Middleweight (176.0-190.9 lbs) fighter ranks

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Issue Date: 6/17/2018 (Official Release: #599)
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Rank ↑ ↓ Fighter  (Age) Record Points
AU Robert Whittaker  (27) 20-4-0
Last Fight: 6/09/2018 [UFC] vs  [#3 MW] Yoel Romero
CA Georges St. Pierre  (37) 26-2-0
Last Fight: 11/04/2017 [UFC] vs  [NR] Michael Bisping
CU Yoel Romero  (41) 13-3-0
Last Fight: 6/09/2018 [UFC] vs  [#1 MW] Robert Whittaker
NL Gegard Mousasi  (32) 44-6-2
Last Fight: 5/25/2018 [BellatorFC] vs  [#21 MW] Rafael Carvalho
US Kelvin Gastelum  (26) 15-3-0
Last Fight: 5/12/2018 [UFC] vs  [#8 MW] Ronaldo Souza
US Luke Rockhold  (33) 16-4-0
Last Fight: 2/10/2018 [UFC] vs  [#3 MW] Yoel Romero
US Chris Weidman  (34) 14-3-0
Last Fight: 7/22/2017 [UFC] vs  [#5 MW] Kelvin Gastelum
BR Ronaldo Souza  (38) 25-6-0
Last Fight: 5/12/2018 [UFC] vs  [#5 MW] Kelvin Gastelum
US David Branch  (36) 22-4-0
Last Fight: 4/21/2018 [UFC] vs  [#18 MW] Thiago Santos
US Derek Brunson  (34) 18-6-0
Last Fight: 1/27/2018 [UFC] vs  [#8 MW] Ronaldo Souza
Next Fight: 8/04/2018 [UFC] vs [#14 MW] Antonio Carlos Jr.
BR Lyoto Machida  (40) 24-8-0
Last Fight: 5/12/2018 [UFC] vs  [NR] Vitor Belfort
US Brad Tavares  (30) 17-4-0
Last Fight: 4/14/2018 [UFC] vs  [#22 MW] Krzysztof Jotko
Next Fight: 7/06/2018 [UFC] vs [#47 MW] Israel Adesanya
US Uriah Hall  (33) 13-8-0
Last Fight: 9/16/2017 [UFC] vs  [#22 MW] Krzysztof Jotko
Next Fight: 7/07/2018 [UFC] vs [#16 MW] Paulo Henrique Costa
BR Antonio Carlos Jr.  (28) 10-2-0
Last Fight: 4/14/2018 [UFC] vs  [#17 MW] Tim Boetsch
Next Fight: 8/04/2018 [UFC] vs [#10 MW] Derek Brunson
CA Elias Theodorou  (30) 15-2-0
Last Fight: 5/27/2018 [UFC] vs  [#42 MW] Trevor Smith
BR Paulo Henrique Costa  (27) 11-0-0
Last Fight: 11/04/2017 [UFC] vs  [#25 MW] Johny Hendricks
Next Fight: 7/07/2018 [UFC] vs [#13 MW] Uriah Hall
US Tim Boetsch  (37) 21-12-0
Last Fight: 4/14/2018 [UFC] vs  [#14 MW] Antonio Carlos Jr.
BR Thiago Santos  (34) 18-6-0
Last Fight: 4/21/2018 [UFC] vs  [#9 MW] David Branch
US Lorenz Larkin  (31) 19-7-0
Last Fight: 1/26/2018 [BellatorFC] vs  [#43 MW] Fernando Gonzalez
PL Mamed Khalidov  (37) 34-5-2
Last Fight: 3/03/2018 [KSW] vs  [#9 LHW] Tomasz Narkun
BR Rafael Carvalho  (31) 15-2-0
Last Fight: 5/25/2018 [BellatorFC] vs  [#4 MW] Gegard Mousasi
PL Krzysztof Jotko  (28) 19-4-0
Last Fight: 4/14/2018 [UFC] vs  [#12 MW] Brad Tavares
US C.B. Dollaway  (34) 18-8-0
Last Fight: 3/03/2018 [UFC] vs  [#45 MW] Hector Lombard
BR Bruno Silva  (28) 18-6-0
Last Fight: 6/01/2018 [M-1 Mix-FC] vs  [#29 MW] Alexander Shlemenko
US Johny Hendricks  (34) 18-8-0
Last Fight: 11/04/2017 [UFC] vs  [#16 MW] Paulo Henrique Costa

Issue Date: 6/17/2018 (Official Release: #599)

Previous Official Release: 6/10/2018

Fighters who have dropped out: [#141] Gerald Harris-, [#182] Steve Kennedy-, [#204] Sean Lally-, [#266] Jon Manley-, [#306] Justin Sumter+, [#319] Leonardo Sinis!, [#321] Ivica Truscek-, [#335] Terry Martin+, [#399] Anthony Johns!

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



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  4. Serg August 25, 2016 at 7:26 am Reply



  5. jcs August 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm Reply

    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.

  6. oleg August 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm Reply

    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.

  7. Mister Popo August 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply

    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.

  8. Mister Popo August 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

    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.

  9. jcs August 10, 2016 at 1:17 pm Reply

    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.

  10. oleg August 10, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply

    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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