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The Rankings: The Flyweights: Mar 3, 2017

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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: The Flyweights Rankings.

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

(click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report)

 

The Flyweight Rankings

 

1) (Last ranking: 1) Demetrious Johnson – UFC Flyweight Champion – 40 points (out of a possible 40)

Demetrious Johnson poses UFC on Fox 9 weigh-ins
(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)             

 Record: 25-2-1
 Last Five Fights: 5-0
 Record vs Top 10: 7-0 (W-Elliott, W-Cejudo, W-Horiguchi, W-Bagautinov, W-Benavidez, W-Moraga, W-Benavidez)
 Next Fight: TBA

Tim Elliott put up a good fight, but Mighty Mouse still easily won four rounds to one.  Yes, he’s that good.

 

2) (2)  Joseph Benavidez – UFC – 36 points
             Record: 25-4
             Last Five Fights: 5-0
             Record vs Top 10: 5-2 (W-Cejudo, W-Bagautinov, W-Moraga, L-Johnson, W-Elliott, W-Formiga, L-Johnson)
             Next Fight: TBA

Was his big win over Henry Cejudo enough to get Joe Jitsu a third shot at UFC gold?

 

3) (3) Henry Cejudo – UFC – 31 points 
            Record: 10-2
            Last Five Fights: 3-2
            Record vs Top 10: 1-2 (L-Benavidez, L-Johnson, W-Formiga)
            Next Fight: TBA

It was controversial, but officially Cejudo is now on a two-fight losing streak.

 

4) (4) Kyoji Horiguchi – Rizin Fighting Federation – 29 points
             Record: 18-2
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
             Record vs Top 10: 1-1 (W-Bagautinov, L-Johnson)
            Next Fight: vs Yuki Motoya – Rizin Fighting Federation 5 – Apr 16th

Supernova has bounced back to his native Japan to compete in Rizin.

 

5) (5) Jussier ‘Formiga’ da Silva – UFC – 22 points
            Record: 19-4
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Cejudo, W-Reis, W-Makovsky, L-Benavidez)
            Next Fight: vs Ray Borg – UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs Gastelum – Mar 11th

Four wins out of his last five fights, all versus top talent, for Formiga.

 

6) (6) Wilson Reis – UFC – 21 points
             Record: 22-6
             Last Five Fights: 4-1
             Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Formiga)
            Next Fight: TBA

Will Reis ever get his title shot now?

 

7) (tied) (7) Ali Bagautinov – UFC – 8 points
                       Record: 14-5
                       Last Five Fights: 2-3
                       Record vs Top 10: 1-3 (L-Horiguchi, L-Benavidez, L-Johnson, W-Elliott)
                       Next Fight: TBA

Only one win in his last four fights for the former title challenger.

 

7) (tied) (7) Tim Elliott – UFC – 8 points
                        Record: 13-7-1
                        Last Five Fights: 3-2
                        Record vs Top 10: 0-3 (L-Johnson, L-Benavidez, L-Bagautinov)
                        Next Fight: vs Louis Smolka – UFC on Fox 24 – Apr 15th

Sometimes a loss is a win.  That is the case with Elliott’s performance against the champ.

 

9) (9) Brandon Moreno – UFC – 6 points
             Record: 13-3
             Last Five Fights: 5-0
             Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: TBA

Moreno looks like he’s going to be sticking around with the elite of the flyweight division for a while.

 

10) (tied) (10) Magomed Bibulatov – UFC – 5 points
                              Record: 13-0
                              Last Five Fights: 5-0
                              Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                            Next Fight: vs Jenel Lausa – UFC 210 – Apr 8th

The former WSOF champ is making his UFC debut next month.

 

10) (tied) (10) John Moraga – UFC – 5 points
                           Record: 16-6
                           Last Five Fights: 2-3
                           Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Benavidez, L-Johnson)
                          Next Fight:  TBA

Moraga hasn’t won a fight in over two years.

 

 

Bubbling under: Ben Nguyen, Sergio Pettis, Ian McCall, Ray Borg

 

Rankings:

Heavyweights
Light Heavyweights
Middleweights
Welterweights
Lightweights
Featherweights
Bantamweights
Women’s Bantamweights
Women’s Strawweights
Pound for Pound
Non-UFC Fighters

 

 

Check back on Monday for our Women’s Bantamweight rankings.