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The Rankings: The Featherweights: May 22, 2015

(Conor McGregor image by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) 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: The Featherweight Rankings  Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto, speeds – Sports Two MMA […]

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UFC 187 Betting Guide

  Mr. Manifesto doesn’t gamble on sports, but I know of plenty of people who do.  This includes the nefarious Tafon Papis, who I’ve recruited to give his betting tips for upcoming UFC events.  We’ll keep a running total throughout the season to see how Mr. Papis does.  Next up: UFC 187 Betting Guide.     UFC 187 […]

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UFC 187 Prelim Breakout Star: Islam Makhachev

The Prelim Breakout Star is a once per event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the undercard. The intention of the article is not to bring attention to the most talented guy on the preliminary card, but rather one that the common fan may have overlooked or […]

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2015 Top 10 MMA Earners

  Who is the top earner in MMA in 2015?  We’ve crunched the numbers and have the answer. It is worth noting that these are only the reported salaries plus Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night bonuses that have been made public.  Many top performing fighters get additional […]

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Top Ten Earning Featherweights

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (Updated after UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Faber)   Featherweights           Total Show Win Bonus 1 B.J. Penn  $300,000  $ 150,000  $     150,000 2 Frankie Edgar* […]

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Top Ten Earning Bantamweights

(Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Faber   Bantamweights           Total Show Win Bonus 1 Renan Barao  $148,000  $   74,000  $       74,000 2 T.J. Dillashaw  $100,000  $   50,000  $       […]

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UFC Career Fighter Earnings

Which fighter has earned the most money over the course of their UFC career?  We’ve crunched the numbers and have the answer for you.  And the names at the top of the list probably won’t surprise many (except for that English chap at the top). But, before we reveal the list, first some ground rules.  Athletic […]

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The Rankings: The Lightweights: May 18, 2015

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: The Lightweight Rankings.   Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto, speeds – Sports Two MMA Forum, Dave Kelsey – 2011 & 2013 MMA Manifesto […]

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UFC 187 Pick ‘Em Contest

  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 Tatami Fightwear! Tatami Fightwear was established in 2009 in the United Kingdom and was set […]

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Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson Scouting Report

(Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)   Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson Scouting Report Vitals 6’2″ 205 lb (Light Heavyweight) 78″ reach, Orthodox March 6, 1984 Record 19-4 (UFC: 10-4) Current Streak 9 straight wins (3 straight in the UFC) Training National Junior College Athletic Commission National Champion – wrestling Championships Held None   Strengths – huge KO power […]

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Daniel Cormier Scouting Report

Daniel Cormier Scouting Report Vitals 5’10” 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight) 71″ reach, Orthodox May 24, 1979 Record 15-1 (UFC: 4-1) Current Streak 1 straight loss Training NCAA All-American wrestler Olympic wrestler Multiple international wrestling medals Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held XMMA Heavyweight Champion: 2010 (one successful title defense) KOTC Heavyweight Champion: 2010 (no […]

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Chris Weidman Scouting Report

Chris Weidman Scouting Report Vitals 6’2″ 185 lbs (Middleweight) 76″ reach, Orthodox June 17, 1984 Record 12-0 (UFC: 8-0) Current Streak 12 straight wins (8 straight in the UFC) Training Two-Time NCAA D1 All-American in wrestling Two-Time National Junior College All-American in wrestling Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held Ring of Combat Middleweight Champion: […]

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Vitor Belfort Scouting Report

Vitor Belfort Scouting Report Vitals 6’0″ 205 lbs (Middleweight) 74″ reach, Southpaw April 1, 1977 Record 23-10 (UFC: 12-6) Current Streak 2 straight wins Training Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt in Judo Blue belt in Shotokan Karate Championships Held UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament winner: 1997 UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: 2004 (no successful title […]

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Donald Cerrone Scouting Report

Donald Cerrone Scouting Report Vitals 6’0″ 155 lbs (Lightweight) 73″ reach, Orthodox March 29, 1983 Record 27-6, 1 NC (UFC: 14-3) Current Streak 7 straight wins Training Champion Muay Thai fighter Championships Held None   Strengths – world class kickboxing/Muay Thai – incredible submission skills – 15 wins via submission – killer leg kicks – […]

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Travis Browne Scouting Report

Travis Browne Vitals 6’7″ 243 lbs (Heavyweight) 78″ reach, Orthodox July 17, 1982 Record 17-2-1 (UFC: 8-2-1) Current Streak 1 straight win Training Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held VFC Heavyweight Champion: 2010 (no title defenses) Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion: 2010 (no title defenses)   Strengths – great athlete – former college basketball player […]

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