UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: July 6/20

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: July 6/20

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: July 6/20

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June 27, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dustin Poirier (red gloves) punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the UFC APEX. Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via 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 Lightweights.

 

*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, third column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last UFC Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Khabib Nurmagomedov 508.5
2 2 2 Justin Gaethje 373
3 3 4 Tony Ferguson 305
4 5 3 Dustin Poirier 287
5 4 7 Charles Oliveira 282
6 6 6 Dan Hooker 205.5
7 7 10 Kevin Lee 203
8 8 12 Islam Makhachev 187.5
9 9 Josh Emmett 175
10 10 9 Carlos Diego Ferreira 171
11 11 8 Paul Felder 155.5
12 12 16 Beneil Dariush 141.5
13 13 Alexander Hernandez 140
14 14 Francisco Trinaldo 133.5
15 15 15 Drew Dober 129.5
16 16 Scott Holtzman 127.5
17 17 Leonardo Santos 117
18 18 13 Gregor Gillespie 116.5
19 19 11 Al Iaquinta 116
20 20 David Teymur 110
21 25 Jim Miller 101.5
22 21 Renato Moicano 92
23 22 Davi Ramos 78.5
24 43 Khama Worthy 76
25 23 Yancy Medeiros 75
26 24 Damir Hadzovic 66.5
27 25 Joe Lauzon 66
28 27 Vinc Pichel 65
29 29 Magomed Mustafaev 62.5
30 28 Evan Dunham 53.5
31 30 Luis Pena 52.5
32 32 Joaquim Silva 51
33 33 Gabriel Benitez 48
34 34 Nasrat Haqparast 47
35 35 Alexander Yakovlev 46.5
36 31 Clay Guida 45
36 36 Jalin Turner 45
36 36 Lando Vannata 45
39 38 Stevie Ray 44
40 39 Devonte Smith 43
41 40 Marc Diakiese 41.5
42 41 Drakkar Klose 41
43 42 John Makdessi 40.5
44 NR Charles Rosa 40
45 57 Roosevelt Roberts 39
46 44 Michael Johnson 37.5
47 45 Arman Tsarukyan 35
48 NR Kevin Aguilar 34
49 NR Joseph Duffy 30
50 67 Austin Hubbard 29
51 48 Don Madge 27.5
52 47 Frank Camacho 26.5
53 49 Brad Riddell 24.5
53 49 Matt Frevola 24.5
53 49 Omar Morales 24.5
56 52 Claudio Puelles 23
57 53 Alex White 21.5
58 54 Joel Alvarez 20
58 54 Teemu Packalen 20
60 56 Christos Giagos 18
61 58 Joe Solecki 15
62 59 Mark Madsen 14
63 60 Damir Ismagulov 13.5
64 61 Ottman Azaitar 10
64 61 Tristan Connelly 10
66 63 Thiago Moises 9
67 68 Bobby Green 8.5
68 64 Alex da Silva 5
68 NR Justin Jaynes 5
68 64 Rafael Fiziev 5
71 64 Brok Weaver 4.5
72 69 Fares Ziam 0
72 69 Jamie Mullarkey 0
72 69 Jonathan Pearce 0
72 69 Joshua Culibao 0
72 69 Matt Wiman 0
72 NR Max Rohskopf 0
72 69 Rodrigo Vargas 0
72 69 Steve Garcia 0

Check back Friday for our featherweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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

 

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