Heavyweight (265) – Light Heavyweight (205) – Middleweight (185) – Welterweight (170) – Lightweight (155) – Featherweight (145) – Bantamweight (135) – Flyweight (125)
Women’s Featherweight (145) – Women’s Bantamweight (135) – Women’s Flyweight (125) – Women’s Strawweight (115)
|Rank||Fighter||OVR||UFC||Last 3 Fights||Next Fight|
|1||Alex Volkanovski||25-2||12-1||L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)|
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Chan Sung Jung (TKO)
|2||Max Holloway||24-7||20-7||W-Arnold Allen (DEC)|
L-Alex Volkanovski (DEC)
W-Yair Rodriguez (DEC)
|3||Yair Rodriguez||15-3||10-2||W-Josh Emmett (SUB)|
W-Brian Ortega (TKO)
L-Max Holloway (DEC)
|4||Arnold Allen||19-2||10-1||L-Max Holloway (DEC)|
W-Calvin Kattar (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (TKO)
|5||Josh Emmett||18-3||9-3||L-Yair Rodriguez (SUB)|
W-Calvin Kattar (DEC)
W-Dan Ige (DEC)
|6||Ilia Topuria||13-0||5-0||W-Diego Lopes (DEC)|
W-Bryce Mitchell (SUB)
W-Jai Herbert (KO)
|7||Movsar Evloev||17-0||7-0||W-Dan Ige (DEC)|
W-Hakeem Dawodu (DEC)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
|8||Brian Ortega||15-3||7-3||L-Yair Rodriguez (TKO)|
L-Alex Volkanovski (DEC)
W-Chan Sung Jung (DEC)
|9||Chan Sung Jung||17-7||7-4||L-Alex Volkanovski (TKO)|
W-Dan Ige (DEC)
L-Brian Ortega (DEC)
|10||Calvin Kattar||23-7||7-5||L-Arnold Allen (TKO)|
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
W-Giga Chikadze (DEC)
|11||Giga Chikadze||14-3||7-1||L-Calvin Kattar (DEC)|
W-Edson Barboza (TKO)
W-Cub Swanson (TKO)
|12||Bryce Mitchell||15-1||6-1||L-Ilia Topuria (SUB)|
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-Andre Fili (DEC)
|13||Dan Ige||16-6||8-5||W-Damon Jackson (KO)|
L-Movsar Evloev (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
|14||Edson Barboza||23-11||17-11||W-Billy Quarantillo (KO)|
L-Bryce Mitchell (DEC)
L-Giga Chikadze (TKO)
|15||Nathaniel Wood||19-5||6-2||W-Charles Jourdain (DEC)|
W-Charles Rosa (DEC)
L-Casey Kenney (DEC)
|16||Lerone Murphy||12-0-1||4-0-1||W-Gabriel Santos (DEC)|
W-Makwan Amirkhani (KO)
W-Douglas Andrade (DEC)
|17||Sodiq Yusuff||13-2||6-1||W-Don Shainis (DEC)|
W-Alex Caceres (DEC)
L-Arnold Allen (DEC)
|18||Billy Quarantillo||17-5||5-3||L-Edson Barboza (KO)|
W-Alexander Hernandez (TKO)
L-Shane Burgos (DEC)
|19||Jack Shore||17-1||6-1||W-Makwan Amirkhani (SUB)|
L-Ricky Simon (SUB)
W-Timur Valiev (DEC)
|20||Jonathan Pearce||12-4||5-1||W-Darren Elkins (DEC)|
W-Makwan Amirkhani (TKO)
W-Christian Rodriguez (DEC)
|21||Joanderson Brito||14-3-1||2-1||W-Lucas Alexander (SUB)|
W-Andre Fili (TKO)
L-Bill Algeo (DEC)
|22||Andre Fili||22-9||10-8||W-Bill Algeo (DEC)|
L-Joanderson Brito (TKO)
NC-Daniel Pineda (NC)
|23||Alex Caceres||20-13||15-11||W-Julian Erosa (KO)|
L-Sodiq Yusuff (DEC)
W-Seung Woo Choi (SUB)
|24||Fernando Padilla||15-4||1-0||W-Julian Erosa (TKO)|
W-Cameron Graves (TKO)
W-Nate Richardson (DEC)
|25||Julian Erosa||27-11||6-7||L-Fernando Padilla (TKO)|
L-Alex Caceres (KO)
W-Hakeem Dawodu (DEC)
|26||Nate Landwehr||17-4||4-2||W-Austin Lingo (SUB)|
W-David Onama (DEC)
W-Ludovit Klein (SUB)
|27||Hakeem Dawodu||13-3-1||6-3||L-Julian Erosa (DEC)|
W-Mike Trizano (DEC)
L-Movsar Evloev (DEC)
|28||Damon Jackson||22-5-1||5-3-1||L-Dan Ige (KO)|
W-Pat Sabatini (TKO)
W-Dan Argueta (DEC)
|29||Pat Sabatini||17-4||4-1||L-Damon Jackson (TKO)|
W-T.J. Laramie (DEC)
W-Tucker Lutz (DEC)
|30||Charles Jourdain||14-6-1||5-5-1||W-Kron Gracie (DEC)|
L-Nathaniel Wood (DEC)
L-Shane Burgos (DEC)
|31||Josh Culibao||11-1-1||3-1-1||W-Melsik Baghdasaryan (SUB)|
W-Sung Woo Choi (DEC)
W-Yilan Sha (DEC)
|32||Ricardo Ramos||16-4||7-3||W-Danny Chavez (KO)|
L-Zubaira Tukhugov (DEC)
W-Bill Algeo (DEC)
|33||Bill Algeo||17-7||3-3||W-T.J. Brown (SUB)|
L-Andre Fili (DEC)
W-Herbert Burns (TKO)
|34||Lucas Almeida||14-1||1-0||W-Michael Trizano (TKO)|
W-Italo Trindade (SUB)
L-Daniel Zellhuber (DEC)
|35||Kron Gracie||5-2||1-2||L-Charles Jourdain (DEC)|
L-Cub Swanson (DEC)
W-Alex Caceres (SUB)
|36||Darren Elkins||27-11||17-10||L-Jonathan Pearce (DEC)|
W-Tristan Connelly (DEC)
L-Cub Swanson (TKO)
|37||Daniel Pineda||28-14||5-5||W-Tucker Lutz (SUB)|
NC-Andre Fili (NC)
L-Cub Swanson (KO)
|38||Sung Woo Choi||10-6||3-5||L-Michael Trizano (KO)|
L-Josh Culibao (DEC)
L-Alex Caceres (SUB)
|39||David Onama||10-2||2-2||L-Nate Landwehr (DEC)|
W-Garrett Armfield (SUB)
W-Gabriel Benitez (KO)
|40||Herbert Burns||11-4||2-2||L-Bill Algeo (TKO)|
L-Daniel Pineda (TKO)
W-Evan Dunham (SUB)
|41||Tucker Lutz||12-3||1-2||L-Daniel Pineda (SUB)|
L-Pat Sabatini (DEC)
WKevin Aguilar (DEC)
|42||Doo Ho Choi||14-4-1||3-3-1||D-Kyle Nelson (DEC)|
L-Charles Jourdain (TKO)
L-Jeremy Stephens (TKO)
|43||Steve Garcia||14-5||3-2||W-Yilan Sha (KO)|
W-Chase Hooper (TKO)
L-Maheshate Hayisaer (KO)
|44||Sean Woodson||9-1-1||3-1-1||D-Luis Saldana (DEC)|
W-Collin Anglin (TKO)
W-Youssef Zalal (DEC)
|45||Yilan Sha||39-11||3-2||L-Steve Garcia (KO)|
W-Darrick Minner (TKO)
W-T.J. Brown (DEC)
|46||Luis Saldana||16-7-1||2-1-1||D-Sean Woodson (DEC)|
W-Bruno Souza (DEC)
L-Austin Lingo (DEC)
|47||Kamuela Kirk||12-5||1-1||L-Damon Jackson (SUB)|
WMakwan Amirkhani (DEC)
W-Daniel Swain (TKO)
|48||Makwan Amirkhani||17-9||7-7||L-Jack Shore (SUB)|
L-Jonathan Pearce (TKO)
W-Mike Grundy (SUB)
|49||T.J. Brown||17-10||3-4||L-Bill Algeo (SUB)|
W-Erik Silva (TKO)
L-Yilan Sha (DEC)
|50||Lucas Alexander||8-3||1-1||W-Steven Peterson (DEC)|
L-Joanderson Brito (SUB)
W-Jacob Kilburn (TKO)
|51||Diego Lopes||21-6||0-1||L-Movsar Evloev (DEC)|
W-Angel Rodriguez (TKO)
W-Kenn Glenn (KO)
|52||Chase Hooper||11-3-1||3-3||L-Steve Garcia (TKO)|
W-Felipe Colares (TKO)
L-Steven Peterson (DEC)
|53||William Gomis||12-2||2-0||W-Francis Marshall (DEC)|
W-Jarno Errens (DEC)
W-Jose Santiago (TKO)
|54||Melsik Baghdasaryan||7-2||2-1||L-Josh Culibao (SUB)|
W-Bruno Souza (DEC)
W-Collin Anglin (KO)
|55||Dan Argueta||9-1||1-1||W-Nick Aguirre (DEC)|
L-Damon Jackson (DEC)
W-Diego Silva (DEC)
|56||Jack Jenkins||11-2||1-0||W-Don Shainis (DEC)|
W-Freddy Linares (TKO)
W-Rod Costa (DEC)
|57||Blake Bilder||8-0-1||1-0||W-Shane Young (DEC)|
W-Alex Morgan (SUB)
W-Rigivaldo Carvalho (TKO)
|58||Austin Lingo||9-2||2-2||L-Nate Landwehr (SUB)|
W-Luis Saldana (DEC)
W-Jacob Kilburn (DEC)
|59||Kyle Nelson||13-5-1||1-4-1||D-Doo Ho Choi (DEC)|
L-Jai Herbert (DEC)
L-Billy Quarantillo (KO)
|60||Charles Rosa||14-8||5-8||L-Nathaniel Wood (DEC)|
L-T.J. Brown (DEC)
L-Damon Jackson (DEC)
|61||Jamall Emmers||19-6||2-2||W-Khusein Askhabov (DEC)|
L-Pat Sabatini (SUB)
W-Vincen Cachero (DEC)
|62||Francis Marshall||7-1||1-1||L-William Gomis (DEC)|
W-Marcelo Rojo (KO)
W-Connor Matthews (DEC)
|63||Gabriel Santos||10-1||0-1||L-Lerone Murphy (DEC)|
W-Jose Delano (KO)
W-Marcio Barbosa (TKO)
|64||Jarno Errens||13-4-1||0-1||L-William Gomis (DEC)|
W-Alisher Abdulloev (DEC)
L-Mert Oezyildirim (DEC)
|65||Garrett Armfield||8-3||0-1||L-David Onama (SUB)|
W-Steven Graham (KO)
W-Mark Slyter (DEC)
|66||Erik Silva||9-2||0-1||L-T.J. Brown (TKO)|
W-Anvar Boynazarov (TKO)
W-Edgar Cabello (SUB)
|67||Nick Aguirre||0-1||L-Dan Argueta (DEC)|
W-Brandon Clawson (DEC)
W-Tyler Dehaven (SUB)
|68||Don Shainis||12-5||0-2||L-Jack Jenkins (DEC)|
L-Sodiq Yusuff (SUB)
W-Brice Picaud (TKO)
|69||Shane Young||13-7||2-4||L-Blake Bilder (DEC)|
L-Omar Morales (DEC)
L-Ludovit Klein (KO)
|70||Khusein Askhabov||23-1||0-1||W-Yusup Visaitov (KO)|
W-Umar Movsarov (SUB)
W-Luiz Filho (SUB)
|71||Jeong Yeong Lee||10-1||1-0||W-Zha Yi (DEC)|
W-Kai Lu (KO)
W-Xie Bin (SUB)
|72||Zha Yi||22-4||0-1||L-Jeong Yeong Lee (DEC)|
W-Koyomi Matsushima (DEC)
W-Keisuke Sasu (SUB)
|Ineligible for Rankings|
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
* Yet to debut
|Ryan Hall||9-2||5-1||W-Darrick Minner (DEC)|
L-Ilia Topuria (KO)
W-Darren Elkins (DEC)
|Gavin Tucker||13-2||4-2||L-Dan Ige (KO)|
W-Billy Quarantillo (DEC)
W-Justin Jaynes (SUB)
|Danny Henry||12-4||2-2||L-Makwan Amirkhani (SUB)|
L-Dan Ige (SUB)
W-Hakeem Dawodu (SUB)
|Kevin Aguilar||17-5||2-4||L-Tucker Lutz (DEC)|
L-Charles Rosa (DEC)
L-Zubaira Tukhugov (TKO)
|Isaac Dulgarian||5-0||0-0||W-Terry Britton (KO)|
W-Ray Ostrander (SUB)
W-Jessy Ebrecht (TKO)
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Hi buddy, 2 quick things: Steven Peterson retired from MMA on Saturday…also Lucas Alexander is now 1-1 in the UFC
Hi buddy – Ryan Hall has officially surpassed 15 months of inactivity.
Hey there! Not sure who maintains this site but THANK YOU. It’s the only one done in a format that makes it easy to convert to excel. How often is this updated? I noticed for example Yair is below Emmett even though they fought a week and a half ago. Thanks again for all you do.
Kevin Aguilar listed on ufc website as “not fighting” as opposed to “active”
Michael TriZano’s contract was not renewed
Marcelo rojo was released
Kevin Aguilar’s status is “not fighting” on his UFC fighter profile page
Darrick Minner was released yesterday.
Daniel Piñeda has surpassed 15 months of inactivity as of yesterday.
Updated, thank you.
Hi buddy – couple updates:
Danny Chavez was released about 5 days ago
Kevin Aguilar has officially hit 15 months of inactivity as of 12 am this morning
Aguilar still in the rankings? Hasn’t fought since May 2021
No reason to still have Dan Hooker ranked in 145. He’s made it clear he’ll be continuing to fight at 155 – since you view interviews with such high regard: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2022/05/ufc-dan-hooker-return-to-lightweight-cant-make-featherweight
Thank you Lee, I will be adding him back to lightweight. Appreciate you finding the source article.
So, then why is Hooker still ranked here?
He has competed at Featherweight in the last 15 months and still said in an interview he was open to compete at both 145 and 155.
Any explanation for why Herbert Burns is ranked 34th? He’s not the same fighter he was pre injury
Shane, hard not to argue with that point. He looked awful. Sounds like him taking the fight was likely for monetary reasons. He will likely be falling down the rankings, but he does have those wins over Landwehr and Dunham, with the Landwehr one still carrying a bit of weight.
Gabriel Benitez is a bit under-ranked here.
He has 6 UFC wins including wins over:
Jason Knight (who has wins over Dan Hooker, Alex Caceres, Thiago Moises, Chas Skelly)
Clay Collard (who has wins over Jeremy Stephens, Anthony Pettis)
Yet he’s ranked behind Danny Chavez who has only 1 UFC win, over the hapless TJ Brown
Joanderson Brito has no business being ranked 21. That’s insane. He lost to Bill Algeo whom you have 42nd.
Perhaps you’re over-valuing the win over Andre Fili who has 1 win in his last 5 fights
You are right on with why Brito is now higher ranked than Algeo as Fili was a big name win. I understand Fili is no longer a Top 15 fighter, but his resume was still strong. Similar to a fighter like Arnold Allen who is now in the Top 10, despite his biggest wins being over Gilbert Melendez, Nik Lentz, and Dan Hooker who were all a combined 3-9 coming into their fights with Allen. Regardless, their resumes still carried weight despite recent losing streaks. Brito’s next fight will solidify where he stands. As we have learned many times, fighters making their UFC debuts at times have lost due to the added pressure, only to find their stride shortly after.
Appreciate the comment. Curious if you think Fili should be below Algeo….as I just can’t see ranking Fili any lower at this point in time despite the rough patch.
I think for instance that most people would probably favor Zubaira Tukhugov in a fight over Andre Fili at this point – yet Fili is ranked significantly higher. I think Joanderson Brito being 1-1 in the UFC with his lone win coming against a guy who has completely fallen off makes him unworthy of being ranked ahead of guys like Ricardo Ramos (7 ufc wins), Charles Jourdain (4), Billy Quarantillo (4), Alex Caceres (14), and Darren Elkins (17)
Hi bud. Mike Grundy and Mark Striegl were both released about 2 weeks back.
Thank you, updated!
Kai Kamaka and Justin Jaynes have been released, their coach Eric Nicksick confirmed this on twitter.
– Austin Lingo has not lost to Luis Saldana via KO – the 2 have never fought, but will in late August
– Daniel Teymur has been released
Thank you, both updates were made!
You got it mate…Mirsad Bektić has also retired from MMA. sort of slipped under the radar – but this happened about 3 weeks back
Thank you, I did briefly see that link. Surprising decline for Mirsad after starting his career 11-0 and really being hyped as the future. Now removed, thank you!
Kai Kamaka and Justin Jaynes have both been cut by UFC per Eric Nicksick on Twitter.
Chris Fishgold fighting with another promotion now and has a fight announced per his Instagram.
Thank you, will remove now
Jamall Emmers and Vince Cachero need to be updated after their fight on 8/1/20
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
damn Niinimäki just won his match and you already updated his ranking! Good work! 🙂
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.
Where is Koch?
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.
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.
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.
I want to see José Aldo vs Korean Zombie ! (Chan Sung Jung)
UFC 155 just got better,Lamas Vs.Koch announced as well as Wineland Vs. Pickett, Stacked Card!!!!
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.
es callvin kattar vs lamas y shane burgos vs cub swannson
You have Andy Ogle ranked above Akira Corassani … They just fought and Akira won … it that on purpose or a fluke?
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.
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.
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” …
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Dustin Neace has been cut from the UFC, he currently fights for Conquest FC.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dias Vs. Mendes for december!
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.