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The Rankings: The Light Heavyweights: Nov 18, 2016

The Light Heavyweight 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: The Light Heavyweight Rankings

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

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The Light Heavyweight Rankings

 

1) (Previous ranking (2) Daniel Cormier – UFC Light Heavyweight Champion – 40 out of 40 points

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 08: Mixed martial artist Daniel Cormier poses on the scale during his weigh-in for UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena on July 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cormier will meet Anderson Silva in a non-title light heavyweight bout on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena. Silva replaces Jon Jones who was pulled from a light heavyweight title fight against Cormier due to a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


            Record: 18-1
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Gustafsson, W-Johnson)
            Next Fight: vs #2 Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson – UFC 206 – Dec 10th

Will Daniel Cormier ever get a chance to prove he can beat Bones?

 

2) (3) Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson – UFC – 36 points
           Record: 22-5
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 5-1 (W-Teixeira, W-Manuwa, W-Bader, L-Cormier, W-Gustafsson, W-Davis)
           Next Fight: vs #1 Daniel Cormier – UFC 206 – Dec 10th

 

Outwrestling Ryan Bader and KOing Glover Teixeira – now that is impressive.

 

3) (4) Alexander Gustafsson – UFC – 29 points
            Record: 17-4
            Last Five Fights: 2-3
            Record vs Top 10: 2-3 (L-Cormier, L-Johnson, W-Manuwa, W-Rua, L-Davis)
            Next Fight: TBA

The Mauler got a much-needed win last time in the cage.

 

4) (5) Ryan Bader – UFC – 27 points
            Record: 21-5
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Johnson, W-Davis, W-Saint Preux, L-Teixeira)
            Next Fight: vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – UFC Fight Night: Bader vs Nogueira 2 – Nov 19th

Bader took care of Ilir Latifi and is jumping back in the cage tout de suite to rematch Little Nog.

 

5) (6) Phil Davis – Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion – 26 points

 The Light Heavyweight Rankings
(Brad Penner-USA Today Sports)
Record: 17-3, 1 NC
Last Five Fights: 4-1
Record vs Top 10: 3-2 (W-McGeary, L-Bader, W-Teixeira, L-Johnson, W-Gustafsson)
Next Fight: TBA

 

Phil Davis’ career was been going wonderfully since he departed the UFC.

 

6) (7) Glover Teixeira – UFC – 21 points
            Record: 25-5
            Last Five Fights: 3-2
            Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Johnson, W-Saint Preux, L-Davis, W-Bader)
            Next Fight: TBA

Glover got absolutely smoked by Rumble.

 

7) (NR) Jimi Manuwa – UFC – 15 points
             Record: 16-2
             Last Five Fights: 3-2
             Record vs Top 10: 1-2 (W-St. Preux, L-Johnson, L-Gustafsson)
             Next Fight: TBA

Poster Boy picked up the biggest win of his career last time in the cage, KOing OSP in his native England.

 
 
8) (10) Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua – UFC – 8 points
              Record: 24-10
              Last Five Fights: 3-2
              Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Saint Preux, L-Gustafsson)
              Next Fight: TBA

Shogun is riding a nice two-fight win streak.

 
 
9) (tied) (8) Ovince St. Preux – UFC – 6 points
                     Record: 19-9
                     Last Five Fights: 2-3
                     Record vs Top 10: 1-3 (L-Manuwa, L-Teixeira, W-Rua, L-Bader)
                     Next Fight: TBA

OSP once-promising career has hit the skids – two straight losses, three losses out of four.

 

9) (tied) (9) Liam McGeary – Bellator – 6 points
                        Record: 11-1
                        Last Five Fights: 4-1
                        Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                        Next Fight: TBA

 

Bye bye perfect record and bye bye gold.

 

 

Dropped off:  (1) Jon Jones (suspended), (10) Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

 

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