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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Sept 11/17

 

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 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.  Next up: The Middleweights.

 

*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, third column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last  UFC   Total
Rank Rank Rank    
1 1 6 Chris Weidman 411
2 2 2 Robert Whittaker 373.5
3 NR Georges St-Pierre 371
4 3 4 Luke Rockhold 364
5 4 1 Michael Bisping 358
6 5 3 Yoel Romero 295
7 6 5 Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza 204
8 7 9 Kelvin Gastelum 193
9 8 14 Tim Boetsch 190
10 9 7 Anderson Silva 185
11 10 8 Derek Brunson 147
11 17 Sam Alvey 147
13 11 16 Thiago Santos 133.5
14 12 13 Thales Leites 131.5
15 13 Dan Kelly 131
16 NR Lyoto Machida 115
16 14 12 Vitor Belfort 115
18 15 Brad Tavares 99.5
19 16 11 Krzysztof Jotko 88.5
20 18 Hector Lombard 80
21 19 Vitor Miranda 74
22 20 10 David Branch 73
23 22 Elias Theodorou 68.5
24 23 Johny Hendricks 64.5
25 23 15 Uriah Hall 64.5
26 NR Siyar Bahadurzada 61
27 25 Antonio Carlos Junior 55
28 26 Anthony Smith 52.5
29 27 Nate Marquardt 52
29 21 Rashad Evans 52
31 35 Jack Hermansson 51
32 28 Eric Spicely 50
32 28 Eryk Anders 50
34 30 Magnus Cedenblad 46
35 31 Jack Marshman 45
36 32 Cezar Ferreira 42
37 33 Gerald Meerschaert 35
38 34 Paulo Borrachinha 29.5
39 37 Rafael Natal 25.5
40 36 Brad Scott 23.5
41 39 Marvin Vettori 18
42 40 Trevor Smith 16.5
43 41 Scott Askham 14
44 42 Andrew Sanchez 13
45 43 Devin Clark 10
46 44 Marcelo Guimaraes 8
46 44 Oluwale Bamgbose 8
48 46 Alessio Di Chirico 4.5
49 47 Ryan Janes 4
50 48 Keith Berish 0
50 NR Rob Wilkinson 0

 

Check back Friday for our welterweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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