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

Brice Schroeder



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!


  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


  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


  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


  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,


  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


  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


  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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Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg

Harry Davies



The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.

The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.

Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.

Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.

Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.

Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.

With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
  • Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
  • Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
  • Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
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Why the UFC Needs to Introduce 165 and 175-pound Weight Divisions



  • The debacle that were the UFC 216 weigh-in last Friday further highlighted current weight cutting problems in mixed martial arts.

More specifically in this case it was in the UFC’s lightweight division. A fight between Nik Lentz and Will Brooks was pulled due to Lentz having ‘medical issues’ according to a UFC statement, hours before he was due to weigh-in.

Title challenger Kevin Lee then took to the scale seconds before the deadline and was over the limit by a pound. Fortunately he made weight after being given an extra hour. But these are not isolated cases, especially at 155-pounds.

There isn’t necessarily a solution to this problem but there may be a short term fix in the form of new weight classes approved by the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports) in July 2017. These include 165 and 175-pound divisions.

While not specific to the lightweight division, the problems with weight commonly occur there. In March this year, Khabib Nurmagomedov was rushed to hospital during fight week when cutting down for his title contest with Tony Ferguson. Subsequently the UFC 209 main event was cancelled. Khabib has been regularly discussed as a title challenger but he’s often struggled to make weight and failed on numerous occasions.

With drastic dehydration it is still unknown what health implications may effect him and other mixed martial artists in the future.

Some top ranked fighters such as Donald Cerrone, Jorge Masvidal and Rafael Dos Anjos have moved up to the welterweight division to preserve their health from these strenuous cuts, and have all been relatively successful.

Former UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone has looked spectacular since making the move up to 170-pounds.

However, many fighters are still reluctant and insist on dropping 10-20% of their bodyweight in the hours and days leading up to a bout. For example, Kevin Lee was rumoured to be 19 pounds over the day before he stepped on the scales.

At 170 pounds, welterweight is fifteen pounds more than lightweight which is a noticeable difference between relatively low weight classes. Especially when you consider that the divisions increase ten pounds from as low as 115 up to 155. There are many fighters who find themselves too big to be a lightweight, yet too small to compete at welterweight.

The incidents last Friday should hopefully be a wakeup call to the UFC, who can also set an example for other organisations such as Bellator, One FC, and Cage Warriors.

So far in 2017 the UFC has lost 14 fights in 48 hours or less before they were due to take place. That is one fight every two cards. While weight cutting is not always to blame, more often than not it plays a big role. These situations leave the UFC at a loss, fighters without opponents and a pay check, and fans disgruntled. Not to mention the health implications for the athlete involved.

The UFC must recognise these common patterns, remove the 170 pound welterweight division and create 165 and 175 pound rosters instead. Some may see an additional weight class as devaluing UFC titles even further but this would not be the case.

The UFC’s official website only lists four fighters in the women’s featherweight division.

Recently the women’s featherweight title was created without having a roster of women to fill it. However, the difference with lightweight and welterweight is that they are comfortably the two deepest, most talent stacked divisions in the organisation.

Admittedly, there is a lot of history attached to the welterweight title since Pat Miletich first won it back in 1998. The likes of Matt Hughes and Georges St Pierre have also added prestige to the belt over the years.

Even so, the sport has changed since then and it’s in a transitional phase. We are in the era of USADA, the era of banned IV drips and certain commissions tightening their regulations on how much they allow fighters to safely cut. Everyone is accountable and aware of the dangers, yet steps still need to be taken.

The athletic commissions and the UFC in particular must act by introducing super lightweight (165lbs) and super welterweight (175lbs) divisions. Perhaps from a fighter’s perspective it seems like a no-brainer that their health should be the main priority.

From a fans point of view there is plenty of talent that could be used in those two divisions. The novelty of fighters blending into these classes would also have the feeling of a superfight. The likes of Nurmagomedov, Lee, Masvidal, Cerrone and Dos Anjos would certainly fit well into a 165 pound division.

Similarly, at 175 pounds, Tyron Woodley could transition from welterweight champion to super welterweight champion. Top talents such as Robert Whittaker, Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Robbie Lawler would be perfect matches for this weight.

Could we see the current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley compete at 175-pounds in the future?

If this was a success then super middleweight (195lbs) and cruiserweight (225lbs) divisions could be an option in future too.

As previously mentioned this won’t necessarily fix the issues of weight cutting but it gives martial artists another option and is a positive step towards fighter’s safety. Currently there has been no mention by the UFC about introducing these new divisions.

However, with fighter safety being of upmost importance these new divisions must be given serious consideration.

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James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury



Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by

The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016.  James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.

After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.

Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.

Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”

His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.



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