LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 06: Tony Ferguson celebrates after defeating Abel Trujillo in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

 

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 for Pound

 

*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings 

 

  • Scoring based on a fighter’s past 10 UFC performances (we use a seven year time limit, so if they have fought less than 10 times in past seven years, only the fights within that time frame are counted)
  • Points based on a fighter’s opponent’s UFC win/loss record (ie strength of schedule – the more successful a vanquished opponent is, the more points awarded), extra points given for finishes, extra points given for title fight wins.  
  • Points are weighed so most recent fights are worth more (ie most recent fight counts the most, 10th most recent fight the least)
  • No points awarded for a loss

 

 

(first column performance based ranking, second column is last ranking, last column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last UFC    Total
Rank Rank Rank    
1 2 8 Tyron Woodley 553.5
2 1 Jon Jones 546
3 3 1 Demetrious Johnson 524
4 7 5 Daniel Cormier 488
5 4 4 Stipe Miocic 475
6 5 Robbie Lawler 460
7 7 10 Jose Aldo 421
8 9 Chris Weidman 411
9 10 2 Conor McGregor 406
10 6 Cain Velasquez 390.5
11 22 13 Tony Ferguson 384
12 11 15 Robert Whittaker 373.5
13 NR Georges St-Pierre 371
14 12 3 Max Holloway 370
15 14 T.J. Dillashaw 361
16 15 12 Michael Bisping 358
17 13 Luke Rockhold 346
18 16 7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk 319.5
18 23 Rafael dos Anjos 319.5
20 17 9 Dominick Cruz 299
21 18 Yoel Romero 295
22 20 Alistair Overeem 293
22 25 14 Amanda Nunes 293
24 21 Ronda Rousey 289.5
25 19 Fabricio Werdum 268
26 24 Al Iaquinta 258
27 28 6 Cody Garbrandt 235.5
28 29 Jorge Masvidal 235
29 30 Anthony Pettis 229
30 31 Frankie Edgar 224
31 32 Demian Maia 223.5
32 33 Stephen Thompson 219.5
33 26 Kevin Lee 212.5
34 34 Dustin Poirier 207
35 35 Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza 204
36 36 Ricardo Lamas 203
37 37 Mark Hunt 201
38 39 Kelvin Gastelum 193
39 40 Tim Boetsch 190
40 41 Anderson Silva 185
41 42 Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone 183
42 43 Colby Covington 181
43 44 Beneil Dariush 180
44 46 Santiago Ponzinibbio 177.5
45 47 Michael Chiesa 177
46 48 Glover Teixeira 172
47 49 Eddie Alvarez 171.5
48 50 Michael Johnson 171
49 51 Khabib Nurmagomedov 170
50 52 Brian Ortega 168
51 53 Alex Oliveira 167.5
52 54 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 166
53 55 Francis Ngannou 165
54 56 Chan Sung Jung 160
55 57 Junior dos Santos 159
56 58 John Lineker 154
57 156 Ovince Saint Preux 152.5
58 59 James Vick 151
59 111 Kamaru Usman 149.5
60 NR Carlos Condit 148
60 60 Darren Elkins 148
60 45 Neil Magny 148
63 67 Alexander Gustafsson 147.5
64 63 Derek Brunson 147
64 63 Gunnar Nelson 147
64 114 Sam Alvey 147
67 82 Brad Tavares 146
68 66 Edson Barboza 144.5
69 62 Jimi Manuwa 138
69 90 Volkan Oezdemir 138
71 63 Thiago Santos 133.5
72 70 Holly Holm 132
73 71 Dan Kelly 131
74 73 Jimmie Rivera 129.5
75 74 Renan Barao 127.5
76 67 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 127
76 75 Derrick Lewis 127
78 77 Aljamain Sterling 126
79 78 Joe Soto 121
80 79 Charles Oliveira 120
81 100 Mairbek Taisumov 119
82 80 Francisco Trinaldo 117
83 NR Lyoto Machida 115
83 72 Vitor Belfort 115
85 83 Islam Makhachev 114.5
86 84 11 Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino 113.5
87 85 Joseph Benavidez 112.5
88 86 Rose Namajunas 111
89 87 Myles Jury 110.5
90 180 Uriah Hall 110
91 88 Jake Ellenberger 109
92 69 Thales Leites 108
93 89 Paul Felder 107.5
94 90 Evan Dunham 106.5
94 75 Misha Cirkunov 106.5
96 92 Charles Oliveira 106
96 92 Eddie Wineland 106
98 95 Marcin Tybura 105
99 97 Alex Garcia 102
100 98 Aleksei Oleinik 101.5
100 98 Leonardo Santos 101.5
102 107 Leon Edwards 101
103 81 Jeremy Stephens 97
104 103 Chas Skelly 96
105 133 Mike Perry 95
106 104 Dong Hyun Kim 94.5
106 104 Raphael Assuncao 94.5
108 189 Niko Price 94
109 107 Germaine de Randamie 93.5
109 106 Warlley Alves 93.5
111 371 Alexander Volkov 92.5
112 109 Jim Miller 92
113 102 Rustam Khabilov 91.5
113 109 Tim Means 91.5
115 95 Bryan Barberena 91
116 112 Sean Strickland 89
117 114 Joe Lauzon 88.5
118 116 Cub Swanson 88
119 117 Abel Trujillo 87.5
120 118 Rob Font 86
121 119 Doo Ho Choi 85
121 92 Stefan Struve 85
123 113 Alberto Mina 84.5
124 120 Matt Brown 83
125 122 Mickey Gall 82.5
125 123 Raquel Pennington 82.5
125 123 Ryan LaFlare 82.5
125 123 Yair Rodriguez 82.5
129 253 Henry Cejudo 82
130 127 Diego Sanchez 81.5
130 123 Peter Sobotta 81.5
130 131 Andrei Arlovski 80.5
133 133 Jason Knight 80
134 137 C.B. Dollaway 77.5
134 101 Krzysztof Jotko 77.5
136 156 Keita Nakamura 77
136 138 Pedro Munhoz 77
138 139 B.J. Penn 75
139 140 Dennis Bermudez 74
139 155 Jessica Andrade 74
139 140 Vitor Miranda 74
142 142 Brandon Moreno 73
142 142 Carla Esparza 73
142 164 Ilir Latifi 73
142 121 Sara McMann 73
142 142 Stevie Ray 73
142 127 Valentina Shevchenko 73
148 191 Anthony Smith 72
149 146 Alan Patrick 70.5
150 147 Jake Matthews 70
150 130 Ray Borg 70
150 147 Travis Browne 70
150 136 Yancy Medeiros 70
154 196 Marion Reneau 69.5
154 150 Rani Yahya 69.5
156 131 Adriano Martins 69
157 159 Elias Theodorou 68.5
157 127 Sergio Moraes 68.5
159 225 Gilbert Burns 67.5
160 152 Louis Smolka 67
161 153 Sergio Pettis 66.5
162 147 Zak Cummings 66
163 213 Michel Prazeres 65.5
164 142 David Branch 65
164 154 Erick Silva 65
164 133 Hector Lombard 65
167 159 Johny Hendricks 64.5
167 159 Ryan Hall 64.5
167 159 Thomas Almeida 64.5
170 156 Jordan Mein 64
171 164 John Dodson 63.5
171 164 Rony Jason 63.5
173 167 Brian Kelleher 63
173 167 Marcos Rogerio de Lima 63
175 163 Omari Akhmedov 61.5
176 170 Ed Herman 61
176 170 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 61
176 228 John Moraga 61
176 226 Jussier Formiga 61
176 334 Siyar Bahadurzada 61
176 169 Thiago Alves 61
182 173 Paige VanZant 59.5
183 170 Ben Saunders 58.5
183 174 Godofredo Pepey 58.5
185 176 Alex Caceres 58
186 178 Iuri Alcantara 57
186 NR Yushin Okami 57
188 266 Gregor Gillespie 56
188 184 Olivier Aubin-Mercier 56
190 189 Antonio Carlos Junior 55
191 181 Drew Dober 54.5
191 181 Felipe Arantes 54.5
193 183 Dan Hooker 54
194 184 Jon Tuck 53
194 370 Ketlen Vieira 53
194 184 Michelle Waterson 53
194 174 Vicente Luque 53
198 184 James Krause 52.5
198 371 Kajan Johnson 52.5
200 191 Felice Herrig 52
200 191 Magomed Mustafaev 52
200 191 Nate Marquardt 52
200 151 Rashad Evans 52
204 196 Dustin Ortiz 51
204 196 Hacran Dias 51
204 264 Jack Hermansson 51
204 177 Tony Martin 51
208 196 Eric Spicely 50
208 201 Eryk Anders 50
210 203 Ben Nguyen 49.5
211 206 Julianna Pena 49
212 208 Cynthia Calvillo 48.5
212 208 Marlon Vera 48.5
214 179 Gilbert Melendez 48
214 210 Matthew Lopez 48
216 211 David Teymur 47.5
217 213 Mike Pyle 47
218 220 Danny Roberts 46.5
218 213 Mitch Gagnon 46.5
220 201 Magnus Cedenblad 46
220 216 Ryan Benoit 46
220 216 Tecia Torres 46
220 184 Ulka Sasaki 46
224 219 Chris Wade 45.5
224 195 Walt Harris 45.5
226 220 Bobby Green 45
226 200 Claudia Gadelha 45
226 220 Dennis Siver 45
226 216 Jack Marshman 45
226 226 Randy Brown 45
226 220 Russell Doane 45
232 228 Li Jingliang 43.5
233 228 Alexander Yakovlev 43
233 235 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos 43
233 228 Joseph Duffy 43
233 228 Leslie Smith 43
237 233 Arnold Allen 42.5
237 206 Jason Saggo 42.5
239 220 Cezar Ferreira 42
239 239 Nordine Taleb 42
241 238 Gian Villante 41.5
242 203 Wilson Reis 41
243 241 Shane Burgos 40.5
244 254 Chad Laprise 40
244 242 Deiveson Figueiredo 40
244 242 Justin Gaethje 40
247 212 Alan Jouban 39.5
247 245 Mirsad Bektic 39.5
249 247 Andre Fili 39
250 249 Vinc Pichel 38.5
251 250 Damian Stasiak 38
251 250 Joanne Calderwood 38
251 250 Nik Lentz 38
254 233 Luis Henrique 37.5
255 275 Belal Muhammad 37
256 255 Alexis Davis 36.5
256 255 Gabriel Benitez 36.5
256 255 Makwan Amirkhani 36.5
259 258 Joaquim Silva 36
259 258 Lando Vannata 36
261 260 John Makdessi 35.5
261 260 Renato Moicano 35.5
263 235 Gerald Meerschaert 35
263 264 Johnny Case 35
263 247 Tyson Pedro 35
266 266 Drakkar Klose 34.5
266 266 Marc Diakiese 34.5
268 242 Hyun Gyu Lim 34
269 270 Frankie Saenz 33.5
270 271 Chris Holdsworth 32.5
270 271 Jared Cannonier 32.5
270 271 Jose Alberto Quinonez 32.5
270 271 Kyung Ho Kang 32.5
270 330 Shinsho Anzai 32.5
275 275 Clay Guida 32
275 280 Joe Proctor 32
275 275 Paul Craig 32
275 275 Steve Bosse 32
275 275 Will Brooks 32
280 408 Alex White 31.5
280 292 Justin Ledet 31.5
282 280 Diego Rivas 31
282 297 Tarec Saffiedine 31
284 283 Corey Anderson 30.5
284 283 Hector Sandoval 30.5
284 283 Sage Northcutt 30.5
287 288 Alejandro Perez 30
287 260 Henrique da Silva 30
287 288 Humberto Bandenay 30
287 288 Junior Albini 30
287 288 Marco Polo Reyes 30
287 297 Teruto Ishihara 30
293 292 Alexandre Pantoja 29.5
293 411 Dong Hyun Kim 29.5
293 292 Khalil Rountree 29.5
293 292 Liz Carmouche 29.5
293 239 Paulo Borrachinha 29.5
298 297 Ion Cutelaba 29
298 297 Justin Scoggins 29
298 431 Sarah Moras 29
298 301 Cortney Casey 28
298 301 Enrique Barzola 28
298 301 Jimy Hettes 28
304 304 Aleksandra Albu 27.5
304 304 Chase Sherman 27.5
304 304 Patrick Cummins 27.5
307 283 Ashlee Evans-Smith 27
307 356 Darren Till 27
307 307 Luke Sanders 27
307 307 Patrick Williams 27
311 309 Bethe Correia 26.5
311 309 Maryna Moroz 26.5
313 314 Bojan Velickovic 26
313 311 Johnny Eduardo 26
313 311 Karolina Kowalkiewicz 26
316 314 Damir Hadzovic 25
316 448 Daniel Spitz 25
316 314 Dominick Reyes 25
316 314 Galore Bofando 25
316 NR Gokhan Saki 25
316 314 Jake Collier 25
316 314 Jared Gordon 25
316 314 Jeremy Kimball 25
316 314 Jesse Taylor 25
316 314 Jordan Rinaldi 25
316 314 Joseph Morales 25
316 314 Luan Chagas 25
316 NR Mara Romero Borella 25
316 314 Tatiana Suarez 25
316 314 Trevin Giles 25
316 NR Zabit Magomedsharipov 25
332 331 Zak Ottow 24.5
333 331 Erik Koch 24
333 331 Scott Holtzman 24
333 335 Tom Breese 24
336 292 Brad Scott 23.5
337 280 Gray Maynard 23
338 336 Abdul Razak Alhassan 22.5
338 347 Antonio Braga Neto 22.5
338 336 Ian Entwistle 22.5
338 336 Lauren Murphy 22.5
338 336 Martin Bravo 22.5
338 336 Teemu Packalen 22.5
338 336 Timothy Johnson 22.5
338 314 Tom Duquesnoy 22.5
346 314 Andrew Holbrook 22
346 343 Artem Lobov 22
346 343 Douglas Silva de Andrade 22
346 343 Tae Hyun Bang 22
350 346 Tim Elliott 21.5
351 336 Alex Morono 20.5
351 348 Court McGee 20.5
353 NR Aleksandar Rakic 20
353 348 Alvaro Herrera 20
353 352 Max Griffin 20
353 348 Ross Pearson 20
357 352 Jan Blachowicz 19
357 352 Jordan Johnson 19
357 352 Viviane Pereira 19
360 348 Desmond Green 18
360 356 Jeremy Kennedy 18
360 356 Kiichi Kunimoto 18
360 361 Lyman Good 18
360 314 Marco Beltran 18
360 356 Marvin Vettori 18
360 356 Mizuto Hirota 18
367 384 Dominique Steele 17.5
367 361 Henry Briones 17.5
367 361 Randa Markos 17.5
370 364 Josh Emmett 17
371 365 Nick Hein 16.5
371 365 Trevor Smith 16.5
373 367 Jonathan Wilson 16
374 411 Cody Stamman 14.5
374 411 Rick Glenn 14.5
376 371 Alexander Volkanovski 14
376 371 Devin Clark 14
376 371 Scott Askham 14
379 376 Andrew Sanchez 13
379 376 Curtis Blaydes 13
379 368 Francimar Barroso 13
382 379 Damien Brown 12.5
383 381 Jessica Eye 12
384 382 Bec Rawlings 11
384 382 Juliana Lima 11
386 384 Adam Milstead 10
386 384 Calvin Kattar 10
386 384 Devin Clark 10
386 384 Emil Meek 10
386 384 Guido Cannetti 10
386 448 Matt Schnell 10
386 409 Sultan Aliev 10
393 392 Brett Johns 9.5
393 392 Danielle Taylor 9.5
395 394 Alex Chambers 9
395 394 Augusto Mendes 9
395 394 Cyril Asker 9
395 384 Jason Gonzalez 9
395 394 Katlyn Chookagian 9
395 394 Kyle Bochniak 9
395 384 Magomed Bibulatov 9
395 394 Marcel Fortuna 9
395 379 Takanori Gomi 9
404 400 Justine Kish 8.5
404 400 Shamil Abdurakhimov 8.5
406 402 Angela Hill 8
406 402 Charles Rosa 8
406 402 Frankie Perez 8
406 402 Joachim Christensen 8
406 402 Marcelo Guimaraes 8
406 402 Oluwale Bamgbose 8
412 409 Kailin Curran 7
412 411 Nico Musoke 7
414 NR Abdul-Kerim Edilov 5
414 411 Aiemann Zahabi 5
414 NR Arjun Bhullar 5
414 245 Daichi Abe 5
414 411 Danny Henry 5
414 411 Darrell Horcher 5
414 411 Jarred Brooks 5
414 411 JJ Aldich 5
414 411 Jonathan Meunier 5
414 411 Justin Willis 5
414 411 Lina Lansberg 5
414 411 Lucie Pudilova 5
414 411 Mark Godbeer 5
414 411 Naoki Inoue 5
414 411 Nina Ansaroff 5
414 NR Poliana Botelho 5
414 411 Ricardo Ramas 5
414 431 Sheldon Westcott 5
414 NR Syuri Kondo 5
414 448 Thibault Gouti 5
434 431 Albert Morales 4.5
434 431 Alessio Di Chirico 4.5
434 431 Alexa Grasso 4.5
434 431 Amanda Cooper 4.5
434 431 Chris Gruetzemacher 4.5
434 431 Davey Grant 4.5
434 411 Felipe Silva 4.5
434 411 Gavin Tucker 4.5
434 431 Jamie Moyle 4.5
434 431 Jenel Lausa 4.5
434 431 Jessin Ayari 4.5
434 411 Luke Jumeau 4.5
434 445 Nathan Coy 4.5
447 442 Heather Jo Clark 4
447 442 Josh Stansbury 4
447 442 Ryan Janes 4
450 448 Dhiego Lima 3.5
450 445 Jessica Penne 3.5
452 447 Josh Burkman 3
453 NR Alex Reyes 0
453 448 Amanda Lemos 0
453 448 Andre Soukhamthath 0
453 448 Angela Magana 0
453 448 Ashkan Mokhtarian 0
453 448 Ashley Yoder 0
453 448 Bobby Nash 0
453 448 Bojan Mihajlovic 0
453 448 Brian Camozzi 0
453 448 Carls John de Tomas 0
453 448 Chan-Mi Jeon 0
453 448 Charlie Ward 0
453 448 Chris De La Rocha 0
453 448 Christian Colombo 0
453 448 Claudio Puelles 0
453 448 Cody Bochnovic 0
453 448 Damian Grabowski 0
453 448 Daniel Teymur 0
453 448 Darren Stewart 0
453 448 Davi Ramos 0
453 448 Devin Powell 0
453 448 Dmitrii Smolyakov 0
453 448 Eric Shelton 0
453 448 Frank Camacho 0
453 448 Gina Mazany 0
453 448 Irene Aldana 0
453 448 James Mulheron 0
453 448 Jarjis Danho 0
453 448 Jessica Aguilar 0
453 448 Ji Yeon Kim 0
453 448 Jim Wallhead 0
453 NR Kalindra Faria 0
453 448 Keith Berish 0
453 448 Kwan Ho Kwak 0
453 NR Mads Burnell 0
453 448 Marcin Held 0
453 448 Marlon Moraes 0
453 448 Michael McBride 0
453 448 Michel Quinones 0
453 NR Mike Santiago 0
453 448 Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto 0
453 448 Oliver Enkamp 0
453 448 Pearl Gonzalez 0
453 448 Rashad Coulter 0
453 NR Rob Wilkinson 0
453 448 Roberto Sanchez 0
453 448 Rolando Dy 0
453 448 Sabah Homasi 0
453 448 Saparbek Safarov 0
453 NR Talita Bernardo 0
453 448 Terrion Ware 0
453 448 Tina Hanninen-Lahdemaki 0
453 NR Tom Gallicchio 0
453 448 Tonya Evinger 0
453 448 Veronica Macedo 0
453 NR Zu Anyanwu 0

 

Check back Friday for our Non-UFC fighter rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

Heavyweights
Light Heavyweights
Middleweights
Welterweights
Lightweights
Featherweights
Bantamweights
Flyweights

Women’s Featherweights/Bantamweights
Women’s Flyweights/Strawweights


View the original article on MMA Manifesto: UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Oct 9/17