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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Dec 7/18

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Dec 7/18

Nov 30, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Joseph Benavidez (red) reacts after defeating Alex Perez (not seen) during a flyweight bout at The Pearl. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-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 up with a performance based ranking system, solely based on how a fighter has performed in the cage.  Next up: The Flyweights.

*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, third column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last UFC Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 NR T.J. Dillashaw 487
2 2 1 Henry Cejudo 296
3 3 2 Jussier Formiga 136
4 6 4 Joseph Benavidez 124
5 4 9 Dustin Ortiz 103
6 5 6 Deiveson Figueiredo 95
7 7 5 Ray Borg 70
8 8 15 Ryan Benoit 65
9 11 7 John Moraga 59
10 13 9 Alexandre Pantoja 58.5
11 12 11 Alex Perez 48.5
12 16 8 Wilson Reis 46
13 19 Joseph Morales 20
14 22 Matt Schnell 19
15 26 16 Eric Shelton 9
15 23 13 Magomed Bibulatov 9
17 NR Kai Kara-France 5
17 25 14 Said Nurmagomedov 5
19 26 Naoki Inoue 4.5
20 29 Jenel Lausa 3.5
21 30 Ashkan Mokhtarian 0
21 30 Elias Garcia 0

Check back Monday for our women’s featherweight/bantamweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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


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