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The Rankings: The Middleweights: Nov 21, 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 Middleweight Rankings.  

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Ryan MacDonald, Ricky Leone, and Daniel Vreeland.

 

*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)

 

1) (Previous ranking: 1) Michael Bisping – UFC Middleweight Champion – 40 points (out of 40)

INGLEWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: Michael Bisping reacts after defeating Luke Rockhold in their Middleweight Title Bout at UFC 199 at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA – JUNE 04: Michael Bisping reacts after defeating Luke Rockhold in their Middleweight Title Bout at UFC 199 at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

            Record: 30-7
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 2-3 (W-Bisping, W-Silva, L-Rockhold, L-Kennedy, L-Belfort)
            Next Fight: TBA

Who’s next to challenge The Count for his crown?

 

2) (2Luke Rockhold – UFC  – 35 points
            Record: 15-3
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 4-2 (L-Bisping, W-Weidman, W-Machida, W-Bisping, L-Belfort, W-Souza)
            Next Fight: TBA

Well that was a quick reign at the top.

 

3) (4) Yoel Romero – UFC – 33 points
           Record: 12-1
           Last Five Fights: 5-0
           Record vs Top 10: 4-0 (W-Weidman, W-Souza, W-Machida, W-Brunson)
           Next Fight: TBA

The Soldier of God is looking unstoppable.

 

4) (tied) (3Chris Weidman – UFC  – 25 points
                       Record: 13-2
                       Last Five Fights: 3-2
                       Record vs Top 10: 4-2 (L-Romero, L-Rockhold, W-Belfort, W-Machida, W-Silva, W-Silva)
                       Next Fight: TBA

Are Weidman’s days among the elite already over?

 

4) (tied) (5) Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza – UFC – 25 points
                       Record: 23-4, 1 NC 
                       Last Five Fights: 4-1
                       Record vs Top 10: 3-3 (W-Belfort, L-Romero, W-Mousasi, L-Rockhold, W-Brunson, L-Mousasi)
                       Next Fight: TBA

It’s looking like Jacare is never going to get a UFC title shot.

 

6) (6Gegard Mousasi – UFC – 20 points

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Record: 41-6-2
Last Five Fights: 4-1
Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (W-Belfort, L-Souza, L-Machida, W-Souza)
Next Fight: TBA

Gegard is surging.

 

7) (7) Anderson Silva – UFC – 12 points
            Record: 33-8, 1 NC
            Last Five Fights: 0-4, 1 NC
            Record vs Top 10: 1-3 (L-Bisping, L-Weidman, L-Weidman, W-Belfort, )
            Next Fight: TBA

The Spider stepped in to “save” UFC 200, but picked up another L in the process.

 

8) (8) Robert Whittaker – UFC – 10 points
            Record: 16-4
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: vs #10 Derek Brunson – UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Brunson – Nov 27th

The young New Zealander keeps on rolling.

 

9) (9Vitor Belfort – UFC – 9 points 
            Record: 25-13
            Last Five Fights: 2-3
            Record vs Top 10: 2-4 (L-Mousasi, L-Belfort, L-Weidman, L-Silva, W-Rockhold, W-Bisping)
            Next Fight: TBA

Vitor keeps on slipping down the rankings.

 

10) (10) Derek Brunson – UFC – 7 points
                Record: 16-3
                Last Five Fights: 5-0
                Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Romero, L-Souza)
                Next Fight: vs #8 Robert Whittaker – UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Brunson – Nov 27th

Five-straight wins have propelled Brunson into our top 10.

 

Bubbling under: Mamed Khalidov, Krzysztof Jotko

 

Rankings:


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

 

Check back on Friday for our Welterweight rankings

 

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