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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Featherweights: Jan 3/17

bellator women's featherweight rankings

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 03: Alexis Dufresne (R) faces Marion Reneau in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reneau won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/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 Women’s 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 Last   Total
Rank Rank    
1 1 Julia Budd 96.5
2 16 Olga Rubin 47.5
3 2 Alexis Dufresne 36
4 3 Talita Nogueira 30
5 9 Sinead Kavanagh 28.5
6 6 Amanda Bell 22.5
7 5 Arlene Blencowe 20.5
8 7 Gabrielle Holloway 10
8 7 Iony Razafiarison 10
10 10 Brittney Elkin 0
10 15 Joana Filipa 0
10 14 Maria Casanova 0
10 10 Roberta Paim 0


Check back next Wednesday for our Women’s Flyweight rankings 


Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound


About Jeff Fox

Jeff Fox is a veteran sportswriter with over a decade experience, mainly concentrating on mixed martial arts and basketball. He is the editor-in-chief of The MMA Manifesto.

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