Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Heavyweights: Dec 15/21

Jan 26, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ryan Bader (blue gloves) defeats Fedor Emelianenko (red gloves) during Bellator 214 at The Forum. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-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 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, this time for Bellator.  We’ll roll out a new weight class every Wednesday.  Next up: The 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 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 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 5 5 Linton Vassell 329
2 1 1 Ryan Bader 322
3 2 6 Timothy Johnson 315
4 3 4 Fedor Emelianenko 235
5 4 3 Cheick Kongo 224
6 9 7 Steve Mowry 173.5
7 7 2 Valentin Moldavsky 161.5
8 8 9 Davion Franklin 160
9 6 7 Tyrell Fortune 152
10 18 9 Said Sowma 117
11 10 Sergei Kharitonov 98
12 14 11 Gokhan Saricam 95
13 19 Kirill Sidelnikov 68
14 12 Marcelo Golm 58
15 15 Everett Cummings 45
15 15 Jack May 45
17 17 Vitaly Minakov 36
18 NR Rakim Cleveland 0
18 20 Shaun Asher 0
18 13 Tyler King 0


Check back next Wednesday for our light heavyweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

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


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