Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Aug 19/20

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Aug 19/20

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Aug 19/20


Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Corey Anderson (red gloves) defeats Johnny Walker (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-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 Light Heavyweights.

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*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 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 Ryan Bader 411
2 2 Vadim Nemkov 252
3 3 Phil Davis 226.5
4 4 Rafael Carvalho 173
5 NR Corey Anderson 134.5
6 NR Lyoto Machida 126
7 6 Jordan Young 87
8 7 Alessio Sakara 65
9 8 Julius Anglickas 60
10 9 Melvin Manhoef 52.5
11 10 Christian Edwards 47.5
12 12 Chuck Campbell 26.5
13 13 Tyree Fortune 24.5
14 14 Yannick Bahati 22.5
15 15 Arunas Andriuskevicus 20
16 16 Grant Neal 18
17 17 Karl Moore 5
18 18 Lee Chadwick 4.5
19 19 James Mulheron 3.5
20 20 Claude Wilcox 0
20 NR Karl Albrektsson 0

Check back next Wednesday for our middleweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
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