UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Dec 28/18

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Dec 28/18

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Dec 28/18

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: Cain Velasquez celebrates his victory over Travis Browne during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/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 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.  Next up: The 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, third column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last UFC Total
Rank Rank
1 1 1 Daniel Cormier 688
2 2 2 Stipe Miocic 446
3 NR Cain Velasquez 360.5
4 3 7 Alistair Overeem 183
5 6 4 Francis Ngannou 181
6 4 3 Derrick Lewis 167
7 5 9 Aleksei Oleinik 166.5
8 7 6 Alexander Volkov 136.5
9 12 8 Junior dos Santos 126.5
10 11 11 Marcin Tybura 112
11 9 5 Curtis Blaydes 111
12 10 12 Tai Tuivasa 100.5
13 13 13 Shamil Abdurakhimov 89
14 14 Marcos Rogerio de Lima 73.5
15 15 Walt Harris 58.5
16 16 14 Andrei Arlovski 54
17 17 15 Stefan Struve 50
18 18 10 Justin Willis 38
19 19 Adam Wieczorek 31
20 20 Dmitriy Sosnovskiy 30
21 21 Cyril Asker 29.5
22 NR Juan Espino 25
22 NR Maurice Greene 25
24 23 Junior Albini 24
25 22 Chris De La Rocha 22.5
25 24 Daniel Spitz 22.5
27 25 Marcelo Golm 20
28 26 Chase Sherman 18.5
29 NR Juan Adams 10
30 27 Arjan Singh Bhullar 9
31 28 Augusto Sakai 5
32 29 Allen Crowder 0
32 29 16 Blagoy Ivanov 0
32 NR Justin Frazier 0
32 NR Michel Batista 0
32 NR Sergey Pavlovich 0

 

Check back Monday for our light heavyweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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

Pound for Pound

 

 

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