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411’s MMA Rankings 12.28.16: Featherweight Division

December 29, 2016 | 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 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 They can return when they have served their suspension or in the event it is rescinded.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

Featherweight Division (145 lbs)


1) Jose Aldo (26-2)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: September 9, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Frankie Edgar – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200: Cormier vs. Jones 2 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Conor McGregor – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor – December 12, 2015

– vs. Chad Mendes – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 – October 25, 2014

– vs. Ricardo Lamas – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2 – February 1, 2014

– vs. Chan Sung Jung – Win via TKO (punches) – UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie – August 3, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



2) Max Holloway (17-3)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: December 4, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

– vs. Ricardo Lamas – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping – June 4, 2016

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via decision (unanumous) – UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor – December 12, 2015

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Win via TKO (injury) – UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira – August 23, 2015

– vs. Cub Swanson – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold – April 18, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) Frankie Edgar (21-5-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: October 16, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 6 fights:

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

– vs. Jose Aldo – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200: Cormier vs. Jones 2 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Chad Mendes – Win via KO (punches) – UFC TUF Finale – December 11, 2015

– vs. Urijah Faber – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber – May 16, 2015

– vs. Cub Swanson – Win via submission (neck crank) – UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson – November 22, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) Cub Swanson (24-7)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: November 2, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Doo Ho Choi – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

– vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – August 6, 2016

– vs. Hacran Dias – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans – April 16, 2016

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold – April 18, 2015

– vs. Frankie Edgar – Loss via submission (neck crank) – UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson – November 22, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) Ricardo Lamas (17-5)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: May 21, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC TUF Finale – November 5, 2016

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping – June 4, 2016

– vs. Diego Sanchez – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 21, 2015

– vs. Chad Mendes – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas – April 4, 2015

– vs. Dennis Bermudez – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 180: Hunt vs. Werdum – November 15, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



6) Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens (25-13)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: May 26, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Frankie Edgar – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

– vs. Renan Barao – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 29, 2016

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor – December 12, 2015

– vs. Dennis Bermudez – Win via KO (flying knee) – UFC 189: McGregor vs. Mendes – July 11, 2015

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC TUF Finale – December 12, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (25-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Benson Henderson – Loss via TKO (leg injury) – Bellator 160 – August 26, 2016

– vs. Henry Corrales – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 153 – April 22, 2016

– vs. Daniel Straus – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 145 – November 6, 2015

– vs. Daniel Weichel – Win via KO (punch) – Bellator 138 – June 19, 2015

– vs. Daniel Straus – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – Bellator 132: Pitbull vs. Straus 2 – January 16, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



8) “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (19-6)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 27, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox – August 27, 2016

– vs. Edson Barboza – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 197 – April 23, 2016

– vs. Eddie Alvarez – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – January 17, 2016

– vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos – March 14, 2015

– vs. Gilbert Melendez – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2 – December 6, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira (21-7, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: October 17, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ricardo Lamas – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC TUF Finale – November 5, 2016

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox – August 27, 2016

– vs. Myles Jury – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox – December 19, 2015

– vs. Max Hollloway – Loss via TKO (injury) – UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira – August 23, 2015

– vs. Nik Lentz – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves – May 30, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Brian Ortega (11-0, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: February 21, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Clay Guida – Win via KO (knee) – UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping – June 4, 2016

– vs. Diego Brandao – Win via submission (triangle choke) – UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit – January 2, 2016

– vs. Thiago Tavares – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – June 6, 2015

– vs. Mike De La Torre – No Contest (Win by Ortega overturned for failed drug test) – UFC on Fox – July 26, 2014

– vs. Keoni Koch – Win via decision (split) – RFA 12 – January 24, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Daniel “The Weasel” Weichel (38-9)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: November 22, 1984

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Brian Moore – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – Bellator 169 – December 16, 2016

– vs. Emmanuel Sanchez – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 159 – July 22, 2016

– vs. Georgi Karakhanyan – Win via decision (unanimous) – December 4, 2015

– vs. Pitbull Freire – Loss via KO (punch) – Bellator 138 – June 19, 2015

– vs. Pat Curran – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 133 – February 13, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) “The Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi (14-2)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: April 6, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Cub Swanson – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

– vs. Thiago Tavares – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC TUF Finale – July 8, 2016

– vs. Sam Sicilia – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 28, 2015

– vs. Juan Puig – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 22, 2014

– vs. Shoji Maruyama – Win via TKO (strikes) – Deep: Cage Impact 2013 – June 15, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




13) Mirsad Bektic (11-0)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: February 16, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Russell Doane – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 204 – October 8, 2016

– vs. Lucas Martins – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves – May 30, 2015

– vs. Paul Redmond – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson – January 24, 2015

– vs. Chas Skelly – Win via decision (split) – UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne – April 19, 2014

– vs. Joe Pearson – Win via TKO (strikes) – VFC 41 – December 14, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Yair Rodriguez (8-1)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: October 6, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alex Caceres – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – August 6, 2016

– vs. Andre Fili – Win via KO (flying head kick) – UFC 197 – April 23, 2016

– vs. Dan Hooker – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 192 – October 3, 2015

– vs. Charles Rosa – Win via decision (split) – UFC 188 – June 13, 2015

– vs. Leonardo Morales – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 180 – November 15, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. B.J. Penn – UFC Fight Night – January 15, 2017




10) “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (16-4)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 17, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jose Aldo – Loss via TKO (punches) – UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie – August 3, 2013

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Win via submission (D’arce choke) – UFC on Fuel: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier – May 15, 2012

– vs. Mark Hominick – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida – December 10, 2011

– vs. Leonard Garcia – Win via submission (twister) – UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis – March 26, 2011

– vs. George Roop – Loss via KO (head kick) – WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan – September 30, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Dennis Bermudez – UFC Fight Night – February 4, 2017

Final Notes: Pat Curran fighter received additional votes.

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