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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Nov 24/17

 

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, 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) (Last Ranking – 1) Gegard Mousasi – Bellator Middleweight – 29 (out of 30) 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.

 

2) (2) Rory MacDonald – Bellator Welterweight – 28 points
Record: 
19-4
Last Five Fights: 
3-2
Record vs Top 10:
0-0
Next Fight: 
vs #7 Douglas Lima – Bellator 192 – Jan 20th

1-0 in Bellator for Rory Mac.  And one more win will get him a shiny championship belt around his waist.

 

3) (3) Ryan Bader – Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion – 21 points
            Record: 24-5
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Davis, W-Davis)
            Next Fight: TBA

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

 

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

Funky hangs up his gloves with an unblemished record.

 

5) (4) 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) (tied) (6) Phil Davis – Bellator Light Heavyweight – 16 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.

6) (tied) (7) Mamed Khalidov – KSW Middleweight Champion – 9 points
                        Record: 34-4-2
                        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 15 fights.

 

8) (10) Michael Chandler – Bellator Lightweight – 8 points
              Record: 16-4
              Last Five Fights: 4-1
              Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Henderson)
              Next Fight: vs Goiti Yamauchi – Bellator 192 – Jan 20th

An injured ankle cost Chandler his match against Brent Primus – and his championship belt.

 

9) (NR) Kyoji Horiguchi – Rizin Flyweight – 6 points
                Record: 20-2
                Last Five Fights: 5-0
                Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                Next Fight: vs Gabriel Oliviera – Rizin FF – Dec 29th

Round 2 of the Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix is up next for The Supernova.

 

10) (NR) Andre Harrison – PFL Featherweight Champion – 5 points
                  Record: 17-0
                  Last Five Fights: 5-0
                  Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                  Next Fight: TBA

Six years deep into his career, and The Bull remains undefeated.

 

Dropped off: (7) Douglas Lima, (9) Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire

Bubbling under: Douglas Lima, Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire, Bibiano Fernandes, Tenshin Nasukawa, Darrion Caldwell, Brent Primus, Alexander Shlemenko