Issue Date: 1/16/2017 (Official Release: #523)

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
1451
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [NR] Dan Henderson
 
2
 
US Luke Rockhold  (32) 15-3-0
1231
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [#1 MW] Michael Bisping
 
3
 
CU Yoel Romero  (39) 12-1-0
1202
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#4 MW] Chris Weidman
 
4
 
US Chris Weidman  (32) 13-2-0
842
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 MW] Yoel Romero
 
5
 
BR Ronaldo Souza  (37) 23-4-0
813
Last Fight: 5/14/2016 [UFC] vs  [#8 MW] Vitor Belfort
Next Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#19 MW] Tim Boetsch
6
 
NL Gegard Mousasi  (31) 41-6-2
799
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#15 MW] Uriah Hall
 
7
 
AU Robert Whittaker  (26) 17-4-0
609
Last Fight: 11/26/2016 [UFC] vs  [#11 MW] Derek Brunson
 
8
 
BR Vitor Belfort  (39) 25-13-0
429
Last Fight: 10/08/2016 [UFC] vs  [#6 MW] Gegard Mousasi
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#9 MW] Kelvin Gastelum
9
 
US Kelvin Gastelum  (25) 13-2-0
424
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#33 MW] Tim Kennedy
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#8 MW] Vitor Belfort
10
 
PL Mamed Khalidov  (36) 32-4-2
350
Last Fight: 5/27/2016 [KSW] vs  [#30 MW] Aziz Karaoglu
Next Fight: 3/11/2017 [Absolute Championship Berkut] vs [#53 LHW] Luke Barnatt
11
 
US Derek Brunson  (33) 16-4-0
350
Last Fight: 11/26/2016 [UFC] vs  [#7 MW] Robert Whittaker
Next Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#18 MW] Anderson Silva
12
 
PL Krzysztof Jotko  (27) 19-1-0
320
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#14 MW] Thales Leites
 
13
 
US David Branch  (35) 20-3-0
318
Last Fight: 12/31/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#58 MW] Louis Taylor
 
14
 
BR Thales Leites  (35) 26-7-0
283
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#12 MW] Krzysztof Jotko
 
15
 
US Uriah Hall  (32) 12-8-0
278
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#6 MW] Gegard Mousasi
 
16
 
PL Michal Materla  (32) 24-5-0
258
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#39 MW] Rousimar Palhares
 
17
 
RU Alexander Shlemenko  (32) 54-9-0
256
Last Fight: 10/21/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#40 MW] Kendall Grove
 
18
 
BR Anderson Silva  (41) 33-8-0
239
Last Fight: 7/09/2016 [UFC] vs  [#3 LHW] Daniel Cormier
Next Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#11 MW] Derek Brunson
19
 
US Tim Boetsch  (35) 20-10-0
233
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#25 MW] Rafael Natal
Next Fight: 2/11/2017 [UFC] vs [#5 MW] Ronaldo Souza
20
 
RU Ramazan Emeev  (29) 15-3-0
207
Last Fight: 12/09/2016 [M-1 Mix-FC] vs  [#42 MW] Anatoly Tokov
 
21
 
BR Rafael Carvalho  (30) 13-1-0
194
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#44 MW] Melvin Manhoef
 
22
 
US Eric Spicely   9-1-0
189
Last Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs  [#26 MW] Thiago Santos
Next Fight: 1/28/2017 [UFC] vs [#124 MW] Alessio Di Chirico
23
 
BR Cezar Ferreira  (31) 11-5-0
167
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#54 MW] Jack Hermansson
Next Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs [#28 MW] Elias Theodorou
24
 
US Nate Marquardt  (37) 35-16-2
163
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs  [#49 MW] Tamdan McCrory
Next Fight: 1/28/2017 [UFC] vs [#29 MW] Sam Alvey
25
 
BR Rafael Natal  (34) 21-8-1
162
Last Fight: 11/12/2016 [UFC] vs  [#19 MW] Tim Boetsch
 
26
 
BR Thiago Santos  (33) 13-5-0
161
Last Fight: 9/24/2016 [UFC] vs  [#22 MW] Eric Spicely
Next Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs [#43 MW] Jack Marshman
27
 
AU Daniel Kelly  (39) 12-1-0
157
Last Fight: 11/26/2016 [UFC] vs  [#35 MW] Chris Camozzi
 
28
 
CA Elias Theodorou  (28) 12-1-0
156
Last Fight: 6/18/2016 [UFC] vs  [#29 MW] Sam Alvey
Next Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs [#23 MW] Cezar Ferreira
29
 
US Sam Alvey  (30) 29-8-0
143
Last Fight: 11/05/2016 [UFC] vs  [#78 MW] Alex Nicholson
Next Fight: 1/28/2017 [UFC] vs [#24 MW] Nate Marquardt
30
 
DE Aziz Karaoglu  (39) 9-7-0
141
Last Fight: 5/27/2016 [KSW] vs  [#10 MW] Mamed Khalidov
 
31
 
US Andrew Sanchez  (28) 8-2-0
140
Last Fight: 12/09/2016 [UFC] vs  [#68 MW] Trevor Smith
 
32
1
US Brad Tavares  (29) 14-4-0
140
Last Fight: 9/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#61 MW] Caio Magalhaes
 
33
1
US Tim Kennedy  (37) 18-6-0
139
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [UFC] vs  [#9 MW] Kelvin Gastelum
 
34
 
US John Salter  (31) 13-3-0
135
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [NR] Claudio Annicchiarico
 
35
 
US Chris Camozzi  (30) 24-12-0
133
Last Fight: 11/26/2016 [UFC] vs  [#27 MW] Daniel Kelly
 
36
17
KR Jung Hwan Cha   13-6-3
132
Last Fight: 12/10/2016 [Road Fighting Championship] vs  [#95 MW] Young Choi
 
37
1
US C.B. Dollaway  (33) 15-8-0
129
Last Fight: 12/19/2015 [UFC] vs  [#24 MW] Nate Marquardt
 
38
1
US Anthony Smith  (28) 26-12-0
128
Last Fight: 12/03/2016 [UFC] vs  [#91 MW] Elvis Mutapcic
 
39
1
BR Rousimar Palhares  (36) 18-8-0
127
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [KSW] vs  [#16 MW] Michal Materla
 
40
1
US Kendall Grove  (34) 23-16-0
126
Last Fight: 10/21/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#17 MW] Alexander Shlemenko
 
41
1
CU Hector Lombard  (38) 34-6-1
122
Last Fight: 6/04/2016 [UFC] vs  [NR] Dan Henderson
 
42
1
RU Anatoly Tokov  (26) 24-2-0
121
Last Fight: 12/09/2016 [M-1 Mix-FC] vs  [#20 MW] Ramazan Emeev
 
43
1
UK Jack Marshman  (27) 21-5-0
119
Last Fight: 11/19/2016 [UFC] vs  [#62 MW] Magnus Cedenblad
Next Fight: 2/19/2017 [UFC] vs [#26 MW] Thiago Santos
44
1
NL Melvin Manhoef  (40) 30-13-1
113
Last Fight: 5/20/2016 [BellatorFC] vs  [#21 MW] Rafael Carvalho
 
45
1
BR Leonardo Leite  (38) 10-0-0
110
Last Fight: 11/04/2016 [Fight 2 Night] vs  [#67 MW] Moise Rimbon
 
46
1
US Clifford Starks  (35) 13-3-0
106
Last Fight: 4/02/2016 [World Series of Fighting] vs  [#13 MW] David Branch
 
47
NR
RU Vitaly Bigdash  (32) 9-0-0
105
Last Fight: 1/14/2017 [One Fighting Championship] vs  [#87 MW] Aung La N Sang
 
48
2
BR Antonio Carlos Jr.  (26) 7-2-0
105
Last Fight: 12/30/2016 [UFC] vs  [#81 MW] Marvin Vettori
 
49
2
US Tamdan McCrory  (30) 14-5-0
104
Last Fight: 10/01/2016 [UFC] vs  [#24 MW] Nate Marquardt
 
50
2
RU Vyacheslav Vasilevsky  (28) 29-5-0
103
Last Fight: 9/04/2016 [Fightspirit Championship] vs  [#314 MW] Matt Horwich
 

Issue Date: 1/16/2017 (Official Release: #523)

Previous Official Release: 1/08/2017

Fighters who have dropped out: [#219] Gamzat Hiramagomedov*, [#236] Geoff Neal*, [#370] Jamie Pickett*, [#400] Kylychbek Sarkarbaev!

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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