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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Dec 5/18

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Dec 5/18

Jul 14, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Derek Campos (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Brandon Girtz (not pictured) during Bellator 181 at Winstar 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 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 every Wednesday.  Next up: The Featherweights.

*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 Bellator 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. For fighters who have also fought in the UFC during this time, those performances were counted also)
  • Points based on a fighter’s opponent’s Bellator & 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
Stats Last Total
Rank Rank
1 1 Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire 467
2 3 Emmanuel Sanchez 133
3 5 A.J. McKee 111.5
4 NR Derek Campos 93
5 6 Aaron Pico 70
6 10 Gaston Bolanos 67.5
7 13 Henry Corrales 57
8 7 Adam Borics 55.5
9 8 Tywan Claxton 51.5
10 9 Brian Moore 44.5
11 12 Sam Sicilia 42.5
12 26 Jeremiah Labiano 41
12 11 Noad Lahat 41
14 13 Daniel Carey 35
15 NR Adil Benjilany 34.5
16 15 Justin Lawrence 31
17 16 Chinzo Machida 30.5
18 NR Ignacio Ortiz 27.5
18 18 Mike Trizano 27.5
20 32 Leandro Higo 24
21 21 Aaron Webb 22.5
21 NR Honor Kelish 22.5
23 21 Cris Lencioni 20
24 23 Robbie Peralta 18.5
25 24 Juan Archuleta 18
26 25 John Teixeira 13
27 28 Giorgio Belsanti 4.5
27 NR Justin Smitley 4.5
29 NR Andy Main 0
29 NR Jeremy Spoon 0
29 30 Jose Antonio Perez 0
29 30 Josenaldo Silva 0
29 NR Kirill Medvedovsky 0
29 32 Teodor Nikolov 0
29 32 Thomas Lopez 0
29 32 Ysidro Gutierrez 0

Check back next Wednesday for our bantamweight rankings 


Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Heavyweights
Light Heavyweights
Middleweights
Welterweights
Lightweights
Bantamweights
Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound


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