes (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-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...

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Invicta FC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Feather/Bantamweights: Sept 24/19

By: Jeff Fox | September 24, 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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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker – Sept 24/19

By: Jeff Fox | September 24, 2019 Dec 29, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Carlos Condit (red gloves) fights Michael Chiesa (blue gloves) during UFC 232 at The Forum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-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...

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