Issue Date: 2/20/2017 (Official Release: #528)

Middleweight (176.0-190.9 lbs) fighter ranks

The rankings presented are computerized and provided by the FightMatrix ranking system, which utilizes a comprehensive MMA fight database to provide objective rankings. Please note, that these rankings ONLY contain fighters who have had at least one professional fight some time in the 450 days prior to the ranking date.

Ranked Fighters:
1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201-250 | 251-300 | 301-350 | 351-400

Last Fought InRegion & Country
Next Fight In Age From   To   
Team Affiliation Rank State
Show Undefeated Fighters Only
   
Rank ↑ ↓ Fighter  (Age) Record Points
1
 
UK Michael Bisping  (37) 30-7-0
1448
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [NR] Dan Henderson
 
2
 
CU Yoel Romero  (39) 12-1-0
1200
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#5 MW] Chris Weidman
 
3
 
US Luke Rockhold  (32) 15-3-0
1177
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#1 MW] Michael Bisping
 
4
 
BR Ronaldo Souza  (37) 24-4-0
825
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#20 MW] Tim Boetsch
 
5
 
US Chris Weidman  (32) 13-2-0
819
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#2 MW] Yoel Romero
Next Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs [#6 MW] Gegard Mousasi
6
 
NL Gegard Mousasi  (31) 41-6-2
798
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#17 MW] Uriah Hall
Next Fight: 4/08/2017 [UFC] vs [#5 MW] Chris Weidman
7
 
AU Robert Whittaker  (26) 17-4-0
608
Last Fight: 11/26/2016 [UFC] vs  [#13 MW] Derek Brunson
 
8
 
BR Anderson Silva  (41) 34-8-0
455
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#13 MW] Derek Brunson
 
9
 
BR Vitor Belfort  (39) 25-13-0
419
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#6 MW] Gegard Mousasi
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#10 MW] Kelvin Gastelum
10
 
US Kelvin Gastelum  (25) 13-2-0
413
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [NR] Tim Kennedy
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#9 MW] Vitor Belfort
11
 
PL Mamed Khalidov  (36) 32-4-2
350
Last Fight: 5/27/2016 [KSW] vs  [#31 MW] Aziz Karaoglu
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs [#60 LHW] Luke Barnatt
12
 
PL Krzysztof Jotko  (27) 19-1-0
320
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#16 MW] Thales Leites
 
13
1
US Derek Brunson  (33) 16-5-0
311
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#8 MW] Anderson Silva
 
14
1
US David Branch  (35) 20-3-0
310
Last Fight: 12/31/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#58 MW] Louis Taylor
 
15
NR
US Johny Hendricks  (33) 18-6-0
306
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#43 MW] Hector Lombard
 
16
1
BR Thales Leites  (35) 26-7-0
283
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#12 MW] Krzysztof Jotko
Next Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs [#26 MW] Sam Alvey
17
1
US Uriah Hall  (32) 12-8-0
271
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#6 MW] Gegard Mousasi
 
18
1
PL Michal Materla  (32) 24-5-0
258
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#41 MW] Rousimar Palhares
 
19
1
RU Alexander Shlemenko  (32) 54-9-0
256
Last Fight: 10/21/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#40 MW] Kendall Grove
Next Fight: 3/03/2017 [M-1 Mix-FC] vs [#60 WW] Paul Bradley
20
1
US Tim Boetsch  (36) 20-11-0
232
Last Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs  [#4 MW] Ronaldo Souza
 
21
1
RU Ramazan Emeev  (29) 15-3-0
206
Last Fight: 12/09/2016 [M-1 Mix-FC] vs  [#30 MW] Anatoly Tokov
 
22
5
CA Elias Theodorou  (28) 13-1-0
205
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#29 MW] Cezar Ferreira
 
23
3
BR Thiago Santos  (33) 14-5-0
196
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#55 MW] Jack Marshman
 
24
3
BR Rafael Carvalho  (30) 13-1-0
194
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#44 MW] Melvin Manhoef
 
25
3
US Eric Spicely   10-1-0
190
Last Fight: 1/28/2017 [UFC] vs  [#124 MW] Alessio Di Chirico
 
26
3
US Sam Alvey  (30) 30-8-0
187
Last Fight: 1/28/2017 [UFC] vs  [#34 MW] Nate Marquardt
Next Fight: 4/22/2017 [UFC] vs [#16 MW] Thales Leites
27
2
BR Rafael Natal  (34) 21-8-1
160
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#20 MW] Tim Boetsch
 
28
 
AU Daniel Kelly  (39) 12-1-0
155
Last Fight: 11/26/2016 [UFC] vs  [#36 MW] Chris Camozzi
Next Fight: 3/04/2017 [UFC] vs [#16 LHW] Rashad Evans
29
5
BR Cezar Ferreira  (32) 11-6-0
143
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#22 MW] Elias Theodorou
 
30
11
RU Anatoly Tokov  (27) 25-3-0
141
Last Fight: 2/18/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#84 MW] Francisco France
 
31
2
DE Aziz Karaoglu  (39) 9-7-0
141
Last Fight: 5/27/2016 [KSW] vs  [#11 MW] Mamed Khalidov
 
32
2
US Andrew Sanchez  (28) 8-2-0
140
Last Fight: 12/09/2016 [UFC] vs  [#68 MW] Trevor Smith
Next Fight: 4/15/2017 [Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships] vs [#39 MW] Anthony Smith
33
2
US Brad Tavares  (29) 14-4-0
140
Last Fight: 9/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#60 MW] Caio Magalhaes
 
34
2
US Nate Marquardt  (37) 35-17-2
138
Last Fight: 1/28/2017 [UFC] vs  [#26 MW] Sam Alvey
 
35
2
US John Salter  (31) 13-3-0
135
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [NR] Claudio Annicchiarico
 
36
2
US Chris Camozzi  (30) 24-12-0
133
Last Fight: 11/26/2016 [UFC] vs  [#28 MW] Daniel Kelly
 
37
2
KR Jung Hwan Cha   13-6-3
132
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [Road Fighting Championship] vs  [#96 MW] Young Choi
Next Fight: 5/20/2017 [Road Fighting Championship] vs [#96 MW] Young Choi
38
2
US Chidi Njokuani  (28) 17-4-0
130
Last Fight: 1/27/2017 [BellatorFC] vs  [#159 MW] Melvin Guillard
 
39
2
US Anthony Smith  (28) 26-12-0
128
Last Fight: 12/03/2016 [UFC] vs  [#93 MW] Elvis Mutapcic
Next Fight: 4/15/2017 [Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships] vs [#32 MW] Andrew Sanchez
40
2
US Kendall Grove  (34) 23-16-0
126
Last Fight: 10/21/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#19 MW] Alexander Shlemenko
Next Fight: 3/03/2017 [BellatorFC] vs [#41 LHW] Chris Honeycutt
41
2
BR Rousimar Palhares  (37) 18-8-0
124
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#18 MW] Michal Materla
 
42
2
US C.B. Dollaway  (33) 15-8-0
122
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#34 MW] Nate Marquardt
 
43
1
CU Hector Lombard  (39) 34-7-1
119
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#15 MW] Johny Hendricks
 
44
 
NL Melvin Manhoef  (40) 30-13-1
113
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#24 MW] Rafael Carvalho
 
45
7
US Gerald Meerschaert  (29) 26-8-0
113
Last Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs  [#144 MW] Ryan Janes
 
46
1
BR Leonardo Leite  (38) 10-0-0
110
Last Fight: 11/04/2016 [Fight 2 Night] vs  [#67 MW] Moise Rimbon
 
47
1
RU Vitaly Bigdash  (32) 9-0-0
105
Last Fight: 1/14/2017 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#88 MW] Aung La N Sang
 
48
1
BR Antonio Carlos Jr.  (26) 7-2-0
105
Last Fight: 12/30/2016 [UFC] vs  [#81 MW] Marvin Vettori
 
49
1
US Clifford Starks  (35) 13-3-0
103
Last Fight: 4/02/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#14 MW] David Branch
 
50
 
US Tamdan McCrory  (30) 14-5-0
102
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs  [#34 MW] Nate Marquardt
 

Issue Date: 2/20/2017 (Official Release: #528)

Previous Official Release: 2/12/2017

Fighters who have dropped out: [#71] Michail Tsarev+, [#116] Bubba McDaniel*, [#131] Abukar Yandiev-, [#156] Mauricio Alonso-, [#174] Hayward Charles-, [#240] Thomas Robertsen-, [#241] Artur Alibulatov*, [#319] Javier Fuentes-, [#349] Balazs Kiss*, [#379] Anthony Johns!, [#398] Murad Amriev!

Drop out symbols: * = Inactive (450d), + = Moved Divisions (Up), - = Moved Divisions (Down), % = Forced, ! = Results/Other

Ranked Fighters:
1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201-250 | 251-300 | 301-350 | 351-400

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    • jcs says:

      The rating system put the Rockhold/Bisping “block” into place… this was not my doing, there was no logical change made. Would have to research why, but at first thought.. it is likely due to Weidman’s lengthy period w/o a quality performance… so it may not even be a block, but a projected decay that the system accelerated.

    • oleg says:

      I didn’t mean to say that blocking was unrelated in the Romero-Jacare scenario, there was definitely a block that was cleared when Jacare beat Belfort. Just wanted to point out that the type of decision as well as the scores both affect the ratings.

    • Mister Popo says:

      jcs, I posted my reply to oleg before I saw your post. You make a very good point. There is a strong justification to you saying a #1 shouldn’t always default to #2 after being beat. That is complicated in this instance by the Chris having his last fight be a loss to Luke, but your argument is certainly valid.

      Thanks for the good discussion, lads.

    • Mister Popo says:

      Thanks for the reply, oleg.

      I can understand in the Romero-Souza case how blocking could be unrelated. It’s more difficult to see with Weidman-Rockhold, though.
      Luke definitely took a hit on points by losing to Bisping. Should that loss to Bisping have cleared the block he had against Weidman? The system as it is configured now says yes. I imagine a block is only cleared if sufficient time has passed, the two have rematched and the original loser wins, the original loser beats someone with a substantially higher point ranking, or the original winner loses to someone ranked far below the original loser. The last example listed is likely what happened with Rockhold-Weidman.

      I would argue (and could very well be wrong) that the function that controls this is too relaxed. Bisping was ranked lower than both before beating Rockhold, yes. However, he was a top 10 fighter and not so far out of the short-list of best in the world. If #225 came in and beat the #1, I would say absolutely that block should be removed. I’m not sure I would argue for it in this case, especially since Weidman hasn’t done anything of merit himself since the loss.

      Thanks for your time.

    • jcs says:

      I don’t take issue with a champion that loses, dropping below #2… especially when he/she loses to a much lower ranked contender.

      Furthermore, if the now #2 was a previous long reigning champion, who has not lost again… then my stance strengthens on this.

    • oleg says:

      This is unrelated to blocking – but just wanted to mention that the system is not blind to judging. For fights that go to a decision, the type of the decision is considered by the rating algorithm. So are the judges scores, when available. USADA testing on the other hand is completely transparent to the system, unless a fight outcome gets overturned.


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