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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Sept 29/17

 

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 Flyweights.

 

*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 1 Demetrious Johnson 509.5
2 2 2 Joseph Benavidez 112.5
3 15 3 Henry Cejudo 82
4 3 4 Ray Borg 81
5 4 8 Brandon Moreno 73
6 5 15 Louis Smolka 67
7 6 5 Sergio Pettis 66.5
8 12 6 Jussier Formiga 61
9 8 10 Dustin Ortiz 51
10 9 9 Ben Nguyen 49.5
11 11 Ryan Benoit 46
11 7 Ulka Sasaki 46
13 13 12 John Moraga 43
14 9 7 Wilson Reis 41
15 14 Deiveson Figueiredo 40
16 16 Hector Sandoval 30.5
17 17 14 Alexandre Pantoja 29.5
18 18 Justin Scoggins 29
19 19 Joseph Morales 25
19 19 Marco Beltran 25
21 21 11 Tim Elliott 21.5
22 22 13 Ian McCall 13
23 23 16 Magomed Bibulatov 10
24 24 Jarred Brooks 5
24 24 Naoki Inoue 5
26 26 Jenel Lausa 4.5
27 27 Ashkan Mokhtarian 0
27 27 Carls John de Tomas 0
27 27 Eric Shelton 0
27 27 Matt Schnell 0
27 27 Roberto Sanchez 0

 

Check back Monday for our women’s featherweight/bantamweight rankings


Performance Based Rankings:

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