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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Mar 17, 2017

pound for pound rankings

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, Ricky Leone, and Ryan MacDonald.

 

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

 

Pound for Pound Rankings

 

1) (Last Ranking – 1) Rory MacDonald – Bellator Welterweight – 34 (out of 40) points

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          Record: 18-4
          Last Five Fights: 
3-2
          Record vs Top 10:
0-0
          Next Fight: 
vs Paul Daley – Bellator 179 – May 19th

Rory Mac is healed up and ready to rock.

 

2) (2) Phil Davis – Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion – 31 points
            Record: 17-3, 1 NC
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: TBA

Mr. Wonderful has enjoyed a ‘golden’ career since leaving the UFC.

 

3) (3) Michael Chandler – Bellator Lightweight Champion – 24 points
            Record: 16-3
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Henderson)
            Next Fight: TBA

After losing the first three fights of his career (in a row, no less), Chandler has gone undefeated.

 

4) (tied) (4) Ben Askren – ONE Welterweight Champion – 21 points
                        Record: 15-0, 1 NC
                        Last Five Fights: 4-0, 1 NC
                        Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Lima)
                        Next Fight: TBA

With Funky talking about retiring once his ONE contract expires, he could leave the sport undefeated.

 

4) (tied) (4) Justin Gaethje – WSOF Lightweight Champion – 21 points
                        Record: 14-0
                        Last Five Fights: 5-0
                        Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                        Next Fight: TBA

Gaethje is untouchable in the WSOF (and elsewhere) so far.

 

6) (6) Vitaly Minakov – Bellator/EFN Heavyweight – 17 points
            Record: 18-0
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: vs Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva – Fight Nights Global – Jun 2nd

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

                     

7) (7) Mamed Khalidov – KSW Middleweight Champion – 13 points
            Record: 33-4-2
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: TBA

The King of Polish MMA hasn’t lost in his last 14 fights.

 

8) (8) Marlon Moraes – Bantamweight free agent – 11 points
            Record: 18-4-1
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: TBA

Stripped of his WSOF bantamweight title, Moraes is rumored to be UFC bound.

 

9) (tied) (9) Douglas Lima – Bellator Welterweight Champion – 8 points
                         Record: 28-6
                         Last Five Fights: 4-1
                         Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Askren)
                         Next Fight: TBA

Lima avenged his loss to Andrey Koreshkov and got Bellator gold back around his waist.

 

9) (tied) (9) Benson Henderson – Bellator Lightweight – 8 points
UNCASVILLE, CT - APRIL 22: Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov walks to the cage for his bout against Benson Henderson (not shown) at Mohegan Sun Arena on April 22, 2016 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
UNCASVILLE, CT – APRIL 22: Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov walks to the cage for his bout against Benson Henderson (not shown) at Mohegan Sun Arena on April 22, 2016 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)


                         Record: 24-7
                         Last Five Fights: 3-2
                         Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Chandler)
                         Next Fight: TBA

Smooth is 1-2 in his Bellator career thus far.  Not what he hoped for, for sure.

 

9) (tied) (NR) Kyoji Horiguchi – Rizin Featherweight – 8 points
                         Record: 18-2
                         Last Five Fights: 4-1
                         Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                         Next Fight: vs Yuki Motoya – Rizin FF – Apr 16th

After a very successful UFC run, The Supernova is back fighting in his native Japan.

 

Bubbling under: Alexander Shlemenko, Fedor Emelianenko, Lorenz Larkin, Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal, Andrey Koreshkov, Bibiano Fernandes, Eduardo Dantas, Jon Fitch, Patricio Freire

 

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Check back on Monday for our Heavyweight rankings