Strawweight

Strawweight (121.9lbs and below) fighter ranks

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Issue Date: 2/05/2023 (Official Release: #852)
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1 1
ID Billy Pasulatan   11-2-0
55
Last Fight: 12/03/2022 [One Pride MMA] vs  [#21 SW] Gideon Manurung
 
2 1
JP Keito Yamakita  (26) 7-0-0
52
Last Fight: 7/18/2022 [Pancrase] vs  [#4 SW] Daichi Kitakata
 
3  
BR Marcus Paulo Amaral  (29) 16-3-0
39
Last Fight: 4/02/2022 [Qualify Combat] vs  [#16 SW] Wendell Silva
 
4  
JP Daichi Kitakata  (31) 20-11-1
37
Last Fight: 7/18/2022 [Pancrase] vs  [#2 SW] Keito Yamakita
Next Fight: 4/01/2023 [Rizin Fighting Federation] vs [#45 FLW] Makoto Takahashi
5  
JP Junji Ito  (36) 19-9-2
31
Last Fight: 9/19/2022 [Shooto] vs  [#85 FLW] Jo Arai
 
6  
ID Faizal Lase   7-2-0
31
Last Fight: 11/05/2022 [One Pride MMA] vs  [#7 SW] Novan Kaunang
 
7  
ID Novan Kaunang   7-2-0
31
Last Fight: 11/05/2022 [One Pride MMA] vs  [#6 SW] Faizal Lase
 
8  
ID Ade Permana   9-1-0
30
Last Fight: 12/03/2022 [One Pride MMA] vs  [#13 SW] Ucu Rohendi
 
9  
JP Haruo Ochi  (38) 22-11-2
30
Last Fight: 12/11/2022 [DEEP] vs  [NR] Masato Nakamura
 
10  
KZ Sagyn Kazbekov   4-0-0
30
Last Fight: 11/25/2022 [Naiza Fighter Championship] vs  [NR] John Shink
 
11  
JP Toshiya Takashima  (36) 8-4-1
28
Last Fight: 3/21/2022 [Pancrase] vs  [NR] Tatsuki Ozaki
 
12 1
JP Nobuyoshi Nakatsukasa  (36) 8-4-0
25
Last Fight: 7/02/2022 [Rizin Fighting Federation] vs  [NR] Mitsuhisa Sunabe
 
13 7
ID Ucu Rohendi   8-4-0
25
Last Fight: 12/03/2022 [One Pride MMA] vs  [#8 SW] Ade Permana
 
14  
JP Suguru Hayasaka  (38) 20-14-5
25
Last Fight: 8/28/2022 [Grachan] vs  [NR] Daiki Kawazoe
 
15  
JP Kohei Wakabayashi  (28) 5-1-1
24
Last Fight: 9/11/2022 [Pancrase] vs  [#25 SW] Yuta Miyazawa
 
16 1
BR Wendell Silva   8-4-0
24
Last Fight: 4/02/2022 [Qualify Combat] vs  [#3 SW] Marcus Paulo Amaral
 
17 1
JP Ryo Hatta  (31) 15-7-0
24
Last Fight: 7/18/2022 [Pancrase] vs  [NR] Ryosuke Noda
 
18  
JP Ken Asahina  (28) 9-3-0
24
Last Fight: 4/17/2022 [Shooto] vs  [NR] Tatsuki Okano
 
19 2
JP Yoshinao Touma   6-2-1
23
Last Fight: 11/06/2022 [Shooto] vs  [NR] Masayoshi Kato
 
20 1
ID Rustam Hutajulu   5-5-0
23
Last Fight: 8/27/2022 [One Pride MMA] vs  [#1 SW] Billy Pasulatan
 
21 5
ID Gideon Manurung   7-2-0
22
Last Fight: 12/03/2022 [One Pride MMA] vs  [#1 SW] Billy Pasulatan
 
22  
JP Hisashi Ezaki  (35) 4-0-0
21
Last Fight: 10/10/2022 [Pancrase] vs  [NR] Hiroki Uematsu
 
23  
JP Jun Nakamura  (38) 9-2-0
21
Last Fight: 4/10/2022 [Pancrase] vs  [NR] Hiroki Kidowaki
 
24 NR
ID Lalu Sofian   5-0-0
21
Last Fight: 10/01/2022 [One Pride MMA] vs  [NR] Franstitus Tarigan
Next Fight: 2/11/2023 [One Pride MMA] vs [#26 SW] Eka Darmawansyah
25 1
JP Yuta Miyazawa  (28) 9-5-0
21
Last Fight: 9/11/2022 [Pancrase] vs  [#15 SW] Kohei Wakabayashi
Next Fight: 2/26/2023 [Fighting Nexus] vs [NR] Ryohei Kobayashi

Issue Date: 2/05/2023 (Official Release: #852)

Previous Official Release: 1/29/2023

Fighters who have dropped out: [#12] Ahmad Sopiyan+

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

Ranked Fighters: 1-25 >>>

43 Comments

  1. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    JCS, just so you know, the UFC is _not_ about to add a Strawweight division. Not this year, not next year, probably not the year after that. They did not go to Mexico to scout Strawweights, and you of all people should know that because you know that there aren’t any male Strawweights in Mexico or Central America. MMAJunkie implied some misinformed ignorant bullshit in an informal media scrum and Dana White failed to correct him and just started talking about the Mexican market, not 115 lbs. fighters. It’s not like Dana White is gonna start attacking the idea of UFC Strawweights while defending Flyweights in the next breath either.

    Now, long term I’m sure Dana White would like a Strawweight division in his promotion which is something he’s said before, for the sake of international expansion. But there aint a Strawweight worth a damn outside Asia/Pacific Islands, and I know because after the initial story broke a couple weeks ago I actually went through all 411 profiles in the Sherdog database listed as “Strawweights” (95% female and/or Asian).

    A male strawweight section here may make sense because it is a legitimate competitive division, at least in Japan and the Philippines.

    Just keep in mind it aint about to explode anytime soon.

  2. jason August 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    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.

  3. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    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.

  4. jason August 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    You’re registered, you just need to have a recent fight and enough points to be ranked.

  5. yamazaki August 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    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.

  6. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    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.

  7. jason August 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    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.

  8. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    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.

  9. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm Reply

    In my opinion 120 works fine for now. I’d probably drop it to 119 though, if I were to move it in one direction or another.

    Also, just to elaborate on the Mexico City scouting trip, it was for _all_ weight divisions as confirmed by a participant and the prize was that around 10 fighters would get several months worth of training including room & board at Jacksons MMA, with the chance at a UFC contract. The goal is to crack the Mexican market by finding and developing more Mexican fighters.

    If nothing else, having more fighters from Mexico and Central American in the UFC means more support among Latinos in the U.S., a demographic that has been proven to be very financially lucrative for boxing and is starting to spend more money on MMA.

    I’m pretty sure there’s a scene in Mexico but it’s basically still in its infancy and it’s unregulated.

  10. jason August 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm Reply

    We’ll adjust as needed. There are so few that bumping to 121 adds anyway… The Pancrase 120 really muddies the waters. Were it not for that div, I’d have cut it off at 119 and been done with it.

  11. jason August 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm Reply

    Yeah, I was scratching my head about the Mexico and central America comment.. not because of the division, but because of the lack of scene in general. Maybe they could convert boxers? Haha.

    It was a real ballbuster to add this in, so it is staying =) and we aren’t very UFC-centric.. I hear about the side effects of that all the time! For a while it seemed like only Shooto (Japan and Brazil) had a Strawweight division.. then I started noticing the quasi-Straw (Pinweight/119lb) in URCC and the tweener (regular Fly/120lb) in Pancrase. I still don’t know what to do with those two, not to mention ZST has a 55kg (121lb) division. Every once in a while, another random promotion will host a 115 or 54kg or 120lb fight…. so well, we have a niche, I guess. The only question is whether it moves to 121, which seems too high.. or moves to 117ish, which seems too restrictive and would basically be Shooto only.

    We’ve been moving guys based on weigh-in weight, so if I’m off a fraction of a pound, a guy gets thrown into a different division since everything is so tight….

  12. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm Reply

    121 is over halfway to Flyweight so I wouldn’t go that route if it were me…

    If Mens Strawweight becomes a legitimate division outside Asia it will be contested closer to 115 anyway (my feeling is that’s still a ways off but whatever).

  13. jason August 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm Reply

    I imagine Atom would be at 105. I am aware of 4 pro men’s fights that took place at 110lb limit, ever… and one fighter who weighed in at 105-106 that actually won a fight.

    Straw is on life support.. Sunabe just won a fight at 125 and am not sure if he is moving there… so he will shift divisions, at least temporarily. Our Straw is more of a Jr. Flyweight at this point because some organizations decide to bastardize the lowest division by making all these funny limits like 119, 121, etc. We have to set it at 121 for compatibility.

  14. oleg August 19, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply

    I have no idea what the men’s atomweight division would be, it doesn’t currently exist.

    Dana White mentioned in passing something bringing in strawweights to the UFC but I don’t foresee this happening in the near term. They still have not done a great job of developing FLW, and are seem to be focusing on WMMA.

  15. jason August 19, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply

    I get a sense it’s either going to shift to 117 or 121. It gets too hairy in the middle.

  16. Norman August 19, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply

    Strawwieghts! 1st step Fight matrix, Next step UFC

  17. jason June 18, 2017 at 4:53 pm Reply

    You’re registered, you just need to have a recent fight and enough points to be ranked.

  18. Kallew June 17, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply

    I would like to know how to register in my sherdog’s ranking is:

    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Tagory-Kallew-dos-Santos-135223

    And I have two more fights I’m going to add this month.

    thank you

  19. Kallew August 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm Reply

    I would like to know how to register in my sherdog’s ranking is:

    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Tagory-Kallew-dos-Santos-135223

    And I have two more fights I’m going to add this month.

    thank you

  20. Chromium December 20, 2016 at 12:23 am Reply

    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.

  21. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm Reply

    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.

  22. Chromium April 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm Reply

    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.

  23. Chromium August 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm Reply

    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.

  24. jason May 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm Reply

    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.

  25. Chromium May 1, 2015 at 3:58 am Reply

    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.

  26. jason April 28, 2015 at 9:22 am Reply

    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.

  27. jason August 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm Reply

    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.

  28. Chromium April 28, 2015 at 12:49 am Reply

    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.

  29. yamazaki May 6, 2014 at 10:25 pm Reply

    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.

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  31. jason January 26, 2014 at 10:17 am Reply

    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.

  32. Chromium January 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm Reply

    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.

  33. jason April 23, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply

    I imagine Atom would be at 105. I am aware of 4 pro men’s fights that took place at 110lb limit, ever… and one fighter who weighed in at 105-106 that actually won a fight.

    Straw is on life support.. Sunabe just won a fight at 125 and am not sure if he is moving there… so he will shift divisions, at least temporarily. Our Straw is more of a Jr. Flyweight at this point because some organizations decide to bastardize the lowest division by making all these funny limits like 119, 121, etc. We have to set it at 121 for compatibility.

  34. oleg April 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm Reply

    I have no idea what the men’s atomweight division would be, it doesn’t currently exist.

    Dana White mentioned in passing something bringing in strawweights to the UFC but I don’t foresee this happening in the near term. They still have not done a great job of developing FLW, and are seem to be focusing on WMMA.

  35. David Street April 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Question: If Dana White is trying to get a men’s Atom weight division,doesn’t that get rid of this Strawweight (121lbs and below) division. And are these internet stories of Dana White buying the Mexican midget wresting organization? And who are these fighters mentioned in these rumors
    1) DEMMO
    2) LITTLE NOIPEE

  36. David Street August 19, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply

    Question: If Dana White is trying to get a men’s Atom weight division,doesn’t that get rid of this Strawweight (121lbs and below) division. And are these internet stories of Dana White buying the Mexican midget wresting organization? And who are these fighters mentioned in these rumors
    1) DEMMO
    2) LITTLE NOIPEE

  37. jason February 26, 2013 at 8:11 am Reply

    We’ll adjust as needed. There are so few that bumping to 121 adds anyway… The Pancrase 120 really muddies the waters. Were it not for that div, I’d have cut it off at 119 and been done with it.

  38. Chromium February 26, 2013 at 3:42 am Reply

    121 is over halfway to Flyweight so I wouldn’t go that route if it were me…

    If Mens Strawweight becomes a legitimate division outside Asia it will be contested closer to 115 anyway (my feeling is that’s still a ways off but whatever).

  39. Norman February 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Strawwieghts! 1st step Fight matrix, Next step UFC

  40. jason February 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm Reply

    I get a sense it’s either going to shift to 117 or 121. It gets too hairy in the middle.

  41. Chromium February 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm Reply

    In my opinion 120 works fine for now. I’d probably drop it to 119 though, if I were to move it in one direction or another.

    Also, just to elaborate on the Mexico City scouting trip, it was for _all_ weight divisions as confirmed by a participant and the prize was that around 10 fighters would get several months worth of training including room & board at Jacksons MMA, with the chance at a UFC contract. The goal is to crack the Mexican market by finding and developing more Mexican fighters.

    If nothing else, having more fighters from Mexico and Central American in the UFC means more support among Latinos in the U.S., a demographic that has been proven to be very financially lucrative for boxing and is starting to spend more money on MMA.

    I’m pretty sure there’s a scene in Mexico but it’s basically still in its infancy and it’s unregulated.

  42. jason February 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Yeah, I was scratching my head about the Mexico and central America comment.. not because of the division, but because of the lack of scene in general. Maybe they could convert boxers? Haha.

    It was a real ballbuster to add this in, so it is staying =) and we aren’t very UFC-centric.. I hear about the side effects of that all the time! For a while it seemed like only Shooto (Japan and Brazil) had a Strawweight division.. then I started noticing the quasi-Straw (Pinweight/119lb) in URCC and the tweener (regular Fly/120lb) in Pancrase. I still don’t know what to do with those two, not to mention ZST has a 55kg (121lb) division. Every once in a while, another random promotion will host a 115 or 54kg or 120lb fight…. so well, we have a niche, I guess. The only question is whether it moves to 121, which seems too high.. or moves to 117ish, which seems too restrictive and would basically be Shooto only.

    We’ve been moving guys based on weigh-in weight, so if I’m off a fraction of a pound, a guy gets thrown into a different division since everything is so tight….

  43. Chromium February 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm Reply

    JCS, just so you know, the UFC is _not_ about to add a Strawweight division. Not this year, not next year, probably not the year after that. They did not go to Mexico to scout Strawweights, and you of all people should know that because you know that there aren’t any male Strawweights in Mexico or Central America. MMAJunkie implied some misinformed ignorant bullshit in an informal media scrum and Dana White failed to correct him and just started talking about the Mexican market, not 115 lbs. fighters. It’s not like Dana White is gonna start attacking the idea of UFC Strawweights while defending Flyweights in the next breath either.

    Now, long term I’m sure Dana White would like a Strawweight division in his promotion which is something he’s said before, for the sake of international expansion. But there aint a Strawweight worth a damn outside Asia/Pacific Islands, and I know because after the initial story broke a couple weeks ago I actually went through all 411 profiles in the Sherdog database listed as “Strawweights” (95% female and/or Asian).

    A male strawweight section here may make sense because it is a legitimate competitive division, at least in Japan and the Philippines.

    Just keep in mind it aint about to explode anytime soon.

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