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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Nov 27/17
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Curtis Blaydes lands a punch against Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

 

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 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 (Rothwell & Barnett were included back in the rankings because neither is officially suspended yet)

 

  • 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 Stipe Miocic 475
2 3 2 Alistair Overeem 293
3 4 3 Fabricio Werdum 234.5
4 5 6 Mark Hunt 201
5 6 5 Francis Ngannou 165
6 7 Junior dos Santos 159
7 8 7 Derrick Lewis 127
8 9 9 Marcin Tybura 94
9 11 8 Alexander Volkov 92.5
10 10 12 Aleksei Oleinik 89
11 12 11 Stefan Struve 85
12 13 13 Andrei Arlovski 70
12 14 15 Travis Browne 70
14 22 10 Curtis Blaydes 61.5
15 15 Walt Harris 39.5
16 16 Luis Henrique 37.5
17 24 Cyril Asker 33
18 25 Shamil Abdurakhimov 32.5
19 17 Justin Ledet 31.5
20 18 14 Junior Albini 27
21 20 Daniel Spitz 25
21 NR Marcelo Golm 25
21 NR Tai Tuivasa 25
24 19 Chase Sherman 24.5
25 21 16 Timothy Johnson 22.5
26 23 Adam Milstead 10
26 22 Anthony Hamilton 10
28 26 Mark Godbeer 9.5
29 NR Adam Wieczorek 5
29 26 Arjun Bhullar 5
29 26 Justin Willis 5
32 29 Chris De La Rocha 0
32 29 Christian Colombo 0
32 29 Damian Grabowski 0
32 29 Dmitrii Smolyakov 0
32 NR Hu Yaozong 0
32 29 James Mulheron 0
32 29 Jarjis Danho 0
32 29 Rashad Coulter 0
32 29 Zu Anyanwu 0

Check back Friday for our light heavyweight rankings


Performance Based Rankings:


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