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May Fightmania Rankings

By on May 28, 2017

Stipe MiocicMay wasn’t quite the busy month that we’ve gotten used to, but it did set us up for a very nice summer of title fights, contender matches, and appearances by big-name prospects. Let’s see where the rankings stand as we close out the spring months.

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. Jussier da Silva
8. Magomed Bibulatov
9. Brandon Moreno
10. Sergio Pettis

Unfortunately, Benavidez suffered a knee injury and won’t be able to face Ben Nguyen next month. Pettis is rumored to face Moreno later this year, while Horiguchi should be fighting in Rizin’s bantamweight tournament this July.

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 LBS.)

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

Nothing happened here in May, though that will change in June when Assuncao faces off against Moraes. In July, Garbrandt defends his shiny new belt against Dillashaw, while Rivera will fight Almeida the same month.

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 LBS.)

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

Edgar looked great against Yair Rodriguez, who had no answer for the former lightweight champ’s devastating ground-and-pound assault. Rodriguez drops out of the top ten after the loss. Pettis will soon be ranked among the lightweights, as he is eyeing a return to 155 pounds this summer.

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (155 LBS.)

1. Conor McGregor
2. Eddie Alvarez
3. Rafael dos Anjos
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov
5. Tony Ferguson
6. Edson Barboza
7. Kevin Lee
8. Nate Diaz
9. Michael Chandler
10. Michael Chiesa

Dana White keeps saying McGregor will fight again this year, but against whom? And when? Ferguson is also looking for a fight, but has nothing announced yet. Meanwhile, Alvarez’s bout with Dustin Poirier ended in a controversial no contest, which may cause a rematch later this year. Dos Anjos will face Tarec Saffiedine in June and Lee will face off with Chiesa this summer, too.

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170 LBS.)

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

Maia will apparently take on Woodley next after beating Masvidal by split decision this month, but that fight has the makings of a stinker the likes of which Woodley’s last title fight was. Meanwhile, Lawler and Cerrone are likely going to put on a terrific fight in July. Lima will defend his Bellator title against Larkin in June, with MacDonald likely waiting in the wings for the winner.

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185 LBS.)

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

It seems that the biggest bout this division will yield this summer will be Romero-Whittaker for the new fake middleweight belt. Bisping still wants to face GSP when both are healthy. Meanwhile, Weidman will try to get back on track against Gastelum in July, while Mousasi will test out free agency. Silva is without an opponent for the near future.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205 LBS.)

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

Gustafsson showed that he still belongs near the top with his destruction of Teixeira this month. Meanwhile, Cirkunov was upset at UFC Fight Night 109 in short order and drops a few spots as a result. Oezdemir moves into the top ten with back to back wins over Ovince St. Preux and Cirkunov. Vassell steps into the top ten with a third-round win over Liam McGeary, who drops off the list.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (265 LBS.)

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

Nobody really moved, but there was some action this month, as Miocic defended his title successfully against dos Santos. Still, it’s hard to move dos Santos much further down than he already is, especially when all he did was lose to the champ himself.

POUND-FOR-POUND (No Limit)

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

Nothing to see here, folks.

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