UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Nov 16/18

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Nov 16/18

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Nov 16/18

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – MAY 28: Golver Teixeira reacts after being punched by Alexander Gustafsson during the UFC Fight Night event at Ericsson Globe on May 28, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

 

There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are 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 not.  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.  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 UFC 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)
  • Points based on a fighter’s opponent’s 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

 

(first column performance based ranking, second column is last ranking, last column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last  UFC Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Daniel Cormier 688
2 NR 2 Jon Jones 514
3 4 4 Anthony Smith 179
4 2 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 176
5 3 11 Ovince Saint Preux 151.5
6 5 12 Glover Teixeira 149
7 NR 3 Alexander Gustafsson 139.5
8 6 Thiago Santos 134.5
9 7 6 Ilir Latifi 130.5
10 8 14 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 124
11 10 8 Jimi Manuwa 115
12 11 5 Jan Blachowicz 111
13 16 9 Dominick Reyes 110
14 14 13 Misha Cirkunov 109.5
15 9 7 Volkan Oezdemir 108
16 12 16 Nikita Krylov 101
17 13 Sam Alvey 94.5
18 15 10 Corey Anderson 91.5
19 17 Ion Cutelaba 66
20 18 Eryk Anders 65.5
21 19 Khalil Rountree Jr 56.5
22 20 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 54.5
23 21 Paul Craig 53
24 22 15 Tyson Pedro 49.5
25 23 Aleksandar Rakic 48
26 24 Ed Herman 38.5
27 25 Gian Villante 35
28 26 Luis Henrique 32.5
29 27 Justin Ledet 28
30 28 Jake Collier 27
31 30 Darko Stosic 25
32 31 Gokhan Saki 22.5
33 33 Devin Clark 16
34 32 Patrick Cummins 14.5
35 34 Magomed Ankalaev 10
36 35 Adam Milstead 9
37 36 Ryan Spann 5
38 37 Marcin Prachnio 0
38 37 Mike Rodriguez 0
38 37 Saparbek Safarov 0

 

Check back Monday for our middleweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

Heavyweights
Middleweights
Welterweights
Lightweights
Featherweights
Bantamweights
Flyweights
Women’s Feather/Bantamweights
Women’s Flyweights
Women’s Strawweights
Pound for Pound

 

 

 

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