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Ranking the 2020 UFC Rookie Class

1 Jul , 2020,
Richard Mann

The following table shows the peak quarterly ranking of all fighters to make their UFC debut in 2020 as well as the corresponding ranking of their debut opponent. The fighter with the highest peak ranking was former Invicta FC champion Jinh Yu Frey. However, her highest ranking, #2 Women’s Atomweight, came in a division not currently promoted by the UFC. So far this year, 10 fighters have made their promotional debut against a fighter whose peak ranking was in the top 25. In those fights, debuting fighters have gone 3-7. UFC rookies have gone 17-22 overall in their debut fights.

Event Date Fighter Peak Prior to Fight Opponent Opponent Prior Peak W/L Result
UFC 246 1/18/2020 Ode Osbourne #240 Bantamweight Brian Kelleher #11 Bantamweight Loss SUB Guillotine Choke
UFC 246 1/18/2020 Aleksa Camur #231 Light Heavyweight Justin Ledet #49 Heayvweight Win U-DEC
UFC Raleigh 1/25/2020 Jamahal Hill #87 Light Heavyweight Darko Stosic #53 Light Heavyweight Win U-DEC
UFC Raleigh 1/25/2020 Tony Gravely #53 Bantamweight Brett Johns #14 Bantamweight Loss SUB Rear Naked Choke
UFC Raleigh 1/25/2020 Herbert Burns #73 Featherweight Nate Landwehr #43 Featherweight Win KO/TKO Knee
UFC Raleigh 1/25/2020 Nate Landwehr #43 Featherweight Herbert Burns #73 Featherweight Loss KO/TKO Knee
UFC 247 2/8/2020 Khaos Williams #194 Welterweight Alex Morono #38 Welterweight Win KO/TKO Punch
UFC 247 2/8/2020 Youssef Zalal #333 Featherweight Austin Lingo #411 Featherweight Win U-DEC
UFC 247 2/8/2020 Austin Lingo #411 Featherweight Youssef Zalal #333 Featherweight Loss U-DEC
UFC Rio Rancho 2/15/2020 Brok Weaver #272 Welterweight Kazula Vargas #155 Lightweight Win DQ
UFC Rio Rancho 2/15/2020 Daniel Rodriguez #169 Bantamweight Tim Means #24 Welterweight Win SUB Guillotine Choke
UFC Rio Rancho 2/15/2020 Shanna Young #54 Women’s Flyweight Macy Chiasson #4 Women’s Bantamweight Loss U-DEC
UFC Auckland 2/22/2020 Josh Culibao #167 Featherweight Jalin Turner #187 Lightweight Loss KO/TKO Punches
UFC Norfolk 2/29/2020 Norma Dumont Not Ranked Megan Anderson #4 Women’s Featherweight Loss KO/TKO Punch
UFC Norfolk 2/29/2020 Darrick Minner #57 Bantamweight Grant Dawson #44 Featherweight Loss SUB Rear Naked Choke
UFC Norfolk 2/29/2020 Kyler Phillips #126 Bantamweight Gabriel Silva #74 Featherweight Win U-DEC
UFC Norfolk 2/29/2020 Steve Garcia #147 Featherweight Luis Pena #106 Featherweight Loss U-DEC
UFC Norfolk 2/29/2020 TJ Brown #166 Featherweight Jordan Griffin #75 Featherweight Loss SUB Guillotine Choke
UFC Norfolk 2/29/2020 Spike Carlyle #262 Lightweight Aalon Cruz #174 Featherweight Win KO/TKO Punches
UFC Norfolk 2/29/2020 Aalon Cruz #174 Featherweight Spike Carlyle #262 Lightweight Loss KO/TKO Punches
UFC 248 3/7/2020 Jamall Emmers #110 Featherweight Giga Chikadze #99 Featherweight Loss S-DEC
UFC Brasilia 3/14/2020 David Dvorak #41 Flyweight Bruno Silva #67 Flyweight Win U-DEC
UFC Jax 5/13/2020 Philipe Lins #23 Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski #3 Heavyweight Loss U-DEC
UFC Jax 5/13/2020 Ike Villanueva #116 Light Heavyweight Chase Sherman #69 Heavyweight Win KO/TKO Elbow
UFC FL 5/16/2020 Irwin Rivera #132 Bantamweight Giga Chikadze #99 Featherweight Loss U-DEC
UFC FL 5/16/2020 Rodrigo Nascimento #134 Heavyweight Don’Tale Mayes #93 Heavyweight Win SUB Rear Naked Choke
UFC Vegas 5/30/2020 Gabe Green #154 Lightweight Daniel Rodriguez #64 Welterweight Loss U-DEC
UFC Vegas 5/30/2020 Brandon Royval #34 Flyweight Tim Elliott #7 Flyweight Win SUB Arm Triangle
UFC Vegas 2 6/13/2020 Mariya Agapova #23 Women’s Flyweight Hannah Cifers #31 Women’s Strawweight Win SUB Rear Naked Choke
UFC Vegas 2 6/13/2020 Gustavo Lopez #126 Bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili #22 Bantamweight Loss U-DEC
UFC Vegas 2 6/13/2020 Zarrukh Adashev Not Ranked Tyson Nam #5 Bantamweight Loss KO/TKO Punch
UFC Vegas 2 6/13/2020 Christian Aguilera #235 Welterweight Anthony Ivy #129 Welterweight Win KO/TKO Punches
UFC Vegas 2 6/13/2020 Anthony Ivy #129 Welterweight Christian Aguilera #235 Welterweight Loss KO/TKO Punches
UFC Vegas 3 6/20/2020 Justin Jaynes #220 Featherweight Frank Camacho #135 Lightweight Win KO/TKO Punches
UFC Vegas 3 6/20/2020 Max Rohskopf #344 Lightweight Austin Hubbard #115 Lightweight Loss KO/TKO
UFC Vegas 4 6/27/2020 Kyle Daukaus #69 Middleweight Brendan Allen #27 Middleweight Loss U-DEC
UFC Vegas 4 6/27/2020 Jason Witt #89 Lightweight Takashi Sato #81 Welterweight Loss KO/TKO Punches
UFC Vegas 4 6/27/2020 Kay Hansen #33 Women’s Strawweight Jinh Yu Frey #2 Women’s Atomweight Win SUB Armbar
UFC Vegas 4 6/27/2020 Jinh Yu Frey #2 Women’s Atomweight Kay Hansen #33 Women’s Strawweight Loss SUB Armbar

WHR… and how it really differs from Elo/Glicko

23 Jun , 2020,

If you’re a frequent visitor, you may have noticed that we’ve added four purely mathematical variants of named rating systems to the ranking pages.  Two versions of Elo, Glicko-1 and the latest being WHR.

You’ll see some basic info within our FAQ page and can Google for more.  To make a long story super short, Elo is the grandfather of most like systems.  It has been around for ages and is super simple.  Elo doesn’t care about inactivity or inconsistencies.  The process starts from day 1 and moves chronologically throughout time, every competitor starts with a starter rating, which is then modified with each result.  Glicko-1 is a very similar system to Elo, except it has the concept of “rating deviation” which allows competitors’ ratings to deviate more or less, given when they fought last.  There is also a second version of Glicko, which tosses in a factor called volatility — it is a major complication with extremely limited benefit.

In comes WHR.  Again, it is based on Elo, but is setup to take numerous passes throughout history.  With each pass, it “learns” from what happened in surrounding events.  This makes it an excellent system for reviewing the past and in trying to determine when a competitor was really at their peak.  Whether it paints a more accurate ranking picture… who knows?

Using the four systems we have in place, let’s take a look at the following events and the rankings at the end of the story.

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The Latest Medical Suspensions Are In

1 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

The UFC has been back in action for several weeks now, and fans of the sport, as well as those involved in it, couldn’t be happier. After the UFC action last weekend, most competitors walked away unscathed, but as you will expect, potential suspensions are coming up on medical grounds for some.

Since the UFC’s return, it’s been a big hit with viewers, with many of them opting to place bets on the action. If you are into the sport and have good knowledge about the fighters in the world’s leading in-cage championship, you should try out these MMA betting strategies. Although, the news on potential medical suspensions could alter your plans for the imminent future and the UFC events in the pipeline.

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Fight Sports and the Integration of Tech

31 May , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Sports organisations adapt, renew and develop through creative and novel ideas. The integration of tech has the potential to radically change how sport is played and viewed, reshaping and improving not only athletic performance but the experience of spectators. In this way, technology not only changes the way we live, work, and play: it is transforming the fight sports athletes train. Here are some of the technologies used:

Altitude Mask

An altitude mask is designed to simulate the low oxygen conditions of training at altitude, by restricting the flow of oxygen to your lungs. The product forces the lungs to work harder, improving the strength of the intercostal muscle and improving overall lung capacity, anaerobic threshold, oxygen efficiency and even mental focus. The acute shortness of breath also makes you more used to the feeling, more comfortable in competition.

The harder workout increases intensity, so the effects of the training are felt sooner, so you do not need to train for as long. This reduces the risk of injury and gives more recovery time when competing.

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Essential Gear for Muay Thai

2 Mar , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Invented in Thailand in the 14th century for actual combat, Muay Thai has gone on to be a professional and international sport today.

The exhilarating, heart-pumping, and adrenaline-packed sport has caught the attention of thousands. The combined technique of hands, elbows, knees, and shins drew people in. The stand-up, all-out combat has people holding their breaths. Though this sport has had some controversy, that doesn’t stop people from wanting to learn it.  If you are one of these people, the good news is that there are so many Muay Thai training schools around the world now.

Even if you don’t want to become a professional fighter, you might get a kick out of learning the skills and techniques. But before you even begin, you need the right Muay Thai gear. At PunchPrime, they have created in-depth reviews of the most essential Muay Thai gear so you can find out which brands and styles are best for you.

People will argue that you don’t need all the gear if you just want to practice. But remember that this equipment is there to help and protect you.

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Where to bet on MMA fights

25 Feb , 2020,
A. J. Riot

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) keeps growing in popularity as time goes on. The sport is a particular favourite to sports bettors. Big MMA fights often become wide-reaching events through traditional media channels, generating millions in betting revenue to bookmakers.

MMA has been known to create unreal amounts of hype over the years. So much so that big stars in the likes of Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva, Mirko Cro-Cop and Wanderlei Silva are names known to many people, even those with no interest in the sport.

As such, MMA has a prominent place at every respectable sportsbook’s portfolio of service. Meaning, you will have plenty of choice on the topic of where to bet on MMA fights.

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Tips to Stick to your New Martial Art

3 Feb , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Everybody wants to learn martial arts skills, yet not everybody has the discipline to stick to their chosen art. Learning a new martial art is hectic. It involves a lot of new exercises and routines, which can be discouraging.

Here is how to go about the new martial art until you achieve your goals:

Show Up

One of the first steps towards learning a new martial art is to show to the gym. Starting a new routine is challenging. You may always find it easy to come up with excuses and other reasons to procrastinate. Unbeknownst to you, one day of failing to show up quickly turns to 2 then a week leading to months, and ultimately quitting.

Once you decide to hit the gym, then do it regularly from the start date. Reading the other tips on how to stick to a new martial art is a waste of time if you won’t get to the gym.

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Four Amazing Pro-wrestling Tips That You Ought to Know

Feb , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Do you ever dream of becoming a professional wrestler? Imagine yourself walking down the ramp majestically, and the air filled with cheers from fans! It’s a beautiful image that you can turn into reality. With the right coaching, training, and a touch of luck, you can find yourself in the halls of fame. Here are amazing pro-wresting tips that you must know.

Get in shape

You only have one chance to make a statement to the audience before you step into the ring. Be vigilant about your theme music, and you look as well as your introduction. It speaks volumes before you even demonstrate your wrestling skills.

You ought to get in the best possible shape to woe the crowd. Don’t forget to try some cardio and strength building. It will enable you to perform swift superior moves that will leave your opponents and fans in awe.

You ought to build lean muscles as well as endurance. Have a strict diet plan to support your vision. A great wrestler is one who produces not only their character but also physical fitness.

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5 Exciting Reasons Why You Ought to Have the Right Sports Gear

25 Jan , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Engaging in sporting activities is very crucial for one’s health, as well as mental wellness. However, you ought to get ready to participate in sports. The right clothing goes a long way in not only boosting your confidence but also enhancing your overall performance. Here are compelling reasons why you must have the right sporting gear.


During exercises and sports workouts, sweating is inevitable. It would be best if you have the ideal gear to enhance breathability. The right clothing will wick away moisture, thus keeping you dry as well as fresh. It’s a great chance to ensure you stay comfortable and continue with sports without the need to change into another outfit.

The ideal sports apparel fabric won’t promote any bacterial growth. The less sweat you have, the lesser the bacteria growth as well as less smellier workout gear.

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What To Know About The Annual WWE Royal Rumble

12 Jan , 2020,
A. J. Riot

The long awaited annual World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Royal Rumble is finally here with us! This year’s edition of the January-held event promises entertaining matches with famous professional wrestlers cum crowd favorites such as The Fiend©, Daniel Bryan, Becky Lynch© and Asuka taking to the stage.

With the holiday season firmly behind us, the Wrestle Kingdom has shut its borders and wrestling fanatics can now anticipate the most intriguing PPV put forth by WWE this year. The Royal Rumble 2020 show acts as the first step on the exciting journey to WrestleMania but might just be a little more entertaining. The Royal Rumble competition, since its institution in 1988, has been a major part of WWE’s calendar, revolving around its rather widely-unpredictable thirty man-match.

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