Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Oct 30/19

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Oct 30/19

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Oct 30/19


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 Light Heavyweights.

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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 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 Ryan Bader 418
2 4 Vadim Nemkov 252
3 2 Phil Davis 226.5
4 3 Rafael Carvalho 175
5 5 Liam McGeary 166
6 NR Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal 108.5
7 7 Jordan Young 101
8 9 Alessio Sakara 65
9 8 Melvin Manhoef 52.5
10 NR Dalton Rosta 47.5
11 11 Chuck Campbell 29.5
12 NR Christian Edwards 25
13 12 Yannick Bahati 22.5
14 13 Kent Kauppinen 18
15 14 Lee Chadwick 4.5
16 15 James Mulheron 3.5
17 NR Grant Neal 0
17 NR Julius Anglickas 0
17 NR Karl Abrektsson 0
17 16 Leonardo Leite 0


Check back next Wednesday for our middleweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound



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