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411 Featherweight MMA Rankings: Alexander Volkanovski, Pitbull Freire, More

April 6, 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

Comment: Volkanovski tested positive for COVID-19 before UFC 260 which forced his scheduled title defense against Brian Ortega to be postponed. It has since been announced that the champion and challenger will be the new coaches for The Ultimate Fighter when it returns on ESPN+ later this year.



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:

– Unknown



3) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (32-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. A.J. McKee – Bellator – TBD

Comment: Pitbull defended the Bellator featherweight championship successfully for the fifth time in his second reign. The second win over Sanchez moves the champion into the Featherweight Grand Prix finals where he will meet A.J. McKee later this year. Unbeaten at 17-0, McKee was all over the Showtime debut broadcast Friday night and may pose the toughest test for the dominant champion.



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:

– vs. Dan Ige – UFC Fight Night – June 19, 2021



9) 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



10) Dan Ige (15-3)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: August 6, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Chan Sung Jung – UFC Fight Night – June 19, 2021



11) 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:

– vs. Arnold Allen – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021




12) 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:

– vs. Sodiq Yusuff – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021



13) Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (20-5)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: August 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Pitbull Freire – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 255 – April 2, 2021

– 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

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: UFC

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:

– vs. Scott Holzman – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021