2021 FloGrappling Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Ranking

FloGrappling Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Ranking

The FloGrappling Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Rankings are back and we're expecting big things to come in 2021. 

2021 promises the debut of Marcus Buchecha Almeida, who is training at American Top team in preparation for his entry into the world of MMA. He is signed with ONE Championship and is expected to fight in the first quarter of the year. 

Many other names from the world of grappling are eyeing MMA in 2021, with Lucas Barbosa and twins Kade and Tye Ruotolo all promising to fight. 

A number of names from the jiu-jitsu world entered the ring this year but are yet to feature on our ranking until they can earn a win. 

• Yuri Simoes made his long-awaited MMA debut with ONE Championship this year, dropping a decision to veteran Fan Rong of China, who had 15 fights going into Yuri's debut bout. 

• Raquel Canuto returned to MMA after a three-year layoff but lost a split decision to Lisa Verzosa on Invicta. No-Gi World champ Canuto had 12 fights prior to making her return but has a losing 6-7 record. 

Note: Many names from the 2020 ranking have been removed as a number of fighters have either officially retired or are inactive. If they return to the ring they will re-enter the ranking. 

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. 

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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