2019 Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Ranking

FloGrappling Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Ranking

As a grappling fan it's highly likely that you follow the performance of high-profile black belts in the cage. It's always satisfying to see a submission in the Octagon, but it's even better when it's one of our own who forces the tap out. 

It's a subject of fierce debate over who is the best jiu-jitsu representative in MMA. So to remove emotion and opinion, we created a system that ranks the best jiu-jitsu and grappling representatives currently active in MMA. 

Who is ranked, and why

First off, to explain how we decided who should be ranked. You won't see names like Brian Ortega or Charles Oliveira even though they are submission machines, because they are not "jiu-jitsu" guys... they are MMA guys who are good at jiu-jitsu. This keeps the ranking focused on names from the world of grappling who crossed over into MMA. 

Kron Gracie, Rafael Lovato Jr and Ronaldo Jacare Souza: Photos by Joe Camporeale, Dave Mandel, Steve Mitchell USA Today Sports

How did you calculate the ranking?

It's not just about the wins or losses– the ranking is designed so that it rewards grappling performance. 

To rank the athletes we created a series of formulas that assign them scores. We calculated a "jiu-jitsu score" that reflects their titles and achievements in grappling (ADCC titles, World titles, etc). 

This score is then adjusted based on their MMA win-loss record, with a focus on submission finishes. We looked at their overall submission rate– which we consider to be a strong indicator of their success in the ring. This percentage was based on their total number of fights– not just in the fights that they won. 

How can fighters improve their ranking?

Their point score will go up and down every time they have a fight– if they finish fights via submission, their score will increase. If they fight and lose, their score will go down. 

If they continue to win grappling titles at the same time, then likewise their overall score will go up.

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