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Fightmania September Rankings

By on September 30, 2016

ufc-203The heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem was the biggest news of September, but it wasn’t the only fight to impact the rankings. Let’s take a look through the weight classes and see what’s changed after a month full of fights.

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)
6. Kyoji Horiguchi (5)
7. Wilson Reis
8. Zach Makovsky
9. Magomed Bibulatov
10. Matheus Nicolau Pereira

Da Silva defeated Dustin Ortiz in an impressive showing and moves up a spot as a result. Unfortunately, Horiguchi won’t fight in October, since the UFC’s event in the Philippines has been canceled. Reis is stuck in limbo following a canceled title shot due to Johnson’s injury, although he did notch a win against Hector Sandoval at UFC 201. Demetrious Johnson is due to fight the winner of The Ultimate Fighter on Dec. 3. The same night, Benavidez will take on Cejudo in what is sure to be a great showcase for the division.

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 LBS.)

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

The big news here is Faber’s loss to Rivera early in the month. It’s easy to say that the loss is no big deal, since Faber loses now and then, but consider who he has lost to. The loss to Moraes is the second time Faber has lost to someone who wasn’t holding a championship belt since the WEC days. The other time? That was a loss to former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. So yes, beating Faber is a big deal.

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 will not be defending his featherweight belt anytime soon, opting instead to take on UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez. Aldo has no backup plan to a rematch with McGregor and is very unhappy with the UFC. Meanwhile, Lamas is expected to face BJ Penn next month.

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 (NR)

Dropped out: Dustin Poirier (10)

Johnson beat Poirier by KO and takes his place here in about as simple a transaction as you’ll find in the MMA rankings. Cerrone is still here because he asked for a lightweight title shot, although he hasn’t received it just yet. So I’ll keep him where he is as we wait to see how things shake out.

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

Nothing happened here in September, unfortunately. MacDonald’s next fight will be in Bellator, though we’re not sure against whom.

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)
8. Robert Whittaker (7)
9. Vitor Belfort
10. Gegard Mousasi

Brunson defeated Uriah Hall on Sept. 17, allowing him to move up to the 7th spot. We’re pretty much in a holding pattern here for now, although Belfort and Mousasi will face off next month and hopefully shake things up a bit. November will be a big month for the division.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205 LBS.)

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

Dropped out: Ilir Latifi (10)

Gustafsson beat Jan Blachowicz in Germany this month, though it was a bit disappointing that the former top contender needed the full three rounds to do it. Meanwhile, Bader was able to take out Latifi in the second round via a knee strike, knocking Latifi out of the fight and these rankings.

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 (10)
8. Josh Barnett (NR)
9. Andrei Arlovski (7)
10. Mark Hunt (8)

Dropped out: Travis Browne (9)

Three big fights took place at heavyweight this month. Miocic was successful in a first-round victory against Overeem in Cleveland, while Werdum defeated Browne for the second time at the same event. Later on this month, Josh Barnett gave us an old school performance by choking out fellow divisional great Arlovski. Meanwhile, Minakov seems to be waiting out his contract in hopes of moving from Bellator 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)
7. Tyron Woodley (6)
8. Frankie Edgar
9. Jose Aldo
10. Raphael dos Anjos

Nothing happened in the imaginary division this past month, besides Miocic’s title victory, which was dominant enough to vault him over Woodley for the 6th spot.

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