UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jan 4/19

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jan 4/19

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Jan 4/19

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Dec 15, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) defeats Gerald Meerschaert (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-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 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 Middleweights.

 

*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 Rank
1 1 1 Robert Whittaker 404
2 2 6 Chris Weidman 317
3 3 5 Kelvin Gastelum 312
4 4 3 Luke Rockhold 295
5 5 2 Yoel Romero 255
6 6 4 Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza 241
7 7 7 Israel Adesanya 187.5
8 8 Tim Boetsch 161
9 9 9 Derek Brunson 154
10 10 11 Brad Tavares 153.5
11 13 Jack Hermansson 147.5
12 11 8 Paulo Costa 120.5
13 12 12 David Branch 112
14 14 13 Antonio Carlos Junior 109
15 NR Anderson Silva 106
16 17 14 Uriah Hall 99
17 15 Dan Kelly 96
18 16 15 Elias Theodorou 89.5
19 17 Gerald Meerschaert 79
20 19 Tom Breese 71
21 20 Cezar Ferreira 66.5
21 20 Krzysztof Jotko 66.5
23 22 Omari Akhmedov 61.5
24 23 C.B. Dollaway 56
24 NR Eryk Anders 56
26 25 10 Jared Cannonier 52
27 49 Zak Cummings 51
28 26 Ian Heinisch 50
28 26 Khalild Murtazaliev 50
30 24 Darren Stewart 47
31 29 Jordan Johnson 44.5
32 30 Alessio Di Chirico 36
33 31 Hector Lombard 35
34 32 Jack Marshman 34
35 33 Andrew Sanchez 30
36 34 Oskar Piechota 26.5
37 35 Karl Roberson 25
38 36 Charles Byrd 22.5
38 36 Julian Marquez 22.5
38 36 Markus Perez 22.5
41 40 Marvin Vettori 16
42 41 Trevor Smith 11.5
43 43 Kevin Holland 10
44 42 Abu Azaitar 5
44 NR Edmen Shahbazyan 5
46 43 Adam Yandiev 0
46 NR Bevon Lewis 0
46 43 John Phillips 0
46 43 Tim Williams 0

 

Check back Monday for our welterweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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

Pound for Pound

 

 

 

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