UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Mar 29/21

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Mar 29/21

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Mar 29/21


Mar 14, 2020; Brasilia, DF, Brazil; Brandon Moreno in the press room after fighting Jussier Formiga 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 Flyweights.


*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


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(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 Deiveson Figueiredo 395
2 3 2 Brandon Moreno 130.5
3 4 6 Joseph Benavidez 101
4 9 3 Askar Askarov 95
5 5 4 Alexandre Pantoja 84.5
6 6 5 Alex Perez 83.5
7 7 9 Matt Schnell 75
8 8 7 Brandon Royval 49
9 10 Tyson Nam 42.5
10 18 8 Kai Kara-France 41.5
11 11 Ryan Benoit 32
12 12 11 Tim Elliott 28
13 13 16 Amir Albazi 27.5
14 14 15 Matheus Nicolau 27
15 24 Bruno Silva 25
16 15 Jimmy Flick 20
17 16 14 Su Mudaerji 18
18 17 13 Raulian Paiva 14
19 20 12 David Dvorak 9.5
20 21 Jordan Espinosa 6.5
21 22 Francisco Figueiredo 5
21 22 Tagir Ulanbekov 5
23 24 Cody Durden 0
23 NR Jerome Rivera 0
23 NR JP Buys 0
23 24 Malcolm Gordon 0
23 24 Manel Kape 0
23 24 Zarrukh Adashev 0
23 24 Zhalgas Zhumagulov 0


Check back Friday for our women’s featherweight/bantamweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

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


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