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
#5 – Chris Weidman – 101.5 points
UFC Middleweight Champion 2013-2015
2010s Record: 10-5, 7 finishes
UFC 162 – Anderson Silva (KO) – 23 points
UFC 168 – Anderson Silva (TKO) – 12 points
UFC 175 – Lyoto Machida (Decision) – 14 points
UFC 187 – Vitor Belfort (KO) – 14 points
What a spectacularly quick rise, and subsequent fall, Chris Weidman had in the 2010s. Knocking out Anderson Silva in only his sixth UFC appearance, then beating him again in the rematch. He followed up on that by beating legends, and former champions, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort, cementing his place as an all-time great.
Tony Ferguson – 84
T.J. Dillashaw – 84
Khabib Nurmagomedov – 80
Georges St-Pierre – 79
Robbie Lawler – 79