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Drake’s Top 10 MMA Rankings

Three fighters jumped from unranked to the top 5 this month.

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.):
– Derrick Lewis did what Derrick Lewis does at UFC 229. After clearly dropping the first…well…essentially 14 minutes and thirty seconds of his bout with Alexander Volkov, Lewis rallied to land the massive knockout blows that earned him another big win.

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Overall Changes: Werdum (previously #6) exits, Lewis enters, Volkov (prev. #3)

UFC Changes: Werdum (prev. #6) exits, Oleynik enters, Lewis (prev. #10), Volkov (prev. #3)

Upcoming fights:

Mitrione vs (LHW C)Ryan Bader at Bellator 207

Blaydes vs Ngannou at UFC Beijing

Hunt vs Justin Willis(UFCO #15) at UFC Adelaide

Dos Santos vs Tai Tuivasa(UFCO #11) at UFC Adelaide

 

 

Light Heavyweight (205lbs.):

– From prospect to contender, Dominick Reyes earned the biggest win of his career at UFC 229 as he defeated Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision.

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Overall Changes: Blachowicz (prev. #9)

UFC Changes: Blachowicz (prev. #6), Saint Preux (prev. #10) exits, Reyes enters

Upcoming fights:

Oezdemir vs Anthony Smith (UFCO #10) at UFC Moncton

HW – Bader vs Matt Mitrione at Bellator 207

Manuwa vs Thiago Santos(MW – UFCO #15) at UFC 231

Davis vs Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 209

Narkun vs Mamed Khalidov at KSW 46

Anderson vs Latifi at UFC 232

 

 

Middleweight (185lbs.):

– At Bellator 206, Gegard Mousasi continued to leave his mark in the history books as he successfully defended his Bellator crown against a fellow champion in the welterweight king, Rory MacDonald. Mousasi finished the challenging champion by second-round TKO.

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Overall Changes: Mousasi and Romero swap

Upcoming fights:

Adesanya vs Brunson at UFC 230

Jacare vs Branch at UFC 230

Rockhold vs Weidman at UFC 230

LHW – Khalidov vs Tomasz Narkun at KSW 46

(C)Whittaker vs Gastelum at TBA

 

 

Welterweight (170lbs.):

– Douglas Lima settled the score in his rivalry with Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 206. The two met for the third time and it was Lima who came out on top with the fifth round submission win that advances him to the semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight  Grand Prix.

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Overall Changes: Lima and Maia swap

Upcoming fights:

Ponzinibbio vs Magny at UFC Buenos Aires

Dos Anjos vs Usman at The Ultimate Finale 28

(C)MacDonald vs Jon Fitch at TBA

Lima vs Paul Daley/Michael Page winner at TBA

 

 

Lightweight (155lbs.):

– They finally met inside the Octagon, and when they did it was indeed “Khabib Time” as Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated Conor McGregor over the course of three and a half rounds before finding the neck crank to force the tap from McGregor.

PhotoCred: ABC.net

Changes: None

Upcoming fights:

Poirier vs Nate Diaz(UFCO #10) at UFC 230

(C)Brent Primus vs Michael Chandler at Bellator 211

WW – Chiesa vs Carlos Condit(NR) at UFC 232

 

 

Featherweight (145lbs.):

– It was a rematch that was inevitable. After being dethroned by Andre Harrison in March 2017, Lance Palmer would return the favor at PFL 8 to hand Harrison his first career loss (by unanimous decision).

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Overall Changes: Bektic (prev. #9) exits, Palmer enters

Upcoming fights:

Edgar vs Jung at UFC Denver

(C)Holloway vs Ortega at UFC 231

 

 

Bantamweight (135lbs.):

– Aljamain Sterling continued to show his improvements as he hit a very rare Suloev Stretch in his fight with Cody Stamann to pick up the second round submission win.

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Overall Changes: Lineker (prev. #10) exits, Sterling enters

UFC Changes: Sterling (prev. #9)

Upcoming fights:

Munhoz vs Bryan Caraway(NR) at The Ultimate Finale 28

(C)Fernandes vs Kevin Belingnon at ONE: Heart of a Lion

 

 

Flyweight (125lbs.):

– Jussier Formiga came into Las Vegas ready to play spoiler at UFC 229 and that’s just what he did when he picked up the unanimous decision nod over Sergio Pettis.

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Overall Changes: Formiga (prev. #8)

UFC Changes: Formiga (prev. #7)

Upcoming fights:

Benavidez vs Borg at UFC Denver

Reis vs Ben Nguyen(UFCO #12) at UFC Adelaide

 

 

Women’s Featherweight:

– Bellator 206 played host to a very important battle at 145-pounds as Amber Leibrock looked to jump into the top 5 with a win over the veteran, Arlene Blencowe. Unfortunately for Leibrock, Blencowe had other plans as after a competitive first two rounds, Blencowe would fend off an armbar in the third that led to a slam followed by punches for the TKO win.

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Changes: None

Upcoming fights:

BW – de Randamie vs Raquel Pennington(UFCO #4) at UFC Denver

(C)Cyborg vs (BW C)Amanda Nunes at UFC 232

 

 

Women’s Bantamweight:

– Aspen Ladd put the division on notice at UFC 229 as she dominated the top 10 staple and former Invicta FC queen Tonya Evinger for a first round TKO.

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Overall Changes: Holm (prev. #10) exits, Ladd enters

UFC Changes: Ladd (prev. #10)

Upcoming fights:

de Randamie vs Pennington at UFC Denver

FW – (FW C)Cyborg vs (C)Nunes at UFC 232

 

 

Women’s Flyweight:

– The Violence Queen cometh! The reigning KSW champion Ariane Lipski is set to make her highly anticipated UFC debut at UFC Bueno Aires as Maryna Moroz welcomes her to the Octagon.

PhotoCred: Twitter

UFC Changes: Borella (prev. #10) exits, Lipski enters

Upcoming fights:

(C) – Shevchenko vs Eubanks at UFC 230

Lipski vs Maryna Moroz(NR) at UFC Buenos Aires

Clark vs Andrea Lee(UFCO #15) at UFC on Fox 31

(C)Macfarlane vs Valerie Letourneau at Bellator 212

 

 

Strawweight (115lbs.):

– The division couldn’t be much better than it is right now. So many moving pieces, one of which that stood out the most was Tatiana Suarez assault of former UFC and Invicta champion Carla Esparza at UFC 228.

PhotoCred: Yahoo Sports

Overall Changes: Andrade and Jedrzejczyk swap, Herrig (prev. #10) exits, Suarez enters, Esparza (prev. #7)

UFC Changes: Andrade and Jedrzejczyk swap, Herrig (prev. #9) exits, Suarez enters, Esparza (prev. #7)

Upcoming fights:

Gadelha vs Ansaroff at UFC 231

 

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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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