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MMA Latest News Fighter Rankings: Post Historic UFC 200 Fight Week

Brice Schroeder

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We have a new pound for pound king!

Jon Jones’ failed drug test paved the way for Demetrious Johnson to claim the top spot in our newest fighter rankings. Jones has been all but invincible inside the cage, but has repeatedly stumbled outside of it. These mishaps have finally convinced our panel that Johnson deserves the title of best fighter in MMA.

The Jon Jones saga was not the only event to shake up our rankings following that massive lineup of fights last week. There were plenty of high profile matches and several upsets making this edition of fighter rankings drastically different than the last.

Please feel free to harass our Twitter account @MMALatestNws and let us know where we screwed up and how you would rank them (and possibly even 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.  Panelists may include fighters from all organizations.  Any suspended 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!

Strawweight

  1.  Joanna Jędrzejczyk – UFC – (12-0) – 8 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Cláudia Gadelha – UFC – (13-2)
  3. Carla Esparza – UFC – (11-3)
  4. Rose Namajunas – UFC – (5-2)
  5. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – UFC – (9-0)
  6. Jessica Aguilar – UFC – (19-5)
  7. Tecia Torres – UFC – (7-1)
  8. Joanne Calderwood – UFC – (11-1)
  9. Alexa Grasso – Invicta FC – (7-0)
  10. Valérie Létourneau – UFC – (8-5)

Others Receiving Votes – Maryna Moroz, Angela Hill, Jessica Andrade

Women’s Bantamweight

  1. Amanda Nunes – UFC – (13-4) – 7 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Holly Holm – UFC – (10-1) – 1 out of 8 1st place votes
  3. Ronda Rousey – UFC – (12-1)
  4. Miesha Tate – UFC – (18-6)
  5. Julianna Peña – UFC – (8-2)
  6. Cat Zingano – UFC – (9-2)
  7. Sara McMann – UFC – (9-3)
  8. Tonya Evinger – Invicta FC – (17-6)
  9. Valentina Shevchenko – UFC – (12-2)
  10. Alexis Davis – UFC – (17-6)

Others Receiving Votes – Germaine de Randamie, Liz Carmouche, Raquel Penington

Flyweight

  1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC – (24-2) – 8 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Joseph Benavidez – UFC – (24-4)
  3. Henry Cejudo – UFC – (10-1)
  4. Kyoji Horiguchi – UFC – (17-2)
  5. Jussier Formiga – UFC – (18-4)
  6. Wilson Reis – UFC – (20-6)
  7. Ian McCall – UFC – (13-5)
  8. Ali Bagautinov – UFC – (14-4)
  9. Louis Smolka – UFC – (11-1)
  10. John Moraga – UFC – (16-5)

Others Receiving Votes – Justin Scoggins, Zach Makovsky, Matheus Nicolau

Men’s Bantamweight

  1. Dominick Cruz – UFC – (22-1) – 8 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC – (13-3)
  3. Urijah Faber – UFC – (33-9)
  4. Bryan Caraway – UFC – (21-7)
  5. John Lineker – UFC – (28-7)
  6. Raphael Assunção – UFC – (23-5)
  7. Bibiano Fernandes – ONE Championship – (19-3)
  8. Cody Garbrandt – UFC – (9-0)
  9. John Dodson – UFC – (18-7)
  10. Marlon Moraes – WSOF – (16-4)

Others Receiving Votes – Aljamain Sterling, Michael McDonald, Eduardo Dantas, Thomas Almeida

Featherweight

  1. Conor McGregor – UFC – (19-3) – 8 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. José Aldo – UFC – (26-2)
  3. Max Holloway – UFC – (16-3)
  4. Frankie Edgar – UFC – (20-5-1 Draw)
  5. Chad Mendes – UFC – (17-4)
  6. Ricardo Lamas – UFC – (16-5)
  7. Cub Swanson – UFC – (22-7)
  8. Charles Oliveira – UFC – (21-5-1 NC)
  9. Jeremy Stephens – UFC – (25-12)
  10. Daniel Straus – Bellator – (25-6)

Others Receiving Votes – Dennis Bermudez, Brian Ortega

Lightweight

  1. Eddie Alvarez – UFC – (28-4) – 6 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC – (23-0) – 2 out of 8 1st place votes
  3. Tony Ferguson – UFC – (21-3)
  4. Rafael dos Anjos – UFC – (25-8)
  5. Donald Cerrone – UFC – (30-7-1 NC)
  6. Edson Barboza – UFC – (17-4)
  7. Nate Diaz – UFC – (19-10)
  8. Will Brooks – UFC – (19-1)
  9. Dustin Poirier – UFC – (20-4)
  10. Anthony Pettis – UFC – (18-5)

Others Receiving Votes – Michael Chiesa, Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush,

Welterweight

  1. Robbie Lawler – UFC – (27-10-1 NC) – 8 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Stephen Thompson – UFC – (13-1)
  3. Tyron Woodley – UFC – (15-3)
  4. Demian Maia – UFC – (23-6)
  5. Rory MacDonald – UFC – (18-4)
  6. Carlos Condit – UFC – (30-9)
  7. Ben Askren – ONE Championship – (14-0-1 NC)
  8. Neil Magny – UFC – (18-4)
  9. Kelvin Gastelum – UFC – (12-2)
  10. Johny Hendricks – UFC – (17-5)

Others Receiving Votes – Matt Brown, Andrey Koreshkov

Middleweight

  1. Michael Bisping – UFC – (29-7) – 8 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Luke Rockhold – UFC – (15-3)
  3. Chris Weidman – UFC – (13-1)
  4. Yoel Romero – UFC – (12-1)
  5. Jacaré Souza – UFC – (23-4-2 NC)
  6. Anderson Silva – UFC – (33-8-1 NC)
  7. Gegard Mousasi – UFC – (39-6-2 Draw)
  8. Vitor Belfort – UFC – (25-12)
  9. Lyoto Machida – UFC – (22-7)
  10. Robert Whittaker – UFC – (16-4)

Others Receiving Votes – Uriah Hall, David Branch

Light Heavyweight

  1. Jon Jones – UFC – (22-1) – 5 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Daniel Cormier – UFC – (18-1) – 3 out of 8 1st place votes
  3. Anthony Johnson – UFC – (21-5)
  4. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC – (16-4)
  5. Phil Davis – Bellator – (16-3-1 NC)
  6. Glover Teixeira – UFC – (25-4)
  7. Ryan Bader – UFC – (20-5)
  8. Ovince Saint Preux – UFC – (19-8)
  9. Liam McGeary – Bellator – (11-0)
  10. Muhammed Lawal – Bellator – (19-5-1 NC)

Others Receiving Votes – Shogun Rua, Rashad Evans

Heavyweight

  1. Stipe Miocic – UFC – (15-2) – 8 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Fabrício Werdum – UFC – (20-6-1 Draw)
  3. Cain Velasquez – UFC – (14-2)
  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. Derrick Lewis – UFC – (16-4-2 NC)
  9. Travis Browne – UFC – (18-4-1 Draw)
  10. Mark Hunt – UFC – (12-10-1 Draw)

Others Receiving Votes – Vitaly Minakov, Josh Barnett

Pound For Pound

  1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC – (24-2) – 5 out of 8 1st place votes
  2. Jon Jones – UFC – (22-1) – 3 out of 8 1st place votes
  3. Dominick Cruz – UFC – (22-1)
  4. Robbie Lawler – UFC – (27-10-1 NC)
  5. Daniel Cormier – UFC – (18-1)
  6. Conor McGregor – UFC – (19-3)
  7. Joanna Jędrzejczyk – UFC – (12-0)
  8. Eddie Alvarez – UFC – (28-4)
  9. José Aldo – UFC – (26-2)
  10. Stipe Miocic – UFC – (15-2)

Others Receiving Votes – Michael Bisping


This week’s panel includes:

Nicole Bosco – @NikBos

Derek Bowe – @DerekBowe7

Chase Carle – @CSquared1709

Vinny Craig – @vinny_craig

Rodney James Edgar – @RodneyJames138

Stephen Rivers – @stephenjrivers

Brice Schroeder – @BriceJSchroeder

Tony Sisombath – @Trigga_MMA

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.

Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.

The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar.  While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.

Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.

Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

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