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: Blaydes(previously #8)
UFC changes: Arlovski(prev. #10) exits, Tuivasa enters, Blaydes(prev. #7)
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.
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
– 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.
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
– 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.
Overall changes: Covington(prev. #7)
UFC changes: Covington(prev. #6)
MW – MacDonald vs (C)Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 205
– 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.
Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis(UFCO #12) at UFC 226
Alvarez vs Poirier at UFC on Fox 30
Gaethje vs Vick at UFC Lincoln
– 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)
(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
– 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.
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
– 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)
(C)Johnson vs Cejudo at UFC 227
Moraga vs Deiveson Figueiredo(UFCO #14) at UFC Lincoln
– 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.
Overall changes: de Randamie(prev. #5) exits, Holm enters, Anderson(prev. #2)
UFC changes: Evinger(prev. #5) exits, Holm enters
(C)Budd vs Talita Nogueira at Bellator 202
– 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.
Reneau vs Zingano at UFC Boise
– 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)
Modaferri vs Honchak at The Ultimate Finale 27
Maia vs Carmouche at UFC Boise
Chookagian vs Davis at UFC on Fox 30
– 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.
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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