Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Oct 13/21

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavyweights: Oct 13/21

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, most recent fight the least)
  • No points awarded for a loss


Stats Last Bell Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Vadim Nemkov 887
2 2 2 Ryan Bader 447
3 3 4 Phil Davis 228.5
4 4 3 Corey Anderson 224.5
5 9 8 Alex Polizzi 175
6 NR Ben Parrish 140
7 6 9 Neal 127.5
8 7 6 Julius Anglickas 124
9 8 7 Lyoto Machida 108
10 13 Luke Trainer 95
11 NR Yoel Romero 88
12 11 10 Melvin Manhoef 77
13 10 Christian Edwards 62.5
14 5 5 Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson 60
15 12 Lee Chadwick 58
16 NR Arunas Andriuskevicus 40
16 14 Yannick Bahati 40
18 NR Sullivan Cauley 20
19 15 11 Karl Albrektsson 10
20 16 Jose Augusto 9
21 17 Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov 0
21 17 Gregory Milliard 0
21 17 Jason Markland 0
21 17 Jonathan Wilson 0
21 17 Simon Biyong 0
21 17 Viktor Nemkov 0

Check back next Wednesday for our middleweight rankings  

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
Pound for Pound



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