UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Dec 31/18

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Dec 31/18

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Dec 31/18

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Dec 29, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ilir Latifi (red gloves) fights Corey Anderson (blue gloves) during UFC 232 at The Forum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

 

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 2 2 Jon Jones 529
2 3 4 Anthony Smith 179
3 5 12 Ovince Saint Preux 151.5
4 6 13 Glover Teixeira 149
4 8 8 Thiago Santos 149
6 4 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 144
7 10 14 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 124
8 18 11 Corey Anderson 120
9 9 6 Ilir Latifi 111
9 12 5 Jan Blachowicz 111
11 7 3 Alexander Gustafsson 110
11 13 9 Dominick Reyes 110
13 14 15 Misha Cirkunov 109.5
14 15 7 Volkan Oezdemir 108
15 16 16 Nikita Krylov 101
16 17 Sam Alvey 94.5
17 11 10 Jimi Manuwa 92
18 25 Aleksandar Rakic 73
19 19 Ion Cutelaba 66
20 22 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 54.5
21 21 Khalil Rountree Jr 50.5
22 23 Paul Craig 46.5
23 24 Tyson Pedro 43
24 26 Ed Herman 38.5
25 27 Gian Villante 35
26 28 Luis Henrique 32.5
27 NR Johnny Walker 30
28 29 Justin Ledet 28
29 30 Jake Collier 27
30 31 Darko Stosic 25
31 32 Gokhan Saki 22.5
32 NR Jimmy Crute 20
33 34 Patrick Cummins 14.5
34 33 Devin Clark 14
35 35 Magomed Ankalaev 10
35 38 Mike Rodriguez 10
37 NR Rashad Coulter 5
37 37 Ryan Spann 5
39 NR Hu Yaozong 0
39 38 Marcin Prachnio 0
39 38 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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