UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Jan 21/19

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Jan 21/19

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Jan 21/19


Sep 22, 2017; Saitama, Japan; Jussier Formiga (red gloves) defeats Ulka Sasaki (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Saitama Super Arena. Mandatory Credit: Susumu Nagao-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 Flyweights.


*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


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(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 2 1 Henry Cejudo 421.5
2 1 T.J. Dillashaw 411.5
3 3 2 Jussier Formiga 136
4 4 3 Joseph Benavidez 134
5 6 5 Deiveson Figueiredo 95
6 5 9 Dustin Ortiz 88.5
7 7 4 Ray Borg 70
8 8 14 Ryan Benoit 65
9 9 6 John Moraga 59
10 10 8 Alexandre Pantoja 58.5
11 11 10 Alex Perez 48.5
12 12 7 Wilson Reis 46
13 13 Joseph Morales 20
14 14 16 Matt Schnell 19
15 15 15 Eric Shelton 9
15 15 12 Magomed Bibulatov 9
17 17 Kai Kara-France 5
17 17 13 Said Nurmagomedov 5
19 20 Jenel Lausa 3.5
20 21 Ashkan Mokhtarian 0
20 21 Elias Garcia 0



Check back Friday for our women’s featherweight/bantamweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Feather/Bantamweights
Women’s Flyweights
Women’s Strawweights

Pound for Pound



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