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)

daniel cormier ufc lightheavyweight

Champion
Daniel Cormier

Title Contender
Jon Jones (stripped)
Volkan Oezdemir
Alexander Gustafsson

In the Mix
Jimi Manuwa
Glover Teixeira
Mauricio Rua

Relevant
Ovince Saint Preux

Up and Comer
Gokhan Saki
Corey Anderson
Misha Cirkunov
Patrick Cummins
Dominick Reyes
Gian Villante

Classic Contender
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Ilir Latifi

Middleweight (185)

Rober Whittaker UFC Middleweight Champion Rankings

Featherweight (145)

Max Holloway UFC Featherweight Champion Rankings

Champion
Max Holloway

Title Contender
Frankie Edgar
Brian Ortega
Conor McGregor
 (due to vacating)

In the Mix
Yair Rodriguez
Korean Zombie

Relevant
Josh Emmett
Cub Swanson
Dennis Bermudez
Alex Caceres
Jeremy Stephens
Artem Lobov
Ricardo Lamas
Darren Elkins

Up and Comer
Myles Jury
Dooho Choi
Gabriel Benitez
Chas Skelly
Renato Moicano
Jason Knight

Classic Contender
Jose Aldo
Renan Barao

Bantamweight (135)

TJ Dillashaw UFC Bantamweight Champion Rankings

Flyweight (125)

demetrious johnson ufc flyweight champion

Champion
Demetrious Johnson

Title Contender
T.J. Dillashaw
Henry Cejudo
Joseph Benavidez

In the Mix
Sergio Pettis
Jussier Formiga
Brandon Moreno
Ray Borg

Relevant
Dustin Ortiz
Louis Smolka

Up and Comer
Matheus Nicolau

Classic Contender
Zach Makovsky
Ian McCall
John Moraga
Tim Elliott
Wilson Reis

Women’s UFC Rankings

Featherweight (145)

Cris Cyborg UFC Featherweight Champion Rankings

Champion
• Cyborg

Title Contender
Anyone

In the Mix
No one

Relevant
No one

Up and Comer
No one

Classic Contender
Holly Holm

Bantamweight (135)

amanda nunes womens ufc bantamweight champion

Champion
• Amanda Nunes

Title Contender
Raquel Pennington

In the Mix
Cat Zingano
Sara McMann
Valentina Shevchenko
Julianna Pena

Up and Comer
Ashlee Evans-Smith

Classic Contender
Bethe Correia

Flyweight (125)

Nicco Montano UFC Women's Flyweight Champion Rankings

Champion
Nicco Montano

Title Contender
TBD

In the Mix
• TBD

Relevant
Paige VanZant
Alexis Davis
Liz Carmouche

Up and Comer
Jessica-Rose Clark

Classic Contender
• TBD

Strawweight (115)

Rose Namajunas Women's UFC Strawweight Champion Rankings

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