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MMA Latest Fighter Rankings – July 2015

Brice Schroeder

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This past June, the MMA gods saw fit to bless the fans with their own “Fight of the Century.”  It was a fight on the same playing field as Mayweather-Pacquiao that was over five years in the making.  I am of course referring to the super fight over in Bellator between Kimbo Slice and Frank Shamrock.  Surprisingly Kimbo’s win was not quite impressive enough for our writer’s to push him into the top 10 this month, but maybe someday we will all come to our senses.

All kidding aside, there were some great mixed martial arts moments this past month.  Hendo added another head to his massive collection, Werdum threw his name in the hat of best heavyweights of all time, a Polish woman with a crazy name beat the brakes off of her newest victim, and a silver medalist made his middleweight contendership official with a nasty knockout.  Unlike Kimbo, you will see some of these fighters’ names in 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 or disagree.

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

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

 

Women’s Strawweight

01 Joanna Jędrzejczyk (10-0) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Cláudia Gadelha (12-1) – UFC

03 Carla Esparza (10-3) – UFC

04 Jessica Aguilar (19-4) – UFC

05 Tecia Torres (6-0) – UFC

06 Rose Namajunas (2-2) – UFC

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

08 Jessica Penne (12-2) – UFC

09 Maryna Moroz (6-0) – UFC

10 Paige VanZant (5-1) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Livia Souza, Joanne Calderwood, Alexa Grasso, Randa Markos


 

Women’s Bantamweight

01 Ronda Rousey (11-0) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Cat Zingano (9-1) – UFC

03 Miesha Tate (16-5) – UFC

04 Alexis Davis (17-6) – UFC

05 Sara McMann (8-2) – UFC

06 Jessica Eye (11-2 1 NC) – UFC

07 Sarah Kaufman (17-3 1 NC) – UFC

08 Bethe Correia (9-0) – UFC

09 Holly Holm (8-0) – UFC

10 Liz Carmouche (10-5) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Tonya Evinger, Amanda Nunes, Marion Reneau, Julianna Peña


 

Flyweight

01 Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Joseph Benavidez (22-4) – UFC

03 John Dodson (17-6) – UFC

04 Jussier Formiga (18-3) – UFC

05 Ian McCall (13-5) – UFC

06 John Moraga (16-4) – UFC

07 Henry Cejudo (9-0) – UFC

08 John Lineker (25-7) – UFC

09 Kyoji Horiguchi (15-2) – UFC

10 Zach Makovsky (19-6) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Ali Bagautinov, Chris Cariaso, Wilson Reis


 

Bantamweight

01 T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Renan Barão (33-2 1 NC) – UFC

03 Dominick Cruz (20-1) – UFC

04 Urijah Faber (32-8) – 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, Johnny Eduardo, Eduardo Dantas, Eddie Wineland


 

Featherweight

01 José Aldo (25-1) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Chad Mendes (17-2) – UFC

03 Frankie Edgar (19-4-1) – UFC

04 Conor McGregor (17-2) – UFC

05 Ricardo Lamas (15-4) – UFC

06 Max Holloway (13-3) – UFC

07 Patrício Freire (24-2) – Bellator

08 Dennis Bermudez (14-4) – UFC

09 Cub Swanson (21-7) – UFC

10 Charles Oliveira (20-4-1) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Clay Guida


 

Lightweight

01 Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) – UFC – 7 of 8 1st place votes

02 Donald Cerrone (28-6 1 NC) – UFC

03 Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0) – UFC – 1 of 8 1st place votes

04 Anthony Pettis (18-3) – UFC

05 Benson Henderson (22-5) – UFC

06 Eddie Alvarez (26-4) – UFC

07 Gilbert Melendez (22-5) – UFC

08 Michael Johnson (16-8) – UFC

09 Will Brooks (15-1) – Bellator

10 Myles Jury (15-1) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Tony Ferguson, Edson Barboza, Al Iaquinta, Beneil Dariush


 

Welterweight

01 Robbie Lawler (25-10 1 NC) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Johny Hendricks (17-3) – UFC

03 Rory MacDonald (18-2) – UFC

04 Tyron Woodley (15-3) – UFC

05 Carlos Condit (30-8) – UFC

06 Matt Brown (19-13) – UFC

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

08 Hector Lombard (34-4-1 2 NC) – UFC

09 Demian Maia (20-6) – UFC

10 Dong Hyun Kim (20-3-1 1 NC) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Jake Shields, Douglas Lima


 

Middleweight

01 Chris Weidman (13-0) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Luke Rockhold (14-2) – UFC

03 Jacaré Souza (22-3 1 NC) – UFC

04 Yoel Romero (10-1) – UFC

05 Lyoto Machida (22-7) – UFC

06 Vitor Belfort (24-11) – UFC

07 Anderson Silva (34-6) – UFC

08 Gegard Mousasi (37-5-2) – UFC

09 Thales Leites (25-4) – UFC

10 Tim Kennedy (18-5) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson


 

Light Heavyweight

01 Jon Jones (21-1) – UFC – 6 of 8 1st place votes

02 Daniel Cormier (16-1) – UFC – 2 of 8 1st place votes

03 Anthony Johnson (19-5) – 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


 

Heavyweight

01 Fabrício Werdum (20-5-1) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Cain Velasquez (13-2) – UFC

03 Junior dos Santos (17-3) – UFC

04 Stipe Miocic (13-2) – UFC

05 Andrei Arlovski (24-10 1 NC) – UFC

06 Travis Browne (17-3-1) – UFC

07 Ben Rothwell (35-9) – UFC

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

09 Mark Hunt (10-10-1) – UFC

10 Josh Barnett (33-7) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione


 

Pound-for-Pound

01 Jon Jones (21-1) – UFC – 6 of 8 1st place votes

02 José Aldo (25-1) – UFC – 1 of 8 1st place votes

03 Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) – UFC

04 Ronda Rousey (11-0) – UFC – 1 of 8 1st place votes

05 Chris Weidman (13-0) – UFC

06 T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) – UFC

07 Fabrício Werdum (20-5-1) – UFC

08 Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) – UFC

09 Daniel Cormier (16-1) – UFC

10 Robbie Lawler (25-10 1 NC) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Chad Mendes, Cain Velasquez, Dominick Cruz, Frankie Edgar, Renan Barao

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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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