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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Welterweights: Sept 27/17

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 Welterweights.

 

*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 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. 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 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   Total
Rank    
1 Douglas Lima 396
2 Andrey Koreshkov 238
3 Rory MacDonald 159
4 Lorenz Larkin 128
4 Fernando Gonzalez 128
6 Michael Page 108
7 Paul Daley 103
8 Ricky Rainey 68.5
9 Chidi Njokuani 66
10 Brennan Ward 61.5
11 Josh Koscheck 54
12 Matt Secor 45
13 Joaquin Buckley 44
14 Neiman Gracie 36
15 Ryan Couture 32
16 Guilherme Vasconcelos 29
17 Kevin Ferguson Jr 25
18 Haim Gozali 22.5
19 Joey Davis 14.5
20 Alex Lopez 0

 

Check back next Wednesday for our lightweight rankings 

 

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