September 30, 2016

UFC Rankings

The UFC rankings are the cause of much debate. While it is difficult to implement a successful system in a sport which is not defined by seasons, we feel the UFC rankings are trying to be “too exact” with the process.

We have all seen it: Dan Henderson, not even ranked in the top 10, fights Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship (not a late replacement either), or how about #6 ranked fighter beats #4 ranked fighter, but they are still ranked underneath?

The NEW Sweet Science Tiered Ranking System

A system based on groupings, rather than specific, individual positions.

The fighter holding the belt

Fans would not lose their shit if these fighters received a title fight next.

If fighter loses in title fight, he/she is placed directly into in-the-mix. You should not automatically be ranked #2 when you lose a title fight and we tend to dislike immediate rematches.

The fighter is two or more wins away from a championship fight

The fighter never quite became a contender. Name recognition, popularity, or past accomplishments could result in a fast-tracked title shot at some point.

The fighter is 3 to 4 fights away from a title shot

The fighter is older, not an up-and-comer, or they’re a long shot to ever fight for the title. The fighter needs to have been in the upper echelon of the division at some point.

*Relevant tier in the process of being developed.

No season-less, ranking system will be perfect, but we are passionate fans, such as yourself, and we demand an evolution within the rankings system, such as the techniques within the sport. Like most combat-sport rankings, our’s has its paradoxes, too. This is new for us. We are going to work out the kinks and build upon it. If you have any recommendations, please message us via email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or use the comments at the bottom.

Men’s UFC Rankings

Heavyweight (205+)

stipe miocic heavyweight champion

Light Heavyweight (205)

Jon Jones UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

Champion
Jon Jones

Title Contender
Volkan Oezdemir
Alexander Gustafsson

In the Mix
Daniel Cormier
Jimi Manuwa
Mauricio Rua

Relevant
Ovince Saint Preux

Up and Comer
Corey Anderson
Misha Cirkunov
Gian Villante

Classic Contender
Glover Teixeira
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Ilir Latifi

Lightweight (155)

conor mcgregor ufc featherweight champion

Champion
• Conor McGregor

Interim Champion
• (Vacant)

Title Contender
Tony Ferguson
Nate Diaz
(ranking due to Conor trilogy)

In the Mix
Kevin Lee
Justin Gaethje
Michael Chiesa
Eddie Alvarez
Beneil Dariush
Dustin Poirier
Edson Barboza
Khabib Nurmagomedov

Relevant
Joe Lauzon
Jim Miller

Up and Comer
Al Iaquinta
Rashid Magomedov
James Vick
Will Brooks
David Teymur
Stevie Ray

Classic Contender
Evan Dunham
Michael Johnson
Gilbert Melendez
Anthony Pettis

Featherweight (145)

Jose-Aldo-Featherweight-Champion

Champion
Max Holloway

Title Contender
Frankie Edgar
Cub Swanson
Conor McGregor (stripped)

In the Mix
Ricardo Lamas
Yair Rodriguez
Korean Zombie
Jose Aldo

Relevant
Dennis Bermudez
Darren Elkins

Up and Comer
Brian Ortega
Hacran Dias
Dooho Choi
Artem Lobov
Jason Knight

Classic Contender
Jeremy Stephens
Renan Barao

Bantamweight (135)

Cody-Garbrandt-pic

Champion
Cody Garbrandt

Title Contender
T.J. Dillashaw

In the Mix
Dominick Cruz
John Lineker
Raphael Assuncao
Bryan Caraway
Jimmie Rivera
Aljamain Sterling
John Dodson

Up and Comer
Thomas Almeida
Johnny Eduardo
Rani Yahya
Joe Soto

Classic Contender
Michael McDonald
Eddie Wineland
Takeya Mizugaki

Flyweight (125)

demetrious johnson ufc flyweight champion

Champion
Demetrious Johnson

Title Contender
Ray Borg
Sergio Pettis
Joseph Benavidez

In the Mix
Henry Cejudo
Jussier Formiga
Brandon Moreno
Wilson Reis
Tim Elliott

Up and Comer
Louis Smolka
Matheus Nicolau
Dustin Ortiz

Classic Contender
Zach Makovsky
Ian McCall
John Moraga

Women’s UFC Rankings

Bantamweight (135)

amanda nunes womens ufc bantamweight champion

Champion
• Amanda Nunes

Title Contender
Valentina Shevchenko

In the Mix
Cat Zingano
Sara McMann
Raquel Pennington
Julianna Pena

Up and Comer
Ashlee Evans-Smith
Liz Carmouche
Alexis Davis

Classic Contender
Bethe Correia
Marion Reneau

Strawweight (115)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk ufc strawweight champion

Champion
• Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Title Contender
Rose Namajunas

In the Mix
Claudia Gadelha
Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Michelle Waterson
Tecia Torres
Jessica Andrade

Up and Comer
Paige VanZant
Felice Herrig
Joanne Calderwood
Maryna Moroz
Jessica Aguilar
Cortney Casey
Randa Markos
Juliana Lima

Classic Contender
• Jessica Penne
Carla Esparza
(This is a difficult decision due to Esparza getting beat by Markos, but us not wanting to place Markos in-the-mix because she is just on a one fight win streak.)

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