The Rankings: The Welterweights: Oct 14, 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 Welterweight 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

 

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The Welterweight Rankings

 

1) (Last Ranking – 1)  Tyron Woodley – UFC Welterweight Champion – 40 points (out of a possible 40)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 31: Tyron Woodley waits for the start of a welterweight bout against Kelvin Gastelum during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Woodley won by split decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 31: Tyron Woodley waits for the start of a welterweight bout against Kelvin Gastelum during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Woodley won by split decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

            Record: 16-3
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 3-1 (W-Lawler, L-MacDonald, W-Gastelum, W-Condit)
            Next Fight: vs #2 Stephen Thompson – UFC 205 – Nov 12th

Waiting for his title shot worked out well for T-Wood.

 

2) (2) Stephen Thompson – UFC – 34 points 
            Record: 13-1
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-MacDonald)
            Next Fight: vs #1 Tyron Woodley – UFC 205 – Nov 12th

Wonderboy’s meteoric rise continues.  He could have UFC gold around his waist very soon.

 

3) (3) Robbie Lawler  – UFC – 33 points
           Record: 27-11 (1 No Contest)
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 3-1 (L-Woodley, W-Condit, W-MacDonald, W-MacDonald)
           Next Fight: TBA

His impressive and improbable run at the top is finally over.

 

4) (4) Demian Maia – UFC – 28 points
             Record: 24-6
            Last Five Fights: 5-0
            Record vs Top 10: 1-1 (W-Condit, L-MacDonald)
            Next Fight: TBA

Demian Maia is looking like an absolute monster at welterweight once again.

 

5) (tied) (4) Carlos Condit – UFC – 19 points       

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           Record: 30-10
           Last Five Fights: 2-3
           Record vs Top 10: 1-4 (L-Maia, L-Lawler, L-Woodley, L-St-Pierre, W-MacDonald)
           Next Fight: TBA

After getting dominated by Demian Maia, Condit’s future in the sport is in doubt again.

 

5) (tied) (6) Rory MacDonald – Bellator – 19 points 
                        Record: 18-4
                        Last Five Fights: 3-2
                        Record vs Top 10: 2-4 (L-Thompson, L-Lawler, W-Woodley, W-Maia, L-Lawler, L-Condit)
                        Next Fight: TBA

A free agent no more, young Rory has jumped ship to Bellator.

 

7) (tied) (7) Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone – UFC – 13 points
                         Record: 31-7, 1 NC
                        Last Five Fights: 4-1
                        Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                        Next Fight: vs #7 Kelvin Gastelum – UFC 205 – Nov 12th

Cowboy is looking like he has found a new home at 170-pounds.

 

7) (tied) (8) Kelvin Gastelum – UFC – 13 points 
                        Record: 12-2
                        Last Five Fights: 3-2
                        Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Woodley)
                        Next Fight: vs #7 Donald Cerrone – UFC 205 – Nov 12th

The 24-year-old is coming off of the biggest win of his nascent career.

 

9) (9) Ben Askren – ONE FC Welterweight Champion – 8 points
             Record: 15-0, 1 NC
             Last Five Fights: 4-0, 1 NC
             Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Koreshkov)
             Next Fight: TBA

Given his current level of competition, there’s a good chance that Funky Ben could end his career undefeated.

 

10) (10) Andrey Koreshkov – Bellator Welterweight Champion – 6 points
                 Record: 19-1
                Last Five Fights: 5-0
                Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Askren)
                Next Fight: vs Douglas Lima – Bellator 164 – Nov 10th

The Bellator champ is rolling – undefeated for over three years now.

 

 

Bubbling under: Lorenz Larkin, Johny Hendricks

 

Rankings:

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

 

Check back on Monday for our Lightweight rankings