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Ranking The Lightweights: Nov 28, 2016

 

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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 Lightweight 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 Lightweight Rankings

 

1) (Last rankings: 6) Conor McGregor – UFC Lightweight Champion – 40 points (out of 40)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor motions to the crowd during UFC 205 Open Workouts at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor motions to the crowd during UFC 205 Open Workouts at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Record: 21-3
Last Five Fights: 
4-1
Record vs Top 10: 
2-1 (W-Alvarez, W-Diaz, L-Diaz) 
Next Fight:
 TBA

The man continues to defy all expectations.  And apparently he’s the lightweight division’s problem full-time now.

 

2) (1) Eddie Alvarez – UFC – 32 points
            Record: 28-5
            Last Five Fights: 3-2
            Record vs Top 10: 3-2 (L-McGregor, W-dos Anjos, W-Melendez, W-Chandler, L-Chandler)
            Next Fight: TBA

That was a quick reign at the top

 

3) (tied) (3) Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC – 31 points
                        Record: 24-0
                        Last Five Fights: 5-0
                        Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-dos Anjos)
                        Next Fight: TBA

Title shot or bust for The Eagle.

 

3) (tied) (3) Tony Ferguson – UFC – 31 points
                         Record: 23-3
                         Last Five Fights: 5-0
                         Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-dos Anjos, W-Barboza)
                         Next Fight: TBA

Or will it be El Cucuy up next for a shot at gold?

 

5) (2) Rafael dos Anjos – UFC – 25 points

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            Record: 25-9
            Last Five Fights: 3-2
            Record vs Top 10: 2-3 (L-Ferguson, L-Alvarez, W-Henderson, W-Diaz, L-Nurmagomedov)
            Next Fight: TBA

RDA continues to slide down the rankings.

 

6) (5) Edson Barboza – UFC – 19 points
            Record: 18-4
            Last Five Fights: 3-2
            Record vs Top 10: 1-1 (W-Melendez, L-Ferguson)
            Next Fight: TBA

Junior has notched up back-to-back big wins over top-ranked opponents.

 

7) (tied) (7) Michael Chiesa – UFC – 10 points
                        Record: 14-2
                        Last Five Fights: 4-1
                        Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                        Next Fight: TBA

The TUF winner is starting to come into his own and become a real player at lightweight.

 

7) (tied) (NR) Michael Chandler – Bellator Lightweight Champion – 10 points
                            Record: 16-3
                            Last Five Fights: 4-1
                            Record vs Top 10: 0-0 (W-Henderson, L-Alvarez, W-Alvarez)
                            Next Fight: TBA

You could argue that besting Benson Henderson was the biggest win in Chandler’s career.

 

9) (8) Nate Diaz – UFC – 8 points
            Record: 19-11
            Last Five Fights: 3-2
            Record vs Top 10: 1-3 (L-McGregor, W-McGregor, L-dos Anjos, L-Henderson)
            Next Fight: TBA

Nate Diaz has become one of the biggest stars in the sport.

 

10) (tied) (9) Benson Henderson – Bellator – 4 points
                         Record: 24-7
                         Last Five Fights: 3-2
                         Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Chandler, L-dos Anjos, W-Melendez, W-Diaz)
                         Next Fight: TBA

The move to Bellator hasn’t gone very smoothly for Smooth.

 

10) (tied) (NR) Gilbert Melendez – UFC – 4 points
                            Record: 22-6
                            Last Five Fights: 1-4
                            Record vs Top 10: 1-2 (L-Barboza, L-Alvarez, L-Henderson)
                            Next Fight: TBA

El Nino has hit a stormy patch in his career lately.

 

Dropped off: (9) Shinya Aoki, (9) Michael Johnson

Bubbling under: Alex Oliveira, Will Brooks, Beneil Dariush 

 

Check back on Friday for our Featherweight rankings

 

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