2021 FloGrappling Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Ranking

FloGrappling Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Ranking

Japanese fighter Shinya Aoki just claimed his 31st submission win in an MMA career that began way back in 2003. With 57 fights to his name, 38-year-old Aoki showed that he is still one of the most dangerous grapplers in MMA with an armbar versus Eduard Folayang.

Aoki is an ADCC veteran, having qualified for the 2005 ADCC World Championships after winning the Asian Trials. He was known for his deadly flying armbars, which earned him the nickname "Tobikan Judan", or "The Grand Master of Flying Submissions". 

The submission win will not alter the standings, but it increases Aoki's points value from 17.67 to 18.49 and further establishes his position as no.3 in our Jiu-Jitsu for MMA 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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