Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Sept 22/21

Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women’s Flyweights: Sept 22/21

ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Liz Carmouche gets Ronda Rousey in a neck crank during their UFC Bantamweight Title fight at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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 Women’s Flyweights.


*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 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 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 Juliana Velasquez 543.5
2 2 2 Ilima-Lei Macfarlane 406
3 3 4 Denise Kielholtz 152.5
4 9 3 Liz Carmouche 139.5
5 4 Keri Taylor-Melendez 122
6 6 11 Valerie Loureda 78
7 7 8 Kate Jackson 74.5
8 10 Sumiko Inaba 68
8 10 7 Veta Arteaga 68
10 12 Danni Neilan 67
11 8 5 Kana Watanabe 66
12 13 Hannah Guy 60
13 5 6 Alejandra Lara 58
14 15 9 Diana Avsaragova 28
15 16 Chiara Penco 10
15 18 DeAnna Bennett 10
15 16 Lucie Bertaud 10
15 18 9 Vanessa Porto 10
19 NR Ilara Joanne 8
20 NR Darina Mazdyuk 0
20 18 Desiree Yanez 0
20 NR Elina Kallionidou 0
20 NR Irina Alekseeva 0
20 18 Jessica Ruiz 0
20 NR Randi Field 0
20 18 Tara Graff 0

Check back next Wednesday for our Pound for Pound rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Featherweights
Pound for Pound


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