UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Feb 26/18

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Feb 26/18

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Feb 26/18

March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ilir Latifi fights against Gian Vilante during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-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 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 seven year time limit, so if they have fought less than 10 times in past seven 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 Jon Jones 546
2 2 1 Daniel Cormier 521
3 3 3 Glover Teixeira 185
4 5 7 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 166
5 4 6 Ovince Saint Preux 158.5
6 6 2 Alexander Gustafsson 147.5
7 7 5 Jimi Manuwa 138
8 11 9 Ilir Latifi 130.5
9 NR Sam Alvey 127
10 7 3 Volkan Oezdemir 123
11 9 8 Misha Cirkunov 93
12 12 Marcos Rogerio de Lima 63
13 13 Ed Herman 61
13 13 14 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 61
15 15 Yushin Okami 57
16 19 13 Tyson Pedro 56
17 16 12 Jan Blachowicz 49
18 17 Dominick Reyes 47.5
19 18 15 Gian Villante 42
20 20 Paul Craig 32
20 20 Steve Bosse 32
22 22 Ion Cutelaba 29
22 22 16 Jared Cannonier 29
24 24 11 Patrick Cummins 27.5
25 25 Jake Collier 27
26 26 Khalil Rountree 26.5
27 27 Gokhan Saki 25
28 28 10 Corey Anderson 24
29 29 Jeremy Kimball 22.5
30 30 Aleksandar Rakic 20
31 31 Jordan Johnson 19
32 33 Devin Clark 12.5
33 32 Francimar Barroso 11
34 NR Adam Milstead 10
35 34 Marcel Fortuna 8
36 35 Abdul-Kerim Edilov 5
36 35 Michal Oleksiejczuk 5
38 37 Josh Stansbury 4
39 38 Bojan Mihajlovic 0
39 38 Cody Bochnovic 0
39 NR Marcin Prachnio 0
39 38 Saparbek Safarov 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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