UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Feb 17/20

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Feb 17/20

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Feb 17/20

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Feb 15, 2020; Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA; Corey Anderson (red) fights Jan Blachowicz (blue) in the light heavyweight bout during UFC Fight Night at Santa Ana Star Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are 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 not.  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.  Next up: The Light Heavyweights.

 

*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 UFC 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)
  • 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 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

 

(first column performance based ranking, second column is last ranking, last column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last  UFC Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Jon Jones 396
2 10 7 Jan Blachowicz 183
3 2 4 Anthony Smith 176
4 3 Luke Rockhold 175
5 4 2 Dominick Reyes 152.5
6 6 Ovince Saint Preux 145
7 7 8 Volkan Oezdemir 143.5
8 8 3 Thiago Santos 138
9 5 6 Corey Anderson 134.5
10 9 10 Glover Teixeira 133
11 11 Chris Weidman 120
12 12 13 Misha Cirkunov 116.5
13 14 12 Johnny Walker 98
14 13 14 Nikita Krylov 97
15 15 16 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 88
16 16 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 84
17 17 Ion Cutelaba 82
18 18 11 Aleksandar Rakic 75
19 19 Jimmy Crute 70
20 20 Sam Alvey 59
21 21 Paul Craig 52
21 21 Ryan Spann 52
23 23 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 48
24 24 Ed Herman 43
24 24 Khalil Rountree Jr 43
24 24 Michal Oleksiejczuk 43
27 27 Alonzo Menifield 42.5
27 27 Magomed Ankalaev 42.5
29 29 Da Un Jung 32.5
30 32 Gokhan Saki 22.5
30 32 Klidson Abreu 22.5
32 35 Devin Clark 21
32 31 Justin Ledet 21
34 36 Dalcha Lungiambula 18
35 34 Darko Stosic 17.5
36 NR Aleksa Camur 10
37 37 Mike Rodriguez 8
38 NR Jamahal Hill 5
38 38 Kennedy Nzechukwu 5
38 38 Saparbek Safarov 5
38 38 Shamil Gamzatov 5
42 NR Dequan Townsend 0
42 41 Khadis Ibragimov 0
42 41 Nicolae Negumereanu 0
42 41 Vinicius Moreira 0

 



Check back Friday for our middleweight rankings

 

Performance Based Rankings:

Heavyweights
Middleweights
Welterweights
Lightweights
Featherweights
Bantamweights
Flyweights
Women’s Feather/Bantamweights
Women’s Flyweights
Women’s Strawweights
Pound for Pound

 

 


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