Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: May 30/18

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: May 30/18

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: May 30/18


May 25, 2018; London, UK; Kate Jackson (blue gloves)enters the arena prior to the fight against Anastasia Yankova (red gloves) at SSE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-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. 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 51.5
3 11 Kate Jackson 50
4 7 Juliana Velasquez 47.5
5 3 Kristina Williams 47
6 4 Anastasia Yankova 30
7 7 Denise Kielholtz 27.5
8 5 Lena Ovchynnikova 26.5
9 6 Veta Arteaga 26
10 7 Katy Collins 25
10 7 Ky Bennett 25
12 11 Colleen Schneider 22.5
13 13 Valerie Letourneau 20.5
14 14 Bruna Ellen 14.5
15 15 Heather Hardy 13
15 15 Jaimelene Nievera 13
17 17 Jessica Middleton 6.5
18 29 Rebecca Ruth 4
19 22 Alice Yauger 0
19 22 Brooke Mayo 0
19 22 Bruna Vargas 0
19 22 Elina Kallionidou 0


Check back next Wednesday for our Pound for Pound rankings 

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