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Fightmania May Rankings

By on May 31, 2016

MiocicIt’s the end of the month, and that means it’s rankings time! This month featured several major MMA events from the UFC, Bellator, and others. Let’s sift through what happened and take a look at what’s to come for the best fighters in the world, shall we?

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. John Dodson
4. Henry Cejudo
5. Kyoji Horiguchi
6. Jussier da Silva
7. Wilson Reis
8. John Moraga
9. Zach Makovsky
10. Magomed Bibulatov

Nothing happening here in May, aside from Bibulatov’s TKO win over Giovanni da Silva Santos Jr. at WFCA 22, taking the 27-year-old Russian flyweight to 12-0. Unfortunately, not much is slated to take place in June, either, although the action picks up considerably for the flyweights in July.

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 LBS.)

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

Bryan Caraway is on top of Aljamain Sterling in the rankings after defeating him by split decision on May 29, while Garbrandt benefits from his own huge win over Almeida the same night. Cruz and Faber will rematch this weekend, while Dillashaw will face Raphael Assuncao on July 9 and Moraes will fight on July 30.

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 LBS.)

1. Conor McGregor
2. Jose Aldo
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Max Holloway
5. Chad Mendes
6. Cub Swanson
7. Jeremy Stephens
8. Charles Oliveira
9. Ricardo Lamas
10. Renan Barao

Jeremy Stephens was in action in May, defeating Renan Barao by decision last weekend. McGregor is MIA, while Holloway and Lamas will face off next weekend. Aldo and Edgar will do battle on July 9 at UFC 200.

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155 LBS.)

1. Rafael dos Anjos
2. Donald Cerrone
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov
5. Tony Ferguson
6. Edson Barboza
7. Anthony Pettis
8. Will Brooks
9. Nate Diaz
10. Michael Chiesa

Nothing happened in this division in May, but that’s about to change. Cerrone takes on Patrick Cote at welterweight on June 18, while dos Anjos will defend his title against Eddie Alvarez in July. That month, Ferguson will face Chiesa and Barboza will take on Gilbert Milendez. Finally, Brooks has no bouts scheduled but could be announcing a UFC contract soon after being released by Bellator.

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170 LBS.)

1. Robbie Lawler
2. Rory MacDonald
3. Tyron Woodley
4. Stephen Thompson
5. Demian Maia
6. Carlos Condit
7. Johny Hendricks
8. Andrey Koreshkov
9. Rick Story
10. Ben Askren

Maia sits at the fifth spot after his dominating win over Matt Brown at UFC 198. Meanwhile, Story is ninth following a quality win over Tarec Saffiedine last week.

Rory MacDonald and Thompson will face off in a great matchup on June 18, while Woodley will get the next title shot against Lawler at UFC 201 on July 30. Three weeks prior, Hendricks will take on Kelvin Gastelum.

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185 LBS.)

1. Luke Rockhold
2. Chris Weidman
3. Yoel Romero
4. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Michael Bisping
7. Robert Whittaker
8. Derek Brunson
9. Vitor Belfort
10. Uriah Hall

Jacare destroyed Belfort this month, making it look like Belfort’s time as a relevant middleweight is just about up. Next weekend, Rockhold defends his belt against Bispingwhile Brunson will face Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200. Romero and Machida are currently held up after various banned substance-related issues.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205 LBS.)

1. Jon Jones
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Anthony Johnson
4. Alexander Gustafsson
5. Glover Teixeira
6. Phil Davis
7. Ryan Bader
8. Ovince St. Preux
9. Liam McGeary
10. Nikita Krylov

Phil Davis won a less-than-impressive bout with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in Bellator, although the win at least gives Davis a crack at McGeary. Soon, Jon Jones will defend his half of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Cormier, while Johnson and Teixeira will also face off in July.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (265 LBS.)

1. Stipe Miocic
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Cain Velasquez
4. Alistair Overeem
5. Junior dos Santos
6. Ben Rothwell
7. Andrei Arlovski
8. Mark Hunt
9. Travis Browne
10. Vitaly Minakov

The obvious story here is Miocic’s win over Werdum for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Also in May, Overeem dispatched Arlovski to win the official old guys’ belt and a shot at the overall title at UFC 203. The same night, Werdum and Rothwell will face off. Meanwhile, Velasquez will face Browne at UFC 200.

POUND-FOR-POUND (No Limit)

1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Jon Jones
3. Luke Rockhold
4. Raphael dos Anjos
5. Daniel Cormier
6. Conor McGregor
7. Robbie Lawler
8. Stipe Miocic
9. Frankie Edgar
10. Jose Aldo

Some things never change. Pound-for-pound rankings are still nonsense, and Johnson and Jones are still at the top in one order or the other. That’s just the way it is, as Bruce Hornsby might say.

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