Drake’s Top 10 MMA Rankings
I 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!
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
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.
Overall Changes: Latifi (prev. #10) exits, Anderson enters
UFC Changes: Shogun (prev. #10) exits, Anderson enters, Cirkunov (prev. #9) exits, Krylov enters
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
– 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.
UFC Changes: Carlos Junior (prev. #10) exits, Adesanya enters, Tavares (prev. #9) exits, Costa enters
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
– 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.
(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
– 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.
Overall Changes: Chiesa(prev. #10) exits, Pettis enters, Poirier and Alvarez swap
UFC Changes: Trinaldo(prev. #10) exits, Pettis enters, Poirier and Alvarez swap
Gaethje vs Vick at UFC Lincoln
(C)Nurmagomedov vs McGregor at UFC 229
Poirier vs Nate Diaz(UFCO #11) at UFC 230
– 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.
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
Edgar vs Jung at UFC Denver
– 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.
Overall Changes: Horiguchi and Lineker swap
UFC Changes: Caraway(prev. #10) exits, Dodson enters
FW – Caldwell vs Noad Lahat at Bellator 204
Sterling vs Stamann at UFC 228
Rivera vs Dodson at UFC 228
– 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.
Overall Changes: Moreno(prev. #10) exits, Ortiz enters, Cejudo and Johnson swap
UFC Changes: Nguyen(prev. #10) exits, Ortiz enters, Cejudo and Johnson swap
Moraga vs Deiveson Figueiredo(UFCO #14) at UFC Lincoln
Pettis vs Formiga at UFC 229
Benavidez vs Borg at UFC Denver
– 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.
– 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.
Overall Changes: Leslie Smith(prev. #10) exits, Zingano enters, Reneau(prev. #4)
UFC Changes: Lansberg(prev. #10) exits, Zingano enters, Reneau(prev. #4)
Vieira vs Evinger at UFC Sao Paulo
Kunitskaya vs Lina Lansberg(UFCO #11) at UFC 229
– 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).
Overall Changes: Murphy(prev. #10) exits, Carmouche enters
UFC Changes: Lee(prev. #10) exits, Carmouche enters, Chookagian(prev. #8)
(C)Montano vs Shevchenko at UFC 228
– 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.
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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