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!
UFC Changes: Ivanov enters, Tybura(previously #10) exits
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.
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
– A legend’s career came to an end this month as recent champion, Michael “The Count” Bisping announced his retirement.
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)
(C)Whittaker vs Romero at UFC 225
Brunson vs Carlos Junior at UFC 227
Tavares vs Israel Adesanya (NR) at The Ultimate Finale 27
– 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.
Overall Changes: Usman(prev. #10), Till(prev. #8), Thompson(prev. #2)
UFC Changes: Usman(prev. #8), Till(prev. #8), Thompson(prev. #2)
(IC) – Dos Anjos vs Covington at UFC 225
– 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.
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
– 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.
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
– 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.
Overall Changes: Horiguchi & Caldwell swap
Overall & UFC Changes: Moraes(prev. #6)
Assuncao vs Rob Font(UFCO #12) at UFC 226
(C)Dillashaw vs Garbrandt at UFC 227
Horiguchi vs Hiromasa Ogikubo at RIZIN 11
– 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.
Overall Changes: Nguyen(prev. #10) exits, Pantoja enters
UFC Changes: Elliott(prev. #10) exits, Pantoja enters
Benavidez vs Pettis at UFC 225
(C)Johnson vs Cejudo at UFC 227
– 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.
Anderson vs Holly Holm(UFCO BW #1) at UFC 225
(C)Budd vs Talita Nogueira at Bellator 202
– With Sara McMann recently announcing her pregnancy, the division continues to get thinner and thinner since the UFC’s introduction of the flyweights.
Overall & UFC Changes: Pena(prev. #4) & McMann(prev. #6) exit
Overall Changes: Kaufman & Smith enter
UFC Changes: Ladd & Lansberg enter
FW – Holm vs Megan Anderson at UFC 225
Reneau vs Zingano at UFC Boise
– 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.
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
– 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.
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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