UFC Middleweight Rankings

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

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

Rank14 FighterOVRUFCLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Israel Adesanya
23-112-1W-Jared Cannonier (DEC)
W-Robert Whittaker (DEC)
W-Marvin Vettori (DEC)
Alex Pereira
11/12/2022
2Robert Whittaker24-615-4W-Marvin Vettori (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
W-Kelvin Gastelum (DEC)
3Marvin Vettori18-6-18-4-1L-Robert Whittaker (DEC)
W-Paulo Costa (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
4Paulo Henrique Costa14-26-2W-Luke Rockhold (DEC)
L-Marvin Vettori (DEC)
L-Israel Adesanya (TKO)
5Alex Pereira6-13-0W-Sean Strickland (KO)
W-Bruno Silva (DEC)
W-Andreas Michailidis (TKO)
Israel Adesanya
11/12/2022
6Jared Cannonier15-68-6L-Israel Adesanya (DEC)
W-Derek Brunson (KO)
W-Kelvin Gastelum (DEC)
Sean Strickland
10/15/2022
7Sean Strickland25-412-4L-Alex Pereira (KO)
W-Jack Hermansson (DEC)
W-Uriah Hall (DEC)
Jared Cannonier
10/15/2022
8Derek Brunson23-814-6L-Jared Cannonier (KO)
W-Darren Till (SUB)
W-Kevin Holland (DEC)
Jack Hermansson
12/03/2022
9Jack Hermansson23-710-5W-Chris Curtis (DEC)
L-Sean Strickland (DEC)
W-Edmen Shahbazyan (DEC)
Derek Brunson
12/03/2022
10Andre Muniz23-45-0W-Uriah Hall (DEC)
W-Eryk Anders (SUB)
W-Ronaldo Souza (SUB)
11Darren Till18-4-16-4-1L-Derek Brunson (SUB)
L-Robert Whittaker (DEC)
W-Kelvin Gastelum (DEC)
Dricus Du Plessis
12/10/2022
12Kelvin Gastelum16-811-8L-Jared Cannonier (DEC)
L-Robert Whittaker (DEC)
W-Ian Heinish (DEC)
13Nassourdine Imavov12-34-1W-Joaquin Buckley (DEC)
W-Edmen Shahbazyan (TKO)
W-Ian Heinisch (TKO)
14Dricus Du Plessis17-23-0W-Brad Tavares (DEC)
W-Trevin Giles (KO)
W-Markus Perez (KO)
Darren Till
12/10/2022
15Edmen Shahbazyan11-34-3L-Nassourdine Imavov (TKO)
L-Jack Hermansson (DEC)
L-Derek Brunson (TKO)
16Brad Tavares19-714-7L-Dricus Du Plessis (DEC)
W-Omari Akhmedov (DEC)
W-Antonio Carlos Jr. (DEC)
17Krzysztof Jotko24-511-5W-Gerald Meerschaert (DEC)
W-Misha Cirkunov (DEC)
L-Sean Strickland (DEC)
Brendan Allen
10/01/2022
18Chris Curtis29-93-1L-Jack Hermansson (DEC)
W-Rodolfo Vieira (DEC)
W-Brendan Allen (TKO)
19Brendan Allen19-57-2W-Jacob Malkoun (DEC)
W-Sam Alvey (SUB)
L-Chris Curtis (TKO)
Krzysztof Jotko
10/01/2022
20Gerald Meerschaert35-1510-7W-Bruno Silva (SUB)
L-Krzysztof Jotko (DEC)
W-Dustin Stoltzfus (SUB)
21Michal Oleksiejczuk17-55-3W-Sam Alvey (TKO)
L-Dustin Jacoby (DEC)
W-Shamil Gamzatov (TKO)
22Bruno Silva22-83-2L-Gerald Meerschaert (SUB)
L-Alex Pereira (DEC)
W-Jordan Wright (TKO)
Albert Duraev
12/17/2022
23Ian Heinisch14-53-4L-Nassourdine Imavov (TKO)
L-Kelvin Gastelum (DEC)
W-Gerald Meerschaert (TKO)
24Makhmud Muradov25-73-1L-Gerald Meerschaert (SUB)
W-Andrew Sanchez (TKO)
W-Trevor Smith (KO)
Caio Borralho
10/22/2022
25Phil Hawes12-34-1W-Deron Winn (TKO)
L-Chris Curtis (KO)
W-Kyle Daukaus (DEC)
Roman Dolidze
10/29/2022
26Joaquin Buckley15-55-3L-Nassourdine Imavov (DEC)
W-Albert Duraev (TKO)
W-Abdul Razak Alhassan (DEC)
27Anthony Hernandez11-24-2W-Marc-Andre Barriault (SUB)
W-Josh Fremd (DEC)
W-Rodolfo Vieira (SUB)
28Caio Borralho12-12-0W-Armen Petrosyan (DEC)
W-Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (DEC)
W-Jesse Murray (TKO)
Makhmud Muradov
10/22/2022
29Armen Petrosyan7-21-1L-Caio Borralho (DEC)
W-Gregory Rodrigues (DEC)
W-Kaloyan Kolev (KO)
A.J. Dobson
10/22/2022
30Gregory Rodrigues13-44-1W-Chidi Njokuani (TKO)
W-Julian Marquez (KO)
L-Armen Petrosyan (DEC)
31Chidi Njokuani22-82-1L-Gregory Rodrigues (TKO)
W-Dusko Todorovic (KO)
W-Marc-Andre Barriault (KO)
32Roman Dolidze10-14-1W-Kyle Daukaus (KO)
W-Laureano Staropoli (DEC)
L-Trevin Giles (DEC)
Phil Hawes
10/29/2022
33Albert Duraev15-41-1L-Joaquin Buckley (TKO)
W-Roman Kopylov (DEC)
W-Caio Bittencourt (SUB)
Bruno Silva
12/17/2022
34Jacob Malkoun6-22-2L-Brendan Allen (DEC)
W-A.J. Dobson (DEC)
W-Abdul Razak Alhassan (DEC)
35Jun Yong Park13-54-2W-Eryk Anders (DEC)
L-Gregory Rodrigues (KO)
W-Tafon Nchukwi (DEC)
Joseph Holmes
10/29/2022
36Eryk Anders14-76-7L-Jun Yong Park (DEC)
L-Andre Muniz (SUB)
W-Darren Stewart (DEC)
Kyle Daukaus
12/03/2022
37Andre Petroski8-13-0W-Nick Maximov (SUB)
W-Yaozong Hu (SUB
W-Michael Gillmore (SUB)
38Nick Maximov8-12-1L-Andre Petroski (SUB)
W-Puna Soriano (DEC)
W-Cody Brundage (DEC)
39Puna Soriano9-23-2W-Dalcha Lungiambula (KO)
L-Nick Maximov (DEC)
L-Brendan Allen (DEC)
40Julian Marquez9-33-2L-Gregory Rodrigues (KO)
W-Sam Alvey (SUB)
W-Maki Pitolo (SUB)
Deron Winn
12/17/2022
41Wellington Turman18-53-3W-Misha Cirkunov (SUB)
W-Sam Alvey (DEC)
L-Bruno Silva (KO)
42Cody Brundage8-22-1W-Tresean Gore (KO)
W-Dalcha Lungiambula (SUB)
L-Nick Maximov (DEC)
43Marc-Andre Barriault15-64-5L-Anthony Hernandez (SUB)
W-Jordan Wright (SUB)
L-Chidi Njokuani (KO)
44Abdul Razak Alhassan11-55-5L-Joaquin Buckley (DEC)
W-Alessio Di Chirico (KO)
L-Jacob Malkoun (DEC)
45Roman Kopylov9-21-2W-Alessio Di Chirico (TKO)
L-Albert Duraev (DEC)
L-Karl Roberson (SUB)
46Rodolfo Vieira8-23-2L-Chris Curtis (DEC)
W-Dustin Stoltzfus (SUB)
L-Anthony Hernandez (SUB)
47Kyle Daukaus11-32-3L-Roman Dolidze (KO)
W-Jamie Pickett (SUB)
NC-Kevin Holland (NC)
Eryk Anders
12/03/2022
48Misha Cirkunov15-86-6L-Wellington Turman (SUB)
L-Krzysztof Jotko (DEC)
L-Ryan Spann (TKO)
Alonzo Menifield
10/15/2022
49Aliaskhab Khizriev14-01-0W-Denis Tiuliulin (SUB)
W-Henrique Shiguemoto (SUB)
W-Rousimar Palhares (KO)
50Abusupiyan Magomedov25-4-11-0W-Dustin Stoltzfus (KO)
W-Cezary Kesik (SUB)
W-Slavis Simeunovic (SUB)
51Dalcha Lungiambula
11-52-4L-Puna Soriano (KO)
L-Cody Brundage (SUB)
L-Marc-Andre Barriault (DEC)
52Nick Diaz26-107-7L-Robbie Lawler (TKO)
NC-Anderson Silva (NC)
L-Georges St.Pierre (DEC)
53Jordan Wright12-32-3L-Marc-Andre Barriault (SUB)
L-Bruno Silva (TKO)
W-Jamie Pickett (TKO)
54Joseph Pyfer10-21-0W-Alen Amedovski (TKO)
W-Osman Diaz (TKO)
W-Austin Trotman (KO)
55Dusko Todorovic11-32-3L-Chidi Njokuani (KO)
W-Maki Pitolo (TKO)
L-Gregory Rodrigues (DEC)
56Denis Tiuliulin10-61-1W-Jamie Pickett (TKO)
L-Aliaskhab Khizriev (SUB)
W-Juscelino Caetano (TKO)
57Jamie Pickett13-82-4L-Denis Tiuliulin (TKO)
L-Kyle Daukaus (SUB)
W-Joseph Holmes (DEC)
58Tresean Gore3-20-2L-Cody Brundage (KO)
L-Bryan Battle (DEC)
W-Gilbert Urbina (KO)
Josh Fremd
10/29/2022
59Joseph Holmes8-21-1W-Alen Amedovski (SUB)
L-Jamie Pickett (DEC)
W-Jhonoven Pati (TKO)
Jun Yong Park
10/29/2022
60Dustin Stoltzfus14-51-4L-Abusupiyan Magomedov (TKO)
W-Dwight Grant (DEC)
L-Gerald Meerschaert (SUB)
61Gadzhi Omargadzhiev13-10-1L-Caio Borralho (DEC)
W-Jansey Silva (SUB)
W-Vladimir Vasilyev (DEC)
Abubakar Nurmagomedov
10/22/2022
62Deron Winn7-32-3L-Phil Hawes (TKO)
W-Antonio Arroyo (DEC)
L-Gerald Meerschaert (SUB)
Julian Marquez
12/17/2022
63Josh Fremd9-30-1L-Anthony Hernandez (DEC)
W-Joel Bauman (SUB)
W-Renato Alves (DEC)
Tresean Gore
10/29/2022
64A.J. Dobson6-10-1L-Jacob Malkoun (DEC)
W-Hashem Arkhagha (SUB)
W-Kailan Hill (KO)
Armen Petrosyan
10/22/2022
65Gilbert Urbina6-20-1L-Bryan Battle (SUB)
L-Tresean Gore (KO)
W-Michael Gillmore (SUB)
66Alen Amedovski8-40-4L-Joseph Pyfer (TKO)
L-Joseph Holmes (SUB)
L-John Phillips (KO)
Ineligible for Rankings
* Suspension
* Inactivity>15 months
* Moving Divisions
* Yet to debut
Chris Weidman15-610-6L-Uriah Hall (TKO)
W-Omari Akhmedov (DEC)
L-Dominick Reyes (KO)
Zak Cummings24-79-4W-Alessio Di Chirico (DEC)
L-Omari Akhmedov (DEC)
W-Trevin Giles (SUB)
Jonny Parsons7-30-0W-Solomon Renfro (DEC)
W-Ricardo Chavez (KO)
W-Juan Medina (TKO)
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65 Comments on this post.
  • Dean Hayner
    6 September 2022 at 10:53 AM
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    Alessio di Chirrico has decided to retire after the loss to Kopylov.

  • Anron kattnus
    25 August 2022 at 3:01 PM
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    Isi Fitikefu is not an active fighter and hasn’t been in a long time.

  • Jeremy Emilio Diaz
    22 August 2022 at 11:24 AM
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    Yo bro what about Michal Oleksieczuk, he just comin off a win at 185 over sam alvey why he not bein ranked cuz?

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

  • Tc
    21 August 2022 at 6:22 AM
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    Where’s Oleksiejczuk

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

  • Pauna Toa
    21 August 2022 at 5:58 AM
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    Haha time to put Costa back in the rankings, uce

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

  • PedRO NOvaro
    10 August 2022 at 10:50 AM
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    Sam Alvey was cut yesterday.
    Uriah Hall retired today.

  • Kayle nynA
    25 July 2022 at 5:44 AM
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    Dwight Grant was cut 3 days ago

  • James Jake
    19 July 2022 at 9:58 AM
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    Dustin Stoltzfus is 1-3 in the UFC, not 0-3

  • Austin
    23 May 2022 at 9:14 PM
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    Andre Petroski submitting Nick Maximov & Jun Yong Park getting the split decision win over Eryk Anders throws a HUGE wrench in the rankings lol. It’s tough deciding where to place everybody now. Because of the Gregory Rodriguez KO over Park, then Rodriguez losing to Petrosyan.

    In my personal rankings I have it:
    30. Arman Petrosyan
    Gregory Rodriguez
    Jun Yong Park
    Eryk Anders (Anders win over GM3 doesn’t hold weight anymore imo)
    Roman Dolidze
    Jacob Malkoun
    Bryan Battle (I feel his win over Andre still holds weight)
    Andre Petroski
    Nick Maximov
    39. Puna Soriano

    But I struggled to making that one. I’m anxious to see how you do it. Good luck lol

    • D.C. Ross
      4 June 2022 at 4:38 PM
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      Austin, fully agree, a lot of MMA math going on with that group you mentioned. I just updated the rankings and have it nearly identical to what you have beyond Malkoun a little higher.

      As for Battle, that’s my tough one! Maximov was a gigantic win for Petroski that unfortunately boosts him into another tier, though I think Battle will work his way up quickly. Who would think TUF can still produce some great fighters after all these years. Very bullish on Battle and Turcios finding future UFC success and a long career.

  • Joel Meyers
    13 April 2022 at 9:02 AM
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    • D.C. Ross
      24 April 2022 at 6:03 PM
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      Thank you, updated

  • Turner Namath
    10 February 2022 at 11:53 AM
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    Isi Fitikefu no longer listed on the UFC website among current or former fighters.

  • matt
    27 January 2022 at 5:38 AM
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    Tom Breese is no longer with the UFC. Has joined levels fight league.

    • D.C. Ross
      27 January 2022 at 8:33 AM
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      Thank you, updated!

  • Kyle Hung
    27 December 2021 at 11:48 AM
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    Costa still ranked as a middleweight? Goes entirely against your mantra on here…

    • D.C. Ross
      27 January 2022 at 8:30 AM
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      Updated, enough recent interviews where 205 will be his new home.

  • Jerry tAlkov
    10 September 2021 at 2:07 PM
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    Hi friend, Antonio Braga Neto was released this week

  • owen
    4 August 2021 at 10:03 PM
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    phil hawes should be ranked ahead of nassourdine and julian even tho he lost to julian because he was beating him the whole fight and has done better than julian in the big show

  • VONYA NIA
    2 August 2021 at 2:38 PM
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    So, Nassourdine Imavov lost to Phil Hawes (not Dawes, change that) – yet is ranked 11 spots ahead of him?

    • D.C. Ross
      2 August 2021 at 10:38 PM
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      Fixed on the last name, thank you! As for Nassourdine being ranked above Hawes despite a recent decision loss to him, their fight was razor-close and Nassourdine’s recent win over Heinisch is the highest ranked win for either fighter.

      • VONYA NIA
        3 August 2021 at 9:14 AM
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        Ian Heinisch? The same guy that’s lost 4/5?

        • D.C. Ross
          3 August 2021 at 10:01 PM
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          I understand the argument towards ranking Hawes higher. Heinisch may have lost 4 of 5, but all losses were against strong competition. Wins over Ferreira and Carlos Jr. keep Heinisch from dropping further down the ranks below fighters with more unproven records.

        • Matt ReiTer
          7 September 2021 at 11:44 AM
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          You have Imavov facing himself on November 6th. Do you just not proof read things before just clicking submit?

          • D.C. Ross
            7 September 2021 at 10:47 PM

            Sorry, updating over 500+ fighters weekly can lead to some manual errors. I don’t have a team of people like Sherdog or Tapology, just a 1-man show. I completely appreciate any errors users find so I can fix.

  • Trav krENzel
    18 July 2021 at 7:08 PM
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    Omari Akhmedov was released today.

  • Oliver LANDERSHECK
    9 July 2021 at 1:08 PM
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    Yo, Trevor Smith is no longer an active UFC fighter – he was removed officially from the UFC website in March 2020

  • AutI
    27 June 2021 at 5:37 PM
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    Huge fan of rankingmma, I literally look at these rankings every day. It’s the most accurate rankings without a doubt. When I done my rankings I basically copied rankingmma’s rankings at first and still to this day they are extremely close side by side.

    With that being said, Brendan Allen lost to Sean Strickland not Ian Heinisch. I don’t know if that changed anything but on my rankings Allen is ahead of Ian. Thanks guys!

    • D.C. Ross
      29 June 2021 at 9:57 PM
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      Thank you, results for that fight are updated. Very much appreciate the feedback and congrats on also creating your own rankings. Good to see another hardcore MMA fan.

      • Brock Wright
        2 August 2021 at 2:37 PM
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        Remove Trevor Smith- he’s off the UFC roster

  • TC
    9 December 2020 at 11:11 PM
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    Couple small changes my good sir:
    – Saparbek Safarov was released today
    – Carlos Ulberg is a light heavyweight, not a middleweight (his last victory at the DWCS was at LHW)

  • TC
    20 October 2020 at 8:50 PM
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    Hi friends! LOVE this site…small, small fix here:

    On Brad Tavares’ recent fights, “Israel” is misspelled “Isreal”

    • D.C. Ross
      21 October 2020 at 11:22 PM
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      Fixed, thank you!

      • TC
        1 November 2020 at 12:47 PM
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        Hi mate, under John Phillips, you show him losing to Dusko Todorovic by SUB when in reality he lost to Khamzat Chimaev by sub. Cheers!

        • D.C. Ross
          2 November 2020 at 9:51 PM
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          Fixed, thank you!

  • Bull
    6 November 2019 at 10:25 PM
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    Awesome to see you guys updated this! Keep up the hard work!

  • Bull
    18 October 2019 at 10:26 PM
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    When are you going to update the site? Adesanya’s still not the Middleweight champ.

  • jerjapan
    29 January 2017 at 8:55 AM
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    Love this site, but you got Spicely and Alvey mixed up … Alvey is the one on the four fight winning streak with a recent victory over the guy ranked ahead of him …

    • Patrick Johnson
      13 February 2017 at 5:46 AM
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      Went to Spicely’s record says he has lost 1 but if you scroll down it shows he lost to Alvey and sanchez..

    • D.C. Ross
      9 March 2017 at 8:10 PM
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      I hear you on Spicely vs. Alvey. Reminds me of when Brenneman defeated Rick Story. Yes, Alvey submitted Spicely, but after that Alvey lost a decision to Elias Theodorou. Elias was then soundly beaten by Thiago Santos. Then in a huge upset, Spicely submitted Santos.

      Until a few things sort out, the timeline is…Spicely>Santos>Theodorou>Alvey. Many can argue that Alvey’s biggest win is Marquardt, but remember, Santos beat Marquardt and Spicely beat Santos afterwards.

  • Patrick Johnson
    15 December 2016 at 9:57 AM
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    I think your tuff 23 winner will rise in this chart after his next fight. He is your #31 but already beat your # 19. That kid is tough/tuff/tough! He seems to get better every fight.

    • D.C. Ross
      15 December 2016 at 9:44 PM
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      Sanchez has looked real good. All he needs is a step up in competition to prove he belongs amongst the elite. He does have that win over Spicely, but that was prior to Spicely upsetting Thiago Santos. Thank you for your insight.

  • A.K johnson
    3 December 2016 at 11:38 PM
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    He killed by marshman

  • Mr.Snrub
    6 December 2014 at 7:43 PM
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    CM Punk is gonna die in the Octagon isn’t he?

  • Marcelo Menezes
    10 October 2013 at 8:08 AM
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    I wanna see Francis Carmont x Ronaldo Souza

    • Marcelo Menezes
      28 November 2013 at 9:55 AM
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      Thanks UFC!!!

      • D.C. Ross
        28 November 2013 at 11:28 AM
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        Agreed, thanks to the UFC and all of the fighters that give up time with their families to entertain us.

        • Andrew Craig
          25 April 2014 at 9:23 AM
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          Carmont entertains you?

  • Joe
    17 February 2013 at 5:34 AM
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    • rankingmma
      17 February 2013 at 9:17 AM
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      Thank you for the link and update. The change has been made.

  • rankingmma
    12 January 2013 at 6:39 PM
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    Done!

  • admin
    18 November 2012 at 10:52 AM
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    I do count it as a loss, but look at what was happening before the illegal shots were landed. Cote was rocked by Sakara’s big elbows and would have likely been finished had Sakara landed some legal blows.

    I want you to look back at Erick Silva vs. Carlo Prater before thinking I am crazy for the new rankings. Did you have Prater ranked above Silva after the DQ? I don’t think anyone did because Silva was surely going to win the fight had he not been disqualified. It is the same exact situation here with Cote-Sakara.

  • Jerry Clark
    14 November 2012 at 7:23 AM
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    Shoulb be Bisping Vs Weidmen and winnner should get
    title shot.

  • dWd
    22 October 2012 at 1:55 PM
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    Vitor Belfort should be No2,right?

  • dWd
    24 September 2012 at 8:48 PM
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    Well i was wrong about Stann and Bisping,Bisping fought smart and got the win.I agree with you putting him as No.1 contender,but i think there’s little chance of him points fighting his way to victory over Silva.As far as my rankings go,i’m moving Stann down rather than Bisping up.

    • admin
      25 September 2012 at 8:27 AM
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      It’s still tough ranking Bisping ahead of Weidman, but Weidman is lacking overall experience against the elite of the division. We know what we have with Bisping, a well-rounded fighter that has been able to hold his own against everyone not named Dan Henderson.

      Stann’s ground game is still holding him back and likely always will. All of his recent losses (Bisping, Sonnen, Davis, Soszynski) were attributed to him being taken down to the ground. Stann hits like a truck, but he can’t do that from his back.

      Anderson Silva vs. Bisping does not bode well for “The Count,” but he deserves his shot more so than some other former title challengers (Leites, Cote, Maia). Bisping has fought 17 times for the UFC since TUF 3. He has basically carried the flag for England’s MMA scene over the last 5 years. Plus, Silva vs. Bisping will create a lot more hype rather than Silva vs. Weidman. Sure, Weidman has the better chance of beating Silva, but Weidman is also just a few fights into his UFC career. This might be Bisping’s best and only shot at fighting for a title.

      • dWd
        25 September 2012 at 11:57 PM
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        Bisping is no chance if were being honest. Weidman needs clear win over Tim Boetsch now to pressure Dana to put him ahead of Bisping.

        • admin
          26 September 2012 at 9:23 AM
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          Yes, you are correct on both points. I wouldn’t mind seeing Bisping vs. Franklin in the meantime. People are sleeping on Franklin due to his age and inactivity, but the guy has more than held his own at MW. Bisping/Franklin could probably headline a European fight card. Of course this is all dependent on Franklin beating Cung Le next month.

  • dWdHELLCAT
    5 September 2012 at 11:43 PM
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    i have stann at 5 and bisping at 10,and stann wins,probably by knockout,but hey we’ll see. and has vitor really moved to LHW? or is his fight with jones just a one off? and i’m gunna wait till sonnen actually fights at LHW before i rank him as one.

    • admin
      6 September 2012 at 8:04 PM
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      I think Stann is a solid pick in this fight, but Bisping’s underrated wrestling may be the difference maker. As for Belfort, I agree with you, he is probably moving back to middleweight should he lose.

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