Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Jan 10/18

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Jan 10/18


Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Jan 10/18


Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Emily Ducote (blue gloves) fights Ilima Macfarlane (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports


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. Click here to find great women’s sports apparel.  Next up: The Women’s 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 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 Ilima-Lei Macfarlane 190.5
2 2 Emily Ducote 60.5
3 3 Anastasia Yankova 34
4 4 Kristina Williams 30
5 5 Lena Ovchynnikova 29.5
6 6 Veta Arteaga 26
7 NR Denise Kielholtz 25
7 NR Juliana Velasquez 25
7 7 Katy Collins 25
10 10 Colleen Schneider 22.5
10 7 Kate Jackson 22.5
12 NR Valerie Letourneau 20.5
13 11 Bruna Ellen 14.5
14 12 Jaimelene Nievera 13
15 14 Heather Hardy 9
16 15 Jessica Middleton 6.5
17 16 Corina Herrera 5
17 16 Kaytlin Neil 5
17 18 Lisa Blaine 5
17 NR Stephanie Geltmacher 5
21 19 Alice Yauger 0
21 19 Ana Julaton 0
21 19 Brooke Mayo 0
21 19 Bruna Vargas 0
21 19 Elina Kallionidou 0
21 19 Helen Harper 0
21 NR Ky Bennett 0
21 NR Na Liang 0

Check back next Wednesday for our Pound for Pound rankings 

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