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411 Featherweight MMA Rankings: Alexander Volkanovski, Brian Ortega, More

September 28, 2021 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
Alexander Volkanovski

411’s Official MMA Rankings

Featherweight Division (145 lbs)


1) Alexander Volkanovski (23-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: September 29, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Brian Ortega – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 266 – September 25, 2021

– vs. Max Holloway – Win via decision (split) – UFC 251 – July 11, 2020

– vs. Max Holloway – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

– vs. Jose Aldo – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 237 – May 10, 2019

– vs. Chad Mendes – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Volkanovski pulled the decision with scores of 49-46, 50-45 and 50-44. The only round he lost was round 5 on one judge’s scorecard. However, the closest he came to losing was in the third round when Ortega locked in a guillotine choke and then a triangle choke. The champion’s stamina was never in question as he bounced around the cage for the entire fight and picked Ortega apart. Decisively the best featherweight in the world, there are no clear top contenders right now, which means the next opponent for Volkanovski is wide open for someone to earn with impressive performances in the months ahead.



2) Max Holloway (22-5)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: December 4, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Calvin Kattar – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – January 16, 2021

– vs. Alexander Volkanovski – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 251 – July 11, 2020

– vs. Alexander Volkanovski – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

– vs. Frankie Edgar – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 240 – July 27, 2019

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 236 – April 13, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Yair Rodriguez – UFC Fight Night – November 13, 2021



3) A.J. McKee (18-0)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: April 7, 1995

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Patricio Pitbull Freire – Won via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 263 – July 31, 2021

– vs. Darrion Caldwell – Win via submission (neck crank) – Bellator 253 – November 19, 2020

– vs. Derek Campos – Win via submission (armbar) – Bellator 236 – December 21, 2019

– vs. Georgi Karakhanyan – Win via KO (strikes) – Bellator 228 – September 28, 2019

– vs. Pat Curran – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 221 – May 11, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (32-5)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. A.J. McKee – Loss via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 263 – July 31, 2021

– vs. Emmanuel Sanchez – Win via submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 255 – April 2, 2021

– vs. Pedro Carvalho – Win via KO (punch) – Bellator 252 – November 12, 2020

– vs. Juan Archuleta – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 228 – September 28, 2019

– vs. Michael Chandler – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 221 – May 11, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) Josh Emmett (16-2)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: March 4, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Shane Burgos – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – June 20, 2020

– vs. Mirsad Bektic – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – July 13, 2019

– vs. Michael Johnson – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN 2 – March 30, 2019

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – February 24, 2018

– vs. Ricardo Lamas – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on Fox – December 16, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



6) Zabit Magomedsharipov (18-1)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: March 1, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Calvin Kattar – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 9, 2019

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 235 – March 2, 2019

– vs. Brandon Davis – Win via submission (kneeler) – UFC 228 – September 8, 2018

– vs. Kyle Bochniak – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 223 – April 7, 2018

– vs. Sheymon Moraes – Win via submission (anaconda choke) – UFC Fight Night – November 25, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) Brian Ortega (15-2, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: February 21, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alexander Volkanovski– Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 266 – September 25, 2021

– vs. Chan Sung Jung – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – October 17, 2020

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 231 – December 8, 2018

– vs. Frankie Edgar – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 222 – March 3, 2018

– vs. Cub Swanson – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night – December 9, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Over the past three years, Ortega is 1-2 in three fights with two losses coming in championship bouts. He has been a step behind then-champion Holloway and the reigning champ Volkanovski. Since coming to the UFC in 2014, he has been nearly perfect in non-title fights (the no contest followed a submission win due to a banned substance). He’s only approaching 32-years-old in less than five months and there is no reason to disbelieve he has plenty of room to improve.



8) Yair Rodriguez (12-2, 1 NC)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: October 6, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – October 18, 2019

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – No Contest (accidental eye poke) – UFC Fight Night – September 21, 2019

– vs. Chan Sung Jung – Win via KO (elbow) – UFC Fight Night – November 10, 2018

– vs. Frankie Edgar – Loss via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 211 – May 13, 2017

– vs. B.J. Penn – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 15, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Max Holloway – UFC Fight Night – November 13, 2021



9) “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (17-6)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 17, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Dan Ige – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – June 19, 2021

– vs. Brian Ortega – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – October 17, 2020

– vs. Frankie Edgar – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – December 21, 2019

– vs. Renato Moicano – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – June 22, 2019

– vs. Yair Rodriguez – Loss via KO (elbow) – UFC Fight Night – November 10, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Calvin Kattar (22-5)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: March 26, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – January 16, 2021

– vs. Dan Ige – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – July 15, 2020

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via KO (elbows) – UFC 249 – May 9, 2020

– vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 9, 2019

– vs. Ricardo Lamas – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 238 – June 8, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Giga Chikadze (14-2)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: August 25, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – August 28, 2021

– vs. Cub Swanson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – May 1, 2021

– vs. Jamey Simmons – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – November 7, 2021

– vs. Omar Morales – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – October 11, 2020

– vs. Irwin Rivera – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – May 16, 2020

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) Dan Ige (15-4)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: August 6, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Chan Sung Jung – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – June 19, 2021

– vs. Gavin Tucker – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 13, 2021

– vs. Calvin Kattar – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – July 15, 2020

– vs. Mirsad Bektic – Win via decision (split) – UFC 247 – February 8, 2020

– vs. Kevin Aguilar – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – June 22, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Arnold “Almighty” Allen (17-1)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 17, 1994

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Sodiq Yusuff – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021

– vs. Nik Lentz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – January 25, 2020

– vs. Gilbert Melendez – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 239 – July 6, 2019

– vs. Jordan Rinaldi – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – March 16, 2019

– vs. Mads Burnell – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night – May 27, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Guram Kutateladze (12-2)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: January 8, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Mateusz Gamrot – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – October 17, 2020

– vs. Felipe Silva – Win via KO (strikes) – Brave CF 29 – November 15, 2019

– vs. Guilherme Cadena Martins – Win via TKO (strikes) – Superior Challenge 18 – December 1, 2018

– vs. Erick da Silva – Win via decision (unanimous) – Brave CF 16 – September 21, 2018

– vs. Nicolas Joannes – Win via TKO (strikes) – Superior Challenge 17 – May 19, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




15) Mateusz Gamrot (19-1, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: December 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via submission (Kimura) – UFC Fight Night – July 17, 2021

– vs. Scott Holzman – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021

– vs. Guram Kutateladze – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – October 17, 2020

– vs. Marian Ziolkowski – Win via decision (unanimous) – KSW 54 – August 29, 2020

– vs. Norman Parke – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – KSW 53 – July 11, 2020

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown