Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Oct 11/17

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Oct 11/17


Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Oct 11/17



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 Featherweights.


*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 & 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

Stats   Total
1 Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire 362
2 Daniel Straus 201.5
3 Pat Curran 164.5
4 Daniel Weichel 160.5
5 Emmanuel Sanchez 144.5
6 A.J. McKee 111
7 Georgi Karakhanyan 105
8 James Gallagher 68.5
9 Daniel Pineda 45.5
10 Gaston Reyno 45
11 Justin Lawrence 40.5
12 Noad Lahat 38
13 Chinzo Machida 30.5
14 Henry Corrales 29
15 Blair Tugman 23
16 John Teixeira 15.5
17 Adam Borics 10
18 Anthony Taylor 8
19 Dominic Mazzottta 0

Check back next Wednesday for our bantamweight rankings 


Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights


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