The Rankings: The Bantamweights: Oct 24, 2016

The Rankings: The Bantamweights: Oct 24, 2016

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The Rankings: The Bantamweights: Oct 24, 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 Bantamweight 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 Bantamweight Rankings

 

1) (Last ranking: 1) Dominick Cruz – UFC Bantamweight Champion – 40 points (out of a possible 40)

Jan 17, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Dominick Cruz (blue) punches TJ Dillashaw (red) during a world bantamweight championship bout at UFC Fight Night at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 17, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Dominick Cruz (blue) punches TJ Dillashaw (red) during a world bantamweight championship bout at UFC Fight Night at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

            Record: 22-1
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 3-1 (W-Faber, W-Dillashaw, W-Faber, L-Faber)
            Next Fight: vs #3 Cody Garbrandt – UFC 207 – Dec 30th (rumored)

Cruz hasn’t missed a beat after all that time on the shelf.  Impressive.

 

2) (2) T.J. Dillashaw – UFC – 36 points
            Record: 13-3
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 1-2 (W-Assuncao, L-Cruz, L-Assuncao)
            Next Fight: TBA

Dillashaw avenged his earlier loss to Raphael Assuncao, but he’ll have to wait longer for the chance to do the same with Dominick Cruz?

 

3) (4) Cody Garbrandt – UFC – 25 points
            Record: 10-0
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Almeida)
            Next Fight: vs #1 Dominick Cruz – UFC 207 – Dec 30th (rumored)

No Love is starting to get plenty of love.  Winning your first 10 fights and knocking suckas out will do that.

 

4) (NR) Jimmie Rivera – UFC – 21 points
                Record: 20-1
                Last Five Fights: 5-0
                Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Faber)
                Next Fight: TBA

The biggest win of his career has propelled El Terror high into the top 10.

 

5) (6) John Lineker – UFC – 19 points
            Record: 29-7
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 0-0
            Next Fight: TBA

Will weight issues slow Lineker’s roll to a title shot?

 

6) (5) Bibiano Fernandes – ONE Championship Bantamweight Champion – 16 points

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Record: 19-3
Last Five Fights: 5-0
Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Faber)
Next Fight: TBA

The Flash hasn’t lost since 2010.

 

7) (7) Bryan Caraway – UFC – 11 points
            Record: 21-7
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Assuncao)
            Next Fight: TBA

Caraway is on the rise.

 

8) (tied) (7) Raphael Assuncao – UFC – 11 points
                        Record: 23-5
                        Last Five Fights: 4-1
                        Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Dillashaw, W-Caraway, W-Dillashaw, L-Faber)
                        Next Fight: vs Aljamain Sterling – UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Abdurakhimov – Dec 9th

Assuncao is looking for his first win in over two years.

 

8) (tied) (3) Urijah Faber – UFC – 11 points
                        Record: 33-10
                        Last Five Fights: 2-3
                        Record vs Top 10: 3-3 (L-Rivera, L-Cruz, L-Cruz, W-Assuncao, W-Cruz, W-Fernandes)
                        Next Fight: vs Brad Pickett – UFC on Fox: VanZant vs Waterson – Dec 17th

The California Kid has lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his 13 year career.

 

10) (tied) (NR) Thomas Almeida – UFC – 7 points
                               Record: 21-1
                               Last Five Fights: 4-1
                               Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Garbrandt)
                               Next Fight: vs Albert Morales – UFC Fight Night: Bader vs Nogueira 2 – Nov 19th

The Terminator will try to rebound from his first career loss next time he steps in the cage in November.

 

10) (tied) (NR) Eduardo Dantas – Bellator Bantamweight Champion – 7 points
                              Record: 18-4
                              Last Five Fights: 4-1
                              Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                              Next Fight: vs Joe Warren – Bellator 166 – Dec 2nd

Who’s next for the new Bellator champ?

 

Dropped off: (8) John Dodson

Bubbling Under: John Dodson, Marlon Moraes, Aljamain Sterling, Iuri Alcantara

 

Rankings:

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

 

Check back on Friday for our Flyweight rankings

 

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