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UFC Featherweight Rankings - Complete UFC Fighter Rankings
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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)

RankFighterOVRUFCLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Alex Volkanovski25-212-1L-Islam Makhachev (DEC)
W-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Chan Sung Jung (TKO)
2Max Holloway24-720-7W-Arnold Allen (DEC)
L-Alex Volkanovski (DEC)
W-Yair Rodriguez (DEC)
3Yair Rodriguez15-310-2W-Josh Emmett (SUB)
W-Brian Ortega (TKO)
L-Max Holloway (DEC)
4Arnold Allen19-210-1L-Max Holloway (DEC)
W-Calvin Kattar (TKO)
W-Dan Hooker (TKO)
5Josh Emmett18-39-3L-Yair Rodriguez (SUB)
W-Calvin Kattar (DEC)
W-Dan Ige (DEC)
6Ilia Topuria13-05-0W-Diego Lopes (DEC)
W-Bryce Mitchell (SUB)
W-Jai Herbert (KO)
7Movsar Evloev17-07-0W-Dan Ige (DEC)
W-Hakeem Dawodu (DEC)
W-Nik Lentz (DEC)
8Brian Ortega15-37-3L-Yair Rodriguez (TKO)
L-Alex Volkanovski (DEC)
W-Chan Sung Jung (DEC)
9Chan Sung Jung17-77-4L-Alex Volkanovski (TKO)
W-Dan Ige (DEC)
L-Brian Ortega (DEC)
10Calvin Kattar23-77-5L-Arnold Allen (TKO)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
W-Giga Chikadze (DEC)
11Giga Chikadze14-37-1L-Calvin Kattar (DEC)
W-Edson Barboza (TKO)
W-Cub Swanson (TKO)
12Bryce Mitchell15-16-1L-Ilia Topuria (SUB)
W-Edson Barboza (DEC)
W-Andre Fili (DEC)
13Dan Ige16-68-5W-Damon Jackson (KO)
L-Movsar Evloev (DEC)
L-Josh Emmett (DEC)
14Edson Barboza23-1117-11W-Billy Quarantillo (KO)
L-Bryce Mitchell (DEC)
L-Giga Chikadze (TKO)
15Nathaniel Wood19-56-2W-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
W-Charles Rosa (DEC)
L-Casey Kenney (DEC)
16Lerone Murphy12-0-14-0-1W-Gabriel Santos (DEC)
W-Makwan Amirkhani (KO)
W-Douglas Andrade (DEC)
17Sodiq Yusuff13-26-1W-Don Shainis (DEC)
W-Alex Caceres (DEC)
L-Arnold Allen (DEC)
18Billy Quarantillo17-55-3L-Edson Barboza (KO)
W-Alexander Hernandez (TKO)
L-Shane Burgos (DEC)
19Jack Shore17-16-1W-Makwan Amirkhani (SUB)
L-Ricky Simon (SUB)
W-Timur Valiev (DEC)
20Jonathan Pearce12-45-1W-Darren Elkins (DEC)
W-Makwan Amirkhani (TKO)
W-Christian Rodriguez (DEC)
21Joanderson Brito14-3-12-1W-Lucas Alexander (SUB)
W-Andre Fili (TKO)
L-Bill Algeo (DEC)
22Andre Fili22-910-8W-Bill Algeo (DEC)
L-Joanderson Brito (TKO)
NC-Daniel Pineda (NC)
23Alex Caceres20-1315-11W-Julian Erosa (KO)
L-Sodiq Yusuff (DEC)
W-Seung Woo Choi (SUB)
24Fernando Padilla15-41-0W-Julian Erosa (TKO)
W-Cameron Graves (TKO)
W-Nate Richardson (DEC)
25Julian Erosa27-116-7L-Fernando Padilla (TKO)
L-Alex Caceres (KO)
W-Hakeem Dawodu (DEC)
26Nate Landwehr17-44-2W-Austin Lingo (SUB)
W-David Onama (DEC)
W-Ludovit Klein (SUB)
27Hakeem Dawodu13-3-16-3L-Julian Erosa (DEC)
W-Mike Trizano (DEC)
L-Movsar Evloev (DEC)
28Damon Jackson22-5-15-3-1L-Dan Ige (KO)
W-Pat Sabatini (TKO)
W-Dan Argueta (DEC)
29Pat Sabatini17-44-1L-Damon Jackson (TKO)
W-T.J. Laramie (DEC)
W-Tucker Lutz (DEC)
30Charles Jourdain14-6-15-5-1W-Kron Gracie (DEC)
L-Nathaniel Wood (DEC)
L-Shane Burgos (DEC)
31Josh Culibao11-1-13-1-1W-Melsik Baghdasaryan (SUB)
W-Sung Woo Choi (DEC)
W-Yilan Sha (DEC)
32Ricardo Ramos16-47-3W-Danny Chavez (KO)
L-Zubaira Tukhugov (DEC)
W-Bill Algeo (DEC)
33Bill Algeo17-73-3W-T.J. Brown (SUB)
L-Andre Fili (DEC)
W-Herbert Burns (TKO)
34Lucas Almeida14-11-0W-Michael Trizano (TKO)
W-Italo Trindade (SUB)
L-Daniel Zellhuber (DEC)
35Kron Gracie5-21-2L-Charles Jourdain (DEC)
L-Cub Swanson (DEC)
W-Alex Caceres (SUB)
36Darren Elkins27-1117-10L-Jonathan Pearce (DEC)
W-Tristan Connelly (DEC)
L-Cub Swanson (TKO)
37Daniel Pineda28-145-5W-Tucker Lutz (SUB)
NC-Andre Fili (NC)
L-Cub Swanson (KO)
38Sung Woo Choi10-63-5L-Michael Trizano (KO)
L-Josh Culibao (DEC)
L-Alex Caceres (SUB)
39David Onama10-22-2L-Nate Landwehr (DEC)
W-Garrett Armfield (SUB)
W-Gabriel Benitez (KO)
40Herbert Burns11-42-2L-Bill Algeo (TKO)
L-Daniel Pineda (TKO)
W-Evan Dunham (SUB)
41Tucker Lutz12-31-2L-Daniel Pineda (SUB)
L-Pat Sabatini (DEC)
WKevin Aguilar (DEC)
42Doo Ho Choi14-4-13-3-1D-Kyle Nelson (DEC)
L-Charles Jourdain (TKO)
L-Jeremy Stephens (TKO)
43Steve Garcia14-53-2W-Yilan Sha (KO)
W-Chase Hooper (TKO)
L-Maheshate Hayisaer (KO)
44Sean Woodson9-1-13-1-1D-Luis Saldana (DEC)
W-Collin Anglin (TKO)
W-Youssef Zalal (DEC)
45Yilan Sha39-113-2L-Steve Garcia (KO)
W-Darrick Minner (TKO)
W-T.J. Brown (DEC)
46Luis Saldana16-7-12-1-1D-Sean Woodson (DEC)
W-Bruno Souza (DEC)
L-Austin Lingo (DEC)
47Kamuela Kirk12-51-1L-Damon Jackson (SUB)
WMakwan Amirkhani (DEC)
W-Daniel Swain (TKO)
48Makwan Amirkhani17-97-7L-Jack Shore (SUB)
L-Jonathan Pearce (TKO)
W-Mike Grundy (SUB)
49T.J. Brown17-103-4L-Bill Algeo (SUB)
W-Erik Silva (TKO)
L-Yilan Sha (DEC)
50Lucas Alexander8-31-1W-Steven Peterson (DEC)
L-Joanderson Brito (SUB)
W-Jacob Kilburn (TKO)
51Diego Lopes21-60-1L-Movsar Evloev (DEC)
W-Angel Rodriguez (TKO)
W-Kenn Glenn (KO)
52Chase Hooper11-3-13-3L-Steve Garcia (TKO)
W-Felipe Colares (TKO)
L-Steven Peterson (DEC)
53William Gomis12-22-0W-Francis Marshall (DEC)
W-Jarno Errens (DEC)
W-Jose Santiago (TKO)
54Melsik Baghdasaryan7-22-1L-Josh Culibao (SUB)
W-Bruno Souza (DEC)
W-Collin Anglin (KO)
55Dan Argueta9-11-1W-Nick Aguirre (DEC)
L-Damon Jackson (DEC)
W-Diego Silva (DEC)
56Jack Jenkins11-21-0W-Don Shainis (DEC)
W-Freddy Linares (TKO)
W-Rod Costa (DEC)
57Blake Bilder8-0-11-0W-Shane Young (DEC)
W-Alex Morgan (SUB)
W-Rigivaldo Carvalho (TKO)
58Austin Lingo9-22-2L-Nate Landwehr (SUB)
W-Luis Saldana (DEC)
W-Jacob Kilburn (DEC)
59Kyle Nelson13-5-11-4-1D-Doo Ho Choi (DEC)
L-Jai Herbert (DEC)
L-Billy Quarantillo (KO)
60Charles Rosa14-85-8L-Nathaniel Wood (DEC)
L-T.J. Brown (DEC)
L-Damon Jackson (DEC)
61Jamall Emmers19-62-2W-Khusein Askhabov (DEC)
L-Pat Sabatini (SUB)
W-Vincen Cachero (DEC)
62Francis Marshall7-11-1L-William Gomis (DEC)
W-Marcelo Rojo (KO)
W-Connor Matthews (DEC)
63Gabriel Santos10-10-1L-Lerone Murphy (DEC)
W-Jose Delano (KO)
W-Marcio Barbosa (TKO)
64Jarno Errens13-4-10-1L-William Gomis (DEC)
W-Alisher Abdulloev (DEC)
L-Mert Oezyildirim (DEC)
65Garrett Armfield8-30-1L-David Onama (SUB)
W-Steven Graham (KO)
W-Mark Slyter (DEC)
66Erik Silva9-20-1L-T.J. Brown (TKO)
W-Anvar Boynazarov (TKO)
W-Edgar Cabello (SUB)
67Nick Aguirre0-1L-Dan Argueta (DEC)
W-Brandon Clawson (DEC)
W-Tyler Dehaven (SUB)
68Don Shainis12-50-2L-Jack Jenkins (DEC)
L-Sodiq Yusuff (SUB)
W-Brice Picaud (TKO)
69Shane Young13-72-4L-Blake Bilder (DEC)
L-Omar Morales (DEC)
L-Ludovit Klein (KO)
70Khusein Askhabov23-10-1W-Yusup Visaitov (KO)
W-Umar Movsarov (SUB)
W-Luiz Filho (SUB)
71Jeong Yeong Lee
10-11-0W-Zha Yi (DEC)
W-Kai Lu (KO)
W-Xie Bin (SUB)
72Zha Yi22-40-1L-Jeong Yeong Lee (DEC)
W-Koyomi Matsushima (DEC)
W-Keisuke Sasu (SUB)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
* Yet to debut
Ryan Hall9-25-1W-Darrick Minner (DEC)
L-Ilia Topuria (KO)
W-Darren Elkins (DEC)
Gavin Tucker13-24-2L-Dan Ige (KO)
W-Billy Quarantillo (DEC)
W-Justin Jaynes (SUB)
Danny Henry12-42-2L-Makwan Amirkhani (SUB)
L-Dan Ige (SUB)
W-Hakeem Dawodu (SUB)
Kevin Aguilar17-52-4L-Tucker Lutz (DEC)
L-Charles Rosa (DEC)
L-Zubaira Tukhugov (TKO)
Isaac Dulgarian5-00-0W-Terry Britton (KO)
W-Ray Ostrander (SUB)
W-Jessy Ebrecht (TKO)
UFC Rankings FAQ
* These rankings are not official, nor do they reflect any affiliation with, sponsorship, or endorsement by the UFC. The rankings generated by the UFC can be found here.
UFC Rankings are comprised of all fighters currently signed to the UFC. RankingMMA has been publishing UFC rankings since 2006.

So, how do we compile our rankings? What separates us from other web sites that formulate rankings?

We are the only source that uses computerized analytics rankings system & actual fight footage to determine rankings similar. The reason we do this is to avoid ranking bias. By using analytics, fighters are scored no matter their popularity or hype. From there, tiers are created and fighters are ranked from within those tiers.

Here is the rankings criteria that encompasses a fighter ranking:
- Most recent performance
- Performance against top competition
- Estimated ability against future competition
- Strength of competition
- Activity in the last 3 years
- Last 5 fights

There are many fighters sporting undefeated records from developing fight scenes, especially abroad. Something we take into consideration is the strength of competition they have faced. If a fighter has compiled a bunch of wins against competition that is lackluster they will likely have a difficult time moving up in the rankings until they face stiffer competition in order for us to accurately predict how they would perform against exceedingly tougher competition.

If a fighter has fought elite competition and fallen short, we factor in how they performed. If a fighter fairs well against a higher-ranked adversary, they could still move up in the rankings.

Actual fight footage is reviewed, regardless of promotion in order to formulate our rankings.

= Fighter moves up in the rankings after recent fight
= Fighter moves down in the rankings after recent fight

Reasons a fighter is ineligible for UFC Rankings
= Inactivity over 15 months
= Changing weight classes. A fighter must debut in their new weight class in order to officially be ranked there. Upon their debut, they will be removed from their former weight class. If the fighter temporarily competed outside of their division, they will be ranked in their primary division unless the fighter states different.
= Suspension. Should a fighter be suspended for performance enhancing substances or fighter conduct, they will be removed from the rankings.
= Info Needed. A fighter has signed or re-signed with the UFC, but have yet to officially fight in the UFC.

66 Comments on this post.
  • Hal Enders
    1 April 2023 at 8:07 AM
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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

  • Pierre mcClain
    13 March 2023 at 10:17 AM
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    Hi buddy – Ryan Hall has officially surpassed 15 months of inactivity.

  • KYle
    22 February 2023 at 3:57 PM
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    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.

  • CoLin litle
    20 January 2023 at 6:56 AM
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    Couple notes:
    Kevin Aguilar listed on ufc website as “not fighting” as opposed to “active”

    Michael TriZano’s contract was not renewed

    Marcelo rojo was released

  • Todd Yond
    17 January 2023 at 1:44 PM
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  • Toshi Suparisti
    5 December 2022 at 10:41 AM
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    Darrick Minner was released yesterday.

  • Michael DeRosa
    27 September 2022 at 1:16 PM
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    Daniel Piñeda has surpassed 15 months of inactivity as of yesterday.

    • D.C. Ross
      1 October 2022 at 8:32 PM
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      Updated, thank you.

  • Bruce Moteravich JR.
    15 August 2022 at 8:25 AM
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    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

    • Curtis hiTe
      21 August 2022 at 11:52 AM
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      Aguilar still in the rankings? Hasn’t fought since May 2021

      • D.C. Ross
        23 August 2022 at 12:28 AM
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        Updated, ty.

  • Lee Lenny
    20 July 2022 at 8:17 AM
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    • D.C. Ross
      24 July 2022 at 9:59 AM
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      Thank you Lee, I will be adding him back to lightweight. Appreciate you finding the source article.

      • Rodger Pouler
        4 October 2022 at 12:23 PM
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        So, then why is Hooker still ranked here?

        • D.C. Ross
          6 October 2022 at 12:59 AM
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          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.

  • Shane Yarder
    20 July 2022 at 8:14 AM
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    Any explanation for why Herbert Burns is ranked 34th? He’s not the same fighter he was pre injury

    • D.C. Ross
      24 July 2022 at 9:56 AM
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      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.

  • Matt Oliver
    19 July 2022 at 10:05 AM
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    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

  • Reed maggard
    23 May 2022 at 10:31 AM
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    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

    • D.C. Ross
      4 June 2022 at 4:34 PM
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      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.

      • Reed maggard
        27 June 2022 at 1:38 PM
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        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)

  • Andy Tunny
    23 May 2022 at 10:27 AM
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    Hi bud. Mike Grundy and Mark Striegl were both released about 2 weeks back.

    • D.C. Ross
      4 June 2022 at 4:25 PM
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      Thank you, updated!

  • Matt
    19 August 2021 at 4:07 AM
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    Kai Kamaka and Justin Jaynes have been released, their coach Eric Nicksick confirmed this on twitter.

  • pierce paymah
    2 August 2021 at 3:14 PM
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    – 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

    • D.C. Ross
      3 August 2021 at 12:38 AM
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      Thank you, both updates were made!

      • Pierce Paymah
        5 August 2021 at 12:25 PM
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        You got it mate…Mirsad Bektić has also retired from MMA. sort of slipped under the radar – but this happened about 3 weeks back

        • D.C. Ross
          7 August 2021 at 10:19 AM
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          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!

          • Matt
            16 August 2021 at 1:53 PM

            Kai Kamaka and Justin Jaynes have both been cut by UFC per Eric Nicksick on Twitter.

        • Matt
          7 September 2021 at 3:19 PM
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          Chris Fishgold fighting with another promotion now and has a fight announced per his Instagram.

          • D.C. Ross
            7 September 2021 at 10:45 PM

            Thank you, will remove now

  • 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 …

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

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      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?

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          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.

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      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!

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          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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