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MMA Latest Fighter Rankings – April 2015

Brice Schroeder



April has come and gone which means it is time for our newest batch of fighter rankings.  There was only one UFC title up for grabs this month and “Mighty Mouse” cruised his way to an easy and much expected win over Kyoji Horiguchi.  Besides the lone title fight the most significant UFC bout in April was contested between Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida.  Rockhold put on an absolute clinic and staked his claim as the clear number one contender for the middleweight belt.  Outside of the UFC, Will Brooks dominated Dave Jansen to keep his Bellator lightweight championship.  ONE Championship’s welterweight champion, Ben Askren, attempted to defend his belt, but the fight failed to reach a conclusion after the fight was ruled a no contest after an eye poke from the champ.  All of these fights and so many more make up the rankings below.

Be sure to listen to the MMA Latest podcast this week to hear our writers discuss these rankings and as always follow @MMALatestNws on twitter and let us know what you agree/disagree with.

So without further ado, here are the MMA Latest fighter rankings for the month of April 2015.


*10 writers (including myself) submitted ballots this month*

*All bouts up to May 3rd were considered in these rankings*


Women’s Strawweight

01  Joanna Jędrzejczyk (9-0) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Cláudia Gadelha (12-1) – UFC

03  Carla Esparza (10-3) – UFC

04  Jessica Aguilar (19-4) – WSOF

05  Rose Namajunas (2-2) – UFC

06  Tecia Torres (5-0) – UFC

07  Jessica Penne (12-2) – UFC

08  Karolina Kowalkiewicz (7-0) – KSW/Invicta FC

09  Maryna Moroz (6-0) – UFC

10  Paige VanZant (5-1) – UFC

Honorable Mentions Joanne Calderwood, Randa Markos, Livia Souza



Women’s Bantamweight

01  Ronda Rousey (11-0) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Miesha Tate (16-5) – UFC

03  Cat Zingano (9-1) – UFC

04  Alexis Davis (17-6) – UFC

05  Sara McMann (8-2) – UFC

06  Bethe Correia (9-0) – UFC

07  Jessica Eye (11-2 1 NC) – UFC

08  Sarah Kaufman (17-3 1 NC) – UFC

09  Holly Holm (8-0) – UFC

10  Amanda Nunes (10-4) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Liz Carmouche, Marion Reneau, Julianna Peña




01  Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  John Dodson (16-6) – UFC

03  Joseph Benavidez (21-4) – UFC

04  John Moraga (16-3) – UFC

05  Ian McCall (13-5) – UFC

06  Jussier Formiga (17-3) – UFC

07  Kyoji Horiguchi (15-2) – UFC

08  John Lineker (25-7) – UFC

09  Zach Makovsky (19-5) – UFC

10  Henry Cejudo (8-0) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Ali Bagautinov, Chris Cariaso




01  T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Renan Barão (33-2 1 NC) – UFC

03  Dominick Cruz (20-1) – UFC

04  Urijah Faber (32-7) – UFC

05  Raphael Assunção (23-4) – UFC

06  Michael McDonald (16-3) – UFC

07  Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) – WSOF

08  Aljamain Sterling (11-0) – UFC

09  Bibiano Fernandes (17-3) – ONE Championship

10  Takeya Mizugaki (20-9-2) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Marcos Galvão, Eduardo Dantas, Eddie Wineland, Frankie Saenz, Iuri Alcântara




01  José Aldo (25-1) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Chad Mendes (17-2) – UFC

03  Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) – UFC

04  Conor McGregor (17-2) – UFC

05  Ricardo Lamas (15-4) – UFC

06  Max Holloway (13-3) – UFC

07  Cub Swanson (21-7) – UFC

08  Dennis Bermudez (14-4) – UFC

09  Patrício Freire (23-2) – Bellator

10  Nik Lentz (25-6-2 1 NC) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Charles Oliveira, Clay Guida




01  Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) – UFC – 9 of 10 1st place votes

02  Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0) – UFC – 1 of 10 1st place votes

03  Anthony Pettis (18-3) – UFC

04  Donald Cerrone (27-6 1 NC) – UFC

05  Benson Henderson (22-5) – UFC

06  Gilbert Melendez (22-4) – UFC

07  Michael Johnson (16-8) – UFC

08  Will Brooks (15-1) – Bellator

09  Eddie Alvarez (25-4) – UFC

10  Tony Ferguson (18-3) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Edson Barboza, Myles Jury, Al Iaquinta, Beneil Dariush, Josh Thomson




01  Robbie Lawler (25-10 1 NC) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Johny Hendricks (17-3) – UFC

03  Rory MacDonald (18-2) – UFC

04  Tyron Woodley (15-3) – UFC

05  Carlos Condit (29-8) – UFC

06  Matt Brown (19-13) – UFC

07  Ben Askren (14-0 1 NC) – ONE Championship

08  Demian Maia (20-6) – UFC

09  Hector Lombard (34-4-1 2 NC) – UFC

10  Jake Shields (31-7-1 1 NC) – WSOF

Honorable Mentions – Tarec Saffiedine, Dong Hyun Kim, Rousimar Palhares




01  Chris Weidman (12-0) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Luke Rockhold (14-2) – UFC

03  Jacaré Souza (22-3 1 NC) – UFC

04  Vitor Belfort (24-10) – UFC

05  Lyoto Machida (22-6) – UFC

06  Yoel Romero (9-1) – UFC

07  Anderson Silva (34-6) – UFC

08  Gegard Mousasi (36-5-2) – UFC

09  Tim Kennedy (18-5) – UFC

10  Thales Leites (25-4) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Michael Bisping, C.B. Dolloway



Light Heavyweight

01  Jon Jones (21-1) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Anthony Johnson (19-4) – UFC

03  Daniel Cormier (15-1) – UFC

04  Alexander Gustafsson (16-3) – UFC

05  Ryan Bader (19-4) – UFC

06  Rashad Evans (19-3-1) – UFC

07  Phil Davis (13-3 1 NC) – Bellator

08  Glover Teixeira (22-4) – UFC

09  Ovince Saint Preux (18-6) – UFC

10  Liam McGeary (10-0) – Bellator

Honorable Mentions – Jimi Manuwa, Rampage Jackson, Patrick Cummins




01  Cain Velasquez (13-1) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Fabrício Werdum (19-5-1) – UFC

03  Junior dos Santos (17-3) – UFC

04  Travis Browne (17-2-1) – UFC

05  Stipe Miocic (12-2) – UFC

06  Mark Hunt (10-9-1) – UFC

07  Alistair Overeem (39-14 1 NC) – UFC

08  Andrei Arlovski (23-10 1 NC) – UFC

09  Ben Rothwell (34-9) – UFC

10  Matt Mitrione (9-3) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Josh Barnett, Frank Mir




01  Jon Jones (21-1) – UFC – 9 of 10 1st place votes

02  José Aldo (25-1) – UFC

03  Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) – UFC – 1 of 10 1st place votes

04  Chris Weidman (12-0) – UFC

05  Ronda Rousey (11-0) – UFC

06  Cain Velasquez (13-1) – UFC

07  T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) – UFC

08  Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) – UFC

09  Robbie Lawler (25-10 1 NC) – UFC

10  Chad Mendes (17-2) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Anderson Silva, Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, Junior dos Santos, Renan Barão

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Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the works for UFC 223



UFC 223 looks to add a variety of intriguing bouts. With Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta reportedly set for the unannounced UFC 223 card, the promotion looks to add a high stakes female flyweight match-up. According to, sources confirmed a bout between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is in the works for the pay-per-view card.


Assuming the match-up does come to be, both women have much to gain from a victory. For Herrig, she currently sits on a four-fight win streak. A streak in which the strawweight contender defeated Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey. The MMA veteran, Herrig, began fighting professionally in 2009. As of late, her issues with the marketing machine that is the UFC have intensified.

After demonstrating her technical prowess over Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 122: Chiesa vs. Lee, Herrig put her emotions on display. She stated at the post-fight media scrum, “Sometimes, I feel like, I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked so hard to be here and it’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through. Who just got into the UFC at the right time. They’re getting all these opportunities and I see how hard I work to get here and it’s just like, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like, ‘I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger'”.

A frustrated Felice Herrig then spoke to in December. She claimed, “Aside from (former UFC women’s strawweight champ) Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I’m the only strawweight who’s gone on a four-fight winning streak. That’s a fact. At this point, I want to fight someone in the top 10. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep fighting girls that are ranked below me. That’s the whole point. If I want to keep working my way up. I fight the most dangerous girls outside the top 10”. The #9 ranked women’s flyweight has a point. In her UFC career, she recorded one loss in six appearances. Yet, she has one co-main event booking, while fighters like Michelle Waterson, booked the main event in her second UFC bout. In Waterson’s third bout, she received a co-main event scheduling. Understandably, Felice Herrig is upset with her situation.

Later in her interview, Herrig brought up Kowalkiewicz as a potential next opponent. “For whatever reason, I really want to fight Karolina. I just think that would be an exciting fight… Stylistically, I really like that fight. She’s ranked above (me), and it may be a good gauge for me,” she stated. Right now, it looks like Herrig is close to getting what she wants.

Kowalkiewicz last fought in her native country of Poland on the UFC Fight Pass card, UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till, in October. The Polish star defeated Jody Esquibel, after losing consecutive contests to former UFC female strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha, respectively.

A win for either makes a good case for the next or an eventual title challenger. Kowalkiewicz holds a victory over current division champion, Rose Namajunas. While a win for Herrig would further establish her impressive win streak and undoubtedly give her the boost in the rankings she deserves.

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Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet



Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.

“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”

Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.

“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”

Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”

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Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder rescheduled for UFC 223 in April



MMA fans around the world wept in deep sorrow when Al Iaquinta withdrew from a bout scheduled for UFC 218 against Paul Felder. Weep no more, for Paul Felder faces Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Rumblings behind the match-up, first reported by, came Sunday night before confirmed the bout scheduled for unannounced pay-per-view card, later in the evening.


The original bout fell through due to a severe knee injury to Iaquinta. He spoke to BJ Penn Radio about the injury nearly a week before the December 2nd, PPV event in Detriot. The Long Island real estate agent claimed, “I tore my PCL and my MCL maybe three or four months ago… for me to really put in a full training camp and do what I need to do, I would’ve had to just focus on fighting and physical therapy… it was the kind of thing where all roads led to me not kind of taking a risk and fighting on December 2nd”.

Iaquinta went on to say, “I kind of accepted the fight, but I never signed a bout agreement… I was kind of told I had to give them an answer pretty quick. It was a fight I thought I really wanted. I thought it was a good stylistic match-up for me, so I accepted the fight, and then thinking about it over the course of a day, we realized it probably wasn’t a smart decision for my health, for everything”.

An outspoken lightweight, he is not the first of his kind. Al Iaquinta is no stranger to idly waiting on the sideline for the UFC to make a move. Contract disputes and other bad strokes of luck left the Serra-Longo with three octagon appearances since 2015. The feud between Iaquinta and the promotion comes as a surprise when looking at the credentials of the aforementioned fighter. With an octagon record of 8-2, he earned notoriety as one of the best lightweights in the world. During his time in the UFC, he defeated Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal, and most recently Diego Sanchez.

His opponent, “The Irish Dragon”, Paul Felder, holds an impressive UFC record of his own. At 7-3, Felder defeated tough competition as well. His record notes wins over Daron Cruickshank, Jason Saggo, Stevie Ray, and Charles Oliveira. Even more impressive than his record, his knockout ratio. At this stage of his career, Felder knockouts 55% of his opponents (10 knockouts in 18 career pro bouts).

Like his opponent Iaquinta, Paul Felder has a separate career outside of fighting. As many should notice, Felder found a role as a color commentator with the promotion he fights for. Following the footsteps in a long line of fighters before him, Felder announced multiple events alongside another new addition to the UFC broadcast team, Brendan Fitzgerald.

PPV card, UFC 223 and its location are not official yet. Despite a lack of an announcement, the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre, according to multiple reports. Currently, the card features no official bouts. Reports state Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (per Jim Edwards), and Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov (per Farah Hannoun) are both in the works for UFC 223.

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