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The Statistical Star of UFC Chile: Andrea Lee

By: Jeff Fox | May 20, 2018 May 19, 2018; Santiago, Chile; Veronica Macedo (red gloves) fights Andrea Lee (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Movistar Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mixed martial arts may not have reached its statistical revolution stage like other sports (and perhaps it never will given its primordial nature), but there is still plenty of good data out there.  So, following each UFC event, The MMA Manifesto will parse the numbers provided by FightMetric and target which pugilist enjoyed the best statistical night. Andrea Lee (vs Veronica Macedo) Key Stats:  outstruck opponent...

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UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | May 20, 2018 Congratulations to Jason Poirier for winning our UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman Pick ‘Em Contest!  Next Pick ‘Em action of will be UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Till on May 27th.  Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Kamaru Usman – 72%Tatiana Suarez – 72%Dominick Reyes – 78%Andrea Lee – 83%Diego Rivas – 72% Consensus Overall Record in 2018: 42-27 (61%) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman Pick ‘Em Results 1 jason poirier 9 2 Neil H. 8 3 The MMA Manifesto 7 3 Brandon Kaplan 7 5 Ryan A. MacDonald 6 5 larry chaput 6 7 Nathan...

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UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | May 20, 2018 Even in defeat, Demian Maia was top earner last night at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman. Before we go any further, we should note that most international  athletic  commissions  don’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter’s pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 26 fighters that traded blows at the event.  But please remember – this...

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Kamaru Usman Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | May 18, 2018 Jan 14, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kamaru Usman (red gloves) fights Emil Meek (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports Kamaru Usman Career Earnings (UFC fights only, doesn’t include undisclosed bonuses, Reebok sponsorship/fight week incentive pay started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event TUF 21  Finale – Jul 12/15 – W (Hassan) – $72,500 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship) UFC on...

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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: May 18/18

By: Jeff Fox | May 18, 2018 The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: Non-UFC Fighters Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, Ryan MacDonald and Ricky Leone. *stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings Non-UFC Fighter Rankings 1) (Last Ranking – 1) Rory MacDonald – Bellator Welterweight Champion – 35 (out of 40) points Record: 43-6-2Last Five Fights: 5-0Record vs Top 10:...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: May 16/18

By: Jeff Fox | May 16, 2018 As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  Or something like that.   But fight announcements do come fast and furious these days, so it’s easy to miss them.  But don’t worry, The MMA Manifesto has got you covered.  Our MMA Fight Announcement Roundup will let you know what fights have been announced recently.  You’re welcome. (click here for details on all upcoming UFC fight cards) UFC David Teymur (7-1) vs Nik Lentz (12-5-1) – UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs Moraes –...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Bantamweights: May 16/18

By: Jeff Fox | May 16, 2018 Oct 6, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Darrion Caldwell (blue gloves) fights Eduardo Dantas (red gloves) during Bellator 184 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-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 voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up...

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Bellator 199 Fighter Salaries

By: Jeff Fox | May 16, 2018 Ryan Bader made quick work of King Mo last Saturday at Bellator 199, and was among the top earners at the event. Here are the fighter payouts for the 38 fighters who traded blows at the SAP Center in San Jose, released by the California State Athletic Commission. Ryan Bader: $150,000 Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal: $150,000 Cheick Kongo: $150,000 Jon Fitch: $120,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus) Aaron Pico: $70,000 ($35,000 to show, $35,000 win bonus) Adam Piccolotti: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus) Paul Daley: $30,000 Javy Ayala: $30,000...

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UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | May 15, 2018 UFC Fight Night: Maia vs UsmanMay 19, 2018 Movistar ArenaSantiago, Chile UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman Fight Card Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings) UFC Fight Night cards range between 7,800-4,200 points, with an average UFC on FOX card ranking 5,700 (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list) Main Card (FS1/TSN2 – 10:00 pm Eastern) Welterweights (five rounds):Demian Maia (25-8, #7 ranked welterweight)...

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Combate Americas – Combate Estrellas 1 Fighter Salaries

By: Jeff Fox | May 14, 2018 Amanda Serrano: $25,000 Jose Estrada: $11,000 ($5,500 to show, $5,500 win bonus) John Castaneda: $8,000 Jose Alday: $5,500 ($3,500 to show, $2,000 win bonus) Corina Herrera: $5,000 Joey Ruquet: $4,500 ($2,250 to show, $2,250 win bonus) Erick Gonzalez: $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 win bonus) Michael Reyes: $3,000 ($1,500 to show, $1,500 win bonus) Rafa Garcia: $3,000 ($1,500 to show, $1,500 win bonus) Rudy Morales: $3,000 Gabriel Green: $2,500 ($1,500 to show, $1,000 win bonus) Danny Ramirez: $2,250 Heinrich Wassmer: $2,000 Chase Gibson: $2,000 Javier Garcia: $2,000 Keith Carson: $1,500 MMA Manifesto, MMA...

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UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman Pick 'Em Contest

By: Jeff Fox | May 14, 2018 So you think you know your MMA? You think you can predict who is going to win a fight and how?  Time to prove it. We present to you The MMA Manifesto Pick ‘Em contest.  We are now sponsored by McBryde Mats! We are McBryde Mats, a sports mat manufacturer that’s based out of Lubbock, Texas. Our CEO, Clayton McBryde, founded the company in 2014 after plenty of research and consideration into the mat market – Today we pride ourselves on making the best quality mats at affordable prices to keep athletes in all...

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UFC 224 Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | May 14, 2018 Congratulations to Brandon K for winning our UFC 224 Pick ‘Em Contest!  Next Pick ‘Em action of will be UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Usman on May 19th .  Thanks for playing! Consensus Picks Amanda Nunes – 79%Jacare Souza – 61%Mackenzie Dern – 79%John Lineker – 86%Lyoto Machida – 61% Consensus Overall Record in 2018: 38-26 (59%) UFC 224 Pick ‘Em Results 1 Brandon K 9 2 Carlos 8 2 Rodney 8 2 Michael J. 8 5 Darryl Fitzgerald 7 6 Dave K. 6 6 derek imm 6 6 Neil H. 6 6 Austin Baroudi 6 6...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Pound for Pound: May 14/18

By: Jeff Fox | May 14, 2018 May 12, 2018; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Amanda Nunes walks out of the ring after defeating Raquel Pennington (not seen) during UFC 224 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on...

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UFC 224 Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | May 14, 2018 May 12, 2018; Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil; Amanda Nunes walks out of the ring after defeating Raquel Pennington (not seen) during UFC 224 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Vitor Belfort bade farewell to the sport last weekend in Brazil (but we’ve heard that from him before, so don’t hold your breath), and went out the top earner at UFC 224. Before we go any further, we should note that most international athletic commissions don’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official....

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Strawweights: May 11/18

By: Jeff Fox | May 11, 2018 Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Karolina Kowalkiewicz (red gloves) before the fight against Jodie Esquibel (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: May 9/18

By: Jeff Fox | May 9, 2018 Oct 6, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Pat Curran (red gloves) reacts to fight against John Macapa (blue gloves) during Bellator 184 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-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 voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Flyweights: May 7/18

By: Jeff Fox | May 7, 2018 Feb 3, 2018; Belem, Brazil; Valentina Shevchenko (red gloves) defeats Priscila Cachoeira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mangueirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Women's Feather/Bantamweights: May 4/18

By: Jeff Fox | May 4, 2018 There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  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.  Next up: The Women’s Featherweights & Bantamweights *stipulations: 1)...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Lightweights: May 2/18

SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 20: Benson Henderson prepares for the final round of his fight against Gilbert Melendez in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC on FOX event at the HP Pavilion on April 20, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via 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 voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So...

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