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MMA Latest Fighter Rankings Pre-International Fight Week

Brice Schroeder

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After a hiatus the MMA Latest fighter rankings are back. There could not be a better time to resurrect the rankings with arguably the biggest week in MMA history almost upon us. With five title fights in a week, you can be sure that the next edition of our rankings will look much different than the ones below.

All fighter rankings are very subjective, but our goal will be to deliver the most accurate rankings available to help make sense of the cloudy mixed martial arts hierarchy. All the rankings to come will be accompanied by write ups detailing the changes in each weight class and the fights that caused them. Hopefully this will hold our rankings to the highest possible standard.

Please feel free to harass our twitter account @MMALatestNws and let us know where you think we screwed up and how you would rank them (and possibly congratulate us on a job well done).

Here is a quick rundown on how the rankings will be compiled going forward:

  • We will be ranking the top ten fighters in every UFC weight division and an inter-gendered pound for pound top ten.
  • All fighters are eligible, meaning panelists may include fighters from all organizations. Any suspended fighters are also eligible, but may be penalised to each panelists choosing.
  • Fighters will only be ranked in one weight class. Which weight class they are placed in will be based on their most likely weight class going forward.
  • Ten MMA Latest writers, including myself, make up our rankings panel. Each panelist submits their ballots to be tallied and the rankings will be updated after every UFC pay-per-view.

Without further ado, here is the newest edition of the MMA Latest fighter rankings.

 

 –Women’s Strawweight –Women’s Bantamweight –Flyweight
1Joanna Jędrzejczyk (UFC)1Miesha Tate (UFC)1Demetrious Johnson (UFC)
2Cláudia Gadelha (UFC)2Holly Holm (UFC)2Joseph Benavidez (UFC)
3Carla Esparza (UFC)3Ronda Rousey (UFC)3Henry Cejudo (UFC)
4Rose Namajunas (UFC)4Cat Zingano (UFC)4Kyoji Horiguchi (UFC)
5Karolina Kowalkiewicz (UFC)5Amanda Nunes (UFC)5Jussier Formiga (UFC)
6Jessica Aguilar (UFC)6Alexis Davis (UFC)6John Moraga (UFC)
7Tecia Torres (UFC)7Sara McMann (UFC)7Ian McCall (UFC)
8Joanne Calderwood (UFC)8Julianna Peña (UFC)8Ali Bagautinov (UFC)
9Alexa Grasso (Invicta)9Tonya Evinger (Invicta)9Wilson Reis (UFC)
10Valerie Letourneau (UFC)10Valentina Shevchenko (UFC)10Zach Makovsky (UFC)
 –Other mentions – Maryna Moroz, Angela Hill, Jessica Andrade, Paige VanZant –Other mentions – Germaine de Randamie, Liz Carmouche –Other mentions – Justin Scoggins, Louis Smolka, Dustin Ortiz

 

 –Bantamweight –Featherweight –Lightweight
1Dominick Cruz (UFC)1Conor McGregor (UFC)1Rafael dos Anjos (UFC)
2TJ Dillashaw (UFC)2Jose Aldo (UFC)2Khabib Nurmagomedov (UFC)
3Urijah Faber (UFC)3Frankie Edgar (UFC)3Tony Ferguson (UFC)
4Rafael Assuncao (UFC)4Max Holloway (UFC)4Donald Cerrone (UFC)
5Bryan Caraway (UFC)5Chad Mendes (UFC)5Eddie Alvarez (UFC)
6Bibiano Fernandes (ONE FC)6Ricardo Lamas (UFC)6Nate Diaz (UFC)
7Cody Garbrandt (UFC)7Cub Swanson (UFC)7Edson Barboza (UFC)
8John Dodson (UFC)8Charles Oliveira (UFC)8Will Brooks (UFC)
9Marlon Moraes (WSOF)9Jeremy Stephens (UFC)9Anthony Pettis (UFC)
10Michael McDonald (UFC)10Daniel Straus (Bellator)10Dustin Poirier (UFC)
 –Other mentions – Aljamain Sterling, Eduardo Dantas, Thomas Almedia, John Lineker, Darrion Caldwell

 

Other mentions – Dennis Bermudez, Patricio Freire, Brian Ortega –Other Mentions – Michael Chiesa, Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush

 

 –Welterweight –Middleweight –Light Heavyweight
1Robbie Lawler (UFC)1Michael Bisping (UFC)1Jon Jones (UFC)
2Stephen Thompson (UFC)2Luke Rockhold (UFC)2Daniel Cormier (UFC)
3Tyron Woodley (UFC)3Chris Weidman (UFC)3Anthony Johnson (UFC)
4Demian Maia (UFC)4Yoel Romero (UFC)4Alexander Gustafsson (UFC)
5Rory MacDonald (UFC)5Ronaldo Souza (UFC)5Phil Davis (Bellator)
6Johny Hendricks (UFC)6Anderson Silva (UFC)6Glover Teixeira (UFC)
7Carlos Condit (UFC)7Vitor Belfort (UFC)7Ryan Bader (UFC)
8Ben Askren (ONE FC)8Lyoto Machida (UFC)8Ovince St Preux (UFC)
9Neil Magny (UFC)9Robert Whittaker (UFC)9Liam McGeary (Bellator)
10Matt Brown (UFC)10Uriah Hall (UFC)10Muhammad Lawal (Bellator)
Other Mentions – Andrey Koreshkov, Dong Hyun Kim –Other Mentions – David Branch, Gegard Mousasi, Tim Kennedy, Derek BrunsonOther Mentions – Mauricio Rua, Jimi Manuwa, Rashad Evans

 

– Heavyweight –Pound for Pound
1Stipe Miocic (UFC)T-1Jon Jones (UFC)
2Fabricio Werdum (UFC)T-1Demetrious Johnson (UFC)
3Cain Velasquez (UFC)3Dominick Cruz (UFC)
4Alistair Overeem (UFC)4Rafael dos Anjos (UFC)
5Junior dos Santos (UFC)5Robbie Lawler (UFC)
6Ben Rothwell (UFC)6Daniel Cormier (UFC)
7Andrei Arlovski (UFC)7Conor McGregor (UFC)
8Travis Browne (UFC)8Joanna Jędrzejczyk (UFC)
9Mark Hunt (UFC)9Michael Bisping (UFC)
10Vitaly Minakov (Bellator)10Jose Aldo (UFC)
 –Other Mentions – Josh Barnett, Derrick Lewis –Other Mentions – Frankie Edgar, Stipe Miocic

 

This week’s panel included:

Nicole Bosco (@NikBos), Derek Bowe (@DerekBowe7), Chase Carle (@CSquared1709), Vinny Craig (@vinny_craig), Rodney James Edgar (@RodneyJames138), Brendan McGlynn (@Sir_Brendan), Landin Murphy, Stephen Rivers (@stephenjrivers), Brice Schroeder (@BriceJSchroeder), Tony Sisombath (@Trigga_MMA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

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:

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

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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