Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quarterly MMA Rankings (Dec. 29, 2015 Edition)

An all-new, less than reverential, semi-regular feature quantifying the best the world of mixed martial arts has to offer!



By: Jimbo X
JimboXAmerican@gmail.com
@Jimbo__X


(HEY! Looking for previous rankings? You can check out the last couple of installments at the links below:)



The MMA landscape has changed quite a bit since we last did one of these here rankings, no? More than a few championship belts have changed hands, and some huge upsets have helped catapult a couple of lower-tier fighters way on up in their respective divisions (with some lackluster performances, conversely, sending a few main event players hurdling down the standings.) Oh, and for the sake of convenience, I've made the conscious decision to cut back on the commentary because I'm lazy as fuck and can't think of a way to write more than one sentence on Bellator fighters and women's strawweight competitors whose names I can't even pronounce for a faster, more streamlined read. Whether you are a filthy casual fan or a hardcore (read: socially life-less) MMA junkie, these are without question the best divisional rankings you will find anywhere. Especially Sherdog. I mean, fuck them. 

Heavyweight Division

01
Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Cain Velasquez (June 13, 2015)
Next Bout: vs, Cain Velasquez (February 06, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Cain Velasquez (13-2-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Fabricio Werdum (June 13, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Fabricio Werdum (Feb. 06, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (no change)

03
Andrei Arlovski (25-10-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Frank Mir (Sept. 05, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Stipe Miocic (Jan. 02, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 4 (+1)

04
Stipe Miocic (13-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Mark Hunt (May 10, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Andrei Arlovski (Jan. 02, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+1)

05
Alistair Overeem (40-14-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Junior dos Santos (Dec. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

06
Junior dos Santos (17-4-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Alistair Overeem (Dec. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 2-3
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (-3)

07
Ben Rothwell (35-9-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Matt Mitirone (June 06, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Josh Barnett (Jan. 30, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 6 (-1)

08
Vitaly Minakov (17-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Josh Copeland (Dec. 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (-1)

09
Alexey Oleinik (55-9-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jared Rosholt (Nov. 22, 2014)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 8 (-1)

10
Jared Rosholt (14-2-0-0)
Last Bout: Win, vs. Stefan Struve (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Ruslan Magmedov (09), Tony Johnson (10)

Light Heavyweight Division

01
Jon Jones (21-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Daniel Cormier (Jan. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Daniel Cormier (17-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Alexander Gustafsson (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (no change)

03
Alexander Gustafsson (16-4-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Daniel Cormier (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 2-3
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 4 (+1)

04
Ryan Bader (20-4-0-0)
Last Bout: Win, v. Rashad Evans (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Anthony Johnson (Jan. 30, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+1)

05
Anthony Johnson (20-5-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jimi Manuwa (Sept. 05, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Ryan Bader (January 30, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (-2)

06
Liam McGeary (11-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Tito Ortiz (Sept. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (+1)

07
David Branch (17-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Teddy Holder (Sept. 18, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

08
Muhammed Lawal  (16-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, v. Linton Vassell (Sept. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Brett McDermott (Dec. 29, 2014)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

09
Quinton Jackson (36-11-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Fabio Maldonado (April 25, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 9 (no change)

10
Glover Texiera (24-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Patrick Cummins (Nov. 07, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 8 (-2)

Fighters Falling out of the Rankings: Phil Davis (06), Ovince St. Preux (10)

Middleweight Division

01
Luke Rockhold (15-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Chris Weidman (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (+1)

02
Chris Weidman (13-1-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Luke Rockhold (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts 4-1 
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (-1)

03
Yoel Romero (11-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Ronaldo Souza (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (no change)

04
Ronaldo Souza (22-4-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Yoel Romero (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking:4 (no change)

05
Mamed Khalidov (31-4-2-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Michal Materia (Nov. 28, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (+2)

06
Anderson Silva (33-6-0-1)
Last Bout: NC, Nick Diaz (Jan. 31, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Michael Bisping (Feb. 27, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 2-2-0-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (-1)

07
Robert Whittaker (15-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Uriah Hall (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

08
Michael Bisping (27-7-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Thales Leites (July 18, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Anderson Silva (Feb. 27, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 10 (+2)

09
Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Uriah Hall (Sept. 26, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

10
Roan Carneiro (20-9-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Mark Munoz (Feb. 28, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Vitor Belfort (06), Tim Kennedy (08), Brandon Halsey (09)

Welterweight Division

01
Robbie Lawler (26-10-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Rory MacDonald (July 11, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Carlos Condit (Jan. 02, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Johny Hendricks (17-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Matt Brown (March 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (no change)

03
Rory MacDonald (18-3-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Robbie Lawler (July 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 ( no change)

04
Tyron Woodley (15-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Kelvin Gastelum (Jan. 31, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 8 (+4)

05
Hector Lombard (34-4-1-1)
Last Bout: NC, vs. Josh Burkman
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 3-1-0-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 9 (+4)

06
Demian Maia (22-6-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Gunnar Nelson (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 10 (+4)

07
Ben Henderson (23-5-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jorge Masvidal (Nov. 28, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

08
Matt Brown (20-13-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Tim Means (July 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (-1)

09
Carlos Condit (30-8-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Thiago Alves (May 30, 2015)
Next Bout: v. Robbie Lawler (Jan. 02, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 2-3
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

10
Rousamir Palhares (18-6-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jake Shields (Aug. 01, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 6 (-4)

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Ben Askren (04), Andrey Koreshkov (05)

Lightweight Division

01
Rafael dos Anjos (25-7-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Donald Cerrone (Dec. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Will Brooks (17-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Marcin Held (Nov. 06, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+2)

03
Anthony Pettis (18-3-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Rafael dos Anjos (March 14, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Eddie Alvarez (Jan. 17, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (-1)

04
Donald Cerrone (28-7-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Radael dos Anjos
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (-1)

05
Tony Ferguson (20-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Edson Barboza (Dec. 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (+2)

06
Eddie Alvarez (26-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Gilbert Melendez (June 13, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Anthony Pettis (Jan. 19, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1 
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

07
Beneil Dariush (12-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Michael Johnson (Aug. 08, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 10 (+3)

08
Al Iaquinta (13-3-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jorge Masvidal (April 04, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1 
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 9 (+1)

09
Justin Gaethje (15-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Luis Palomino (Sept. 18, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

10
Rashid Magomedov (19-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Gilbert Burns
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Khabib Nurmagomedov (04), TJ Grant (06), Myles Jury (08)

Featherweight Division

01
Conor McGregor (19-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jose Aldo (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (+1)

02
Jose Aldo (25-2-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Conor McGregor (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (-1)

03
Frank Edgar (20-4-1)
Last Bout: W, vs. Chad Mendes (Dec. 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts:  5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (no change)

04
Max Holloway (15-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jeremy Stephens (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+1_

05
Daniel Straus (24-6-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Patricio Freire (Nov. 06, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Patricio Freire (4)

Bantamweight Division (Male)

01
T.J. Dillashaw (12-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Renan Barao (July 25, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Dominick Cruz (Jan. 17, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking:1 (no change)

02
Bibianao Fernandes (18-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Toni Taura (July 18, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+3)

03
Marlon Moraes (15-4-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Sheymon da Silva Moraes (Aug. 01, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

04
Raphael Assuncao (23-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs Bryan Caraway (Oct. 04, 2014)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking:2 (-2)

05
Urijah Faber (33-8-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Frankie Saenz (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Dominick Cruz (03), Renan Barao (04)

Bantamweight Division (Female)

01
Holly Holm (10-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Ronda Rousey (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

02
Ronda Rousey (12-1-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Holly Holm (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (-1)

03
Miesha Tate (17-5-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jessica Eye (July 25, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (-1)

04
Tonya Evinger (17-5-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Pannie Klanzand (Sept. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

05
Julianna Pena (7-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jessica Eye (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts:  5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling out of the Rankings: Alexis Davis (3), Cat Zingano (4), Bethe Correia (5)

Flyweight Division

01
Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. John Dodson (Sept. 05, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Joseph Benavidez (23-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Ali Bagautinov (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (no change)

03
Henry Cejudo (10-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jussier da Silva (Nov. 21, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

04
John Dodson (17-7-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Demetrious Johnson (Sept. 05, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 4 (no change)

05
Louis Smolka (10-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Patrick Holohan (Oct. 24, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Jussier da Silva (03), Zach Makovsky (05)

Strawweight Division (Female)

01
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Valerie Letoruneau (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
DeAnna Bennett (8-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Katja Kankaanpaa (Sept. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Livia Renata Souza (Jan. 16, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

03
Claudia Gadelha (13-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jessica Aguilar (Aug. 01, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (-1)

04
Jessica Aguilar (19-5-0- 0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Claudia Gadelha (Aug. 01, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+1)

05
Livia Renata Souza (8-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Katja Kankaanpaa (April 24, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. DeAnna Bennett (Jan. 16, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (-2)

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Carla Esparza (04)

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