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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Jan 2/19

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: Jan 2/19

Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ilima Macfarlane (red gloves) reacts after defeating Emily Ducote (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-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: 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 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 Gegard Mousasi Middleweight 485
2 2 Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire Featherweight 467
3 3 Ryan Bader Heavyweight 405
3 3 Ryan Bader Light Heavyweight 405
5 4 Douglas Lima Welterweight 402
6 7 Michael Chandler Lightweight 379
7 5 Darrion Caldwell Bantamweight 327
8 10 Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Women’s Flyweight 308.5
9 12 Andrey Koreshkov Welterweight 232.5
10 15 Liam McGeary Light Heavyweight 229.5
11 8 Rafael Carvalho Middleweight 225
12 13 Rory MacDonald Welterweight 224
13 NR Brent Primus Lightweight 217.5
14 9 Phil Davis Light Heavyweight 217
15 14 Eduardo Dantas Bantamweight 216
16 31 Vadim Nemkov Light Heavyweight 215
17 16 Michael Page Welterweight 202.5
18 11 Benson Henderson Lightweight 195
19 17 Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire Lightweight 186
20 19 Alexander Shlemenko Middleweight 185
21 20 Rafael Lovato Jr Middleweight 178.5
22 29 John Salter Middleweight 171
22 NR Lyoto Machida Middleweight 171
24 21 Julia Budd Women’s Featherweight 165.5
24 21 Linton Vassell Light Heavyweight 165.5
26 23 Lorenz Larkin Welterweight 158
27 33 Goiti Yamauchi Lightweight 155
28 26 Cheick Kongo Heavyweight 147.5
29 47 Neiman Gracie Welterweight 145
30 27 Joe Taimanglo Bantamweight 144
31 45 Javy Ayala Heavyweight 135.5
32 24 Emmanuel Sanchez Featherweight 133
33 25 Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal Light Heavyweight 123.5
34 30 Anatoly Tokov Middleweight 118.5
35 18 Adam Piccolotti Lightweight 112.5
36 NR Shawn Bunch Bantamweight 106
37 28 Daniel Weichel Lightweight 103.5
38 37 David Rickels Welterweight 103
39 34 A.J. McKee Featherweight 101.5
40 32 Saad Awad Lightweight 99
41 49 Fedor Emelianenko Heavyweight 93
42 79 Costello Van Steenis Middleweight 92.5
43 41 Chael Sonnen Heavyweight 91
44 44 Paul Daley Welterweight 89.5
45 43 Matt Mitrione Heavyweight 89
46 40 Jordan Young Light Heavyweight 87.5
47 36 Chidi Njokuani Middleweight 87
48 54 Mike Shipman Middleweight 85
49 39 Ed Ruth Welterweight 81.5
50 38 Derek Campos Featherweight 80
51 35 Joe Warren Bantamweight 75
52 66 Tywan Claxton Featherweight 70.5
53 50 Aaron Pico Featherweight 70
54 51 Veta Arteaga Women’s Flyweight 69
55 52 Derek Anderson Lightweight 68.5
55 52 J.J. Okanovich Lightweight 68.5
57 74 Gaston Bolanos Featherweight 67.5
58 182 Erick Silva Welterweight 67
59 57 Tyrell Fortune Heavyweight 66
60 41 Kevin Ferguson Jr Lightweight 64.5
60 56 Logan Storley Welterweight 64.5
62 62 James Gallagher Bantamweight 61
63 63 Ricky Bandejas Bantamweight 60
64 58 Brandon Girtz Lightweight 59.5
65 48 Chris Honeycutt Middleweight 58.5
66 61 Steve Kozola Lightweight 57.5
67 95 Henry Corrales Featherweight 57
68 58 Justin Patterson Welterweight 56
69 54 Adam Borics Featherweight 55.5
69 90 Sam Sicilia Featherweight 55.5
71 64 Dean Hancock Lightweight 55
72 71 Melvin Manhoef Middleweight 54
73 118 Mike Kimbel Bantamweight 52.5
74 74 Romero Cotton Middleweight 51.5
75 NR Joe Schilling Middleweight 51
76 77 Kate Jackson Women’s Flyweight 50
77 NR Adam Keresh Heavyweight 47.5
77 NR Alen Amedovski Lightweight 47.5
77 72 Cass Bell Bantamweight 47.5
77 79 Charlie Ward Middleweight 47.5
77 79 Juliana Velasquez Women’s Flyweight 47.5
77 79 Olga Rubin Women’s Featherweight 47.5
83 84 Arlene Blencowe Women’s Featherweight 47
83 182 Kemran Lachinov Welterweight 47
83 93 Kristina Williams Women’s Flyweight 47
83 84 Roy Nelson Heavyweight 47
87 73 Alessio Sakara Light Heavyweight 46
88 79 Justin Tenedora Bantamweight 45
89 68 Brian Moore Featherweight 44.5
89 67 Guilherme Vasconcelos Welterweight 44.5
91 88 Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Heavyweight 44
92 76 Joaquin Buckley Welterweight 43
93 90 Emily Ducote Women’s Flyweight 42.5
94 93 Andre Fialho Middleweight 42
95 151 Jeremiah Labiano Featherweight 41
95 77 Noad Lahat Featherweight 41
97 182 Corey Browning Lightweight 40
97 69 Jake Smith Lightweight 40
97 182 Kastriot Xhema Welterweight 40
97 96 Marcus Surin Lightweight 40
97 69 Wanderlei Silva Heavyweight 40
102 89 Joey Davis Welterweight 39
103 104 Tim Caron Middleweight 37.5
104 90 Daniel Carey Featherweight 35
104 84 Haim Gozali Welterweight 35
106 NR Adil Benjilany Featherweight 34.5
106 106 Valentin Moldavsky Heavyweight 34.5
108 96 Carrington Banks Lightweight 34
108 NR Rudy Schaffroth Heavyweight 34
110 108 Jarod Trice Light Heavyweight 33
111 104 Valerie Letourneau Women’s Flyweight 32.5
112 87 Jordan Howard Bantamweight 32
113 175 A.J. Matthews Welterweight 31.5
114 101 Justin Lawrence Featherweight 31
115 112 Chinzo Machida Featherweight 30.5
116 114 Abraham Vaesau Middleweight 30
116 114 Anastasia Yankova Women’s Flyweight 30
116 114 Vinicius de Jesus Middleweight 30
119 NR Pedro Carvalho Lightweight 29.5
120 182 David Michaud Welterweight 29
120 103 Frank Mir Heavyweight 29
122 118 Ryan Couture Welterweight 28
123 110 Dominic Mazzotta Bantamweight 27.5
123 182 Ignacio Ortiz Featherweight 27.5
123 113 Mike Trizano Featherweight 27.5
123 118 Vince Morales Bantamweight 27.5
127 NR Jackie Gosh Welterweight 27
127 128 Talita Nogueira Women’s Featherweight 27
129 170 Fernando Gonzalez Trevino Welterweight 26.5
130 127 Timothy Johnson Heavyweight 26
131 123 Sinead Kavanagh Women’s Featherweight 25.5
132 NR Alen Amedovski Middleweight 25
132 NR Chris Avila Lightweight 25
132 129 Dillon Danis Middleweight 25
132 NR Domingos Barros Heavyweight 25
132 129 Ky Bennett Women’s Flyweight 25
132 NR Nainoa Dung Lightweight 25
132 129 Steve Mowry Heavyweight 25
132 129 Teagan Dooley Light Heavyweight 25
140 136 Denise Kielholtz Women’s Flyweight 24.5
141 123 Alejandra Lara Women’s Flyweight 24
141 182 Leandro Higo Featherweight 24
143 129 Aaron Webb Featherweight 22.5
143 138 Ernest James Heavyweight 22.5
143 NR Honor Kelish Featherweight 22.5
143 138 Teagan Dooley Middleweight 22.5
147 129 Cris Lencioni Featherweight 20
147 96 Danasabe Mohammed Welterweight 20
147 101 Dominic Sumner Welterweight 20
147 182 Janay Harding Women’s Featherweight 20
147 144 Josh San Diego Bantamweight 20
147 NR Kent Kauppinen Light Heavyweight 20
153 150 Sergei Kharitonov Heavyweight 19
154 138 Jacob Rosales Lightweight 18.5
154 137 Robbie Peralta Featherweight 18.5
156 138 Juan Archuleta Featherweight 18
157 154 Sean Powers Middleweight 17.5
158 111 James Terry Welterweight 17
159 156 Josh Sampo Bantamweight 15
160 161 Pat Casey Welterweight 14.5
161 NR Bruna Ellen Women’s Flyweight 13
161 159 Heather Hardy Women’s Flyweight 13
161 144 John Teixeira Featherweight 13
164 117 Aaron Chalmers Welterweight 10
164 125 Jose Campos Welterweight 10
166 NR Alex Potts Bantamweight 9
166 129 Brian Grinnell Welterweight 9
166 163 Joshua Jones Lightweight 9
169 144 Andy Murad Welterweight 8.5
170 164 J.J. Ambrose Lightweight 8
170 168 Joe Neal Bantamweight 8
172 170 Eric Ellington Bantamweight 5
172 170 Johnny Nunez Lightweight 5
172 164 Khonry Gracie Welterweight 5
175 144 Amber Leibrock Women’s Featherweight 4.5
175 157 Devon Brock Welterweight 4.5
175 159 Giorgio Belsanti Featherweight 4.5
175 182 Justin Smitley Featherweight 4.5
175 144 Levi Matan Welterweight 4.5
175 175 Lisa Blaine Women’s Flyweight 4.5
175 NR Will Morris Middleweight 4.5
182 181 Rebecca Ruth Women’s Flyweight 4
183 182 Andy Main Featherweight 0
183 NR Anthony Ruiz Light Heavyweight 0
183 175 Cindy Dandois Women’s Featherweight 0
183 NR Daniel Crawford Featherweight 0
183 182 DeMarco Villalona Middleweight 0
183 170 Gerald Harris Welterweight 0
183 161 Ion Pascu Welterweight 0
183 182 Javier Torres Middleweight 0
183 NR Jeremy Spoon Featherweight 0
183 182 Jerome Mickle Lightweight 0
183 175 Jose Antonio Perez Featherweight 0
183 175 Josenaldo Silva Featherweight 0
183 182 Khai Wu Bantamweight 0
183 NR Kirill Medvedovsky Featherweight 0
183 NR Kirill Sidelnikov Heavyweight 0
183 182 Kristi Lopez Women’s Flyweight 0
183 182 Leo Leite Middleweight 0
183 182 Leonardo Leite Light Heavyweight 0
183 168 Roger Huerta Lightweight 0
183 NR Ron Becker Welterweight 0
183 175 Teodor Nikolov Featherweight 0
183 182 Thomas Lopez Featherweight 0
183 182 Ysidro Gutierrez Featherweight 0
183 167 Zak Bucia Welterweight 0

Check back next Wednesday for our Heavyweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

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