UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: May 31/21

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: May 31/21

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: May 31/21

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July 12, 2020; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic punches Volkan Oezdemir of Switzerland in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via 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 a 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 1 1 Jan Blachowicz 700
2 2 2 Glover Teixeira 396
3 6 7 Anthony Smith 269
4 3 4 Aleksandar Rakic 230
5 4 11 Johnny Walker 217
6 20 3 Jiri Prochazka 192
6 7 9 Volkan Oezdemir 192
8 9 12 Ryan Spann 176.5
9 10 15 Paul Craig 168
10 11 8 Magomed Ankalaev 163
11 8 14 Jimmy Crute 160
12 5 6 Dominick Reyes 135.5
13 12 13 Misha Cirkunov 133.5
14 13 Ovince Saint Preux 130
15 14 16 Jamahal Hill 109
16 15 5 Thiago Santos 106
17 16 10 Nikita Krylov 96
18 18 Ion Cutelaba 94
19 19 Alonzo Menifield 90
20 NR Darren Stewart 82
21 17 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 81
22 21 Da Un Jung 78
23 22 Ed Herman 70
23 NR Eryk Anders 70
25 23 Kennedy Nzechukwu 59
26 24 Michal Oleksiejczuk 56
27 25 Khalil Rountree Jr 46.5
28 26 Dustin Jacoby 46
29 27 Modestas Bukauskas 40
30 28 Devin Clark 38
31 29 Danilo Marques 19
32 30 Aleksa Camur 18
32 30 Maxim Grishin 18
32 30 William Knight 18
35 33 Mike Rodriguez 13
36 34 Ike Villanueva 10
36 34 Marcin Prachnio 10
38 36 John Allan 9
39 37 Carlos Ulberg 0
39 37 Fabio Cherant 0
39 37 Nicolae Negumereanu 0

 

Check back Friday 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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