Liz Carmouche
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Drake’s Top 10 MMA Rankings

This may be our wildest shakeup to date

have continually been attempting to construct the perfect set of MMA rankings for years now and the goal has always remained the same: to find the very best and most accurate rankings possible by comparing with the UFC’s official rankings also while looking at the best in the world overall. Everyone will always have some different opinions which is why feedback is ALWAYS welcome to help better improve and find the most agreeable and accurate rankings. They are updated monthly. Enjoy!


Notes:
+ (C) = champion & title fight
+ UFCO = UFC Official Ranking
+ Fighters who have yet to fight in a new division stay ranked in their old division until the fight in new division happens.
+ Fighters will be eliminated from the rankings once given their suspensions for failed drug tests or due to inactivity.
+ The UFC’s official rankings are not included into the divisional changes.
+ The women’s Featherweight division is only a top 5 because of the UFC’s lack of official rankings/fighters.
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Heavyweight (207-265 lbs.):
– History was made by the UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. At UFC 226 he obtained the UFC heavyweight crown by defeating the record holding champion Stipe Miocic via first-round knockout.

PhotoCred: Deadspin

Overall Changes: Ngannou (previously #3) exits, Cormier enters, Kongo (prev. #10) exits, Dos Santos enters

UFC Changes: Dos Santos enters, Tuivasa (prev. #10) exits, Ngannou (prev. #3) exits, Cormier enters

Upcoming fights:

Hunt vs Alexey Oleynik(UFCO #11) at UFC Moscow

Volkov vs Lewis at UFC 229

Mitrione vs (LHW C)Ryan Bader at Bellator TBD

 

 

Light Heavyweight (205lbs.):

– Two fights into his career as a now light heavyweight and Anthony “Lionheart” Smith has put himself on the radar. After a huge early knockout win over the legend, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Smith could find himself staring at a title shot with a win over Volkan Oezdemir his next time out.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Overall Changes: Latifi (prev. #10) exits, Anderson enters

UFC Changes: Shogun (prev. #10) exits, Anderson enters, Cirkunov (prev. #9) exits, Krylov enters

Upcoming fights:

Blachowicz vs Krylov at UFC Moscow

Manuwa vs Teixeira at UFC Sao Paulo

Oezdemir vs Smith at UFC Moncton

HW – Bader vs Matt Mitrione at Bellator 207

 

 

Middleweight (185lbs.):

– A youth movement has begun at 185 and the charge is being led by two undefeated strikers in Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa who both won in very impressive fashion this past month.

PhotoCred: BJPenn.com

UFC Changes: Carlos Junior (prev. #10) exits, Adesanya enters, Tavares (prev. #9) exits, Costa enters

Upcoming fights:

Adesanya vs Brunson at UFC 230

Jacare vs Branch at UFC 230

Rockhold vs Weidman at UFC 230

Romero vs Costa at UFC 230

(C)Mousasi vs (WW C)Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206

(C)Whittaker vs Gastelum at TBA

 

 

Welterweight (170lbs.):

– In a stunning change of events, interim champion Colby Covington won’t be ready to go for the UFC’s desired return for Tyron Woodley. Which has thus set up the undisputed champ to defend his crown against the rising British star Darren Till at UFC 228.

PhotoCred: YouTube/MMAFighting

Changes: None

Upcoming fights:

(C)Woodley vs Till at UFC 228

Magny vs Alex Oliveira(UFCO #14) at UFC Sao Paulo

Lima vs Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 206

MW – MacDonald vs (C)Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206

MacDonald vs Jon Fitch at Bellator TBA

 

 

Lightweight (155lbs.):

– The controversy was resolved at UFC on Fox 30. Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez went to war and this time Poirier put an exclamation point on things as he finished Alvarez with strikes in the second round.

PhotoCred: Forbes

Overall Changes: Chiesa(prev. #10) exits, Pettis enters, Poirier and Alvarez swap

UFC Changes: Trinaldo(prev. #10) exits, Pettis enters, Poirier and Alvarez swap

Upcoming fights:

Gaethje vs Vick at UFC Lincoln

(C)Nurmagomedov vs McGregor at UFC 229

Poirier vs Nate Diaz(UFCO #11) at UFC 230

 

 

Featherweight (145lbs.):

– Alexander Volkanovski made a big leap this past month as he halted Darren Elkins’ long six-fight win streak. And he did so in dominant fashion establishing himself as one of 145’s best.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Overall Changes: Lamas(prev. #10) and Swanson(prev. #9) exit, Harrison and Volkanovski enter

UFC Changes: Lamas(prev. #10) and Swanson(prev. #9) exit, Volkanovski and Moicano enter

Upcoming fights:

Edgar vs Jung at UFC Denver

 

 

Bantamweight (135lbs.):

– TJ Dillashaw got things done even quicker in the second go around with nemesis Cody Garbrandt as he put a stamp on this rivalry for the foreseeable future.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Overall Changes: Horiguchi and Lineker swap

UFC Changes: Caraway(prev. #10) exits, Dodson enters

Upcoming fights:

FW – Caldwell vs Noad Lahat at Bellator 204

Sterling vs Stamann at UFC 228

Rivera vs Dodson at UFC 228

 

 

Flyweight (125lbs.):

– The unthinkable finally happened. Demetrious Johnson’s unprecedented title reign came to an end by the hands of Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 as he defeated the champion via split decision. This was Johnson’s very first loss at flyweight.

PhotoCred: MMAFighting

Overall Changes: Moreno(prev. #10) exits, Ortiz enters, Cejudo and Johnson swap

UFC Changes: Nguyen(prev. #10) exits, Ortiz enters, Cejudo and Johnson swap

Upcoming fights:

Moraga vs Deiveson Figueiredo(UFCO #14) at UFC Lincoln

Pettis vs Formiga at UFC 229

Benavidez vs Borg at UFC Denver

 

 

Women’s Featherweight:

– At Bellator 202, the champion Julia Budd continued to make and cement her case as the clear second-best featherweight. Dominating Talita Nogueira every minute up to the third round TKO finish, Budd could soon be reaching Cris Cyborg-like territory.

PhotoCred: FairFightNight

Changes: None

Upcoming fights:

None

 

 

Women’s Bantamweight:

– Cat Zingano snapped her three-fight losing streak and got back into the win column for the first time since 2014 when she dominated Marion Reneau to a unanimous decision at UFC Boise.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Overall Changes: Leslie Smith(prev. #10) exits, Zingano enters, Reneau(prev. #4)

UFC Changes: Lansberg(prev. #10) exits, Zingano enters, Reneau(prev. #4)

Upcoming fights:

Vieira vs Evinger at UFC Sao Paulo

Kunitskaya vs Lina Lansberg(UFCO #11) at UFC 229

 

 

Women’s Flyweight:

– Liz Carmouche spoiled the big debut of flyweight’s reigning #1 best fighter, the former Invicta champion Jennifer Maia. Going from unranked to #1, this is the largest jump in the rankings five-year history (excluding situations like that of with Jon Jones).

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Overall Changes: Murphy(prev. #10) exits, Carmouche enters

UFC Changes: Lee(prev. #10) exits, Carmouche enters, Chookagian(prev. #8)

Upcoming fights:

(C)Montano vs Shevchenko at UFC 228

 

 

Strawweight (115lbs.):

– They were supposed to fight over the vacant title at Invicta FC 28 but instead, it was Virna Jandiroba who won the title by defeating Janaisa Morandin’s replacement, Mizuki Inoue. Now the two are scheduled to fight once again and the anticipation from fans remains the same. 

Changes: None

Upcoming fights:

Esparza vs Suarez at UFC 228

Andrade vs Kowalkiewicz at UFC 228

Souza vs Alex Chambers(NR) at UFC Sao Paulo

(C)Jandiroba vs Janaisa Morandin at Invicta FC 31

 

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Drake Riggs is an MMA writer who specializes in rankings, the women's fight scene, lists and feature pieces. He has been a passionate fan of MMA ever since 2009. Drake also currently writes for BJPenn.com along with FanSided and is a former contributor to Sherdog. He is a die-hard fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars as well.

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