Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Jul 10/19

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Jul 10/19

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Jul 10/19


Jun 24, 2017; New York, NY, USA; James Gallagher (red gloves) reacts to fight against Chinzo Machida during (blue gloves) Bellator NYC at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally 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, this time for Bellator.  We’ll roll out a new weight class every Wednesday.  Next up: The Bantamweights.


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*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 Bellator performances (we use a five year time limit, so if they have fought less than 10 times in past five years, only the fights within that time frame are counted. For fighters who have also fought in the UFC during this time, those performances were counted also)
  • Points based on a fighter’s opponent’s Bellator & 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


Stats Last Total
Rank Rank
1 1 Darrion Caldwell 277.5
2 9 Kyoji Horiguchi 171
3 4 Shawn Bunch 100.5
4 NR James Gallagher 78.5
5 5 Joe Warren 68
6 6 Cass Bell 67.5
7 7 Ricky Bandejas 48
8 8 Mike Kimbel 46.5
9 9 Brian Moore 44
10 11 Justin Tenedora 40
11 12 Matt Perez 34.5
12 13 Ricky Furar 29.5
13 14 Josh San Diego 27.5
14 NR Brandon Polcare 25
14 NR Cal Ellenor 25
14 NR Dominique Wooding 25
17 17 Dominic Mazzotta 24.5
18 18 Toby Misech 18
19 NR Frans Mlambo 10
20 19 Alex Potts 9
21 20 Joe Neal 8
22 NR Nathan Greyson 0

Check back next Wednesday for our Women’s Featherweight rankings 


Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound



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