Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Dec 2/20

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Dec 2/20

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Dec 2/20


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Oct 6, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Leandro Higo (blue gloves) reacts to fight against Joe Taimanglo (red gloves) during Bellator 184 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-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 Bantamweights.


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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 & 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 Juan Archuleta 169
2 2 Sergio Pettis 98.5
3 6 James Gallagher 91
4 NR Leandro Higo 87.5
5 5 Raufeon Stots 87
6 4 Toby Misech 76
7 7 Cass Bell 69.5
8 NR Brett Johns 62
9 17 Blaine O’Driscoll (flyweight) 47.5
10 10 Patchy Mix 38.5
11 12 Josh Hill 34.5
12 14 Jornel Lugo 32
13 17 Cal Ellenor 22.5
14 19 Keith Lee 20.5
15 21 Frans Mlambo 20
16 13 Erik Perez 19.5
17 NR Jaylon Bates 5
18 NR Magomed Magomedov 0
18 NR Matheus Mattos 0


Check back next Wednesday for our Women’s Featherweight rankings 


Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound


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