Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Nov 29/17

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Nov 29/17


Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Nov 29/17


SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 06: Melvin Manhoef of the Netherlands celebrates victory over Ryo Kawamura of Japan during the One Fighting Championship, at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Singapore. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)


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 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 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 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 Last   Total
Rank Rank    
1 NR Gegard Mousasi 318
2 2 Rafael Carvalho 255
3 1 Alexander Shlemenko 235
4 3 John Salter 148
5 4 Chris Honeycutt 93
6 5 Ed Ruth 85
7 6 Jordan Young 77
8 8 Melvin Manhoef 54
9 7 Kendall Grove 53
10 NR Alexander Nikulin 47.5
11 9 Gregory Babene 42.5
12 10 A.J. Matthews 40
13 11 Hisaki Kato 37
14 12 Alessio Sakara 34
15 NR Charlie Ward 25
15 NR Costello Van Steenis 25
17 14 Joe Schilling 24
18 NR Jason Radcliffe 22.5
19 15 Ben Reiter 15.5
20 NR Chris Dempsey 3.5
21 NR John Redmond 0
21 NR Rami Abuhave 0
21 NR Steve Skrzat 0


Check back next Wednesday for our welterweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
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