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411 MMA Rankings 04.04.17: Light Heavyweight Division

April 4, 2017 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon

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411’s MMA Ranking Rules

– Which fighters are eligible for these rankings? They must meet the following qualifications: fight at least once in the past 365 days or if they have not, be officially scheduled for an upcoming fight.

– A fighter serving a disciplinary suspension will not be ranked. They can return when they have served their suspension or in the event it is rescinded. This includes fighters who may disregard their suspension locally to fight overseas.

– If a fighter appears on just one single ballot, and in the top ten, five points will be deducted to balance between other fighters who may be ranked lower, but appear on a greater amount of ballots.


411’s Official MMA Rankings: Light Heavyweight Division

Light Heavyweight Division (205 lbs)


1) Daniel Cormier (18-1)

Birthday: March 20, 1979

Height: 5’9

Weight: 239

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Anderson Silva – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Win via decision (split) – UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson – October 3, 2015

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 187: Cormier vs. Johnson – May 23, 2015

– vs. Jon Jones – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier – January 3, 2015

– vs. Dan Henderson – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw – May 24, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Anthony Johnson – UFC 210 – April 8, 2017



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2) Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (22-5)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: March 6, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Glover Teixeira – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 202 – August 20, 2016

– vs. Ryan Bader – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – January 30, 2016

– vs. Jimi Manuwa – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 – September 5, 2015

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 187: Cormier vs. Johnson – May 23, 2015

– vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on FOX: Gustafsson vs. Johnson – January 24, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Daniel Cormier – UFC 210 – April 8, 2017



3) Alexander Gustafsson (17-4)

Height: 6’5

Birthday: January 15, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jan Blachowicz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – September 3, 2016

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson – October 3, 2015

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on FOX: Gustafsson vs. Johnson – January 24, 2015

– vs. Jimi Manuwa – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa – March 8, 2014

– vs. Jon Jones – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson – September 21, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Glover Teixeira – UFC Fight Night – May 28, 2017



4) Ryan Bader (22-5)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: June 7, 1983

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 19, 2016

– vs. Ilir Latifi – Win via KO (knee) – UFC Fight Night – September 3, 2016

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – January 30, 2016

– vs. Rashad Evans – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson – October 3, 2015

– vs. Phil Davis – Win via decision (split) – UFC on FOX: Gustafsson vs. Johnson – January 24, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. King Mo Lawal – Bellator 180 – June 24, 2017



5) Phil Davis (17-3, 1 No Contest)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: September 25, 1984

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Liam McGeary – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 163 – November 4, 2016

– vs. King Mo Lawal – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 154 – May 14, 2016

– vs. Francis Carmont – Win via KO (strikes) – Bellator: Dynamite 1 – September 19, 2015

– vs. Emanuel Newton – Win via submission (kimura) – Bellator: Dynamite 1 – September 19, 2015

– vs. Ryan Bader – Loss via decision (split) – UFC on FOX: Gustafsson vs. Johnson – January 24, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



6) Glover Teixeira (26-5)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: October 28, 1979

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jared Cannonier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 208 – February 11, 2017

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC 202 – August 20, 2016

– vs. Rashad Evans – Win via KO (punches) – UFC on Fox – April 16, 2016

– vs. Pat Cummins – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 7, 2015

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – August 8, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC Fight Night – May 28, 2017



7) Jimi Manuwa (17-2)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: February 18, 1980

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Corey Anderson – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 18, 2017

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 204 – October 8, 2016

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 – September 5, 2015

– vs. Jan Blachowicz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 – April 11, 2015

– vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa – March 8, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




8) “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: January 11, 1981

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Rampage Jackson – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 175 – March 31, 2017

– vs. Mirko Cro Cop – Loss via TKO (strikes) – Rizin – December 29, 2016

– vs. Satoshi Ishii – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 169 – December 16, 2016

– vs. Phil Davis – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 154 – May 14, 2016

– vs. Jiri Prochazka – Win via KO (punch) – Rizin FF – December 31, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Ryan Bader – Bellator 180 – June 24, 2017



9) Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (25-10)

Birthday: November 25, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Gian Villante – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – March 11, 2017

– vs. Corey Anderson – Win via decision (split) – UFC 198 – May 14, 2016

– vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia – August 1, 2015

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. OSP – November 8, 2014

– vs. Dan Henderson – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Hendo 2 – March 23, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Misha Cirkunov (13-2)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: February 27, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Free Agent

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Nikita Krylov – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

– vs. Ion Cutelaba – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – June 18, 2016

– vs. Alex Nicholson – Win via submission (neck crank) – UFC Fight Night – February 8, 2016

– vs. Daniel Jolly – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 23, 2015

– vs. Shaun Asher – Win via submission (armbar) – HKFC 43 – May 22, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Cirkunov is a free agent and according to Dana White, he will not return to the UFC anytime soon. Reports say negotiations went sour and now, the youngest light heavyweight up to this point in the rankings will have to continue his pro career elsewhere.




11) Liam McGeary (12-1)

Height: 6’6

Birthday: October 4, 1982

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Brett McDermott – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Bellator 173 – February 24, 2017

– vs. Phil Davis – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 163 – November 4, 2016

– vs. Tito Ortiz – Win via submission (inverted triangle choke) – Bellator: Dynamite 1 – September 19, 2015

– vs. Emanuel Newton – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 134: The British Invasion – February 27, 2015

– vs. Kelly Anundson – Win via submission (inverted triangle choke) – Bellator 124 – September 12, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Linton Vassell – Bellator 179 – May 19, 2017



12) Volkan “Cousin” Oezdemir (13-1)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: September 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – February 4, 2017

– vs. Ailhan Vahaev – Win via decision (unanimous) – WFCA 17 – April 9, 2016

– vs. Paco Estevez – Win via TKO (strikes) – SHC 10 – September 20, 2014

– vs. Kelly Anundson – Loss via submission (neck crank) – Bellator 115 – April 4, 2014

– vs. Josh Lanier – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 105 – October 24, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Nikita Krylov (21-5)

Birthday: March 7, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Misha Cirkunov – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

– vs. Ed Herman – Win via KO (head kick) – UFC 201 – July 30, 2016

– vs. Francimar Barroso – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – May 8, 2016

– vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – August 23, 2015

– vs. Stanislav Nedkov – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox – January 24, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




14) Rashid Yusupov (8-0)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: May 15, 1992

Currently Fighting With: M-1 Global

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Stephan Puetz – Win via TKO (corner stoppage) – M-1 Challenge 74 – February 18, 2017

– vs. Viktor Nemkov – Win via decision (split) – M-1 Challenge 66 – May 27, 2016

– vs. Martin Zawada – Win via decision (unanimous) – M-1 Challenge 63 – December 4, 2015

– vs. Mitry Medvedev – Win via KO (punch) – M-1 Challenge 57 – May 2, 2015

– vs. Anton Nazarenko – Win submission (armbar) – M-1 Global – June 15, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




15) Corey Anderson (9-3)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: September 22, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jimi Manuwa – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 18, 2017

– vs. Sean O’Connell – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – December 9, 2016

– vs. Shogun Rua – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 198 – May 14, 2016

– vs. Tom Lawlor – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 198: McGregor vs. Diaz – March 5, 2016

– vs. Fabio Maldonado – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 7, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

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