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Fightmania October Rankings

By on October 30, 2016

ufc-204October was a decent month, even if we were all spending a lot of it day-dreaming about November and UFC 205. Let’s take a look at how the rankings were affected by October’s action.

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. Jussier da Silva
6. Kyoji Horiguchi
7. Wilson Reis
8. Zach Makovsky
9. Magomed Bibulatov
10. Matheus Nicolau Pereira

Bibulatov was in action for the first time since May, looking good while submitting Yunus Evloev at WFCA 30. He’s going to need better competition to ascend much further, however. Next month, Pereira will take on Yuta Sasaki. We’re also a month closer to seeing Johnson defend his championship against whoever wins The Ultimate Fighter. That fight will take place on Dec. 3. Benavidez will take on Cejudo that night, too, with the winner hoping to earn a future title shot against the winner of Johnson and his mystery opponent. A week later, Makovsky will take on John Moraga in yet another outstanding flyweight bout.

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 LBS.)

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

It appears that Cruz will opt to face Garbrandt instead of Dillashaw for his next title defense, although nothing is official just yet. Sterling will take on Raphael Assuncao in Dec. 9 in New York.

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 LBS.)

1. Conor McGregor
2. Jose Aldo
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Max Holloway
5. Cub Swanson
6. Anthony Pettis
7. Jeremy Stephens
8. Charles Oliveira
9. Ricardo Lamas
10. Doo Ho Choi

McGregor’s next fight will be at UFC 205 for Eddie Alvarez’s UFC Lightweight Championship. Meanwhile, Aldo still doesn’t have a dance partner and has asked the UFC for his release, although it could just be posturing. Also at UFC 205, Edgar will take on Stephens in a solid matchup. Unfortunately, Lamas’ bout with BJ Penn this month was canceled.

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155 LBS.)

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

Brooks did not look good against Alex Oliveira, but Oliveira was six pounds overweight and Brooks had a broken rib early in the fight, so I’m giving him a pass for now.

Lots of interdivisional fun happening here. Alvarez’s next title defense will be against not someone on this list, but featherweight champ Conor McGregor. Dos Anjos will face Ferguson on Nov. 5. Cerrone was supposed to fight Robbie Lawler next month, but instead will face Kelvin Gastelum. I’m still not sure he’ll stay at 170 lbs. for the long haul. Nurmagomedov will take on Johnson on Nov. 12, and he’ll need an impressive performance if he wants to be in title consideration.

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170 LBS.)

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

Woodley and Thompson will face off at UFC 205 for Woodley’s shiny new belt. It’s unclear who MacDonald will face in his Bellator debut. Koreshkov’s next Bellator opponent is more clear, as he’ll defend his belt against Douglas Lima. Gastelum is set to face Donald Cerrone in a great fight at UFC 205.

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185 LBS.)

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

Dropped out: Vitor Belfort (9)

The biggest development here was Bisping’s unanimous decision victory over the unranked Dan Henderson in his first title defense. The winner of Weidman and Romero next month figures to be the obvious next step for the British champion. Rockhold can get his name back in the mix with a win over Jacare at the end of November. Meanwhile, Mousasi’s dominant win over Belfort allows him to move up and takes Belfort out of the rankings for what may be the final time in his storied career. I may be setting myself up for frustration due to the lack of competition in the World Series of Fighting, but I’ll put dual champion Branch in there in the tenth spot for now.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205 LBS.)

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

Johnson will take on Cormier for the title in December, which is the division’s biggest available fight with Jones on the shelf due to his positive drug test. In Bellator, McGeary will defend his title against Phil Davis on November 4. Jimi Manuwa looked outstanding while taking out St. Preux this month, which leads to some big changes in the rankings. Krylov will take on fellow up-and-coming hotshot Misha Cirkunov in December.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (265 LBS.)

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

Nothing happened here in October, as many of these guys just fought in September and don’t have their next bouts announced. Miocic is planning on taking the rest of the year off, while Minakov is waiting for his Bellator contract situation to resolve as he hopes to jump to the UFC.

POUND-FOR-POUND (No Limit)

1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Dominick Cruz
4. Conor McGregor
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Stipe Miocic
7. Tyron Woodley
8. Frankie Edgar
9. Jose Aldo
10. Raphael dos Anjos

Nothing happened here in October, but November promises the chance for some changes.

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