The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Aug 5/19

The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Aug 5/19

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The Non-UFC Fighter Rankings: Aug 5/19


Jan 26, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ryan Bader (blue gloves) defeats Fedor Emelianenko (red gloves) during Bellator 214 at The Forum. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports


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

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*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings

Non-UFC Fighter Rankings


1) (Last Ranking – 1 Ryan Bader – Bellator Heavyweight & Light Heavyweight Champion – 44 (out of 50) points
          Record: 27-5
          Last Five Fights: 5-0
          Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Davis, W-Davis)
          Next Fight: vs Cheick Kongo – Bellator 226 – Sept 7th

The champ champ is still #1.


2) (3) Demetrious Johnson – ONE Championship Flyweight – 38 points
          Record: 29-3-1
          Last Five Fights: 4-1
          Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Horiguchi)
Next Fight:
vs Danny Kingad – ONE Championship: Century – Oct 13th

On to the championship finals for DJ.


3) (NR) Rafael Lovato Jr – Bellator Middleweight Champion – 32 points

Apr 28, 2018; Rosemont, IL, USA; Rafael Lovato Jr. (red gloves) defeats Gerald Harris (blue gloves) during Bellator 198 at Allstate Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports

          Record: 10-0
          Last Five Fights: 5-0
          Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Mousasi)
          Next Fight: TBA

AND NEW!!!!!!!

4) (4) Kyoji Horiguchi – Rizin & Bellator Bantamweight Champion – 30 points
          Record: 28-2
          Last Five Fights: 5-0
          Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Johnson)
          Next Fight: vs Kai Asakura – Rizin 18 – Aug 18th

Supernova is a champ champ now.

5) (2)  Gegard Mousasi – Bellator Middleweight – 25 points
Record: 45-7-2
Last Five Fights: 
Record vs Top 10:
1-1 (L-Lovato, W-MacDonald)
Next Fight:

Champion no more.


6) (6) Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire – Bellator Lightweight & Featherweight Champion – 24 points
          Record: 29-4
          Last Five Fights: 4-1
          Record vs Top 10: 0-0
          Next Fight: vs Juan Archuleta – Bellator 227 – Sept 28th

Fresh off getting a second belt around his waist, Pitbull is now off to the featherweight tournament.

7) (5)  Rory MacDonald – Bellator Welterweight Champion – 19 points

Apr 27, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; Rory Macdonald (with belt) reacts after his bout against Jon Fitch (not pictured) during Bellator 220 at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports

          Record: 21-5-1
          Last Five Fights: 3-1-1
          Record vs Top 10: 1-1 (L-Mousasi, W-Lima)
Next Fight:
vs #9 Douglas Lima – TBA

We might be seeing the beginning of the end of Rory Mac in the cage.


8) (7) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane – Bellator Women’s Flyweight Champion – 17 points

Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ilima Macfarlane (red gloves) reacts after defeating Emily Ducote (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Record:  10-0
Last Five Fights:  5-0
Record vs Top 10:  0-0
Next Fight:  TBA

Bellator 213 was a superstar-making performance by The Ilimanator on her home turf of Hawaii.


9) (8) Douglas Lima – Bellator Welterweight – 15 points
          Record: 31-7
          Last Five Fights: 4-1
          Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-MacDonald)
          Next Fight: vs #7 Rory MacDonald – TBA

Lima will get a chance to avenge his loss to Rory Mac and get his gold back.


10) (9) Phil Davis – Bellator Light Heavyweight – 7 points
          Record: 20-5, 1 NC
          Last Five Fights: 3-2
          Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Bader, L-Bader)
          Next Fight:  TBA
Mr Wonderful is back on the winning track.


Dropped off: (10) Vadim Nemkov

Bubbling under: Julia Budd, Vadim Nemkov, Michael Chandler, Jon Fitch, Lyoto Machida, Christian Lee, Timofey Nastyukhin, Kayla Harrison, Anatoly Tokov, Aung La Nsang


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