UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: June 5/20

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: June 5/20

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: June 5/20


Sep 22, 2017; Saitama, Japan; Jussier Formiga (red gloves) defeats Ulka Sasaki (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Saitama Super Arena. Mandatory Credit: Susumu Nagao-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 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.  Next up: The 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 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


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

Stats Last UFC Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Deiveson Figueiredo 197.5
2 2 2 Joseph Benavidez 147
3 3 4 Jussier Formiga 112.5
4 4 5 Alexandre Pantoja 109.5
5 5 3 Brandon Moreno 106.5
6 6 10 Matt Schnell 80
7 7 9 Alex Perez 65.5
8 NR Ryan Benoit 36.5
9 8 12 Tim Elliott 27.5
10 9 Mark De La Rosa 18.5
11 10 7 Kai Kara-France 15.5
12 11 8 Rogerio Bontorin 13
13 12 14 Raulian Paiva 10
14 13 6 Askar Askarov 5
14 NR 11 Brandon Royval 5
14 13 15 David Dvorak 5
14 13 Su Mudaerji 5
18 16 13 Jordan Espinosa 4
19 17 Bruno Silva 0
19 17 Tyson Nam 0


Check back Monday for our women’s featherweight/bantamweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Feather/Bantamweights
Women’s Flyweights
Women’s Strawweights
Pound for Pound


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