UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Sept 18/20

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Sept 18/20

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Sept 18/20

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Sep 28, 2019; Copenhagen, DEN; Ovince Saint Preux (blue gloves) reacts during a bout against Michal Oleksiejczuk (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Royal Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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 2 3 Jan Blachowicz 183
2 3 4 Glover Teixeira 163
3 4 1 Dominick Reyes 152.5
4 6 2 Thiago Santos 138
5 9 Ovince Saint Preux 121
6 5 8 Anthony Smith 120
6 8 7 Volkan Oezdemir 120
8 16 5 Aleksandar Rakic 100
9 12 Jimmy Crute 92
10 11 9 Nikita Krylov 89
11 13 11 Johnny Walker 86
12 14 14 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 77
13 15 12 Ryan Spann 76.5
14 17 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 74
15 18 Ion Cutelaba 72
16 19 13 Magomed Ankalaev 68
17 21 15 Paul Craig 62.5
18 23 Ed Herman 47
19 22 Sam Alvey 43.5
20 23 Khalil Rountree Jr 43
21 25 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 41.5
22 26 6 Jiri Prochazka 40
23 27 Michal Oleksiejczuk 38
24 27 Alonzo Menifield 33.5
25 29 Da Un Jung 32.5
26 30 Devin Clark 27.5
27 31 Modestas Bukauskas 25
28 32 Gokhan Saki 22.5
28 34 Klidson Abreu 22.5
30 33 Justin Ledet 21
31 35 Dalcha Lungiambula 18
32 36 Darko Stosic 17.5
33 39 Mike Rodriguez 10.5
34 38 Aleksa Camur 10
34 NR Jordan Wright 10
36 NR John Allan 5
36 40 Kennedy Nzechukwu 5
36 40 Roman Dolidze 5
36 40 Shamil Gamzatov 5
40 43 Andreas Michailidis 0
40 43 Dequan Townsend 0
40 NR Dustin Jacoby 0
40 NR Ike Villanueva 0
40 43 Khadis Ibragimov 0
40 43 Marcin Prachnio 0
40 NR Maxim Grishin 0
40 43 Nicolae Negumereanu 0
40 43 Vinicius Moreira 0

 

Check back Monday 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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