UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Apr 22/19

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Apr 22/19

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Apr 22/19


Jul 16, 2017; Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom; Alexandre Pantoja (red gloves) fights Neil Seery (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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 1 1 Henry Cejudo 421.5
2 3 2 Jussier Formiga 158
3 4 3 Joseph Benavidez 134
4 8 4 Alexandre Pantoja 91.5
5 5 5 Deiveson Figueiredo 84
6 7 John Moraga 59
7 10 6 Wilson Reis 37.5
8 11 Joseph Morales 20
9 12 12 Kai Kara-France 9.5
10 13 13 Eric Shelton 8
10 14 9 Magomed Bibulatov 8
12 NR 11 Jordan Espinosa 5
12 15 8 Rogerio Bontorin 5
14 16 Jenel Lausa 3.5
15 17 Elias Garcia 0
15 17 15 Raulian Paiva 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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