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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: May 18/20

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: May 18/20

Jun 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Robert Whittaker (red gloves) fights Yoel Romero (blue gloves) during UFC 225 at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-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 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 UFC 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)
  • 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 1 1 Israel Adesanya 485
2 2 2 Robert Whittaker 313
3 3 8 Kelvin Gastelum 218
4 4 6 Darren Till 184
5 5 9 Derek Brunson 172
5 5 4 Jared Cannonier 172
7 7 Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza 163
8 8 3 Paulo Costa 157
9 9 7 Jack Hermansson 156
10 10 5 Yoel Romero 142
11 11 Chris Weidman 120
12 12 11 Uriah Hall 116.5
13 13 12 Brad Tavares 116
14 14 James Krause 114.5
15 15 10 Edmen Shahbazyan 111.5
16 16 13 Omari Akhmedov 99.5
17 17 Marvin Vettori 97
18 18 Brendan Allen 86
19 19 Trevin Giles 82.5
20 20 15 Antonio Carlos Junior 82
21 21 Gerald Meerschaert 81
22 22 14 Ian Heinisch 75
23 23 Zak Cummings 68
24 24 Tom Breese 63
25 28 Karl Roberson 59.5
26 26 Krzysztof Jotko 53
27 27 Darren Stewart 50.5
28 25 Eryk Anders 44
29 29 Markus Perez 40
30 31 Rodolfo Vieira 37
31 32 Eric Spicely 32
31 32 Kevin Holland 32
33 34 Alessio Di Chirico 28
34 35 Andrew Sanchez 27.5
34 35 Jack Marshman 27.5
36 37 Anthony Hernandez 22.5
37 38 Oskar Piechota 20.5
38 39 Charles Byrd 20
38 39 Punahele Soriano 20
40 41 Makhmud Muradov 19.5
41 42 John Phillips 10
42 43 Trevor Smith 8
43 44 Abu Azaitar 5
43 44 Andre Muniz 5
43 44 Bevon Lewis 5
43 44 Jun Yong Park 5
43 44 Wellington Turman 5
48 49 Saparbek Safarov 4.5
49 50 Deron Winn 4
50 51 Adam Yandiev 0
50 51 Alen Amedovski 0
50 51 Antonio Arroyo 0
50 NR Maki Pitolo 0
50 51 Marc-Andre Barriault 0
50 51 Roman Kopylov 0

Check back Friday for our welterweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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

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