Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jun 20/18

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jun 20/18

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jun 20/18


May 25, 2018; London, UK; Phil Davis (red) fights Linton Vassell (blue) 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 Light Heavyweights.


*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 1 Ryan Bader 384.5
2 3 Phil Davis 260.5
3 2 Liam McGeary 204.5
4 4 Linton Vassell 165.5
5 7 Vadim Nemkov 117
7 5 Wanderlei Silva 62.5
8 8 Jarod Trice 31.5
9 9 Teagan Dooley 25
11 11 Leonardo Leite 0


Check back next Wednesday for our middleweight rankings 


Bellator Performance Based Rankings

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