Aug 25, 2018; Lincoln, NE, USA; Cory Sandhagen (red gloves) fights Iuri Alcantara (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-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 not.  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 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 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, last column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last UFC Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 Henry Cejudo 501
2 2 1 Petr Yan 242.5
3 3 2 Aljamain Sterling 229.5
4 5 3 Cory Sandhagen 201.5
5 4 4 Marlon Moraes 195.5
6 6 11 Dominick Cruz 157
7 7 16 Marlon Vera 148.5
8 8 6 Frankie Edgar 135
9 9 7 Pedro Munhoz 128
10 10 12 Rob Font 126
11 11 15 Song Yadong 112
12 12 8 Jose Aldo 105
13 NR Brian Kelleher 97
14 NR Ricky Simon 96.5
15 15 Casey Kenney 96
16 14 Raoni Barcelos 75.5
17 16 Eddie Wineland 72.5
18 17 Rani Yahya 70.5
19 13 Nathaniel Wood 70
20 25 Said Nurmagomedov 68.5
21 18 Urijah Faber 64
22 19 Alejandro Perez 62
23 20 Sean O’Malley 60
24 21 Luke Sanders 59
25 22 13 Merab Dvalishvili 57.5
26 24 10 Raphael Assuncao 53.5
27 26 Tyson Nam 47.5
28 27 Kyung Ho Kang 37.5
29 28 Mario Bautista 34.5
30 46 Miles Johns 33
31 30 Andre Ewell 32.5
32 32 Kyler Phillips 29.5
32 32 Montel Jackson 29.5
34 28 Louis Smolka 26.5
35 34 Jose Alberto Quinonez 26
36 35 Chris Gutierrez 25.5
37 NR Adrian Yanez 25
38 38 Enrique Barzola 24
39 36 Khalid Taha 22.5
40 55 Gustavo Lopez 20
41 39 Randy Costa 19
42 40 Davey Grant 17.5
43 41 Teruto Ishihara 16.5
44 42 Mark De La Rosa 15.5
45 43 Jack Shore 14
46 44 Hunter Azure 13
47 45 Danaa Batgerel 10
48 46 Benito Lopez 9
49 48 Heili Alateng 8.5
50 49 Cole Smith 8
50 49 Guido Cannetti 8
52 51 Frankie Saenz 7.5
52 51 Liu Pingyuan 7.5
54 NR Nathan Maness 5
54 55 Tony Gravely 5
54 78 Tony Kelley 5
57 NR Anthony Birchak 4.5
57 53 Felipe Colares 4.5
57 53 Irwin Rivera 4.5
60 NR Geraldo de Freitas 4
61 55 Aaron Phillips 0
61 55 Ali AlQaisi 0
61 55 Anderson dos Santos 0
61 55 Cameron Else 0
61 NR Cody Durden 0
61 55 Domingo Pilarte 0
61 55 Gabriel Silva 0
61 55 Jerome Rivera 0
61 55 John Castaneda 0
61 55 Journey Newson 0
61 NR Kevin Natividad 0
61 NR Mark Striegl 0
61 55 Martin Day 0
61 55 Ode Osbourne 0
61 55 Timur Valiev 0
61 36 Trevin Jones 0
61 NR Victor Rodriguez 0

Check back Friday for our flyweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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

 

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