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Fighter  Last 3 FightsNext Fight
2017 UFC Signings:
Matt Frevola
Nasrat Haqparast
Mads Burnell
Daniel Teymur
Daniel Henry
Justin Gaethje
Desmond Green
2017 UFC Cuts:
Michael McBride
Adriano Martins
Takanori Gomi
Mitch Clarke (retired)
Tae Hyun Bang
Reza Madadi
Alessandro Ricci
Yusuke Kasuya
J.C. Cottrell
Jason Novelli
Felipe Oliveiri
Leandro Silva
Tony Sims
Brendan O'Reilly
Lukasz Sajewski
Conor McGregor
21-3 (9-1 UFC)
W-Eddie Alvarez (TKO)
W-Nate Diaz (DEC)
L-Nate Diaz (SUB)
11Tony Ferguson
23-3 (13-1 UFC)
W-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (SUB)
22Khabib Nurmagomedov
24-0 (8-0 UFC)
W-Michael Johnson (SUB)
W-Darrell Horcher (TKO)
W-Rafael dos Anjos (DEC)
Edson Barboza
12/30/2017
33Eddie Alvarez
29-5 (4-2 UFC)
W-Justin Gaethje (KO)
NC-Dustin Poirier (NC)
L-Conor McGregor (TKO)
46Nate Diaz
19-11 (14-9 UFC)
L-Conor McGregor (DEC)
W-Conor McGregor (SUB)
W-Michael Johnson (DEC)
55Justin Gaethje
18-1 (1-1 UFC)
L-Eddie Alvarez (KO)
W-Michael Johnson (TKO)
W-Luiz Firmino (TKO)
610Michael Johnson
17-12 (9-8 UFC)
L-Justin Gaethje (TKO)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (SUB)
W-Dustin Poirier (KO)
Darren Elkins
01/14/2018
74Edson Barboza
19-4 (13-4 UFC)
W-Beneil Dariush (KO)
W-Gilbert Melendez (DEC)
W-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
12/30/2017
87Dustin Poirier
21-5 (13-4 UFC)
W-Anthony Pettis (TKO)
NC-Eddie Alvarez (NC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
98Kevin Lee
16-3 (9-3 UFC)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Michael Chiesa (SUB)
W-Francisco Trinaldo (SUB)
1013Anthony Pettis
20-7 (7-6 UFC)
L-Dustin Poirier (TKO)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Max Holloway (TKO)
119Michael Chiesa
14-3 (7-3 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Beneil Dariush (SUB)
W-Jim Miller (SUB)
1211Al Iaquinta
13-3-1 (8-2 UFC)
W-Diego Sanchez (KO)
W-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
1312Beneil Dariush
14-3-1 (8-3-1 UFC)
D-Evan Dunham (DEC)
L-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
14Evan Dunham
18-6-1 (11-6-1 UFC)
D-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Rick Glenn (DEC)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
1515James Vick
12-1 (8-1 UFC)
W-Joseph Duffy (TKO)
W-Polo Reyes (TKO)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
1614Francisco Trinaldo
22-5 (12-4 UFC)
W-Jim Miller (DEC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Paul Felder (TKO)
17Paul Felder
15-3 (7-3 UFC)
W-Charles Oliveira (TKO)
W-Steven Ray (KO)
W-Alessandro Ricci (TKO)
18Jim Miller
28-11 (17-10 UFC)
L-Francisco Trinaldo (DEC)
L-Anthony Pettis (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (DEC)
19Leonardo Santos
16-3-1 (5-0-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (DEC)
W-Kevin Lee (TKO)
W-Tony Martin (SUB)
20Rashid Magomedov
20-2 (5-1 UFC)
W-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
21Charles Oliveira
22-8 (10-8 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (TKO)
W-Will Brooks (SUB)
L-Ricardo Lamas (SUB)
22Clay Guida
34-17 (14-11 UFC)
W-Joe Lauzon (TKO)
W-Erik Koch (DEC)
L-Brian Ortega (KO)
23Kajan Johnson
22-11-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Adriano Martins (KO)
W-Naoyuki Kotani (DEC)
W-Zhang Lipeng (DEC)
24Islam Makhachev
14-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
W-Chris Wade (DEC)
L-Adriano Martins (TKO)
Gleison Tibau
01/20/2018
25Nik Lentz
28-8-2 (12-5-1 UFC)
W-Will Brooks (SUB)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Michael McBride (TKO)
26Rustam Khabilov
22-3 (8-2 UFC)
W-Desmond Green (DEC)
W-Jason Saggo (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
27Joseph Duffy
16-3 (4-2 UFC)
L-James Vick (TKO)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
W-Mitch Clarke (SUB)
28Michel Prazeres
23-2 (7-2 UFC)
W-Mads Burnell (SUB)
W-Josh Burkman (SUB)
W-Gilbert Burns (DEC)
29Mairbek Taisumov
26-5 (6-1 UFC)
W-Felipe Silva (KO)
W-Damir Hadzovic (KO)
W-Alan Patrick (TKO)
30Will Brooks
18-4 (1-3 UFC)
L-Nik Lentz (SUB)
L-Charles Oliveira (SUB)
L-Alex Oliveira (SUB)
31David Teymur
7-1 (4-0 UFC)
W-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Lando Vannata (DEC)
W-Jason Novelli (KO)
32Lando Vannata
9-2-1 (1-2-1 UFC)
D-Bobby Green (DEC)
L-David Teymur (DEC)
W-John Makdessi (KO)
33Bobby Green
23-8-1 (4-3-1 UFC)
D-Lando Vannata (DEC)
L-Rashid Magomedov (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (KO)
34Steven Ray
21-7 (5-2 UFC)
L-Paul Felder (KO)
W-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
W-Ross Pearson (DEC)
35Daniel Hooker
14-7 (4-3 UFC)
W-Ross Pearson (KO)
L-Jason Knight (DEC)
W-Mark Eddiva (SUB)
Marc Diakiese
12/02/2017
36Ross Pearson
19-14 (11-11 UFC)
L-Dan Hooker (KO)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
L-Jorge Masvidal (DEC)
37Gilbert Burns
12-2 (5-2 UFC)
W-Jason Saggo (KO)
L-Michel Prazeres (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (SUB)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier
01/27/2018
38Olivier Aubin-Mercier
10-2 (6-2 UFC)
W-Tony Martin (DEC)
W-Drew Dober (SUB)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
Gilbert Burns
01/27/2018
39Joe Lauzon
27-14 (14-11 UFC)
L-Clay Guida (TKO)
L-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Marcin Held (DEC)
40Gregor Gillespie
10-0 (3-0 UFC)
W-Jason Gonzalez (SUB)
W-Andrew Holbrook (KO)
W-Glaico Franca (DEC)
41Magomed Mustafaev
13-2 (2-1 UFC)
L-Kevin Lee (SUB)
W-Joe Proctor (TKO)
W-Piotr Hallmann (TKO)
42Drakkar Klose
8-1-1 (2-1 UFC)
L-David Teymur (DEC)
W-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
W-Devin Powell (DEC)
43Alan Patrick
14-1 (4-1 UFC)
W-Steven Ray (DEC)
W-Damien Brown (DEC)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (TKO)
44Tony Martin
12-4 (4-4 UFC)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
W-Johnny Case (DEC)
W-Alex White (DEC)
45Vinc Pichel
10-1 (3-1 UFC)
W-Damien Brown (KO)
W-Anthony Njokuani (DEC)
W-Garett Whiteley (DEC)
46Chris Wade
12-3 (5-2 UFC)
W-Frankie Perez (DEC)
L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
L-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
47Drew Dober
18-8 (4-4 UFC)
W-Josh Burkman (KO)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (SUB)
W-Jason Gonzalez (KO)
48Desmond Green
20-6 (1-1 UFC)
L-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Josh Emmett (DEC)
W-Martin Brown (DEC)
49Erik Koch
15-5 (4-4 UFC)
L-Clay Guida (DEC)
W-Shane Campbell (SUB)
L-Daron Cruickshank (TKO)
50Abel Trujillo
14-8 (5-4 UFC)
L-James Vick (SUB)
W-Jordan Rinaldi (DEC)
W-Tony Sims (SUB)
John Makdessi
12/16/2017
51Marc Diakiese
12-1 (3-1 UFC)
L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Teemu Packalen (KO)
W-Frankie Perez (DEC)
Daniel Hooker
12/02/2017
52Damir Hadzovic
11-3 (1-1 UFC)
W-Marcin Held (KO)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (KO)
W-Ivan Musardo (TKO)
53Marcin Held
23-7 (1-3 UFC)
W-Nasrat Haqparast (DEC)
L-Damir Hadzovic (KO)
L-Joe Lauzon (DEC)
54Joaquim Silva
10-0 (3-0 UFC)
W-Reza Madadi (DEC)
W-Andrew Holbrook (KO)
W-Nazareno Malegarie (DEC)
55John Makdessi
14-6 (7-6 UFC)
L-Lando Vannata (KO)
W-Mehdi Baghdad (DEC)
L-Yancy Medeiros (DEC)
Abel Trujillo
12/16/2017
56Johnny Case
17-6 (4-2 UFC)
L-Tony Martin (DEC)
L-Jake Matthews (SUB)
W-Yan Cabral (DEC)
57Scott Holtzman
10-2 (3-2 UFC)
W-Darrell Horcher (DEC)
W-Michael McBride (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
58Jason Saggo
12-4 (3-3 UFC)
L-Gilbert Burns (KO)
L-Rustam Khabilov (DEC)
W-Leandro Silva (DEC)
59Frankie Perez
10-4 (1-3 UFC)
L-Chris Wade (DEC)
L-Marc Diakiese (DEC)
W-Sam Stout (TKO)
60Felipe Silva
8-1 (1-1 UFC)
L-Mairbek Taisumov (KO)
W-Shane Campbell (TKO)
W-Anton Kuivanen (TKO)
61Josh Burkman
28-16 (6-11 UFC)
L-Drew Dober (KO)
L-Michel Prazeres (SUB)
L-Zak Ottow (DEC)
62Frank Camacho
21-5 (1-1 UFC)
W-Damien Brown (DEC)
L-Li Jingliang (DEC)
W-Gun Hwan Park (SUB)
63Damien Brown
17-11 (2-3 UFC)
L-Frank Camacho (DEC)
L-Vinc Pichel (KO)
W-Jon Tuck (DEC)
64Jon Tuck
10-4 (4-4 UFC)
W-Takanori Gomi (SUB)
L-Damien Brown (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
65Teemu Packalen
8-2 (1-2 UFC)
L-Marc Diakiese (KO)
W-Thibault Gouti (SUB)
L-Mickael Lebout (DEC)
66Thibault Gouti
12-3 (1-3 UFC)
W-Andrew Holbrook (TKO)
L-Chad Laprise (TKO)
L-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (SUB)
67Andrew Holbrook
11-3 (2-3 UFC)
L-Thibault Gouti (TKO)
L-Gregor Gillespie (KO)
W-Jake Matthews (DEC)
68Alex White
12-3 (3-3 UFC)
W-Mitch Clarke (TKO)
L-Tony Martin (DEC)
W-Artem Lobov (DEC)
69Davi Ramos
7-2 (1-1 UFC)
W-Chris Gruetzemacher (SUB)
L-Sergio Moraes (DEC)
W-Nick Piedmont (DEC)
70Darrell Horcher
13-3 (1-2 UFC)
L-Scott Holtzman (DEC)
W-Devin Powell (DEC)
L-Khabib Nurmagomedov (TKO)
71Jason Gonzalez
11-4 (1-2 UFC)
L-Gregor Gillespie (SUB)
W-J.C. Cottrell (SUB)
L-Drew Dober (KO)
72Sage Northcutt
9-2 (4-2 UFC)
W-Michel Quinones (DEC)
L-Mickey Gall (SUB)
W-Enrique Marin (DEC)
73Polo Reyes
6-2 (3-1 UFC)
L-James Vick (TKO)
W-Jason Novelli (DEC)
W-Dong Hyun Kim (KO)
Matt Frevola
01/14/2018
74Dong Hyun Kim
15-8-3 (2-2 UFC)
W-Takanori Gomi (TKO)
W-Brendan O'Reilly (DEC)
L-Polo Reyes (KO)
75Daniel Henry
11-2 (1-0 UFC)
W-Daniel Teymur (DEC)
W-Igeu Kabesa (SUB)
W-Wade Groth (TKO)
76 Jordan Rinaldi
13-5 (1-1 UFC)
W-Alvaro Herrera (SUB)
L-Abel Trujillo (DEC)
W-Lashawn Alcocks (SUB)
77Mads Burnell
8-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Michel Prazeres (SUB)
W-Fernando Bagordache (SUB)
W-Anthony Riggio (SUB)
Mike Santiago
01/14/2018
78Daniel Teymur
6-1 (0-1 UFC)
L-Daniel Henry (DEC)
W-Manolo Scianna (TKO)
W-Davor Matic (SUB)
79Chris Gruetzemacher
13-3 (1-2 UFC)
L-Davi Ramos (SUB)
L-Chas Skelly (SUB)
W-Abner Lloveras (DEC)
80Nasrat Haqparast
8-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Marcin Held (DEC)
W-Ruslan Kalyniuk (TKO)
W-Patrik Berisha (TKO)
81Devin Powell
8-3 (0-2 UFC)
L-Darrell Horcher (DEC)
L-Drakkar Klose (DEC)
W-Jonathan Lemke (SUB)
82Claudio Puelles
7-2 (0-1 UFC)
L-Martin Bravo (TKO)
W-Marcelo Rojo (DEC)
W-Pablo Sabori (SUB)
83Michel Quinones
8-3 (0-2 UFC)
L-Sage Northcutt (DEC)
L-Jared Gordon (TKO)
W-Caio Rocha (DEC)
84Alvaro Herrera
7-5 (1-2 UFC)
L-Jordan Rinaldi (SUB)
L-Vicente Luque (SUB)
W-Vernon Ramos (KO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
* Yet to debut
Gleison Tibau
32-11 (17-9 UFC)
W-Abel Trujillo (SUB)
L-Tony Ferguson (SUB)
W-Norman Parke (DEC)
Islam Makhachev
01/20/2018
Matt Wiman
16-7 (10-5 UFC)
W-Isaac Vallie-Flagg (DEC)
L-T.J. Grant (KO)
W-Paul Sass (SUB)
Carlos Diego Ferreira
12-2 (3-2 UFC)
W-Olivier Aubin-Mercier (DEC)
L-Dustin Poirier (KO)
L-Beneil Dariush (DEC)
Nick Hein
14-2-1 (4-1 UFC)
W-Tae Hyun Bang (DEC)
W-Yusuke Kasuya (DEC)
W-Lukasz Sajewski (DEC)
Joe Ellenberger
15-2 (1-1 UFC)
L-Brian Barberena (TKO)
W-James Moontasri (DEC)
W-Joe Wilk (TKO)
Matt Frevola
6-0 (0-0 UFC)
W-Jose Flores (SUB)
W-Raush Manfio (DEC)
W-Trent McDade (SUB)
Polo Reyes
01/14/2018
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  • jerjapan

    Mitch Clark at 45 isn’t right.

  • yossgold

    Sooooooo, Cerrone moves above Khabib who dominated Dos Anjos who dominated Cerrone and is #2 because he beat Alvarez (he may be considered a contender, but it has never been proven)? I don’t get that logic. I get RDA moving to second even though he lost to Khabib on account of Khabib’s inactivity, but I don’t see how Cerrone can move above Khabib until he either beats him or someone ranked above him (i.e. Not Eddie Alvarez).

  • Joe

    Kevin Lee – 6 wins over absolutely no one, no UFC wins; Norman Parke – 3 legit UFC wins, a draw against a BJJ world champ who was on a 6 fight win streak and TUF Brazil winner which many thought he won and without it he’d be on a 9 fight win streak. How on heaven’s earth can he be ranked under Kevin Lee????

    • Joe

      Kevin Lee is ranked WAY too high … he’s done absolutely nothing.

      • D.C. Ross

        Lee does hold a win over Mansour Barnaoui, who is considered one of the top Lightweights prospects in the world right now. Lee looked pretty darn good against Iaquinta as well. Parke is on a solid winning streak, but the jury is still on whether he can beat an accomplished wrestler. Parke should have gotten the decision over Santos. I definitely will go back and look at their last few fights to see if I have Lee ranked too high.

  • D.C. Ross

    He is moving to Featherweight, and because he officially has been booked for a fight at 145 lbs. he was removed from the Lightweight rankings. His profile can now be found in the Featherweight rankings.

  • cblo

    Miles Jury needs to be moved up. Handed ‘Menace’ a whooping and is now 4-0 in ufc.

    • D.C. Ross

      I understand ranking him above Johnson due to his dominating win over him, but do you think Jury should be ranked ahead of Lauzon, Tibau, Barboza, Masvidal, and Pearson as well?

      Let me see what your 11-20 rankings would look like, so I can have a better idea of what you’re thinking. The way I see it is Johnson leapfrogged a bunch of guys because of his win over Lauzon, who was clearly Top 15 at the time, thanks to finish wins over Varner and Guillard.

  • lou

    It seems odd that Michael Johnson is so much higher than Jury, no?

    • D.C. Ross

      I could definitely see the argument that Johnson should be lower in the rankings, but then I would have to drop Lauzon as well, who has recent finish victories over Varner and Guillard. Jury is a top notch talent, but ranking him above guys like Tibau, Varner, Barboza, Pearson, etc. is probably just a bit too soon for him.

      The Lauzon win was huge for Johnson and gave him a big push up the ranks. Meanwhile, Jury has sort of been stuck in neutral. He picked up a dominant win over Ramsey Nijem, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Even a win over Ricci won’t move Jury up the ranks too much. Wins over lesser ranked competition just don’t mean as much as a win over Lauzon, which is why Johnson currently sits ahead of Jury.

      Do you think Jury should be ranked ahead of the following: Gleison Tibau, Edson Barboza, Jamie Varner, Ross Pearson, Melvin Guillard, Jorge Masvidal, or Joe Lauzon. Jury is on the brink of a top ranking, but until he beats one of those guys I mentioned, he’s likely stuck around that 20-30 range.

      If you want, provide me with your own Top 25 rankings, so I can maybe see how you would be ranking the division. Thanks for the comment.

  • Joe

    Pat Healy’s suspension not accounted for?

    (Suspended by NJSACB until July 19th, 2013)

    • D.C. Ross

      Totally forgot, since Healy was included in the ufc.com/rankings, it slipped past me. Thanks for the save.

  • Leo Corrêa

    Khabib Nurmagomedov might be in a better position. Guys, look at his record… why he’s on 9th position in this rank, while fighters like Dos Anjos, Cerrone and Pettis are above it?

    • rankingmma

      Nurmagomedov is not ranked above the guys you mentioned because he has yet to win consistently against top-level competition. His most notable win is over Gleison Tibau, but to most people who watched and scored that fight, it was a very controversial decision. His 19-0 record is remarkable, and I believe he has a very bright future in the sport. Khabib has been calling out Nate Diaz, and that is likely the type of fight that could propel him into title contention.

      Why do you think Nurmagomedov should be ranked ahead of Anthony Pettis or Donald Cerrone? I would understand your argument for possibly ranking him above Dos Anjos, but the other guys not so much.

  • Mario Rabelo

    I liked this ranking a lot. Most people dont see dos Anjos so high but he has showed tremendous development on his last fights. Guillard is a little overated. But everything else looks great. Congratulations!

    • admin

      Thank you. Dos Anjos is on a solid winning streak and a lot of the other fringe contenders have suffered recent losses (Tibau, Dunham, Guillard, Barboza, Bocek). I think dos Anjos could surprise, his loss to Guida was due to injury, and that fight was going to be a close decision. Otherwise, the Tibau loss is dos Anjos’ only recent blemish.

  • MrOrange

    I don’t see Guillard as even a top 15 lw. definately not a top 10.

    • admin

      Guillard’s winning streak in 2010 is the reason he hasn’t fallen farther. When Guillard finished Dunham, he was on the verge of a title shot. People forget that Dunham was scheduled to face Kenny Florian in what may have been a #1 contender fight for the LW division. Guillard’s only losses have come to the elite of the division (Diaz, Miller, Cerrone). All the fighters ranked below him have lost to lesser fighters in recent years. I do think Guillard is overrated, but the guys below him have never beaten a top guy.

  • MrOrange

    To admin

    Ive stuck in there with your site. Glad you have it running much better, good job bro. 🙂

    • admin

      Thank you for the support!

  • dWd

    Q. What do you get if you cross a Jim Miller with a Nate Diaz A. a T.J.Grant

    • admin

      I was sleeping on Grant going into his fight with Dunham. Many people forget that he nearly knocked off Johny Hendricks at WW. Grant can do some damage at LW, and definitely can give guys like Guida, Lauzon, or Guillard a run for their money. Can’t wait for him to get a crack at a Top 10 fighter.

  • dWd

    Nurmagomedov should be ranked ahead of Tibau,who could be ranked higher here.i think barboza is overrated at the moment.

    • admin

      The lightweight division from 10-20 is a complete mess. Nurmagomedov beat Tibau in a very debatable decision. Should Nurmagomedov be rewarded for that decision by being ranked above Rafael Dos Anjos, Jeremy Stephens, Sotiropoulos? At this point, Nurmagomedov moved up the ranks significantly with the close decision win, but I can’t justify putting him with the mid-tier elite of the division just yet.

      Barboza’s ranking is overrated, but his skills aren’t. Barboza won a couple of close decisions over Pearson and Njokuani before the highlight-reel KO of Terry Etim. That knockout definitely had him on the verge of title contention. Considering the recent losses by Tibau, Stephens, and Sotiropoulos, he is still hanging around between 11-15.

      • dWd

        YES HE SHOULD. all those guys you mention, AND mark bocek deserve to be ranked ahead of barboza right now. i will watch the tibau vs nurmagomedov fight again but i don’t remember being anything but impressed with him getting a “unanimous decision” over one of the best in the division.

        • admin

          I am hoping the lightweight scene sorts itself out soon. Bocek needs a signature win. He has proven his merits against mid-level competition and gave Jim Miller all he could handle, but the fact remains, he has never beaten a top 20 fighter (Lentz was around #25).

          Terry Etim was a bordline Top 20 fighter prior to Barboza beating him. Also, it wasn’t just a decision win for Barboza, it was a huge knockout.

          It comes down to Barboza’s wins over Etim and Pearson outweighing the guys ranked below him. Rafael Dos Anjos is on a solid run, but his recent loss to Tibau holds him back. Same thing for Tibau, he was looking solid up until the decision loss to Nurmagomedov. Stephens’ biggest win in recent years is Marcus Davis, in a fight he was losing until a 3rd round knockout. All of these fighters have some sort of hiccup on their resume. I’m not trying to discount Barboza’s loss against Varner, but all of the guys below him have experienced the same thing.

          Thanks for the solid info. I agree with a lot of your points. I am not trying to persuade you to why I ranked so-and-so, I’m just trying to point out how I am seeing things at this current stage.

      • dWd

        i just watched the tibau vs khabib fight again,i don’t have a problem with the result,khabib pressed the action the whole way using wild striking to get in on single leg takedowns over and over,tibau stuffed everyone of em and even landed a couple solid knees to khabib as he was coming in ,but khabib walked through them and was rellentless keeping tibau backed up to the cage and defending for the whole fight. tibau did land two takedowns,but khabib popped straight back up and went back on the attack.

        • admin

          I remember it being close as well. It was the fallout of the rankings that I had trouble with. Does Nurmagomedov really deserve to be ranked ahead of Dos Anjos, Sotiropoulos, and Bocek for one controversial decision win? I couldn’t punish Tibau either because he has proven his skills against Dos Anjos and Stephens.

          I am doing the same thing that I previously did with all of the wild Leonard Garcia decisions. I wasn’t going to penalize Chan Sung Jung or Nam Phan because the judges couldn’t get the scorecards right.

          Like I said, I will watch the fight again and see if Nurmagomedov did enough to win the fight. Obviously the judges thought so, but pretty much every website doing play-by-play had Tibau winning that fight.

  • admin

    Siver announced his move down to the UFC featherweight division following his loss to Cerrone.

  • admin

    Penn has been added to the UFC welterweight division.

  • Andy

    i cant believe Edson Barboza lost it’s been my favorita since he joined the UFC

  • SVN

    why is edson barboza in n16 and donald cerrone in number 8 if barboza is 4-0 in ufc and cerrone 4-1? and barboza has greatest knockouts than cerrone…

    • admin

      Cerrone has faced stiffer competition thus far in his career. Barboza may be 4-0 in the UFC, but 2 of his wins were razor-thin decisions over Anthony Njokuani and Ross Pearson. Barboza may be the next big thing in the 155-pound division, but he will have to prove himself against high-level competition first.

  • Beighz

    Nate Diaz – OVER-RATED

    • admin

      Overrated at 170 maybe, but at 155 Diaz was fairly solid. He lost to Gray Maynard in a close fight and easily defeated Melvin Guillard. He lost a couple of fights to Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, who simply held Diaz down for 3 rounds. I think Diaz needs a big win at 155 to show he is still a factor.