May 12, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; Aaron Pico (red gloves) defeats Lee Morrison (blue gloves) during Bellator 199 at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-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 Bantamweights.

 

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*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 & 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 507
2 2 Darrion Caldwell 272
3 3 Emmanuel Sanchez 171.5
4 5 A.J. McKee 130.5
5 7 Adam Borics 112.5
5 6 Daniel Straus 112.5
7 20 Jay-Jay Wilson 95
8 13 Aaron Pico 93
9 9 Daniel Carey 81
10 11 Henry Corrales 77.5
11 12 Leandro Higo 76
12 17 Cris Lencioni 73.5
13 15 Daniel Weichel 70
14 21 Weber Almeida 62.5
15 14 Tywan Claxton 62
16 19 Gaston Bolanos 53
17 22 AJ Agazarm 39.5
18 41 Lucas Brennan 38
19 25 John Teixeira 34
19 24 Sam Sicilia 34
21 26 Ciaran Clarke 32
22 28 Dylan Logan 29
23 29 Adil Benjilany 27.5
23 29 Ilias Bulaid 27.5
25 NR Chris Hatley 27
26 32 Richie Smullen 26.5
27 33 Aiden Lee 25
28 35 Gabriel Varga 22.5
28 35 George Courtney 22.5
30 38 Adel Altamimi 20
31 39 Frans Mlambo 17
32 40 Nathan Rose 16
33 42 Jeremy Petley 13.5
34 44 Kevin Croom 10
35 45 Kai Kamaka III 9.5
36 46 Salim Mukhidinov 8
37 43 Robert Whiteford 5
38 49 Saul Rogers 4.5
39 50 Adam Gustab 0
39 50 Damian Frankiewicz 0
39 50 Daniel Crawford 0
39 50 Jacob Landin 0
39 50 Jamese Taylor 0
39 50 Mario Navarro 0
39 50 Ranjeet Baria 0
39 50 Spencer Higa 0
39 NR Vladyslav Parubchenko 0

Check back next Wednesday for our Women’s Featherweight 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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