UFC Featherweight Rankings

Men’s Divisions
Heavyweight (265)Light Heavyweight (205)Middleweight (185)Welterweight (170)Lightweight (155) – Featherweight (145) – Bantamweight (135)Flyweight (125)

Women’s Divisions
Women’s Featherweight (145)Women’s Bantamweight (135)Women’s Flyweight (125) –  Women’s Strawweight (115)

Rank  FighterOVRUFCLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Alex Volkanovski22-19-0W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Jose Aldo (DEC)
2Max Holloway21-617-6L-Alex Volkanovski (DEC)
L-Alex Volkanovski (DEC)
W-Frankie Edgar (DEC)
Calvin Kattar
01/16/2021
3Brian Ortega15-17-1W-Chan Sung Jung (DEC)
L-Max Holloway (TKO)
W-Frankie Edgar (KO)
4Zabit Magomedsharipov18-16-0W-Calvin Kattar (DEC)
W-Jeremy Stephens (DEC)
W-Brandon Davis (SUB)
5Calvin Kattar22-46-2W-Dan Ige (DEC)
W-Jeremy Stephens (KO)
L-Zabit Magomedsharipov (DEC)
Max Holloway
01/16/2021
6Yair Rodriguez11-28-1W-Jeremy Stephens (DEC)
NC-Jeremy Stephens (NC)
W-Chan Sung Jung (KO)
7Chan Sung Jung16-66-3L-Brian Ortega (DEC)
W-Frankie Edgar (TKO)
W-Renato Carneiro (TKO)
8Dan Ige14-36-2L-Calvin Kattar (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-Mirsad Bektic (DEC)
9Edson Barboza21-915-9W-Makwan Amirkhani (DEC)
L-Dan Ige (DEC)
L-Paul Felder (DEC)
10Josh Emmett16-27-2W-Shane Burgos (DEC)
W-Mirsad Bektic (TKO)
W-Michael Johnson (KO)
11Jeremy Stephens28-1815-17L-Calvin Kattar (KO)
L-Yair Rodriguez (DEC)
NC-Yair Rodriguez (NC)
12Arnold Allen16-17-0W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Gilbert Melendez (DEC)
W-Jordan Rinaldi (DEC)
13Shane Burgos13-26-2L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
W-Makwan Amirkhani (TKO)
W-Cub Swanson (DEC)
Hakeem Dawodu
01/23/2021
14Bryce Mitchell14-05-0W-Andre Fili (DEC)
W-Charles Rosa (DEC)
W-Matt Sayles (SUB)
15Sodiq Yusuff11-14-0W-Andre Fili (DEC)
W-Gabriel Benitez (TKO)
W-Sheymon Moraes (DEC)
16Cub Swanson26-1111-7W-Kron Gracie (DEC)
L-Shane Burgos (DEC)
L-Renato Carneiro (SUB)
Daniel Pineda
12/12/2020
17Daniel Pineda27-134-4W-Herbert Burns (TKO)
NC-Jeremy Kennedy (NC)
NC-Movlid Khaybulaev (NC)
Cub Swanson
12/12/2020
18Movsar Evloev13-03-0W-Mike Grundy (DEC)
W-Enrique Barzola (DEC)
W-Sung Woo Choi (DEC)
Nate Landwehr
12/05/2020
19Andre Fili21-89-7L-Bryce Mitchell (DEC)
W-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
L-Sodiq Yusuff (DEC)
20Grant Dawson16-14-0W-Nad Narimani (DEC)
W-Darrick Minner (SUB)
W-Michael Trizano (SUB)
21Herbert Burns11-32-1L-Daniel Pineda (TKO)
W-Evan Dunham (SUB)
W-Nate Landwehr (KO)
22Nate Landwehr14-31-1W-Darren Elkins (DEC)
L-Herbert Burns (KO)
W-Viktor Kolesnik (DEC)
Movsar Evloev
12/05/2020
23Darren Elkins25-915-8W-Luiz Garagorri (SUB)
L-Nate Landwehr (DEC)
L-Ryan Hall (DEC)
24Damon Jackson18-3-11-1-1W-Mirsad Bektic (SUB)
W-Mauro Chaulet (SUB)
L-Movlid Khaybulaev (KO)
Ilia Topuria
12/05/2020
25Mirsad Bektic13-46-4L-Damon Jackson (SUB)
L-Dan Ige (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (TKO)
26Giga Chikadze12-25-0W-Jamey Simmons (TKO)
W-Omar Morales (DEC)
W-Irwin Rivera (DEC)
27Makwan Amirkhani16-56-3L-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-Danny Henry (SUB)
L-Shane Burgos (TKO)
28Hakeem Dawodu12-1-15-1W-Zubaira Tukhugov (DEC)
W-Julio Arce (DEC)
W-Yoshinori Horie (TKO)
Shane Burgos
01/23/2021
29Jared Gordon16-44-3W-Chris Fishgold (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (KO)
W-Dan Moret (DEC)
Danny Chavez
02/20/2021
30Nik Lentz30-11-214-8-1L-Arnold Allen (DEC)
L-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
W-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
Mike Grundy
01/16/2021
31Kron Gracie5-11-1L-Cub Swanson (DEC)
W-Alex Caceres (SUB)
W-Tatsuya Kawajiri (SUB)
32Charles Rosa13-44-4W-Kevin Aguilar (DEC)
L-Bryce Mitchell (DEC)
W-Manny Bermudez (SUB)
33Gavin Tucker12-13-1W-Justin Jaynes (SUB)
W-Sung Woo Choi (SUB)
L-Rick Glenn (DEC)
Billy Quarantillo
12/12/2020
34Julio Arce16-43-2L-Hakeem Dawodu (DEC)
W-Julian Erosa (KO)
L-Sheymon Moraes (DEC)
Timur Valiev
02/06/2021
35Charles Jourdain10-3-11-2-1D-Josh Culibao (DEC)
L-Andre Fili (DEC)
W-Doo Ho Choi (TKO)
36Kevin Aguilar17-42-3L-Charles Rosa (DEC)
L-Zubaira Tukhugov (TKO)
L-Dan Ige (DEC)
37Lerone Murphy9-0-11-0-1W-Ricardo Ramos (TKO)
D-Zubaira Tukhugov (DEC)
W-Manolo Scianna (TKO)
Douglas Andrade
01/20/2021
38Douglas Andrade26-34-3W-Renan Barao (DEC)
L-Petr Yan (TKO)
W-Marlon Vera (DEC)
Lerone Murphy
01/20/2021
39Zubaira Tukhugov19-5-14-2-1L-Hakeem Dawodu (DEC)
W-Kevin Aguilar (TKO)
D-Lerone Murphy (DEC)
40Ludovit Klein17-21-0W-Shane Young (KO)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (TKO)
W-Joao Paulo (KO)
41Billy Quarantillo15-23-0W-Kyle Nelson (KO)
W-Spike Carlyle (DEC)
W-Jacob Kilburn (SUB)
Gavin Tucker
12/12/2020
42Chas Skelly18-37-3W-Jordan Griffin (DEC)
NC-Bobby Moffett (NC)
L-Jason Knight (TKO)
43Alex Caceres17-1212-10W-Austin Springer (DEC)
W-Chase Hooper (DEC)
W-Steven Peterson (DEC)
44Mike Grundy12-21-1L-Movsar Evloev (DEC)
W-Nad Narimani (TKO)
W-Fernando Bruno (DEC)
Nik Lentz
01/16/2021
45Bill Algeo14-51-1W-Spike Carlyle (DEC)
L-Ricardo Lamas (DEC)
W-Tim Dooling (DEC)
46Ilia Topuria9-01-0W-Youssef Zalal (DEC)
W-Stephen Goncalves (KO)
W-Alejandro Flores (SUB)
Damon Jackson
12/05/2020
47Ricardo Ramos14-35-2L-Lerone Murphy (TKO)
W-Luiz Garagorri (DEC)
W-Journey Newson (DEC)
48Omar Morales10-12-1L-Giga Chikadze (DEC)
W-Gabriel Benitez (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Ma (DEC)
49Josh Culibao8-1-10-1-1D-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
L-Jalin Turner (TKO)
W-Josh Payne (TKO)
50Julian Erosa23-82-4W-Sean Woodson (SUB)
L-Julio Arce (KO)
L-Grant Dawson (DEC)
51Jamall Emmers18-51-1W-Vincen Cachero (DEC)
L-Giga Chikadze (DEC)
W-Rafael Barbosa (SUB)
52Danny Henry12-42-2L-Makwan Amirkhani (SUB)
L-Dan Ige (SUB)
W-Hakeem Dawodu (SUB)
53Youssef Zalal10-33-1L-Ilia Topuria (DEC)
W-Peter Barrett (DEC)
W-Jordan Griffin (DEC)
54Doo Ho Choi14-43-3L-Charles Jourdain (TKO)
L-Jeremy Stephens (TKO)
L-Cub Swanson (DEC)
55Jordan Griffin18-81-3L-Youssef Zalal (DEC)
W-T.J. Brown (SUB)
L-Chas Skelly (DEC)
56Justin Jaynes16-51-1L-Gavin Tucker (SUB)
W-Frank Camacho (TKO)
W-James Warfield (TKO)
Gabriel Benitez
12/05/2020
57Matt Sayles8-31-2L-Bryce Mitchell (SUB)
W-Kyle Nelson (SUB)
L-Sheymon Moraes (DEC)
58Kyle Nelson13-41-3L-Billy Quarantillo (KO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
L-Matt Sayles (SUB)
59Sean Woodson7-11-1L-Julian Erosa (SUB)
W-Kyle Bochniak (DEC)
W-Terrance McKinney (KO)
60Darrick Minner24-110-1W-T.J. Laramie (SUB)
L-Grant Dawson (SUB)
W-Charlie DuBray (SUB)
61T.J. Laramie12-40-1L-Darrick Minner (SUB)
W-Daniel Swain (TKO)
W-Andrew Cruz (DEC)
62Steven Peterson18-92-3W-Martin Bravo (KO)
L-Alex Caceres (DEC)
L-Luis Pena (DEC)
Sung Woo Choi
02/06/2021
63Chris Fishgold18-4-11-3L-Jared Gordon (DEC)
L-Makwan Amirkhani (SUB)
W-Daniel Teymur (SUB)
64Danny Chavez11-31-0W-T.J. Brown (DEC)
W-Dylan Cala (KO)
W-Felipe Vargas (TKO)
Jared Gordon
02/20/2021
65Chase Hooper9-1-11-1L-Alex Caceres (DEC)
W-Daniel Teymur (TKO)
W-Luis Gomez (SUB)
Peter Barrett
12/12/2020
66Jonathan Pearce8-41-1W-Kai Kamaka (TKO)
L-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Jacob Rosales (TKO)
67Spike Carlyle9-31-2L-Bill Algeo (DEC)
L-Billy Quarantillo (DEC)
W-Aalon Cruz (TKO)
68Shane Young13-52-2L-Ludovit Klein (KO)
W-Austin Arnett (DEC)
W-Rolando Dy (TKO)
69Luiz Garagorri13-21-2L-Darren Elkins (SUB)
L-Ricardo Ramos (SUB)
W-Humberto Bandenay (DEC)
70Ray Rodriguez16-70-1L-Brian Kelleher (SUB)
W-Andrew Perez (SUB)
L-Tony Gravely (TKO)
71Kai Kamaka8-31-1L-Jonathan Pearce (TKO)
W-Tony Kelley (DEC)
W-Michael Stack (DEC)
72Jacob Kilburn8-30-1L-Billy Quarantillo (SUB)
W-Javanis Ross (TKO)
W-Deivison Ribeiro (KO)
Austin Lingo
01/16/20021
73Aalon Cruz8-30-1L-Spike Carlyle (TKO)
W-Steven Nguyen (KO)
W-Gui Cury (DEC)
Uros Medic
03/06/2021
74T.J. Brown11-70-1L-Jordan Griffin (SUB)
W-Dylan Lockard (SUB)
W-Ken Beverly (KO)
75Jamey Simmons7-30-1L-Giga Chikadze (TKO)
W-Shawn West (SUB)
W-Morgan Sickinger (KO)
76Sung Woo Choi8-31-2W-Suman Mokhtarian (DEC)
L-Gavin Tucker (SUB)
L-Movsar Evloev (DEC)
Steven Peterson
02/06/2021
77Daniel Teymur7-41-4L-Chase Hooper (TKO)
W-Sung Bin Jo (DEC)
L-Chris Fishgold (SUB)
78Johnny Munoz10-10-1L-Nathan Maness (DEC)
W-Ian King (SUB)
W-Rentsen Otgontulga (DEC)
79Vince Cachero7-30-1L-Jamall Emmers (DEC)
W-Marvin Garcia (TKO)
L-Liudvik Sholinian (DEC)
80Peter Barrett9-30-1L-Youssef Zalal (DEC)
W-Sang Hoon Yoo (DEC)
L-T.J. Brown (SUB)
Chase Hooper
12/12/2020
81Austin Lingo7-10-1L-Youssef Zalal (DEC)
W-Chris Hatley (KO)
W-Angel Cruz (SUB)
Jacob Kilburn
01/16/20021
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
* Yet to debut
Ryan Hall8-14-0W-Darren Elkins (DEC)
W-B.J. Penn (SUB)
W-Gray Maynard (DEC)
Rick Glenn21-6-13-3L-Kevin Aguilar (DEC)
W-Dennis Bermudez (DEC)
L-Myles Jury (DEC)
Carlton Minus
12/19/2020
Michael Trizano8-12-1L-Grant Dawson (SUB)
W-Luis Pena (DEC)
W-Joe Giannetti (DEC)
Guan Wang18-1-11-0W-Alex Caceres (DEC)
W-Rhassan Muhareb (TKO)
W-Bakhtibek Khojaev (TKO)
Sergio Giglio12-00-0W-Antonio Galvao (SUB)
W-Henry Moya (DEC)
W-Roy Quispe (TKO)
Rafael Alves19-90-0W-Alejandro Flores (SUB)
W-Felipe Douglas (KO)
W-Beibit Nazarov (SUB)
Collin Anglin8-10-0W-Muhammadjon Naimov (DEC)
W-William Frost (KO)
W-Andrew Karsten (TKO)
Luis Saldana14-60-0W-Vince Murdock (TKO)
W-Carl Wittstock (SUB)
W-Ramiro Hernandez (TKO)
Suman Mokhtarian8-20-2L-Sung Woo Choi (DEC)
L-Sodiq Yusuff (TKO)
W-Sunun Sangpet (SUB)
Zhenhong Lu16-60-0L-Ruslan Hisamutdinov (DEC)
W-Evgeny Ryazanov (TKO)
W-Dmytro Predebaylo (DEC)
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35 Comments on this post.
  • Migue Monstruo
    13 August 2020 at 10:17 AM
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    Jamall Emmers and Vince Cachero need to be updated after their fight on 8/1/20

  • Nab
    11 April 2016 at 6:56 PM
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    Can’t believe Nate beat Conor love Conor’s game when he ko Jose but a surprise from Nate good luck to your next fight conor

  • Michael
    30 November 2013 at 6:38 PM
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    damn Niinimäki just won his match and you already updated his ranking! Good work! 🙂

    • D.C. Ross
      1 December 2013 at 9:08 AM
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      Stoneface surprised a lot of people with his willingness to test his grappling against Yahya. Impressive performance to say the least. My guess is he faces someone like Hacran Dias or Hatsu Hioki next. The UFC is about to make a big European push, so hopefully Niinimaki gets a homefield fight.

  • David
    11 September 2013 at 9:21 PM
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    Where is Koch?

    • D.C. Ross
      11 September 2013 at 10:19 PM
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      He recently announced that he was moving to Lightweight. I’m not sure he will find better success there, but because he will no longer be competing at Featherweight, he has been removed.

  • Ryan
    11 June 2013 at 5:00 PM
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    I think you’ve under-ranked Do Bronx. He didn’t just beat but destroyed both #13 Elkins and #10 Lentz (despite the NC ruling, he showed that he’s the better fighter), and has only lost to #6 Swanson and two top 10 lightweights in Miller and Cerrone. I think he’s one of those extreme fighters that looks really impressive in victory but really bad in defeat. I think Edgar should be strongly favored against him, but even if Oliveira loses that fight he should still be at least top 15.

    • D.C. Ross
      11 June 2013 at 10:10 PM
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      Oliveira is a tricky one to rank. As you mentioned, he had impressive wins at 155 lbs., but he is just 2-1 as a FW, and both those wins are over guys no longer in the UFC.

      The other thing that is hurting him is his 2-3 overall record in his last 5 fights. He didn’t just lose those 3 fights, he was destroyed in all of them, losing via 1st round stoppages. It has been painfully obvious that Oliveira struggles against anyone even close to Top 10 consideration. I realize that Elkins and Lentz are around Top 10 currently, but this is a completely different weight class and time frame than when Oliveira fought them. If Oliveira fought them again, I do think he would win, but that does not give me the luxury to move him up the ranks at this time.

      Where do you believe he should be ranked? You stated at least Top 15, but does he really deserve to be ranked higher than Hioki, Elkins, Hacran Dias, and Gamburyan? A case could be made for Oliveira above Gamburyan, but Manny has had much more relevance at 145 lbs. over the last few years. Then you go further down the line, Rani Yahya, Mike Brown, Diego Brandao, etc. and all of these of fighters thus far have a better record at FW than Oliveira.

  • Leo
    14 November 2012 at 8:58 AM
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    I want to see José Aldo vs Korean Zombie ! (Chan Sung Jung)

  • dWd
    22 October 2012 at 11:59 PM
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    UFC 155 just got better,Lamas Vs.Koch announced as well as Wineland Vs. Pickett, Stacked Card!!!!

    • admin
      23 October 2012 at 12:17 AM
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      Wineland-Pickett should be a solid fight. Lamas vs. Koch is a perfect matchup to see which one of these contenders is for real. Koch’s takedown defense has been questionable in the past, while Lamas has struggled at times versus strikers with KO power. The UFC on Fox card is stacked as well.

    • nelson
      15 April 2019 at 6:58 PM
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      es callvin kattar vs lamas y shane burgos vs cub swannson

  • Joe
    17 October 2012 at 3:25 AM
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    You have Andy Ogle ranked above Akira Corassani … They just fought and Akira won … it that on purpose or a fluke?

    • admin
      17 October 2012 at 7:59 AM
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      I think everyone that watched that fight had it scored for Ogle except the judges. Dana White and the UFC also made it known that they felt Ogle should have gotten the nod. In rare cases when a decision is completely off base, we still try to rank fighters based on their performance rather than just the final outcome, especially when it comes down to a decision.

      A few more examples of this happening were Mizugaki vs. Cariaso, Maldonado vs. Pokrajac, Nam vs. Garcia I, Jung vs. Garcia I, Dunham vs. Sherk, and Griffin vs. Lentz.

    • admin
      17 October 2012 at 8:25 AM
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      I went back and re-watched Ogle/Corassani, and though I feel Ogle won it, the fight was close enough that I will go with the judges decision. The rankings have been updated, thanks for the comment.

      • Joe
        25 November 2012 at 7:15 AM
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        I don’t know man … I wanted Ogle to win, I really did, but Akira, one … Andy looked like he had a tough weight cut or octagon jitters or something, because it took him 1 1/2 rounds to wake up … he looked sluggish to say the least …

        I was just talking from a ranking’s position, usually a win over a fighter puts you above him, but I can understand why an unfair win would do the opposite for fighters that are already close in the rankings. I just wanted to understand if it was a decision or a “typo” …

        • admin
          27 November 2012 at 1:07 PM
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          I went back and watched the fight again. The 2nd round was definitely the deciding factor and though I thought Ogle’s guillotine attempt was enough to turn the tide, it was close. I dropped Ogle below Corassani now.

  • dWd
    9 October 2012 at 4:59 PM
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    I had my money on Diego Nunes in this fight wth Palaszewski,he almost gave me heart attack in that 3rd round. What is the reason you don’t think Siver should be ranked ahead of him?

    • admin
      9 October 2012 at 9:37 PM
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      Nunes needed a big win after his last 4 fights came down to ultra-close decisions.

      The reasoning for Nunes being ranked ahead of Siver is that their fight was also a razor-thin decision. I scored it a draw (r1 -Siver, r2-draw, r3-Nunes), but obviously the judges awarded Siver the decision. Comparing each fighters’ last 5 fights it became apparent that Siver’s wins against top competition were all close decisions (Nunes, Sotiropoulos, Wiman). His loss was a one-sided 1st round stoppage to Cerrone. Look a bit farther back and there is the decision loss to Pearson and all the sudden I am wondering how solid Siver is against top-level competition. He can definitely hang, but I’m not quite sure he is in the title mix at 145 with just one close decision.
      So, why is Nunes currently ranked higher than Siver. Well, he just beat Palaszewski in fairly dominating fashion. His record is littered with close decisions, but many of those fights were against former title contenders at 145 (Florian, Brown, Gamburyan), two of which he won.

      Siver’s wins – Sotiropoulos, Wiman, Fisher
      Nunes’ wins – Palaszewski, Brown, Gamburyan

      It’s literally a dead heat. I always refer back to their head-to-head matchup if possible and in this case, it was a draw on my scorecards. Considering the judges sided with Siver that should push him over the top, but Nunes’ recent win gave him a little more solidarity in the division compared to Siver who only has one fight at 145.

      To be honest, I will take a closer look at the situation. It is reminding me of the similar situation with Stefan Struve in the heavyweight division. In this case, Struve lost to both the guys ranked ahead of him (Browne, Nelson). He didn’t just lose, he was knocked out. Yes, Struve is on a solid winning streak, but most if it is against lesser competition. It is difficult to wade through as many things come down to who is the best fighter at this current point in time. I still think Nelson and Brown would beat Struve if they were to fight again. I am leaning towards Nunes beating Siver, considering he won the latter portions of the fight.

      What’s your take?

      • dWd
        10 October 2012 at 12:11 AM
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        I’m happy to take the judges decision on that one and have Siver ahead of Nunes,it was so close,Nunes should have done more early but your right he could easily turn that around in a rematch. i don’t think our opinions of who might beat who in a rematch should have anything to do with our current rankings, Mendes and Nunes are top of this division and so too now is Siver,but Yagin could beat Siver, Dias could beat Mendes,and any number of guys could match up well with Nunes. another question is if Dias gets past Mendes and becomes the top contender,will he fight Jose Aldo? seeing they both train at Nova União.

        • admin
          10 October 2012 at 12:32 PM
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          Agreed on all accounts with your statement. I try to take all opinion out of the rankings, but at times it is really difficult. Just look at the Andy Ogle-Corassani and Mizugaki/Cariaso fights, there is no way that Corassani or Cariaso should have won those fights. Was it close, definitely, but not close enough for the judges to screw that up. The same can be said for a ton of decisions. Only in extreme cases do I disregard the judges’ decisions…Garcia/Nam I, Garcia/Jung I, Sherk/Dunham, etc.
          I am fine with recent close decisions such as Ring/McGee, Rink/Fukuda, Siver/Nunes, Kampmann/Sanchez, Pierce/Koscheck, Hendricks/Koscheck, Omigawa/Elkins, Maldonado/Pokrajac, Maldonado/Kingsbury, etc. I usually take the closeness of the decisions into account, but I try not to penalize the winner just because I didn’t agree with the decision. It is only when the judges get it really wrong do I ever try to step in.

          Any other oversights you have seen in the rankings? My kneejerk reaction of Nunes over Siver has been corrected. I am always looking for input to make these the most accurate rankings out there.

        • dWd
          12 October 2012 at 3:50 AM
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          My question about whether Dias would fight his team mate Aldo was bugging me so i gave it some thought and remembered that Nova União fighters Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas will face off against each other for the Bellator bantam weight championship even though they are said to be very close friends.Pity Anderson Silva doesn’t have this point of view when it comes to fighting his ‘friend’ Jon Jones.

          • admin
            12 October 2012 at 11:27 AM

            Good point about Galvao and Dantas. Galvao has been cross training at other gyms for the last few years, but Nova Uniao is still both their home base.

            I thought it was odd that Diego Nunes left Nova Uniao for Team Nogueira. I wonder if this possibly opened the door for a fight with Aldo in the future. From what I’ve read in the past, Marlon Sandro, Aldo, and Dias were extremely close friends. Dias has a few more fights to win to reach #1 contender, but if he beats Mendes he may find himself at the top of the heap.

            We saw in PRIDE that Shogun shied away from ever challenging his teammate and reigning champion Wanderlei Silva. I am guessing the same will be said with Rory MacDonald and Georges St.Pierre. Likewise for Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez, if either of them were to win the UFC strap. Something tells me that Dias would want no part in dethroning his teammate. Aldo has talked about going up to 155 in the future, so that may be the longterm option.

  • Joe
    23 September 2012 at 3:11 PM
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    Javier Vazquez retired? I can’t see that anywhere and his profile is still on UFC.com …

    Are you sure you’re not getting mixed up with Baseball’s Javier Vazquez?

    • admin
      23 September 2012 at 5:21 PM
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      His profile was removed from the UFC earlier this week. The retirement part is not confirmed though it is presumed considering his age, lack of recent activity, and the fact that he is coming off a win. I doubt he was simply released by the UFC.

  • Joe
    13 September 2012 at 6:36 AM
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    Dustin Neace has been cut from the UFC, he currently fights for Conquest FC.

    • admin
      14 September 2012 at 2:03 PM
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      Thank you for the update. I was presuming that he was cut, but it was odd that his profile has not been removed from the UFC’s official site.

      I know T.J. O’Brien, a UFC lightweight, was given permission to fight outside of the organization. I am wondering if this same rule applies for Neace.

      • Joe
        18 September 2012 at 11:42 AM
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        Could be, I have to admit that I too haven’t heard anything about him being cut … Just saw that he was scheduled elsewhere and presumed he was cut …

        I guess there’s no harm in keeping him on until it’s official, right?
        🙂

        • admin
          18 September 2012 at 3:08 PM
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          I did find it strange that the UFC released all of the TUF Brazil fighters who lost at UFC 147, yet kept nearly all of the TUF 16 cast besides Tickle and Saunders. Thank you for the update though on Pague’s status.

  • dWd
    11 September 2012 at 11:46 PM
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    Llamas at No.3??, Hacran dias has a win over Alcantara who ko’d Llamas.there has to be some sort of form line to rankings otherwise it’s just your opinion.

    • admin
      12 September 2012 at 11:13 PM
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      Lamas just beat Hioki who was easily ranked #2 or #3 in the world at FW. Lamas being ranked #3 is astonishing considering he was just a mid-tier fighter a couple fights ago, but a finish win over Cub Swanson and beating one of the top FWs in the world will do that.

      Alcantara is a stud, and he did knockout Lamas in the final WEC event that most fans were unfortunately not able to watch due to it being on the undercard. Hacran Dias handled Alcantara on the ground and deserves to fight a top contender next time out, but I am doubtful that will happen. For whatever reason, UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby has buried some of the top Brazilian lighter weight fighters (Alcantara, Dias, Arantes, Brandao). Shelby is either booking these fighters against each other, which does nothing to establish their presence with American fans or he has them fight unpopular fighters. It’s time to have Dias or Alcantara face a known name like Mike Brown or Chan Sung Jung.

      • dWd
        14 September 2012 at 12:50 AM
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        i’m not convnced that Hioki can hold his spot in the top ten,let alone top 5. great in japan,but was lucky to get a decision over roop and seems typical of all the japanese fighters who struggle outside of thier home country.

        • admin
          14 September 2012 at 2:05 PM
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          Hioki looked impressive against Palaszewski, but you are right, when fighting overseas, Hioki will likely struggle. I still can’t discount his win over Marlon Sandro and his solid resume prior to signing with the UFC.

      • dWd
        2 October 2012 at 1:15 AM
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        Dias Vs. Mendes for december!

        • admin
          2 October 2012 at 3:07 PM
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          It should be a great fight. Mendes has held his own against BJJ guys (Yahya, Vazquez), but Dias has better size and athleticism that could potentially earn him some takedowns.

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