UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jul 12/21

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jul 12/21

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Jul 12/21

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Jun 12, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Paul Craig celebrates his victory against Jamahal Hill during UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-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 3 7 Anthony Smith 269
4 4 4 Aleksandar Rakic 230
5 9 13 Paul Craig 218
6 5 11 Johnny Walker 217
7 6 3 Jiri Prochazka 192
7 6 9 Volkan Oezdemir 192
9 8 12 Ryan Spann 176.5
10 10 8 Magomed Ankalaev 163
11 11 15 Jimmy Crute 160
12 12 6 Dominick Reyes 135.5
13 25 Kennedy Nzechukwu 133
14 13 14 Misha Cirkunov 126
15 16 5 Thiago Santos 106
16 15 16 Jamahal Hill 98
17 17 10 Nikita Krylov 96
18 18 Ion Cutelaba 94
19 19 Alonzo Menifield 90
20 NR Alexander Gustafsson 84
21 21 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 81
22 22 Da Un Jung 78
23 23 Ed Herman 70
24 20 Darren Stewart 65.5
25 23 Eryk Anders 60.5
26 26 Michal Oleksiejczuk 56
27 27 Khalil Rountree Jr 46.5
28 28 Dustin Jacoby 46
29 29 Modestas Bukauskas 40
30 30 Devin Clark 38
31 36 Marcin Prachnio 29
32 32 Maxim Grishin 18
32 32 William Knight 18
34 31 Danilo Marques 17
35 32 Aleksa Camur 16
36 35 Mike Rodriguez 13
37 39 Nicolae Negumereanu 10
38 36 Ike Villanueva 9
38 38 John Allan 9
38 NR Tafon Nchukwi 9
41 39 Carlos Ulberg 0
41 39 Fabio Cherant 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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