UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: Dec 21/20

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: Dec 21/20

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Mar 14, 2020; Brasilia, DF, Brazil; Charles Oliveira in the press room after fighting Kevin Lee during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio Nilson Nelson. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-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 548
2 2 2 Justin Gaethje 328
3 5 4 Charles Oliveira 327.5
4 4 3 Dustin Poirier 287
5 3 5 Tony Ferguson 231
6 6 7 Dan Hooker 205.5
7 7 12 Kevin Lee 203
8 NR 6 Conor McGregor 189
9 8 14 Islam Makhachev 187.5
10 9 13 Beneil Dariush 176
11 10 Josh Emmett 175
12 11 10 Carlos Diego Ferreira 171
13 14 8 Rafael dos Anjos 152
14 13 Alexander Hernandez 141
15 15 Francisco Trinaldo 132.5
16 16 16 Drew Dober 129.5
16 12 9 Paul Felder 129.5
18 17 15 Gregor Gillespie 116.5
19 18 11 Al Iaquinta 116
20 19 David Teymur 110
21 20 Scott Holtzman 109.5
22 23 Jim Miller 89
23 24 Vinc Pichel 87
24 22 Renato Moicano 77.5
25 21 Leonardo Santos 74
26 25 Yancy Medeiros 72
27 26 Khama Worthy 68
28 27 Davi Ramos 67.5
29 56 Rafael Fiziev 67
30 28 Damir Hadzovic 66.5
31 29 Magomed Mustafaev 62.5
32 34 Gabriel Benitez 61
33 30 Jalin Turner 60
34 31 Chris Gruetzemacher 54
35 32 Arman Tsarukyan 51.5
36 33 Ottman Azaitar 49
37 35 Nasrat Haqparast 46.5
38 36 Clay Guida 45
39 37 Joel Alvarez 43.5
40 38 Devonte Smith 43
41 39 Drakkar Klose 41
42 40 John Makdessi 40.5
43 41 Alexander Yakovlev 40
43 41 Charles Rosa 40
45 43 Lando Vannata 38
46 44 Michael Johnson 37.5
47 45 Rick Glenn 37
48 46 Bobby Green 36.5
49 47 Marc Diakiese 35
50 48 Kevin Aguilar 34
50 48 Roosevelt Roberts 34
52 50 Joe Solecki 33.5
53 51 Alan Patrick 28
54 52 Don Madge 27.5
55 53 Brad Riddell 27
56 54 Frank Camacho 26.5
57 55 Austin Hubbard 26
58 NR Jordan Leavitt 25
59 56 Matt Frevola 24.5
60 58 Claudio Puelles 23
60 58 Thiago Moises 23
62 60 Alex White 21.5
63 61 Christos Giagos 20.5
64 62 Mark Madsen 14
65 63 Damir Ismagulov 13.5
66 64 Joseph Duffy 13
67 65 Luigi Vendramini 10
67 65 Tristan Connelly 10
69 67 Fares Ziam 5
69 67 Guram Kutateladze 5
71 69 Alex da Silva 4.5
72 70 Brok Weaver 4
72 NR Justin Jaynes 4
74 70 Jessin Ayari 3.5
75 NR Aalon Cruz 0
75 71 Alexander Munoz 0
75 71 Carlton Minus 0
75 71 Jai Herbert 0
75 71 Jamie Mullarkey 0
75 71 Mateusz Gamrot 0
75 71 Rodrigo Vargas 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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