UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Apr 1/19

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Apr 1/19

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Apr 1/19

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INGLEWOOD, CA – JUNE 04: Luke Rockhold gets ready to enter the cage for his middleweight championship bout at UFC 199 at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/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 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 1 1 Jon Jones 513
2 NR Luke Rockhold 295
3 5 4 Thiago Santos 165.5
4 2 5 Anthony Smith 155
5 3 13 Ovince Saint Preux 151.5
6 4 12 Glover Teixeira 150
7 6 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 144
8 7 15 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 124
9 8 9 Corey Anderson 120
10 9 10 Ilir Latifi 111
11 11 3 Alexander Gustafsson 110
11 20 14 Johnny Walker 110
13 11 6 Dominick Reyes 107.5
14 15 Nikita Krylov 101
15 9 7 Jan Blachowicz 95.5
16 13 16 Misha Cirkunov 93
16 14 8 Volkan Oezdemir 93
18 16 11 Jimi Manuwa 92
19 17 Jimmy Crute 78
20 18 Sam Alvey 75.5
21 19 Aleksandar Rakic 73
22 21 Ion Cutelaba 66
23 24 Paul Craig 65
24 22 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 54.5
25 23 Khalil Rountree Jr 50.5
26 25 Tyson Pedro 43
27 26 Ed Herman 32.5
28 27 Gian Villante 26
29 30 Alonzo Menifield 25
29 30 Darko Stosic 25
31 32 Justin Ledet 24.5
32 33 Gokhan Saki 22.5
33 34 Karl Roberson 22
34 NR Michal Oleksiejczuk 20
35 35 Patrick Cummins 14.5
36 36 Devin Clark 14
36 37 Magomed Ankalaev 14
38 37 Mike Rodriguez 10
39 39 Rashad Coulter 5
39 39 Ryan Spann 5
39 41 Saparbek Safarov 5
42 41 Hu Yaozong 0
42 NR Kennedy Nzechukwu 0
42 NR Klidson Abreu 0
42 41 Marcin Prachnio 0
42 NR Nicolae Negumereanu 0
42 41 Vinicius Moreira 0

 

Check back Friday 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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