2019 FloGrappling No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Rankings

Pound-For-Pound No-Gi Rankings, Feb 2019

A new year, and a whole lot of new faces on the No-Gi Rankings! Before you ask, "Where is Felipe Pena, where is Buchecha?" consider this... Almost all of the 2017 ADCC champions (with the exception of Gordon Ryan and Yuri Simoes, our no.1 and 2 respectively) were inactive in no-gi tournaments in 2018. 

The no-gi landscape shifted wildly in 2018. Aside from Fight 2 Win and Polaris, there was a sharp dropoff in submission-only events. Quintet offered an intriguing series of matches but the openweight nature of the team-based event had little effect on the rankings. 

How we determine the rankings

We use a number of criteria when judging how the rankings should look. 

1. Activity: If you've not been active within the last calendar year, you don't get on the list. That's why ADCC champions– who were crowned in September 2017– don't appear. 

2. Accomplishments: Titles matter, and some more than most. For example, a World No-Gi Championship gold medal generally places an athlete at the top of the ranking. We consider all major no-gi tournaments, events such as ADCC Trials, and superfight promotions such as Fight 2 Win. 

3. Head-to-Head Results: a grappler may have won a gold medal in an important event, but he can drop in the rankings if he has lost since then. This means superfight results can elevate a grappler over a tournament winner if the result and method of victory was significant. 

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