Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Sept 25/19

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Sept 25/19

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Sept 25/19


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Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Erik Perez (red gloves) fights Felipe Arantes (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-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 2 Kyoji Horiguchi 167
2 3 Shawn Bunch 100.5
3 6 Cass Bell 85
4 4 James Gallagher 78.5
5 5 Joe Warren 68
6 7 Ricky Bandejas 67
7 9 Brian Moore 44
8 NR Erik Perez 40.5
8 8 Mike Kimbel 40.5
10 10 Justin Tenedora 40
11 11 Matt Perez 34.5
12 12 Ricky Furar 29.5
13 13 Josh San Diego 27.5
13 NR Zarrukh Adashev 27.5
15 14 Brandon Polcare 25
15 14 Cal Ellenor 25
15 14 Dominique Wooding 25
18 17 Dominic Mazzotta 24.5
19 NR James Barnes 20
19 NR Patrick Mix 20
21 18 Toby Misech 18
22 19 Frans Mlambo 10
23 20 Alex Potts 9
24 NR Lucas Brennan 5
25 NR David Duran 4.5
25 NR Jonathan Santa Maria 4.5
27 NR Brandon Medina 0
27 21 Joe Neal 0
27 NR Roman Salazar 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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