Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Feb 26/20

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Feb 26/20

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: Feb 26/20


May 25, 2018; London, UK; MMA: Bellator 200 – Denise Kielholtz and her husband Hesdy Gerges before the Michael Page (red) -V- David Rickels (blue) fight at SSE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-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 Women’s Flyweights.


*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 Ilima-Lei Macfarlane 331.5
2 4 Denise Kielholtz 84
3 2 Juliana Velasquez 82.5
4 3 Kate Jackson 57
5 6 Alejandra Lara 55
6 5 Veta Arteaga 53
7 7 Keri Taylor Melendez 47
8 8 Kristina Williams 35
9 9 Valerie Loureda 27.5
10 10 Taylor Turner 27
11 11 Ava Knight 22.5
11 12 Ky Bennett 22.5
13 NR Liz Carmouche 17
14 13 Bruna Ellen 14.5
15 14 Heather Hardy 11.5
16 NR Danni Neilan 9.5
17 16 Bec Rawlings 8.5
18 15 Ilara Joanne 4.5
19 17 Elina Kallionidou 0
19 17 Sabriye Sengul 0


Check back next Wednesday for our Pound for Pound rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Featherweights
Pound for Pound



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