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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Sept 8/17
Jimmy Manua (L) fights Volkan Oezdemir of Switzerland fights during their Light Heavyweight bout at UFC 214 at Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.

 

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 1 Jon Jones 579
2 2 2 Daniel Cormier 421
3 3 5 Glover Teixeira 172
4 4 7 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 166
5 6 3 Alexander Gustafsson 147.5
6 5 6 Jimi Manuwa 138
6 9 4 Volkan Oezdemir 138
8 7 12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 127
9 8 10 Misha Cirkunov 106.5
10 10 C.B. Dollaway 77.5
11 11 8 Ovince Saint Preux 65
12 12 11 Ilir Latifi 63.5
13 13 Marcos Rogerio de Lima 63
14 14 Ed Herman 61
14 14 16 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 61
16 16 15 Gian Villante 41.5
17 17 14 Tyson Pedro 39
18 18 Henrique da Silva 35.5
19 19 Jared Cannonier 32.5
20 20 Paul Craig 32
20 20 Steve Bosse 32
22 22 9 Corey Anderson 30.5
23 24 Khalil Rountree 29.5
24 25 Ion Cutelaba 29
25 26 13 Patrick Cummins 27.5
26 27 Dominick Reyes 25
26 27 Jake Collier 25
26 27 Jeremy Kimball 25
26 27 Trevin Giles 25
30 NR Aleksandar Rakic 20
31 31 Jan Blachowicz 19
31 31 Jordan Johnson 19
33 33 Jonathan Wilson 16
34 35 Devin Clark 14
35 34 Francimar Barroso 13
36 36 Marcel Fortuna 9
37 37 Joachim Christensen 8
38 NR Abdul-Kerim Edilov 5
39 38 Josh Stansbury 4
40 39 Bojan Mihajlovic 0
40 39 Cody Bochnovic 0
40 39 Darren Stewart 0
40 39 Nick Roehrick 0
40 39 Saparbek Safarov 0

 

Check back Monday for our middleweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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