Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Sept 8/21

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Sept 8/21

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: Sept 8/21


Jun 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Juan Archuleta (blue gloves) celebrates after his win over Eduardo Dantas (not pictured) during Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden. Archuleta won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally 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 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, this time for Bellator.  We’ll roll out a new weight class every Wednesday.  Next up: The Bantamweights.


*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 Bellator performances (we use a five-year time limit, so if they have fought less than 10 times in the past five years, only the fights within that time frame are counted. For fighters who have also fought in the UFC during this time, those performances were counted also)
  • Points based on a fighter’s opponent’s Bellator & 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


Stats Last Bell Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Sergio Pettis 332
2 2 2 Juan Archuleta 285
3 3 6 Leandro Higo 269
4 4 11 Darrion Caldwell 232
5 5 3 Raufeon Stots 212
6 7 9 Jornel Lugo 182
7 6 7 James Gallagher 150
8 16 Jaylon Bates 103
9 8 10 Cass Bell 95.5
10 9 Blaine O’Driscoll (flyweight) 95
11 11 Brett Johns 92
12 12 4 Patchy Mix 88
13 13 John Douma 74
14 NR Brian Moore 70
15 14 8 Josh Hill 62
16 15 Danny Sabatello 60
17 16 5 Magomed Magomedov 53
18 NR Mike Ekundayo 50
19 18 Erik Perez 38
20 19 Keith Lee 36
21 21 Matheus Mattos 20
22 NR Jeffrey Glossner 10
23 20 Albert Morales 6
24 NR Cee Jay Hamilton 0
24 21 Jared Scoggins 0
24 21 Khurshed Kakhorov 0
24 NR Nikita Mikhailov 0
24 NR Sebastian Ruiz 0
24 21 Will Smith 0

Check back next Wednesday for our Women’s Featherweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound


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