The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Feb 19/18

The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Feb 19/18

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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Feb 19/18

 

The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: Non-UFC Fighters

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, Ryan MacDonald and Ricky Leone.

 

*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings

Non-UFC Fighter Rankings

 

1) (tied) (Last Ranking – 1) Gegard Mousasi – Bellator Middleweight – 37 (out of 40) points

Record: 43-6-2
Last Five Fights: 
5-0
Record vs Top 10:
0-0
Next Fight: 
TBA

One Bellator fighter up, one down for Mousasi.

 

1) (tied) (2) Rory MacDonald – Bellator Welterweight Champion – 37 points
Record:
20-4
Last Five Fights: 
3-2
Record vs Top 10:
1-0 (W-Lima)
Next Fight: 
TBA

He was long pegged as a future champ, now Rory Mac finally has gold around his waist.

 

3) (3) Ryan Bader – Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion – 30 points
            Record: 24-5
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Davis, W-Davis)
            Next Fight: vs “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal – Bellator 199 – May 12th

Darth will be looking to add the Bellator heavyweight strap to his collection in 2018.

 

4) (4) Ben Askren – ONE Welterweight Champion – 16 points
            Record: 18-0, 1 NC
            Last Five Fights: 4-0, 1 NC
            Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Lima)
            Next Fight: TBA

Funky hangs up his gloves with an unblemished record.

 

5) (5) Vitaly Minakov – Bellator/EFN Heavyweight – 16 points
            Record: 19-0
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: TBA

Minakov has managed to stay undefeated in the volatile heavyweight class for over six years now.

                     

6) (5) Phil Davis – Bellator Light Heavyweight – 15 points

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 23: Phil Davis holds an open training session for media at Maracana Stadium on October 23, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

            Record: 18-4, 1 NC
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Bader, L-Bader)
            Next Fight: TBA

Mr. Wonderful got back on the winning track at his old stomping grounds of Penn State.

7) (7) Mamed Khalidov – KSW Middleweight Champion – 12 points
            Record: 34-4-2
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: vs Tomasz Narkun – KSW 42 – Mar 3rd

The King of Polish MMA hasn’t lost in his last 15 fights.

 

8) (8) Kyoji Horiguchi – Rizin Bantamweight Champion – 11 points
             Record: 23-2
             Last Five Fights: 5-0
             Record vs Top 10: 0-0
             Next Fight: vs Ian McCall – Rizin FF 10 – May 6th

Supernova put on a dominant performance over New Years in Japan – three fights over three days, all finishes.

 

9) (8) Douglas Lima – Bellator Welterweight – 10 points
             Record: 30-7
             Last Five Fights: 3-2
             Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-MacDonald, L-Askren)
             Next Fight: TBA

He was a game opponent, but The Phenom still dropped his belt to Rory MacDonald.

 

10) (10) Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire – Bellator Featherweight Champion – 8 points
                Record: 26-4
                Last Five Fights: 3-2
                Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                Next Fight: TBA

Training injuries have Pitbull on the sidelines for a bit.

 

Bubbling under: Michael Chandler, Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire, Andre Harrison, Benson Henderson, Bibiano Fernandes, Martin Nguyen, Tenshin Nasukawa, Jon Fitch, Darrion Caldwell

 

 

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