Curtis Blaydes
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Drake’s Top 10 MMA Rankings

UFC 225 brought the movement

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.):
– Making a monster-sized splash into the deep-end of the heavyweight pool this past month was Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who violently knocked out the perennial top 5, Alistair Overeem in the third round of their UFC 225 clash.

Overall changes: Blaydes(previously #8)

UFC changes: Arlovski(prev. #10) exits, Tuivasa enters, Blaydes(prev. #7)

Upcoming fights:

Ngannou vs Lewis at UFC 226

(C)Miocic vs (LHW C)Daniel Cormier at UFC 226

Ivanov vs Junior Dos Santos at UFC Boise

Tybura vs Stefan Struve(UFCO #11) at UFC Hamburg

Hunt vs Alexey Oleynik at UFC Moscow

Mitrione vs (LHW C)Ryan Bader at Bellator TBD

 

 

Light Heavyweight (205lbs.):

– After already having a big fight lined up, Volkan Oezdemir abandoned it for an even bigger fight as instead of facing Shogun Rua in UFC Hamburg’s main event, he’ll now be facing off with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 next month.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Changes: None

Upcoming fights:

HW – (HW C)Miocic vs (C)Cormier at UFC 226

Teixeira vs Latifi at UFC Hamburg

Shogun vs Anthony Smith(NR) at UFC Hamburg

Gustafsson vs Oezdemir at UFC 227

 

 

Middleweight (185lbs.):

– We witnessed one of the greatest rematches and just fights in general at UFC 225 when Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero took each other to hell and back. Coming out on top was “The Reaper” Whittaker who earned the split decision nod.

PhotoCred: Daily Mail

Changes: None.

Upcoming fights:

Tavares vs Israel Adesanya(NR) at The Ultimate Finale 27

Hall vs Paulo Costa(UFCO #10) at UFC 226

Brunson vs Carlos Junior at UFC 227

(C)Mousasi vs (WW C)Rory MacDonald at Bellator 205

 

 

Welterweight (170lbs.):

– Colby Covington continued to silence the critics while making his haters even louder. At UFC 225, he took it to the former lightweight king as he pressured and battered Rafael Dos Anjos on route to a unanimous decision victory that crowned him as the interim welterweight champion of the UFC.

PhotoCred: The Sports Daily

Overall changes: Covington(prev. #7)

UFC changes: Covington(prev. #6)

Upcoming fights:

MW – MacDonald vs (C)Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 205

 

 

Lightweight (155lbs.):

– With UFC 226 quickly approaching, Michael Chiesa and Anthony Pettis will finally get to settle the score after Conor McGregor took their initial fight date away from them during UFC 223’s fight week.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Changes: None.

Upcoming fights:

Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis(UFCO #12) at UFC 226

Alvarez vs Poirier at UFC on Fox 30

Gaethje vs Vick at UFC Lincoln

 

 

Featherweight (145lbs.):

– At UFC 225, there were many big wins that occurred and for Mirsad Bektic he earned the biggest of his young career by defeating Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision.

Overall & UFC changes: Jung(prev. #10) exits, Bektic enters, Lamas(prev. #8)

Upcoming fights:

(C)Holloway vs Ortega at UFC 226

Elkins vs Alexander Volkanovski(NR) at UFC Boise

Aldo vs Stephens at UFC on Fox 30

Swanson vs Moicano at UFC 227

 

 

Bantamweight (135lbs.):

– After a quick defeat in his first UFC main event, Jimmie Rivera is looking to get right back in action and turn things around as he’ll next be taking on former two-time flyweight title challenger, John Dodson at UFC 228.

PhotoCred: LowKickMMA

Changes: None.

Upcoming fights:

Assuncao vs Rob Font(UFCO #12) at UFC 226

(C)Dillashaw vs Garbrandt at UFC 227

FW – Caldwell vs Noad Lahat at Bellator 204

Rivera vs Dodson at UFC 228

Horiguchi vs Hiromasa Ogikubo at RIZIN 11

 

 

Flyweight (125lbs.):

– Sergio Pettis scored the biggest win of his career at UFC 225 when he became only the third man to ever defeat perennial #2 flyweight, Joseph Benavidez with an upset split decision nod.

Overall changes: Pettis(prev. #6), Benavidez(prev. #2)

UFC changes: Pettis(prev. #5), Benavidez(prev. #2)

Upcoming fights:

(C)Johnson vs Cejudo at UFC 227

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

 

 

Women’s Featherweight:

– Holly Holm played spoiler at UFC 225 when she got her first win at 145 pounds by defeating perennial top 5er, Megan Anderson by unanimous decision in Anderson’s UFC debut.

PhotoCred: W3LiveNews

Overall changes: de Randamie(prev. #5) exits, Holm enters, Anderson(prev. #2)

UFC changes: Evinger(prev. #5) exits, Holm enters

Upcoming fights:

(C)Budd vs Talita Nogueira at Bellator 202

 

 

Women’s Bantamweight:

– Despite losing her last three, Cat Zingano isn’t taking any steps back in terms of taking easy fights. Knocking on the door of title contention is Marion Reneau who looks to make it four straight losses for Zingano at UFC Boise.

PhotoCred: MMAFighting

Changes: None.

Upcoming fights:

Reneau vs Zingano at UFC Boise

 

 

Women’s Flyweight:

– Bellator’s flyweight queen, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane continued her winning ways as she defended her title for the first time against Alejandra Lara at Bellator 201 by scoring a third-round armbar submission.

Overall changes: Macfarlane(prev. #9)

Upcoming fights:

Modaferri vs Honchak at The Ultimate Finale 27

Maia vs Carmouche at UFC Boise

Chookagian vs Davis at UFC on Fox 30

 

 

Strawweight (115lbs.):

– After being forced out of her initial debut against Jessica Aguilar, the former Invicta champion, Livia Renata Souza has a new UFC debut date as she’s set to take on Alex Chambers at UFC Sao Paulo on September 22nd.

PhotoCred: MMAFighting

Changes: None.

Upcoming fights:

Ansaroff vs Randa Markos(UFCO #12) at UFC on Fox 30

Jedrzejczyk vs Torres at UFC on Fox 30

Souza vs Alex Chambers(NR) at UFC Sao Paulo

 

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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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