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MMA Latest Fighter Rankings – Feb 2015

Brice Schroeder



The first two months of 2015 have already been packed full of important fights.  From Jones-Cormier to Rousey’s record setting title defense this past weekend, there has been a lot to keep up with in the world of MMA.  How far should Cat Zingano fall after that devastating loss?  How close is Holly Holm to a title shot?  Where exactly does new Bellator champ Liam McGeary fit among the light-heavyweight hierarchy? Have no fear fight fans, several members of the MMA Latest staff have submitted their fighter rankings to help you make sense of it all.  These ballots all combine to make one reliable and accurate set of rankings to help make sense of all the madness.  So without further ado, here are the debut fighter rankings for MMA Latest.


  1. Carla Esparza (10-2) UFC
  2. Jessica Aguilar (19-4) WSOF
  3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (8-0) UFC
  4. Claudia Gadelha (12-1) UFC
  5. Joanne Calderwood (9-0) UFC
  6. Tecia Torres (5-0) UFC
  7. Rose Namajunas (2-2) UFC
  8. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (7-0) Invicta FC
  9. Katja Kankaanpaa (10-1-1) Invicta FC
  10. Jessica Penne (12-2) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Alexa Grasso, Randa Markos, Felice Herrig


Women’s Bantamweight

  1. Ronda Rousey (11-0) UFC
  2. Miesha Tate (16-5) UFC
  3. Cat Zingano (9-1) UFC
  4. Alexis Davis (16-6) UFC
  5. Sara McMann (8-2) UFC
  6. Sarah Kaufman (17-2 1 ND) UFC
  7. Bethe Correia (9-0) UFC
  8. Jessica Eye (11-2 1 ND) UFC
  9. Liz Carmouche (9-5) UFC
  10. Holly Holm (8-0) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Lauren Murphy, Amanda Nunes, Tonya Evinger



  1. Demetrious Johnson (21-2-1) UFC
  2. Joseph Benavidez (21-4) UFC
  3. John Dodson (16-6) UFC
  4. John Moraga (16-3) UFC
  5. Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1) UFC
  6. Jussier Formiga (17-3) UFC
  7. Ali Bagautinov (13-3) UFC
  8. Ian McCall (13-5-1) UFC
  9. John Lineker (25-7) UFC
  10. Zach Makovsky (19-5) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Chris Cariaso, Dustin Ortiz, Tim Elliott



  1. T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) UFC
  2. Renan Barao (33-2) UFC
  3. Urijah Faber (32-7) UFC
  4. Raphael Assuncao (23-4) UFC
  5. Dominick Cruz (20-1) UFC
  6. Michael McDonald (16-3) UFC
  7. Joe Warren (12-3) Bellator
  8. Eduardo Dantas (16-4) Bellator
  9. Bibiano Fernandes (17-3) ONE FC
  10. Takeya Mizugaki (20-8-2) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Marlon Moraes, Johnny Eduardo, Bryan Caraway



  1. Jose Aldo (25-1) UFC
  2. Chad Mendes (16-2) UFC
  3. Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) UFC
  4. Conor McGregor (17-2) UFC
  5. Ricardo Lamas (15-3) UFC
  6. Cub Swanson (21-6) UFC
  7. Patricio Freire (23-2) Bellator
  8. Dennis Bermudez (14-4) UFC
  9. Nik Lentz (25-6-2) UFC
  10. Dustin Poirier (16-4) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Charles Oliveira, Max Holloway, Pat Curran



  1. Anthony Pettis (18-2) UFC
  2. Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0) UFC
  3. Rafael dos Anjos (22-7) UFC
  4. Donald Cerrone (27-6) UFC
  5. Gilbert Melendez (22-4) UFC
  6. Benson Henderson (22-5) UFC
  7. Michael Johnson (16-8) UFC
  8. Eddie Alvarez (25-4) UFC
  9. Will Brooks (15-1) Bellator
  10. Edson Barboza (15-3) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Nate Diaz, Myles Jury, Tony Ferguson, Josh Thomson



  1. Robbie Lawler (25-10) UFC
  2. Johny Hendricks (16-3) UFC
  3. Rory MacDonald (18-2) UFC
  4. Tyron Woodley (15-3) UFC
  5. Carlos Condit (29-8) UFC
  6. Matt Brown (19-12) UFC
  7. Hector Lombard (35-4-1) UFC
  8. Ben Askren (14-0) ONE FC
  9. Jake Shields (31-7-1) WSOF
  10. Demian Maia (19-6) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Tarec Saffiedine, Rousimar Palhares



  1. Chris Weidman (12-0) UFC
  2. Vitor Belfort (24-10) UFC
  3. Lyoto Machida (22-5) UFC
  4. Luke Rockhold (13-2) UFC
  5. Ronaldo Souza (21-3) UFC
  6. Anderson Silva (34-6) UFC
  7. Yoel Romero (9-1) UFC
  8. Gegard Mousasi (36-5-2) UFC
  9. Tim Kennedy (18-5) UFC
  10. Thales Leites (25-4) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Michael Bisping, C.B. Dollaway, Yushin Okami



  1. Jon Jones (21-1) UFC
  2. Anthony Johnson (19-4) UFC
  3. Daniel Cormier (15-1) UFC
  4. Alexander Gustafsson (16-3) UFC
  5. Ryan Bader (19-4) UFC
  6. Phil Davis (13-3) UFC
  7. Rashad Evans (19-3-1) UFC
  8. Glover Teixeira (22-3) UFC
  9. Ovince Saint Preux (17-6) UFC
  10. Liam McGeary (10-0) Bellator

Others Receiving Votes – Emanuel Newton, Jimi Manuwa, Quinton Jackson



  1. Cain Velasquez (13-1) UFC
  2. Junior Dos Santos (17-3) UFC
  3. Fabricio Werdum (19-5-1) UFC
  4. Travis Browne (17-2-1) UFC
  5. Stipe Miocic (12-2) UFC
  6. Mark Hunt (10-9-1) UFC
  7. Josh Barnett (33-7) UFC
  8. Andrei Arlovski (23-10) UFC
  9. Alistair Overeem (38-14) UFC
  10. Roy Nelson (20-10) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Ben Rothwell, Frank Mir, Vitaly Minakov


Pound For Pound

  1. Jon Jones (21-1) UFC
  2. Jose Aldo (25-1) UFC
  3. Demetrious Johnson (21-2-1) UFC
  4. Chris Weidman (12-0) UFC
  5. Cain Velasquez (13-1) UFC
  6. Ronda Rousey (11-0) UFC
  7. Anthony Pettis (18-2) UFC
  8. T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) UFC
  9. Robbie Lawler (25-10) UFC
  10. Anderson Silva (34-6) UFC

Others Receiving Votes – Lyoto Machida, Frankie Edgar, Dominick Cruz, Daniel Cormier

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card



Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.

This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.

Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK

  • Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
  • Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
  • Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK

  • 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
  • Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut

Harry Davies



MMA Latest spoke to Bellator’s Michael ‘Venom’ Page, as he makes his boxing debut this Friday at the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night.

Page (12-0 MMA) is renowned for his entertaining fight style inside the cage, with most of his knockout and submission victories ending up in highlight reels online, that almost always go viral.

‘MVP’ was supposed to make his boxing debut on the undercard of David Haye vs Tony Bellew in March of this year, but due to ongoing negotiations with Bellator, his debut was delayed. Shortly after Page signed with Haye’s promotion “Hayemaker Ringstar.”

Q: So, Michael, we’re about five days out now from your big boxing debut, and still we have no name of an opponent? Can you break the big news, who will you be fighting next week?

I honestly couldn’t even tell you his name right now! I know I’ve got an opponent, but I haven’t even looked at him because it has changed so many times. I don’t like to pay too much attention to it, because it’s added stress. For me it’s just a case of turning up, and firing punches at whoever is across the ring.

Q: Is this fight 10 or 12 rounds? Given a standard boxing fight is a lot longer than your typical 15-minute MMA bout, has there been an emphasis on cardiovascular work in your training camp?

Depending on the opponent, I think it’s 6-rounds. The preparation has been different, I’m having to stress out my shoulders and core a lot. The kicking distance as well is very different, getting used to having people a bit closer. I’m getting used to the corners of the ring, I’ve done it before but not to this extent so I am familiar of it, but my body wasn’t really used to it.

Q: So, is this kind of like a one fight deal for Haye’s Ringstar promotion? Regardless of this fight’s outcome, will you return to MMA?

Not at all, I’m taking it seriously. Otherwise, I would have just had a super fight against a big name like McGregor did. This is why I can’t just jump into a 12 round fight, I need to adjust my body and get it prepared for boxing.

There’s no future plans yet, I’d like to have an MMA fight again before the end of this year, as I haven’t fought this whole year, but another opportunity for boxing may come up and I might get a chance to jump on that, so it depends.

Q: Were you frustrated that Bellator booked Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin, and if you could send a message to Daley right now what would it be?

I have no interest in him anymore. It feels so pathetic and unnecessary now. I don’t think he deserved that fight with Larkin right after the shocking display he put on in Wembley against Rory MacDonald. But good on him he beat Larkin, however he calls me out immediately after then goes on to say he’s past that fight, it just doesn’t make sense.

Credit – michaelpagemvp – Instagram

Q: A statement we hear a lot is “MVP is the only guy outside the UFC that I want in the UFC” People criticise the talent in Bellator and say you’re fighting nobodies, what do you say back to them?

The amount of times you hear “you shouldn’t fight this person, you should have fought that person.” Everyone’s got an idea of what the correct steps someone should make are, but at the end of the day it’s their career. People are so fickle and easy to forget. If you are a fan of somebody, just be a fan of them regardless of win or loss.

Q: I’ve got to ask about how things are with Bellator, because from the outside looking in it’s quite unclear. How is it relationship at the moment?

Yeah I get on with most of the guys, it’s like a small family. I’ve still got a couple of fights left with them, they’re growing very well, the only problem is I feel like they’re focusing a bit too much on ex UFC fighters. For me it says you’re classing yourself as second best. Bellator generate some amazing superstars and young talent, they should continue to promote them.

You can watch ‘MVP’ make his boxing debut this Friday night, as the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night will air at 21:00PM on Dave.

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Exclusive: Andrey Koreshkov eyeing fight with Rory MacDonald



Former Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov is coming off of an interesting past two years. In 2015 he beat current welterweight champion Douglas Lima, via a dominant unanimous decision, in order to win the welterweight title. He returned in 2016 and beat former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson via another dominant beatdown. It seemed like Koreshkov was going to be the champion for a very long time, making elite fighters look like they had no business being in the cage with him.

Koreshkov’s world came crashing down one night in Isreal. The Russian was beating Douglas Lima in a rematch, he was up 20-18 on the score-cards, and it seemed like he was going to walk away with another successful title defense. Koreshkov forced Lima’s back against the fence and started winging punches at him, Lima started to do the same as he looked to get off the fence, and then it happened, a huge left hook caught Koreshkov on the chin and it was lights-out. Lima was once again champion, and Koreshkov’s reign was cut short.

What was next for Koreshkov after losing the title? Perhaps a move to middleweight? Bellator’s middleweight division has fewer contenders than the welterweight division and could promise a quicker path to the title for the Russian. Koreshkov is a big welterweight, standing at 6’1, he certainly wouldn’t be small in the higher weight class. Speaking to MMA Latest, Koreshkov was quick to shut down the idea of moving up. “No, no, I work hard at welterweight and I’d like to stay there.”

Sticking with welterweight, Koreshkov knew it was going to be tough to get another title shot after his fight with Chidi Njokuani, but he seems to know the key to fighting for the title “It’s not about how many wins, but rather, the quality of my wins”, with that in mind, he promised the gameplan against Njokuani was to “stand and bang”. Koreshkov fulfilled his promise, against Njokuani he came out guns-blazing, giving Njokuani all he could handle on the feet before eventually taking him down and finishing him with some nasty ground and pound.

Koreshkov also got the chance to explain who he’d like to fight next, should he not get a title shot. “I don’t have any favorites, I know that there are a lot of tough fights at my weight class, but if I had to choose, I would say Rory MacDonald.” Unfortunately for Koreshkov, MacDonald is booked against his former opponent Douglas Lima, as the two are set to fight for the Bellator welterweight title in January.

A fight against MacDonald would promise fireworks as the two are known for their ruthless style. There’s a strong chance Koreshkov may get his chance against MacDonald next, as the former champion is certainly either next in line for the shot, or set to fight the loser.

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