Another decade has come to a close, so with it a plethora of “UFC Fighter of the Decade” rankings appearing on the WWW. 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 during 2010-2019. Here are our performance based top UFC fighters of the 10s.
- 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 (2) given for finishes, extra points (5) given for title fight wins.
- No points awarded for a loss
#9 – Jose Aldo – 89 points
UFC Featherweight Champion 2010-2015, 2016-2017
2010s Record: 10-5, 4 finishes
UFC 200 – Frankie Edgar (Decision) – 15 points
UFC 156 – Frankie Edgar (Decision) – 11 points
UFC 179 – Chad Mendes (Decision) – 11 points
While his best days were definitely at the start of the decade, there’s no denying that Jose Aldo is one of the all-time greats. He cleared out the 145 pound division before running into a Conor McGregor left hand, then bounced back by reclaiming the featherweight title. And he was only 25 years old when the decade started. Truly a supernova.
#10 – Tyron Woodley – 87.5 points
Tony Ferguson – 84
T.J. Dillashaw – 84
Khabib Nurmagomedov – 80
Georges St-Pierre – 79
Robbie Lawler – 79