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August Fightmania Rankings

By on August 30, 2017

mcgregorAugust was certainly a strange month for MMA. Not only did a top-ranked fighter lose by TKO without losing his number one spot, but the most important fight of the month was contested in a boxing ring, of all places.

Conor McGregor came up short in his bid to be the first man to defeat Floyd Mayweather, but he’s still the top lightweight in MMA. Where is everyone else ranked to end the month? Read on to find out.

As always, these rankings are subjective. To read a rather extensive explanation of my methodology, check out the rankings manifesto.

FLYWEIGHT DIVISION (125 LBS.)

1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. Henry Cejudo
4. Kyoji Horiguchi
5. Wilson Reis
6. Ray Borg
7. Sergio Pettis
8. Jussier da Silva
9. Magomed Bibulatov
10. Brandon Moreno

Johnson will defend his title against Borg in early September, who incidentally is the highest-ranked fighter on this list that DJ has not yet defeated. Pettis moves up with his unanimous decision victory over Brandon Moreno in what has become a very deep division. I’m sure the UFC would be thrilled if Pettis could force their hand and earn a title shot with DJ.

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 LBS.)

1. Cody Garbrandt
2. Dominick Cruz
3. TJ Dillashaw
4. Jimmie Rivera
5. Marlon Moraes
6. Raphael Assuncao
7. Bryan Caraway
8. John Lineker
9. Thomas Almeida
10. Aljamain Sterling

Garbrandt will likely still defend his title against Dillashaw in the not-so-distant future, especially since flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson was uninterested in a bout with the former bantamweight champ. Rivera is certainly higher on the totem pole than Assuncao, who was given a gift decision in a dull fight while Rivera fought his heart out against Almeida.

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 LBS.)

1. Max Holloway
2. Jose Aldo
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Cub Swanson
5. Ricardo Lamas
6. Brian Ortega
7. Darren Elkins
8. Patricio Freire
9. Doo Ho Choi
10. Chan Sung Jung

The featherweight division is looking to stabilize behind Holloway as it recovers from its post-McGregor hangover. Holloway will defend his belt against Edgar, who has thus far been so close, yet so far away in his attempts to gain a title at featherweight.

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155 LBS.)

1. Conor McGregor
2. Tony Ferguson
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov
5. Edson Barboza
6. Kevin Lee
7. Nate Diaz
8. Justin Gaethje
9. Beneil Dariush
10. Michael Chiesa

Conor McGregor stepped into a whole new world in August, facing off with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in what was billed “the biggest fight ever.” Too bad it was a boxing match and not a fight, as McGregor gave a good account of himself despite not being able to use many of the tools that make him so special in the cage. McGregor won at least a few early rounds before tiring out and absorbing too many punches for referee Robert Byrd’s liking in the tenth round of their bout. Who will his next fight be against? Many believe Nate Diaz, and if so, let’s hope it’s for the lightweight title.

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170 LBS.)

1. Tyron Woodley
2. Robbie Lawler
3. Stephen Thompson
4. Demian Maia
5. Rory MacDonald
6. Douglas Lima
7. Donald Cerrone
8. Jorge Masvidal
9. Neil Magny
10. Lorenz Larkin

This division is largely in stasis, with Woodley’s latest unsatisfying defense behind him and Lawler having won another crowd-pleaser. Another Woodley-Lawler bout would make sense, especially since Woodley could use Lawler’s goodwill with the fans to add to PPV buys after a couple of snoozefests in a row. Bellator welterweight standout Andrey Koreshkov looked great in his one round finish of Chidi Njokuani a few days ago, but it will take more than that to erase the memory of his devastating KO loss at the hands of Lima a year ago.

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185 LBS.)

1. Michael Bisping
2. Robert Whittaker
3. Luke Rockhold
4. Yoel Romero
5. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
6. Gegard Mousasi
7. Chris Weidman
8. David Branch
9. Anderson Silva
10. Derek Brunson

It has no impact on this list, but it’s still worth mentioning that another nail was put in the coffin of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans’ hopes of being a serious contender again when he dropped an uninspiring split decision to Sam Alvey this month.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205 LBS.)

1. Daniel Cormier
2. Alexander Gustafsson
3. Ryan Bader
4. Volkan Oezdemir
5. Jimi Manuwa
6. Glover Teixeira
7. Misha Cirkunov
8. Phil Davis
9. Nikita Krylov
10. Linton Vassell

Unquestionably the biggest news here, and perhaps the only news, from the month was that Jon Jones has apparently failed yet another drug test. USADA tends to not be wrong about this stuff, so I have no problem pulling him from the rankings…again. Unless something unprecedented happens here, Jones will be suspended for a long time in another disappointing development in a career where the champ’s only serious opponent has been himself.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (265 LBS.)

1. Stipe Miocic
2. Alistair Overeem
3. Cain Velasquez
4. Fabricio Werdum
5. Junior dos Santos
6. Ben Rothwell
7. Francis Ngannou
8. Josh Barnett
9. Vitaly Minakov
10. Mark Hunt

Nothing here in August. September brings a fight between Alexander Volkov and Stipe Miocic as Volkov attempts to climb into the rankings and hopefully some news on Cain Velasquez. Unfortunately, dos Santos’ scheduled fight with Ngannou won’t be happening.

POUND-FOR-POUND (No Limit)

1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Conor McGregor
3. Cody Garbrandt
4. Stipe Miocic
5. Max Holloway
6. Daniel Cormier
7. Frankie Edgar
8. Jose Aldo
9. Dominick Cruz
10. Tyron Woodley

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