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411 Featherweight MMA Rankings: Alexander Volkanovski, Patricio Friere, More

January 5, 2021 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
Alexander Volkanovski

411’s Official MMA Rankings

Featherweight Division (145 lbs)


1) Alexander Volkanovski (22-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: September 29, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Darren Elkins – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – July 14, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



2) Max Holloway (21-5)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: December 4, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Brian Ortega – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 231 – December 8, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Calvin Kattar – UFC on ESPN – January 16, 2021

Comment: The last time Holloway fought in a three-round non-title fight was the spring of 2016. Now in 2021, he’ll fight for his life at featherweight when he’s up against Calvin Kattar in less than two weeks.



3) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (31-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Emmanuel Sanchez – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 209 – November 15, 2018

– vs. Daniel Weichel – Win via decision (split) – Bellator MMA – July 14, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Freire defended the featherweight title against Pedro Carvalho and knocked him out in the first round in November. He’ll defend the title against Emmanuel Sanchez, in a rematch from 2018, in the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix semifinal. The winner moves on to fight A.J. McKee in the finals.



4) 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



5) 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



6) Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: February 21, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Renato Moicano – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) 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:

– Unknown



8) “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (16-6)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 17, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Dennis Bermudez – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – February 4, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (20-4)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: August 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Daniel Weichel – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 252 – November 12, 2020

– vs. Tywan Claxton – Win via submission (triangle choke) – Bellator 226 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Georgi Karakhanyan – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 218 – March 22, 2019

– vs. Pitbull Freire – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 209 – November 15, 2018

– vs. Sam Sicilia – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – Bellator 198 – April 28, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Sanchez scored a decision win over Daniel Weichel, avenging a decision loss from 2016 in the process, and earned a spot in the Featherweight Grand Prix semifinal. He’ll challenge reigning champion Pitbull Freire, almost two years since they last fought. Back then, Freire won by unanimous decision although it was close (48-46, 48-47, 48-47 scores).



10) Calvin Kattar (22-4)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: March 26, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Chris Fishgold – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – October 27, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Max Holloway – UFC on ESPN – January 16, 2021

Comment: A win by Kattar later this month and he’ll rocket up these rankings and be in the mix for a title fight later on this year. How often does one fight have such a dramatic potential impact on a fighter’s career?



11) Dan Ige (14-3)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: August 6, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Danny Henry – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – March 16, 2019

– vs. Jordan Griffin – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – December 15, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) Sodiq Yusuff (11-1)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: May 19, 1993

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Andre Fili – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 246 – January 18, 2020

– vs. Gabriel Benitez – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 241 – August 17, 2019

– vs. Sheymon Moraes – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – March 30, 2019

– vs. Suman Mokhtarian – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – December 1, 2018

– vs. Mike Davis – Win via decision (unanimous) – DW Tuesday Night Series – July 24, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Arnold “Almighty” Allen (16-1)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 17, 1994

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Makwan Amirkhani – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – March 18, 2017

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 (17-1, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: December 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: KSW

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Kleber Koike Erbst – Win via decision (unanimous) – KSW 46 – December 1, 2018

– vs. Grzegorz Szulakowski – Win via submission (Keylock) – KSW 42 – March 3, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown