Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Featherweights: Dec 19/18

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Featherweights: Dec 19/18

MMA Manifesto

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Featherweights: Dec 19/18


Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Julia Budd (red gloves) fights Arlene Blencowe (blue gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-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 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 165.5
2 2 Olga Rubin 47.5
3 3 Arlene Blencowe 47
4 5 Talita Nogueira 27
5 4 Sinead Kavanagh 25.5
6 7 Janay Harding 20
7 6 Amber Leibrock 4.5
8 7 Cindy Dandois 0



Check back next Wednesday for our Women’s Flyweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound


More Sports


With all the questions surrounding David Peterson, this was probably the game out of the next four that the Mets were supposed to drop to (…)

More MMA Manifesto