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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Oct 13/17

 

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, 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

Non-UFC Fighter Rankings

 

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

Record: 42-6-2
Last Five Fights: 
5-0
Record vs Top 10:
0-0
Next Fight: 
vs Alexander Shlemenko – Bellator 185 – Oct 20th

Mousasi is the latest big name free agent that decided that the grass is greener on the Bellator side.

 

2) (2) Rory MacDonald – Bellator Welterweight – 34 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 – 30 points
            Record: 23-5
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Davis, W-Davis)
            Next Fight: vs Linton Vassell – Bellator 186 – Nov 3rd

AND NEW……

 

4) (tied) (4) Ben Askren – ONE Welterweight Champion – 18 points
                        Record: 16-0, 1 NC
                        Last Five Fights: 4-0, 1 NC
                        Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                        Next Fight: vs Zebaztian Kadestam – ONE Championship: Shanghai – Sept 2nd

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

 

4) (tied) (4) Vitaly Minakov – Bellator/EFN Heavyweight – 18 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) (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: 17-4, 1 NC
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Bader, L-Bader)
            Next Fight: vs Leo Leite – Bellator 186 – Nov 3rd

Mr. Wonderful lost to old nemesis Ryan Bader once again – and this time he also lost his belt in the process.

7) (tied) (7) Mamed Khalidov – KSW Middleweight Champion – 11 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.

 

7) (tied) (8) Douglas Lima – Bellator Welterweight Champion – 11 points
                         Record: 29-6
                         Last Five Fights: 4-1
                         Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Askren)
                         Next Fight: vs #2 Rory MacDonald – Bellator 192 – Jan 20th

Lima took care of UFC defector Lorenz Larkin and now has one title defense under his belt.

 

9) (NR) Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire – Bellator Featherweight Champion – 7 points
                Record: 26-4
                Last Five Fights: 3-2
                Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                Next Fight: vs Daniel Weichel – Bellator 188 – Nov 16th
Pitbull’s first title defense of his second title reign is on deck.

 

10) (9) Michael Chandler – Bellator Lightweight – 7 points
            Record: 16-4
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Henderson)
            Next Fight: TBA

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

 

Dropped off: (10) Benson Henderson, (10) Kyoji Horiguchi

Bubbling under: Kyoji Horiguchi, Alexander Shlemenko, Andre Harrison, Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire, Benson Henderson, Bibiano Fernandes, Darrion Caldwell, Jon Fitch, Brent Primus, Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal