2021 FloGrappling Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Ranking

FloGrappling Jiu-Jitsu in MMA Ranking

The always-dynamic Roberto Satoshi Souza was able to submit the tough Tofiq Musayev of Azerbaijan with a triangle choke in only 72 seconds of the first round. Satoshi secured the RIZIN lightweight title belt with the win. 

Locking on the triangle

Satoshi, born in Brazil but a resident of Japan for many years, is one of the rare cases of a competitor who enjoyed a long and successful career in the gi before transitioning to MMA. He began his MMA journey in 2013 and has lost only once in his career, a TKO loss in 2019. Eight of Satoshi's 12 wins have come by submission. 

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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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