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November Fightmania Rankings

By on November 30, 2017

st. pierreThe big story in November was Georges St. Pierre making his triumphant return to the UFC, but as a middleweight this time around. He took the UFC Middleweight Championship from Michael Bisping. But did he take the top spot at 185 pounds as well, and if so, for how long? Let’s take a look at how the rankings stack up as we move toward the end of 2017!

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. Ray Borg
6. Wilson Reis
7. Sergio Pettis
8. Jussier da Silva
9. Brandon Moreno
10. John Moraga

You can safely put Demetrious Johnson’s name in pen at the top of the flyweight rankings. With Joanna Jedrzejczyk losing her belt, “Mighty Mouse” is the closest thing to a sure thing left in the UFC. Moraga is back in the top ten after a nifty victory over Magomed Bibulatov He looked great as he dominated Ray Borg in a pretty victory at UFC 216. Henry Cejudo will have to get past Sergio Pettis to keep his own title hopes alive, while Benavidez is still injured and doesn’t have a return date lined up. Da Silva, Borg, and Moreno will all be in action in February.

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 LBS.)

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

Dillashaw is once again the UFC Bantamweight Champion, with Garbrandt relegated to the number two spot again. Assuncao is angling for a title shot, which would be a rubber match between he and Dillashaw. Rivera is going to face Lineker in a fantastic fight on Dec. 30, while Moraes will fight Aljamain Sterling on Dec. 9.

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

Holloway thinks he is the new man at featherweight, and he will have the chance to solidify his title reign when he faces Aldo again in a few days. Frankie Edgar was the originally slated challenger, but will not be able to fight for a bit due to an injury. We’ll see Lamas take on Josh Emmett in December and Swanson will face Brian Ortega next month, too.

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. Dustin Poirier

There’s still no return date for Conor McGregor, who seems content to make headlines for his out-of-cage behavior instead of prioritizing a return to action. Interim champ Tony Ferguson is waiting for McGregor to return. In the meanwhile, Alvarez will face Gaethje on Dec. 2 and Nurmagomedov will take on Barboza on Dec. 30 in a pair of important lightweight matchups. Rumors persist that Kevin Lee may go to 170 pounds after losing to Ferguson at UFC 216.

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170 LBS.)

1. Tyron Woodley
2. Robbie Lawler
3. Stephen Thompson
4. Rory MacDonald
5. Douglas Lima
6. Rafael dos Anjos
7. Colby Covington
8. Demian Maia
9. Kamaru Usman
10. Neil Magny

Not much happened here in November, although we did see Thompson topple Masvidal in a decent fight. Lawler will take on Rafael dos Anjos on Dec. 16, with a likely title shot on the line. Meanwhile, Lima will take on MacDonald in Bellator in what is one of the biggest fights the organization can make right now. Usman is 5-0 in the UFC and will be in action on Dec. 30, the same night when Magny will take on Carlos Condit.

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185 LBS.)

1. Robert Whittaker
2. Georges St. Pierre
3. Luke Rockhold
4. Kelvin Gastelum
5. Yoel Romero
6. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
7. Michael Bisping
8. Gegard Mousasi
9. Chris Weidman
10. David Branch

GSP beat Michael Bisping, but he’s not in the top spot. What? Why? Well, GSP didn’t look his best at 185 and Whittaker would be the deserved favorite if they fought. Also, Bisping’s subsequent loss to Gastelum really took some of the shine off of St. Pierre’s victory. I usually defer to major champions for top spots, but since Whittaker holds the interim belt, this seems fair enough. Who knows if GSP will even stay at 185, anyway? My money’s on him going to 170. With his victory over Branch, Rockhold is the likely next contender, unless the UFC decides to go with Gastelum instead.

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. Ovince St. Preux
10. Nikita Krylov

As we move on from Jon Jones (again), Cormier looks like he will defend his title in January against Oezdemir. Meanwhile, Bader’s next bout will be in the heavyweight tournament against a fellow light heavyweight. Figure that one out! Gustafsson will be out for a while while Teixeira will face Cirkunov in a pivotal bout next month.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (265 LBS.)

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

A huge fight looms this weekend, as Overeem and Ngannou will duke it out in a fight that will likely determine the next challenger for Miocic’s belt. Meanwhile, Werdum has won a couple of quick fights, albeit not against the best competition, as a late replacement for other fighters. We still aren’t sure when Velasquez will return and dos Santos is still dealing with USADA. Ben Rothwell and Josh Barnett are stuck in similar USADA limbo. Hunt’s future in fighting is unclear after he admitted to exhibiting signs of early CTE.

POUND-FOR-POUND (No Limit)

1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Conor McGregor
3. Max Holloway
4. Stipe Miocic
5. TJ Dillashaw
6. Daniel Cormier
7. Robert Whittaker
8. Tyron Woodley
9. Frankie Edgar
10. Tony Ferguson

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