Earlier today, the official UFC rankings were updated post UFC Fight Night 101 ‘Whittaker vs. Brunson’. The fallout from that event went a little like this – Whittaker jumped from #7 to #6, passing Anderson Silva, while Brunson dropped from #8 to #9, passing Vitor Belfort on the way down. All of the other changes came inside of the featherweight division, where Conor McGregor, a now former 2-division champion, was stripped of his title and his ranking at the very top of the division. Here’s your updated UFC featherweight rankings as of today, December 1st, 2016.
Champion: Jose Aldo (26-2) – Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 to become the interim champion with hopes of unifying the title with the man who ended his half decade reign – Conor McGregor. Aldo would threaten to leave the sport for good after not receiving his McGregor rematch but has since changed his tune. The latest is that Aldo will defend his title against the winner of the UFC 206 main event between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis before leaving the division for good to challenge McGregor for his UFC lightweight strap.
1. Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) – Edgar bounced back beautifully after coming up short against Aldo once again at UFC 200. The former lightweight champ’s toughness and heart was on full display during his fight against Jeremy Stephens which would result in him having his hand raised in front a record breaking New York City crowd on the UFC 205 preliminary headliner. Aldo successfully defending his title and moving up to chase McGregor would be the best possible thing that could happen to Edgar. With two losses to Aldo, he’s out of the title picture for the time being. The second Aldo moves up or loses the title, he regains his #1 contender status.
2. Max Holloway (16-3) – Making his UFC debut at 20-years-old with a pro record of just 4-0, young Max Holloway lost a short notice fight against Dustin Poirier via submission in the very the 1st round. Holloway stayed busy, posting a 3-3 record during the first year and a half of his UFC career before winning his next nine and earning himself a title shot of the interim variety against Anthony Pettis later this month in Toronto. Holloway’s career has come full circle since his mediocre start in the UFC. Learning on the job on the biggest stage in the world served Holloway well and has resulted in him taking on the man many compared him to in Pettis before he even signed his UFC contract. Should he become interim champ on December 10th, it could be a nightmare for any featherweight with dreams of getting their hands on the gold over the next decade.
3. Ricardo Lamas (17-5) – Lamas probably benefited most from 2-time featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes being suspended until mid 2018. That first round TKO loss to Mendes last year temporarily goes away and he continues to climb the ranks due to others misfortunes. With McGregor out of the picture, this division is wide open and Lamas once again becomes a legit contender if he can put another impressive streak together.
4. Cub Swanson (23-7) – The second most important featherweight fight taking place at UFC 206 next Saturday night pits Swanson against the #11th ranked Doo Ho Choi. A win over Doo Ho simply keeps Swanson sitting pretty at #4. A loss could send him all the way down to #7 and earn him the role of gatekeeper for the near future.
5. Anthony Pettis (19-5) – Debuting at 145 lbs against Charles Oliveira after 3 consecutive losses at lightweight, Pettis got the victory he needed and he did it via finish by outlasting a man with 9 performance bonuses to his credit during his UFC career. When you combine the star power of Pettis with the fact that he’s held the lightweight title during both his UFC and WEC tenures, it makes it very easy to push him right back into the title picture at 145 lbs. He’ll have his hands full with Holloway in Toronto, but if he does come out on top, he’ll make history by joining Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Conor McGregor on the short list of competitors who have held titles in two weight classes.
6. Jeremy Stephens (25-13)
7. Charles Oliveria (21-7)
8. Dennis Bermudez (16-5)
9. Brian Ortega (11-0)
10. Yair Rodriguez (8-1)
11. Doo Ho Choi (15-1)
12. Misrad Bektic (11-0)
13. Darren Elkins (21-5)
14. Renan Barao (34-4)
15. Andre Fili (16-4)
MMA3 years ago
Fight Booth Top Five: British MMA Fighters
CWFC3 years ago
They Came From Venus: UK Women’s MMA ‘From Rosi to Cory’
CWFC2 years ago
Fighters the UFC do not want to overlook from the UK and Ireland
Box2 years ago
Post-Fight Press Conference: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury
MMA3 years ago
Unsanctioned Podcast: Dan Severn Episode
Bellator2 years ago
Bellator 206 ‘Mousasi vs. MacDonald’ weigh-in video + results
MMA2 years ago
Michael Bisping announces his retirement from MMA
NJPW2 years ago
Looking At The Career of Vader