Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Dec 4/19

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Dec 4/19

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Dec 4/19


Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sergio Pettis (red gloves) fights Jussier Formiga (blue gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-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 Kyoji Horiguchi 167
2 NR Sergio Pettis 101
3 3 Cass Bell 85
4 4 James Gallagher 72.5
5 6 Ricky Bandejas 67
6 13 Zarrukh Adashev 49.5
7 7 Brian Moore 44
8 19 Patrick Mix 43
9 8 Erik Perez 40.5
9 8 Mike Kimbel 40.5
11 10 Justin Tenedora 40
12 NR John Douma 36
13 11 Matt Perez 34.5
14 NR Jornel Lugo 30
15 NR Raz Bring 29.5
15 12 Ricky Furar 29.5
17 19 James Barnes 27.5
17 13 Josh San Diego 27.5
19 15 Brandon Polcare 25
19 15 Cal Ellenor 25
19 NR Ron Becker 25
22 18 Dominic Mazzotta 24.5
23 15 Dominique Wooding 22.5
24 22 Frans Mlambo 19
25 21 Toby Misech 18
26 25 David Duran 4
27 27 Brandon Medina 0
27 25 Jonathan Santa Maria 0
27 NR Raufeon Stots 0
27 27 Roman Salazar 0
27 NR Tevin Dyce 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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