Please note the rankings are voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers. Also note the previous rankings (1/3/15) are listed in parenthesis: 1) Robbie Lawler (1) Robbie Lawler currently has nothing scheduled but is expected to defend his title first against Rory MacDonald sometime later this year. 2) Johny Hendricks (2) Looking for a rebound since his disappointing loss to Robbie Lawler, Johny Hendricks will face Matt Brown on March 14 at UFC 185. There are
Note due to inactivity TJ Grant is ineligible for the rankings. Also note that the previous rankings from 1/3/15 are listed in parenthesis: 1) Anthony Pettis (1) Anthony Pettis now has a confirmed title defense opponent and date in Rafael dos Anjos on March 14th at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas. After spending most of 2014 off with an injury, Pettis is anxious for a quick turnaround against a tough opponent to say the least.
Note that the rankings are voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers. Also note the previous rankings (11/30/14) are listed in parenthesis: 1) Jose Aldo (1) It has yet to be confirmed but Jose Aldo‘s next title defense is being targeted for UFC 187 in May against the Irishman Conor McGregor. With the momentum behind McGregor, this challenge maybe the motivation Aldo needs to get out of his stale fight plan.
Note due to suspension, Ali Bagautinov is ineligible for the rankings. Also note the previous rankings (12/26/14) are in parenthesis: 1) Demetrious Johnson (1) With the UFC schedule set the way it is, Demetrious Johnson probably won’t fight again until around June unless an injury happens. At one point a super fight with at the time bantamweight Dominick Cruz was talked about but things aren’t ironed out at this point. 2) Joseph Benavidez (2) Joseph Benavidez has
Due to inactivity Cain Velasquez is ineligible for the rankings. Also note the previous rankings on 12/27/14 will be listed in parenthesis: 1) Jon Jones (1) Following his Fight of the Night match against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, it was announced that Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine. There are conflicting stories as to how long Jones was in rehab and the UFC only gave him a 25 thousand dollar fine, a slap on the wrist. 2)
Due to inactivity Cristiane Justino is ineligible for the rankings. Also note the previous rankings (11/5/14) are listed in parenthesis: 1) Ronda Rousey (1) Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Cat Zingano at UFC 184 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Zingano could be Rousey’s greatest challenge to date considering both have legitimate grappling and striking games, not to mention Zingano’s comback skills. 2) Carla Esparza (N/A) After earning the UFC Strawweight
Please note that the rankings are voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers and that the previous rankings (12/1/14) are in parenthesis: Featherweights 1) Marloes Coenen (1) – Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion – Probably facing Julia Budd vs Talita Nogueira victor. 2) Julia “The Jewel” Budd (3) – Will be facing Talita Nogueira at Bellator 133 on February 13th with a possible title shot on the line. 3) Faith “The Immortal”
Due to inactivity Cain Velasquez and Josh Barnett are ineligible for the rankings. Also previous rankings (9/29/14) are in parenthesis: 1) Fabricio Werdum (2) Fabricio Werdum is now the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion after a battle with Mark Hunt and faces Cain Velasquez next. The two will supposedly face off sometime in March but nothing has been set in stone and the schedule is looking somewhat over wise. 2) Junior dos Santos (3) After over a year off, Junior dos
Due to inactivity, Michael McDonald is ineligible for the rankings. Also that the previous rankings (10/20/14) are listed in parenthesis: 1) T.J. Dillashaw (1) T.J Dillashaw currently has nothing scheduled but his next likely opponent due to injuries is Renan Barao who recently rebounded. Dominick Cruz is out with an ACL injury and Raphael Accuncao is recovering from ankle surgery due to an injury there. 2) Renan Barao (2) After a successful rebound win against Mitch Gagnon, Renan Barao may have
Note due to inactivity Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort are ineligible. Also note the previous rankings (9/16/14) are listed in parenthesis: 1) Christ Weidman (1) Chris Weidman will be facing Vitor Belfort at UFC 184 in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center in what’ll be a great match. While Belfort may have been out of action for over a year it’s doubtful that ring rust will be a factor for the man described as a phenom.