The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Nov 11, 2016

The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Nov 11, 2016


The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Nov 11, 2016


pound for pound 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: Non-UFC Fighters

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


Pound for Pound Rankings


1) Rory MacDonald – Bellator Welterweight – 35 (out of 40) points


          Record: 18-4
          Last Five Fights: 
          Record vs Top 10:
          Next Fight: 

We’ll have to wait a bit for Rory Mac to make his Bellator debut – he’s getting his oft-broken nose healed up first.


2) Phil Davis – Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion – 31 points
     Record: 17-3, 1 NC
     Last Five Fights: 4-1
     Record vs Top 10: 0-0
     Next Fight: TBA

Mr. Wonderful has enjoyed a ‘golden’ career since leaving the UFC.


3) (tied) Justin Gaethje – WSOF Lightweight Champion – 21 points
                 Record: 13-0
                 Last Five Fights: 5-0
                 Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                 Next Fight: vs Joao Zeferino – WSOF 34 – Dec 31st

Gaethje is untouchable in the WSOF (and elsewhere) so far.


3) (tied) Ben Askren – ONE Welterweight Champion – 21 points
                  Record: 15-0, 1 NC
                  Last Five Fights: 4-0, 1 NC
                  Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                  Next Fight: TBA

With Funky talking about retiring once his ONE contract expires, he could leave the sport undefeated.


5) Vitaly Minakov – Bellator/EFN Heavyweight – 19 points
     Record: 18-0
     Last Five Fights: 5-0
     Record vs Top 10: 0-0
     Next Fight: TBA

Minakov has managed to stay undefeated in the volatile heavyweight class for over six years now.


6) Michael Chandler – Bellator Lightweight Champion – 14 points
     Record: 15-3
     Last Five Fights: 3-2
     Record vs Top 10: 0-0
     Next Fight: vs #10 Benson Henderson – Bellator 165 – Nov 19th

After losing the first three fights of his career (in a row, no less), Chandler has gone undefeated.


7) (tied) Marlon Moraes – WSOF Bantamweight Champion – 12 points
                  Record: 17-4-1
                  Last Five Fights: 5-0
                  Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                  Next Fight: vs Josenaldo Silva – WSOF 34 – Dec 31st

Moraes just re-upped with WSOF so he’ll probably remain on this list for years to come.


7) (tied) Mamed Khalidov – KSW Middleweight Champion –  12 points
                 Record: 31-4-2
                 Last Five Fights: 5-0
                 Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Aldo)
                 Next Fight: vs #10 Eddie Alvarez – UFC 205 – Nov 12th

The King of Polish MMA hasn’t lost in his last 13 fights.


9) Bibiano Fernandes – ONE Bantamweight Champion – 10 points

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 17: Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil attends the official weigh-in for his bout ahead of the One Fighting Championship Bantamweight World Championship Unification bout at Chijmes on October 17, 2013 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

     Record: 18-3
     Last Five Fights: 5-0
     Record vs Top 10: 0-0
     Next Fight: vs Reece McLaren – ONE Championship: Age of Domination – Dec 2nd

Title defense number five coming up for The Flash.


10) Benson Henderson – Bellator Lightweight – 9 points
        Record: 24-6
        Last Five Fights: 3-2
        Record vs Top 10: 0-0
        Next Fight: vs #6 Michael Chandler – Bellator 165 – Nov 19th
Smooth will next look to add Bellator gold to his collection.



Bubbling under: Andrey Koreshkov, David Branch, Daniel Straus, Kairat Akhmetov, Alexander Shlemenko, Douglas Lima, Fedor Emelianenko, Magomed Bibulatov, Patricio Freire, 



Check back on Monday for our Heavyweight rankings


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