Apr 27, 2019; Sunrise, FL, USA; Glover Teixeira (red gloves) fights Ion Cutelaba (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-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 a 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 Light Heavyweights.

 

*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 1 Jan Blachowicz 700
2 2 2 Glover Teixeira 396
3 3 5 Anthony Smith 339.5
4 4 4 Aleksandar Rakic 230
5 5 13 Paul Craig 218
6 7 3 Jiri Prochazka 192
6 7 9 Volkan Oezdemir 192
8 6 11 Johnny Walker 180
9 10 8 Magomed Ankalaev 163
10 11 15 Jimmy Crute 160
11 9 12 Ryan Spann 138
12 12 7 Dominick Reyes 135.5
13 13 Kennedy Nzechukwu 133
14 15 Alonzo Menifield 113.5
14 16 6 Thiago Santos 113.5
16 17 16 Jamahal Hill 98
17 19 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 81
18 18 Ion Cutelaba 80
19 20 Da Un Jung 78
20 21 10 Nikita Krylov 76
21 27 Dustin Jacoby 71
22 23 Eryk Anders 60.5
23 24 Michal Oleksiejczuk 56
24 25 Ed Herman 54
25 26 Khalil Rountree Jr 51.5
26 30 William Knight 36
27 31 Marcin Prachnio 29
28 29 Devin Clark 28
29 28 Modestas Bukauskas 25
30 32 Maxim Grishin 18
30 38 Tafon Nchukwi 18
32 33 Danilo Marques 17
33 34 Aleksa Camur 16
34 36 Nicolae Negumereanu 10
34 36 Shamil Gamzatov 10
36 38 Ike Villanueva 9
36 38 John Allan 9
38 41 Carlos Ulberg 0
38 41 Fabio Cherant 0


Check back Friday for our middleweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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

 

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