Our Rankings Explained

A fighter’s ranking is determined by a diverse set of criteria detailed below:
– A fighter’s last 5 fights
– A fighter’s recent activity over the last 4 years of competition (2008-2011)
– The caliber of competition they are facing
– Their method of victory of their fights (decisions, knockouts, submissions, etc.)
– Overall skill level and progression of skills (declining or ascending)
– Fight performance, regardless of final outcome

How often are your rankings updated?
I try to update the rankings after each big event (UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator).

Does inactivity or suspension have any impact on a fighter’s ranking?
If a fighter has not fought in over 18 months they are eliminated from the rankings. Even if they have a fight booked, they will not be eligible for the rankings until they fight. If a fighter announces their retirement they are immediately removed from the rankings.
Fighters on suspension, not due to injury, are ineligible for the UFC rankings. Once their respective suspension ends, they will not be eligible for the UFC rankings until they fight again. All other rankings (MMA World, Prospects, p4p) do not account for fighter suspensions, and fighters are eligible to be ranked.

How do you rank fighters if they lose due to a controversial decision?
As mentioned above, I try to rank on actual fighter performance, rather solely on the outcome which many times are decided by judges or referees.

A few examples of controversial outcomes are the disqualification losses of Erick Silva’s fight against Carlo Prater and Jon Jones’ loss to Matt Hamill. Anyone who actually watched those fights, knows who should have won. I did not penalize Silva or Jones despite the losses now present on their records.

Controversial decisions are another story. A few memorable decisions over recent years (Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham, Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan, Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung, Mauricio Rua vs. Lyoto Machida, etc.) have drawn the ire of most mixed martial arts fans. There is a distinct difference between a close fight and a robbery. If a fight is close and could have gone either way, I will usually go by the judges’ decision. If it is a complete robbery though and nearly all other MMA websites and fans scored the fight for the losing fighter, I take that into account when factoring in the rankings.

Why not have Bellator-only or Strikeforce-only rankings?
Despite both promotions possessing solid talent rosters, there is simply not enough depth in most of their divisions to do a proper rankings.

How do the Prospects Rankings work?
For a fighter to be considered a prospect, they can never have participated in a UFC event, Strikeforce event, or Bellator tournament. Once they pass that first set of criteria there is really no other limitation than how they perform on the independent circuit.

One Comment
  • Larry De
    18 August 2019 at 5:28 PM
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    Daniel Cormier was knocked out cold in the corner of the ring by Stipe M.
    for 2 minutes. It wasn’t a TKO! Cormier would like to say it was a TKO!

  • Leave a Reply

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    Upcoming Fights

    **Updated as of Sunday, 3/8/2020**

    UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards (Mar 21)

    Tyron Woodley (#4 WW) vs. Leon Edwards (#6 WW)
    Kevin Holland (#40 MW) vs. Jack Marshman
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    UFC Fight Night 172 (Apr 11)

    Alistair Overeem (#6 HW) vs. Walt Harris (#15 HW)
    Vincente Luque (#29 WW) vs. Randy Brown (#48 WW)
    Carla Esparza (#8 W-STW) vs. Michelle Waterson (#9 W-STW
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    Markus Perez (#48 MW) vs. Alessio Di Chirico
    Julia Avila (#16 W-BW) vs. Karolline Rosa
    Arman Tsarukyan (#29 LW) vs. Davi Ramos (#38 LW)

    UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson (Apr 18)

    Khabib Nurmagomedov (#1 LW) vs. Tony Ferguson (#2 LW)
    Jessica Andrade (#2 W-STW) vs. Rose Namajunas (#3 W-STW)
    Jeremy Stephens (#11 FW) vs. Calvin Kattar (#12 FW)
    Karl Roberson (#26 MW) vs. Makhmud Muradov (#35 MW)
    Ronaldo Souza (#14 LHW) vs. Uriah Hall (#15 MW)
    Belal Muhammad (#40 WW) vs. Lyman Good
    Ben Rothwell (#28 HW) vs. Gian Villante (#39 LHW)
    Sijara Eubanks (#17 W-BW) vs. Sarah Moras (#23 W-BW)
    Islam Makhachev (#15 LW) vs. Alexander Hernandez (#22 LW)
    Magomed Ankalaev (#25 LHW) vs. Ion Cutelaba (#26 LHW)

    UFC Fight Night 173 (Apr 25)
    Anthony Smith (#5 LHW) vs. Glover Teixeira (#10 LHW)
    Michael Johnson (#46 LW) vs. Evan Dunham
    Tony Marin (#20 WW) vs. David Zawada
    Cynthia Calvillo (#11 W-STW) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (#18 W-FLY)
    Zak Cummings (#29 MW) vs. Andrew Sanchez (#34 MW)
    Ovince St.Preux (#17 LHW) vs. Shamil Gamzatov (#36 LHW)
    Mackenzie Dern (#25 W-STW) vs. Ariane Carnelossi
    Alan Patrick (*NR) vs. Christos Giagos
    Danny Henry (#45 FW) vs. Peter Barrett

    UFC Fight Night 174 (May 2)
    Jack Hermansson (#9 MW) vs. Chris Weidman (#19 LHW)
    Claudia Gadelha (#7 W-STW) vs. Marina Rodriguez (#10 W-FLY)
    Andrei Arlovski (#27 HW) vs. Philipe Lins (#41 HW)
    Ed Herman (#34 LHW) vs. Da Un Jung (#44 LHW)
    Bryce Mitchell (#36 FW) vs. Charles Rosa
    Ryan Hall (#20 FW) vs. Ricardo Lamas (#23 FW)
    Alonzo Menifield (#32 LHW) vs. Devin Clark (#40 LHW)

    UFC 250 (May 9)
    Henry Cejudo (#1 BW) vs. Jose Aldo (#3 BW)
    Amanda Nunes (#1 W-FW/#1 W-BW) vs. Felicia Spencer (#3 W-FW)
    Ketlen Vieira (#8 W-BW) vs. Marion Reneau (#10 W-BW)
    Blagoi Ivanov (#13 HW) vs. Augusto Sakai (#17 HW)
    Bethe Correia (#15 W-BW) vs. Pannie Kianzad (#20 W-BW)
    Fabricio Werdum (*NR)a vs. Alexey Oleynik (#16 HW)
    Mauricio Rua (#22 LHW) vs. Antonio Nogueira (#23 LHW)
    Sergey Spivak (#25 HW) vs. Carlos Felipe

    Fight Night 175 (May 16)
    Dustin Poirier (#4 LW) vs. Dan Hooker (#8 LW)
    Ariane Lipski (#23 W-FLY) vs. Luana Carolina
    Puna Soriano (#38 MW) vs. Anthony Hernandez
    Cortney Casey (#15 W-STW) vs. Lara Procopio
    Kai Kara-France (#10 FLY) vs. Alex Perez (#15 FLY)

    UFC 251 (June 6)
    Alexander Volkanovski (#1 FW) vs. Max Holloway (#2 FW)
    Valentina Shevchenko (#1 W-FLY) vs. Joanne Calderwood (#8 W-FLY)
    Tai Tuivasa (#26 HW) vs. Jarjis Danho

    Fight Night 176 (June 13)
    Marlon Moraes (#2 BW) vs. Petr Yan (#5 BW)
    Zhalgas Zhumagulov (#20 FLY) vs. Jordan Espinosa (#42 FLY)

    Fight Night 177 (June 20)
    Curtis Blaydes (#4 HW) vs. Alexander Volkov (#9 HW)
    Gillian Robertson (#14 W-FLY) vs. Taila Santos

    UFC 252 – (Jul 11)
    Kamaru Usman (#1 WW) vs. Jorge Masvidal (#3 WW)

    Outside of UFC – Ranked Fighters Schedule

    Bellator – Mar 13
    Patricio Freire (#3 FW/#16 LW) vs. Pedro Carvalho (#49 FW)
    Paul Daley (#22 WW) vs. Sabah Homasi
    Daniel Weichel (#27 FW) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (#31 FW)

    ACA – Apr 7
    Magomed Ismailov (#43 MW) vs. Aleksander Emelianenko

    ONE – Apr 11
    Demetrious Johnson (#1 FLY) vs. Adriano Moraes (#23 FLY)

    Bellator – May 9
    Ryan Bader (#10 HW/#6 LHW) vs. Vadim Nemkov (#8 LHW)

    (*NR) = Would be ranked in Top 50/25, but ineligible due to Suspension/Inactivity