Issue Date: 4/23/2017 (Official Release: #537)

Strawweight (121.9lbs and below) fighter ranks

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Last Fought InRegion & Country
Next Fight In Age From   To   
Team Affiliation Rank State
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Rank ↑ ↓ Fighter  (Age) Record Points
1
 
US Jarred Brooks  (23) 12-0-0
80
Last Fight: 10/02/2016 [Pancrase] vs  [NR] Jun Nakamura
 
2
 
JP Mitsuhisa Sunabe  (37) 28-7-4
60
Last Fight: 12/18/2016 [Pancrase] vs  [#6 SW] Daichi Kitakata
 
3
 
BR Gilberto Dias  (33) 19-3-1
46
Last Fight: 9/03/2016 [Jungle Fight] vs  [#18 SW] Fabio Henrique Dourado
 
4
2
JP Yosuke Saruta  (29) 14-7-3
36
Last Fight: 4/23/2017 [Shooto] vs  [NR] Hiroba Minowa
 
5
1
JP Kanta Sato  (22) 9-3-0
34
Last Fight: 4/09/2017 [DEEP] vs  [NR] Tetsuo Ishitsuna
 
6
9
JP Daichi Kitakata  (26) 16-8-1
34
Last Fight: 4/23/2017 [Pancrase] vs  [NR] Ryo Hatta
 
7
 
JP Ryohei Kurosawa  (23) 10-1-0
33
Last Fight: 7/17/2016 [Shooto] vs  [#8 SW] Ryuto Sawada
 
8
3
JP Ryuto Sawada  (21) 9-3-1
33
Last Fight: 4/23/2017 [Shooto] vs  [#19 SW] Takamasa Kiuchi
 
9
1
BR Marcus Paulo Amaral  (24) 9-1-0
33
Last Fight: 9/24/2016 [Qualify Combat] vs  [NR] Karl Marx Mazoni
 
10
1
BR Raymison Bruno Souza De Oliveira  (25) 8-0-0
30
Last Fight: 2/13/2016 [Mr. Cage] vs  [NR] Ranieri Silva
 
11
1
BR Daniel Lima de Carvalho   11-5-0
30
Last Fight: 9/10/2016 [Aspera Fighting Championship] vs  [NR] Iago Ribeiro
 
12
 
JP Shinya Murofushi  (33) 12-5-1
29
Last Fight: 9/11/2016 [Pancrase] vs  [#245 FLW] Rildeci Lima Dias
 
13
 
JP Junji Ito  (30) 14-7-1
29
Last Fight: 1/29/2017 [Shooto] vs  [#4 SW] Yosuke Saruta
 
14
 
JP Sota Kojima  (29) 18-8-4
28
Last Fight: 10/18/2016 [DEEP] vs  [#5 SW] Kanta Sato
 
15
NR
BR Alessandro Gambulino   7-1-0
28
Last Fight: 4/08/2017 [BH Fight Striker] vs  [NR] Thiago Quirino
 
16
 
JP Seiji Ozuka  (38) 16-12-7
26
Last Fight: 12/18/2016 [Pancrase] vs  [NR] Yuya Kodama
 
17
 
JP Haruo Ochi  (33) 14-7-2
25
Last Fight: 12/17/2016 [DEEP] vs  [NR] Yutaro Muramoto
Next Fight: 5/13/2017 [DEEP] vs [#21 SW] Kosuke Suzuki
18
 
BR Fabio Henrique Dourado  (25) 6-1-0
25
Last Fight: 3/12/2017 [Noxii Combat] vs  [NR] Eglaudio Tavares
 
19
14
JP Takamasa Kiuchi  (29) 10-8-2
25
Last Fight: 4/23/2017 [Shooto] vs  [#8 SW] Ryuto Sawada
 
20
1
JP Hiroyuki Abe  (39) 13-9-1
25
Last Fight: 3/18/2017 [DEEP] vs  [NR] Yutaro Muramoto
 
21
 
JP Kosuke Suzuki  (32) 12-7-3
24
Last Fight: 12/17/2016 [DEEP] vs  [NR] Tetsuo Ishitsuna
Next Fight: 5/13/2017 [DEEP] vs [#17 SW] Haruo Ochi
22
 
JP Hiroaki Ijima  (36) 10-10-3
24
Last Fight: 3/12/2017 [Pancrase] vs  [NR] Suguru Hayasaka
 
23
 
BR Gilcimar Tome   8-7-0
23
Last Fight: 9/17/2016 [Inhumas Fight Championship] vs  [NR] Wellington Mourao
 
24
1
JP Yuichi Miyagi  (34) 11-8-0
21
Last Fight: 3/05/2017 [Gladiator FC] vs  [NR] Koken Kusanobu
 
25
NR
UK Shamsul Haque   8-9-0
21
Last Fight: 11/26/2016 [Made 4 The Cage] vs  [NR] Luis Gonzalez
 

Issue Date: 4/23/2017 (Official Release: #537)

Previous Official Release: 4/16/2017

Fighters who have dropped out: [#20] Jeremy Miado+, [#24] Ryo Hatta!

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


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    • Chromium says:

      Whoa, an American at #1.

      There was a time when Japanese fighters were pretty much omnipresent in rankings (on places like Sherdog, not the generated rankings) at 155 and below, and they started ceding those divisions one-by-one as they got popular in the west. On the women’s side too.

      Then they lost control of those divisions one-by-one the second they got a bit popular overseas.

      I love Japan, it’s almost second nature to root for Japanese fighters since they’re perennial underdogs these days, but seeing a Westerner on top of a division that barely even exists outside of Japan now is still pretty funny. I know he’s not the first non-Japanese to rule the division (Somdet), but he’s the first fighter to barely even fight over there.

    • Chromium says:

      One Championship is bringing in Yoshitaka Naito to face Dejdamrong. That’s probably the most interesting fight I can remember this division producing, since the winner will be #2 in the world at worst, and will hold a belt in the highest profile promotion that uses this division.

      If the winner fought Sunabe somehow, it could finally crystalize who the best in the world was.

      …not that the division isn’t still in its infancy, but still, interesting development.

    • jcs says:

      I think the limit is staying put for the foreseeable future..

      I’m a strong believer in: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

      However, we can probably expand another 5 here soon.

    • Chromium says:

      Looking at the recent weigh-in data for some of the top fighters per Tapology.com, it seems like the actual weight class in both Pancrase and ZST now is 54 kg or ~119 lbs.

      And PXC seems to have a normal 115 SW class now.

      Maybe it’d be okay to make things a just a little stricter at 120.9 lbs. now? I don’t think it would affect the top 15 much, and possibly not at all, to be honest.

      Just a thought.

    • jcs says:

      Looks like we are close to adding another 5. In all fairness, we have helped things along by lumping in the “Jr. Flyweight” classes that ZST, PXC and Pancrase dumped on us.

    • Chromium says:

      As silly as I think this weight class is, it does seem to be gaining a bit more traction now with OneFC making a title for it, and it seems that the ratings being given out may justify expanding this to 20 people.

    • yamazaki says:

      Is Sunabe Mitsuhisa(Japan) performed ranking of by the flyweight divition not strawweight?
      Though Abe and Eizumi fighting against Sunabe are strawweight,Sunabe thinks that it is the flyweight divition to be strange.

    • […] a big reason (pun intended, wait for it) is so many asians are ummm "little people" so the main stream mma organizations have not or are just barely coming around to the smaller weight classes. look at those rankings as an example Fight Matrix | Current MMA Rankings &raquo Strawweight […]

    • jcs says:

      I understand your point.. but everything is so tight, I can have a guy weigh in 1 pound light for a 121 fight and suddenly he’s 120 because I track weigh-in weights when available. If I use 119 as a cut-off, the same thing happens with the Pancrase 120lb division. It’s either got to stay where it is, or go all the way down to 118 which seems too restrictive.

      When deciding on this upper limit I said to myself.. if these guys had to choose 125 or 115 (let’s say UFC had both), where would they end up? Currently, the Top 4 (I think) would go to 115.

    • Chromium says:

      I suppose it’s nice to see Brazilians infiltrate this list, and show that this weight class is popping up just a tiny bit in the Western world, and I see that it may be getting close to time to expand it.

      I have to say tho, I really think revising the weight limit down to 120 or 119 would be the more prudent thing next, since as it is it seems incredibly generous to include weights up to 121 under “Strawweight”. Pushing the ZST 55 kg division up into Flyweight only costs you 2 fighters on the current list.


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