UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Aug 23/21

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Aug 23/21

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Aug 23/21

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Jun 29, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Alonzo Menifield (red gloves) before the fight against Paul Craig (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-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 5 13 Paul Craig 218
6 6 11 Johnny Walker 217
7 7 3 Jiri Prochazka 192
7 7 9 Volkan Oezdemir 192
9 9 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 13 Kennedy Nzechukwu 133
14 14 14 Misha Cirkunov 126
15 19 Alonzo Menifield 113.5
16 15 5 Thiago Santos 106
17 16 16 Jamahal Hill 98
18 18 Ion Cutelaba 94
19 21 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua 81
20 22 Da Un Jung 78
21 17 10 Nikita Krylov 76
22 24 Darren Stewart 65.5
23 25 Eryk Anders 60.5
24 26 Michal Oleksiejczuk 56
25 23 Ed Herman 54
26 27 Khalil Rountree Jr 46.5
27 28 Dustin Jacoby 46
28 29 Modestas Bukauskas 40
29 30 Devin Clark 38
30 32 William Knight 36
31 31 Marcin Prachnio 29
32 32 Maxim Grishin 18
33 34 Danilo Marques 17
34 35 Aleksa Camur 16
35 36 Mike Rodriguez 13
36 37 Nicolae Negumereanu 10
36 NR Shamil Gamzatov 10
38 38 Ike Villanueva 9
38 38 John Allan 9
38 38 Tafon Nchukwi 9
41 41 Carlos Ulberg 0
41 41 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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