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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jun 12/19

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jun 12/19

Jul 16, 2017; Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom; Charlie Ward (red gloves) reacts after his bout against Galore Bofando (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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 Middleweights.

*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 five year time limit, so if they have fought less than 10 times in past five 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 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 485
2 2 Rafael Carvalho 225
3 4 Rafael Lovato Jr 178.5
4 5 John Salter 171
5 5 Lyoto Machida 162
6 7 Anatoly Tokov 126
7 8 Costello Van Steenis 92.5
8 9 Chidi Njokuani 87
9 10 Mike Shipman 85
10 11 Charlie Ward 67.5
11 NR Jordan Williams 66
12 12 Chris Honeycutt 58.5
13 13 Melvin Manhoef 54
14 14 Romero Cotton 51.5
15 15 Joe Schilling 50
16 20 Fabian Edwards 49.5
17 16 Andre Fialho 42
18 3 Alexander Shlemenko 40
19 17 Tim Caron 37.5
20 18 Norbert Novenyi 32.5
21 19 Abraham Vaesau 30
22 NR Diego Herzog 27
23 21 Dillon Danis 25
23 21 Justin Sumter 25
23 21 Will Fleury 25
26 NR Kent Kauppinen 20
27 NR James Bochnovic 17.5
28 NR Robert Morrow 14.5
29 27 Will Morris 4.5
30 28 Gerald Harris 0
30 28 Javier Torres 0
30 NR John Redmond 0
30 25 Keith Berry 0
30 28 Leo Leite 0
30 28 Martin Hudson 0
30 26 Sean Powers 0
30 28 Will Lavine 0

Check back next Wednesday for our welterweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

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

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