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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Sept 1/17

 

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 – NR) 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) (3) Rory MacDonald – Bellator Welterweight – 33 points
          Record: 19-4
Last Five Fights: 
3-2
Record vs Top 10:
0-0
Next Fight: 
TBA

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

 

3) (2) 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

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

 

4) (tied) (5) 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 – 17 points
            Record: 17-4, 1 NC
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Bader, L-Bader)
            Next Fight: vs TBA – 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) (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: TBA

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

 

8) (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: TBA

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

 

9) (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.

10) (tied) (8) Benson Henderson – Bellator Lightweight – 6 points

                         Record: 24-7
                         Last Five Fights: 3-2
                         Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Chandler)
                         Next Fight: vs Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire – Bellator 183 – Sep 23rd

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

 

10) (tied) (10) Kyoji Horiguchi – Rizin Flyweight – 6 points
                           Record: 19-2
                           Last Five Fights: 4-1
                           Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                           Next Fight: TBA

 

It’s a shame that a top talent in his prime like The Supernova isn’t competing in the octagon any longer.

 

Bubbling under: Andre Harrison, Alexander Shlemenko, Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire,  Jon Fitch, Lorenz Larkin, Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal, Bibiano Fernandes, Brent Primus, Eduardo Dantas