Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Featherweights: Feb 2/22

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Featherweights: Feb 2/22

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 Bellator Women’s Featherweight Rankings.


*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

Bellator Women’s Featherweight Rankings

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Featherweights: Feb 2/22
Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Julia Budd (red gloves) fights Arlene Blencowe (blue gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports
Stats Last Bell Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino 673
2 2 5 Leah McCourt 117
3 3 6 Sinead Kavanagh 101.5
4 4 2 Arlene Blencowe 93.5
5 5 3 Cat Zingano 89
6 6 8 Talita Nogueira 50
7 7 4 Leslie Smith 43
8 8 7 Janay Harding 30
9 9 11 Jessica Borga 16
10 10 Marina Mokhnatkina 10
11 11 8 Pam Sorenson 9
12 12 Dayana Silva 0
12 NR 10 Olivia Parker 0
12 12 Roberta Samad 0

Check back next Wednesday for our Women’s Flyweight rankings

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound