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Drake’s Top 10 MMA Rankings

Two divisions saw major waves be made

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.):
– A top 10er outside the UFC has arrived in the UFC and welcoming him will be a former champion. UFC Boise will be headlined by former WSOF champion, Blagoy Ivanov vs Junior Dos Santos.

UFC Changes: Ivanov enters, Tybura(previously #10) exits


Upcoming fights:

Overeem vs Blaydes at UFC 225

Arlovski vs Tai Tuivasa(UFCO #12) at UFC 225

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.):

– Bellator champion, Ryan Bader made his presence felt in the heavyweight Grand Prix when he knocked out Muhammad ‘King Mo’ Lawal in just 15 seconds.

Changes: None.


Upcoming fights:

Saint Preux vs Tyson Pedro(UFCO #13) at UFC Singapore

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

Oezdemir vs Shogun at UFC Hamburg

Teixeira vs Latifi at UFC Hamburg

 

 

Middleweight (185lbs.):

– A legend’s career came to an end this month as recent champion, Michael “The Count” Bisping announced his retirement.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Overall Changes: Bisping(prev. #9) exits, Branch enters, St-Pierre and Mousasi swap, Gastelum(prev. #8)

UFC Changes: Bisping(prev. #8) exits, Carlos Junior enters, Gastelum(prev. #7)


Upcoming fights:

(C)Whittaker vs Romero at UFC 225

Brunson vs Carlos Junior at UFC 227

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

 

 

Welterweight (170lbs.):

– Although the decision was controversial to most, it was huge for the hometown boy, Darren Till as he earned a unanimous decision over the perennial top contender, Stephen Thompson.

PhotoCred: Forbes

Overall Changes: Usman(prev. #10), Till(prev. #8), Thompson(prev. #2)

UFC Changes: Usman(prev. #8), Till(prev. #8), Thompson(prev. #2)


Upcoming fights:

(IC) – Dos Anjos vs Covington at UFC 225

 

 

Lightweight (155lbs.):

– A rematch that many wanted immediately after the first is finally set to run back. In UFC on Fox 30’s main event, Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez will go to war once again.

PhotoCred: BloodyElbow

Changes: None.


Upcoming fights:

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

Alvarez vs Poirier at UFC on Fox 30

Gaethje vs Al Iaquinta(UFCO #10) at UFC Lincoln

 

 

Featherweight (145lbs.):

– The division has plenty of big-time fights coming up in the near future. One of those being Jeremy Stephens vs former longtime champion, Jose Aldo.

Changes: None


Upcoming fights:

Lamas vs Mirsad Bektic(UFCO #11) at UFC 225

(C)Holloway vs Ortega at UFC 226

Aldo vs Stephens at UFC on Fox 30

Elkins vs Alexander Volkanovski(NR) at UFC Boise

Swanson vs Moicano at UFC 227

 

 

Bantamweight (135lbs.):

– The highly anticipated matchup between Marlon Moraes and Jimmie Rivera barely lasted. Moraes wasted no time as he head kicked Rivera in roughly 30 seconds to earn a massive TKO victory that handed Rivera his first loss since the second fight of his career.

PhotoCred: Forbes

Overall Changes: Horiguchi & Caldwell swap

Overall & UFC Changes: Moraes(prev. #6)


Upcoming fights:

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

(C)Dillashaw vs Garbrandt at UFC 227

Horiguchi vs Hiromasa Ogikubo at RIZIN 11

 

 

Flyweight (125lbs.):

– Although Alexandre Pantoja defeated Brandon Moreno on their season of The Ultimate Fighter, it was Moreno who got to the top 10 first. In their rematch at UFC Chile, Pantoja earned the win once again launching himself in front of his adversary in the ranks.

PhotoCred: MMAjunkie

Overall Changes: Nguyen(prev. #10) exits, Pantoja enters

UFC Changes: Elliott(prev. #10) exits, Pantoja enters


Upcoming fights:

Benavidez vs Pettis at UFC 225

(C)Johnson vs Cejudo at UFC 227

 

 

Women’s Featherweight:

– Megan Anderson and the Aussie invasion has arrived for UFC 225. The top featherweight contender looks to dispatch of former UFC Bantamweight Champion, Holly Holm and then challenge the longtime queen, Cris Cyborg.

PhotoCred: Megan Anderson

Changes: None


Upcoming fights:

Anderson vs Holly Holm(UFCO BW #1) at UFC 225

(C)Budd vs Talita Nogueira at Bellator 202

 

 

Women’s Bantamweight:

– With Sara McMann recently announcing her pregnancy, the division continues to get thinner and thinner since the UFC’s introduction of the flyweights.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Overall & UFC Changes: Pena(prev. #4) & McMann(prev. #6) exit

Overall Changes: Kaufman & Smith enter

UFC Changes: Ladd & Lansberg enter


Upcoming fights:

FW – Holm vs Megan Anderson at UFC 225

Reneau vs Zingano at UFC Boise

 

 

Women’s Flyweight:

– Sijara Eubanks made weight and officially had her UFC debut. She defeated the veteran and former Invicta bantamweight champion, Lauren Murphy by dominant unanimous decision at UFC Utica.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Changes: None


Upcoming fights:

Clark vs Jessica Eye(UFCO #10) at UFC Singapore

(C)Macfarlane vs Alejandra Lara at Bellator 201

Maia vs Carmouche at UFC Boise

Chookagian vs Davis at UFC on Fox 30

Modaferri vs Honchak at The Ultimate Finale 27

 

 

Strawweight (115lbs.):

– Despite a second consecutive title fight loss to Rose Namajunas, former champ, Joanna Jedrzejczyk is getting back at it relatively early when she’ll step in the cage with Tecia Torres at UFC on Fox 30.

PhotoCred: MMAJunkie

Changes: None.

Upcoming fights:

Gadelha vs Esparza at UFC 225

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

Jedrzejczyk vs Torres at UFC on Fox 30

 

 

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Drake Riggs is an MMA writer who specializes in rankings, the women's fight scene and breaking down cards. 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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