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MMA Latest News Fighter Rankings: Changing Of The Guard

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After the historic UFC 202 event, it’s about time for the new MMA Latest rankings to come out!

We’ve seen some top guys stumble since the last rankings and it shows in the rankings. For the first time since its inception, the rankings see a non-champion on the top of their division and some other close calls.

Fighters from five organization make up out the list as fighters from UFC, Bellator, ONE FC, World Series of Fighting, and Invicta FC is all featured in this edition of our rankings.

Be sure to tell us how you feel on our twitter: @mmalatestnws, Instagram: MMALatestNews and Facebook: MMA Latest. Let MMA Latest know what fighters should in the top 10 and what your rankings are.


Here is a quick rundown on how our rankings are compiled:

-We will be ranking the top ten fighters in every weight division and an inter-gendered pound for pound top ten.

-All fighters are eligible.  Panelists may include fighters from all organizations.  Any suspended or inactive fighters are also eligible, but may be penalized to each panelists choosing.

-Fighters will only be ranked in one weight class.  We will decide which weight class to place them based on their most likely weight class going forward.

-Eight MMA Latest writers, including myself, make up our rankings panel.  Each panelist submits their ballots to me to be tallied.  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

  1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk- UFC- (12-0)- 8 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Claudia Gadelha- UFC- (13-2)
  3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz- UFC- (10-0)
  4. Carla Esparza- UFC- (11-3)
  5. Rose Namajunas- UFC- (5-3)
  6. Tecia Torres- UFC- (7-1)
  7. Jessica Andrade- UFC- (14-5)
  8. Joanna Calderwood- UFC- (11-1)
  9. Valerie Letourneau- UFC- (8-5)
  10. Jessica Aguilar- UFC- (19-5)

Others receiving votes: Maryna Moroz, Angela Hill, Randa Markos, Paige VanZant, Cortney Casey, Michelle Waterson, Livia Souza


Women’s Bantamweight

  1. Amanda Nunes- UFC- (13-4)- 8 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Miesha Tate- UFC- (18-6)
  3. Valentine Shevchenko- UFC- (13-2)
  4. Holly Holm- UFC- (10-2)
  5. Julianna Pena- UFC- (8-2)
  6. Ronda Rousey- UFC- (12-1)
  7. Cat Zingano- UFC- (9-2)
  8. Sara McMann- UFC- (9-3)
  9. Raquel Pennington- UFC- (8-5)
  10. Germaine de Randamie- UFC- (7-3)

Others receiving votes: Tony Evinger, Liz Carmouche, Bethe Correia, Ashley Evans-Smith



  1. Demetrious Johnson- UFC- (24-2-1)- 8 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Joseph Benavidez- UFC- (24-4)
  3. Henry Cejudo- UFC- (10-1)
  4. Jussier Formiga- UFC- (18-4)
  5. Kyoji Horiguchi- UFC- (17-2)
  6. Wilson Reis- UFC- (21-6)
  7. Louis Smolka- UFC- (11-1)
  8. Ian McCall- UFC- (13-5-1)
  9. Ali Bagautinov- UFC- (14-4)
  10. Zach Makovsky- UFC- (19-7)

Others receiving votes: Justin Scoggins, John Moraga, Matheus Nicolai, Sergio Pettis, Kairat Akhmetov



  1. Dominick Cruz- UFC- (22-1)- 8 of 8 1st place votes
  2. TJ Dillashaw- UFC- (13-3)
  3. Urijah Faber- UFC- (33-9)
  4. Cody Garbrandt- UFC- (10-0)
  5. Raphael Assuncao- UFC- (23-5)
  6. John Lineker- UFC- (28-7)
  7. Bryan Caraway- UFC- (21-7)
  8. Aljamain Sterling- UFC- (12-1)
  9. Bibiano Fernandes- ONE- (19-3)
  10. John Dodson- UFC- (18-7)

Others receiving votes: Marlon Moraes, Michael McDonald, Thomas Almeida, Eduardo Dantas



  1. Conor McGregor- UFC- (20-3)- 8 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Jose Aldo- UFC- (26-2)
  3. Frankie Edgar- UFC- (20-5-1)
  4. Max Holloway- UFC- (16-3)
  5. Cub Swanson- UFC- (23-7)
  6. Ricardo Lamas- UFC- (16-5)
  7. Charles Oliveira- UFC- (21-5, 1 NC)
  8. Jeremy Stephens- UFC- (25-12)
  9. Dennis Bermudez- UFC- (16-5)
  10. Chad Mendes- UFC- (17-4)

Others receiving votes: Daniel Straus, Brian Ortega, Yair Rodriguez, Hacran Dias, Patricio Freire



  1. Eddie Alvarez- UFC- (28-4)- 5 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Khabib Nurmagomedov- UFC- (23-0)- 3 of 8 1st place votes
  3. Tony Ferguson- UFC- (21-3)
  4. Rafael dos Anjos- UFC- (25-8)
  5. Edson Barboza- UFC- (18-4)
  6. Nate Diaz- UFC- (19-11)
  7. Dustin Poirier- UFC- (20-4)
  8. Michael Chiesa- UFC- (14-2)
  9. Will Brooks- UFC- (19-1)
  10. Anthony Pettis- UFC- (18-5)

Others receiving votes: Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje, Shinya Aoki, Michael Johnson



  1. Tyron Woodley- UFC- (16-3)- 5 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Stephen Thompson- UFC- (13-1)- 3 of 8 1st place votes
  3. Robbie Lawler- UFC- (27-11,1 NC)
  4. Carlos Condit- UFC- (30-9)
  5. Rory MacDonald- Bellator- (18-4)
  6. Demian Maia- UFC- (23-6)
  7. Kelvin Gastelum- UFC- (12-2)
  8. Donald Cerrone- UFC- (31-7, 1 NC)
  9. Ben Askren, ONE, (15-0, 1 NC)
  10. Andrey Koreshkov, Bellator, (19-1)

Others receiving votes: Neil Magny, Johny Hendricks, Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story, Matt Brown, Lorenz Larkin, Benson Henderson, Gunnar Nelson



  1. Michael Bisping- UFC- (29-7)- 7 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Luke Rockhold- UFC- (15-3)
  3. Chris Weidman- UFC- (13-1)
  4. Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza- UFC- (23-4, 1 NC)- 1 of 8 1st place votes
  5. Yoel Romero- UFC- (12-1)
  6. Anderson Silva- UFC- (33-8, 1 NC)
  7. Robert Whittaker- UFC- (16-4)
  8. Vitor Belfort- UFC- (25-12)
  9. Gegard Mousasi- UFC- (39-6-2)
  10. Uriah Hall- UFC- (12-6)

Others receiving votes: Tim Kennedy, David Branch, Derek Brunson, Dan Henderson


Light Heavyweight

  1. Daniel Cormier- UFC- (18-1)- 4 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Anthony Johnson- UFC- (22-5)
  3. Jon Jones- UFC- (22-1) 4 of 8 1st place votes
  4. Alexander Gustafsson- UFC- (16-4)
  5. Glover Teixeira- UFC- (25-5)
  6. Ryan Bader- UFC- (20-5)
  7. Phil Davis- Bellator- (16-3, 1 NC)
  8. Ovince St. Preux- UFC- (19-8)
  9. Liam McGeary- Bellator- (11-0)
  10. Rashad Evans- UFC- (19-5-1)

Others receiving votes: Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Jimi Manuwa, Nikita Krylov, ‘King’ Mo Lawal, Ilir Latifi, Misha Cirkunov, Antonio ‘Rogerio’ Nogueira



  1. Stipe Miocic- UFC- (15-2)- 7 of 8 1st place votes
  2. Cain Velasquez- UFC- (14-2)- 1 of 8 1st place votes
  3. Fabricio Werdum- UFC- (20-6-1)
  4. Alistair Overeem- UFC- (41-14,1 NC)
  5. Junior dos Santos- UFC- (18-4)
  6. Ben Rothwell- UFC- (36-10)
  7. Andrei Arlovski- UFC- (25-12, 1 NC)
  8. Mark Hunt- UFC- (12-11-1)
  9. Travis Browne- UFC- (18-4-1)
  10. Derrick Lewis- UFC- (16-4, 1 NC)

Others receiving votes: Josh Barnett, Vitaly Minakov, Ruslan Magomedov



  1. Demetrious Johnson- UFC- (24-2-1)- 7 of 7 1st place votes
  2. Dominick Cruz- UFC- (22-1)
  3. Daniel Cormier- UFC- (18-1)
  4. Jon Jones- UFC- (22-1)
  5. Conor McGregor- UFC- (20-3)
  6. Joanna Jedrzejczyk- UFC- (12-0)
  7. Jose Aldo- UFC- (26-2)
  8. Michael Bisping- UFC- (29-7)
  9. Eddie Alvarez- UFC- (28-4)
  10. Stipe Miocic- UFC- (15-2)

Others receiving votes: Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, Ronda Rousey, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Stephen Thompson, Amanda Nunes, Cain Velasquez, Max Holloway

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”



Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.


This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results



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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