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411 Middleweight MMA Rankings: Jan Blachowicz, Robert Whittaker, More

February 2, 2021 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
Jan Blachowicz

411’s Official MMA Rankings

Middleweight Division (185 pounds)


1) Israel Adesanya (20-0)

Height: 6’4

Birthday: July 22, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Paulo Costa – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 253 – September 19, 2020

– vs. Yoel Romero – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 248 – March 7, 2020

– vs. Robert Whittaker – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 243 – October 6, 2019

– vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 236 – April 13, 2019

– vs. Anderson Silva – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 234 – February 9, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Jan Blachowicz – UFC 259 – March 6, 2021

Comment: In 2019, Adesanya stopped Robert Whittaker to become UFC champion and last year, he laid waste to two of the division’s top contenders in Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa. Now in 2021, he has his eyes set on becoming the latest two-division champion in MMA an doing so by moving UP in weight.



2) Robert Whittaker (22-5)

Height: 6′

Birthday: December 20, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jared Cannonier – Win via decision (unaninmous) – UFC 254 – October 24, 2020

– vs. Darren Till – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – July 25, 2020

– vs. Israel Adesanya – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 243 – October 6, 2019

– vs. Yoel Romero – Win via decision (split) – UFC 225 – June 9, 2018

– vs. Yoel Romero – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 213 – July 8, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Paulo Costa – UFC Fight Night – April 17, 2021



3) Paulo Costa (13-1)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: April 21, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Israel Adesanya – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 253 – September 19, 2020

– vs. Yoel Romero – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 241 – August 17, 2019

– vs. Uriah Hall – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Johny Hendricks – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 217 – November 4, 2017

– vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 212 – June 3, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Robert Whittaker – UFC Fight Night – April 17, 2021



4) Jared Cannonier (13-5)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: March 3, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Robert Whittaker – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 254 – October 24, 2020

– vs. Jack Hermansson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 28, 2019

– vs. Anderson Silva – Win via TKO (leg kick) – UFC 237 – May 11, 2019

– vs. David Branch – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 230 – November 3, 2018

– vs. Dominick Reyes – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – May 19, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) Yoel Romero (13-5)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: April 30, 1977

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Israel Adesanya – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 248 – March 7, 2020

– vs. Paulo Costa – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 241 – August 17, 2019

– vs. Robert Whittaker – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 225 – June 9, 2018

– vs. Luke Rockhold – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 221 – February 11, 2018

– vs. Robert Whittaker – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 213 – July 8, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Towards the end of 2020, the UFC released former top contender Yoel Romero in wake of the three consecutive loss streak he currently finds himself on. He was quickly picked up by Bellator and instantly finds himself, in theory, the top middleweight in their division.



6) Darren Till (18-3-1)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: December 24, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Robert Whittaker – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – July 25, 2020

– vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Win via decision (split) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Jorge Masvidal – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 16, 2019

– vs. Tyron Woodley – Loss via submission (D’Arce choke) – UFC 228 – September 8, 2018

– vs. Stephen Thompson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 27, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Marvin Vettori – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021



7) Kelvin Gastelum (15-6, 1 NC)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: October 24, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jack Hermansson – Loss via submission (heel hook) – UFC Fight Night – July 18, 2020

– vs. Darren Till – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Israel Adesanya – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 236 – April 13, 2019

– vs. Jacare Souza – Win via decision (split) – UFC 224 – May 12, 2018

– vs. Michael Bisping – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – November 25, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Ian Heinisch – UFC 258 – February 19, 2021



8) Derek Brunson (21-7)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: January 4, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Edmen Shahbazyan – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 1, 2020

– vs. Ian Heinisch – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 241 – August 17, 2019

– vs. Elias Theodorou – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 4, 2019

– vs. Israel Adesanya – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 230 – November 3, 2018

– vs. Jacare Souza – Loss via KO (head kick and punches) – UFC on Fox – January 27, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Kevin Holland – UFC Fight Night – March 20, 2021



9) Gegard Mousasi (47-7-2)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: August 1, 1985

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Douglas Lima – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator MMA – October 29, 2020

– vs. Lyoto Machida – Win via decision (split) – Bellator MMA – September 28, 2019

– vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Bellator MMA – June 22, 2019

– vs. Rory MacDonald – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 206 – September 29, 2018

– vs. Rafael Carvalho – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 200 – May 25, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Marvin Vettori (16-4-1)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: September 20, 1993

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jack Hermansson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – December 5, 2020

– vs. Karl Roberson – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC on ESPN – June 13, 2020

– vs. Andrew Sanchez – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – October 12, 2019

– vs. Cezar Ferreira – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – July 13, 2019

– vs. Israel Adesanya – Loss via decision (split) – UFC on Fox – April 14, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Darren Till – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021



11) Jack Hermansson (21-6)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: June 10, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Marin Vettori – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – December 5, 2020

– vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Win via submission (heel hook) – UFC Fight Night – July 18, 2020

– vs. Jared Cannonier – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 28, 2019

– vs. Jacare Souza – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – April 27, 2019

– vs. David Branch – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on ESPN – March 30, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) Uriah Hall (16-9)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: July 31, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Anderson Silva – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – October 31, 2020

– vs. Antonio Carlos Jr. – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – September 14, 2019

– vs. Bevon Lewis – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

– vs. Paulo Costa – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Krzysztof Jotko – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 16, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Chris Weidman – UFC 261 – April 24, 2021



13) Chris Weidman (15-5)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: June 17, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Omari Akhmedov – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – August 8, 2020

– vs. Dominick Reyes – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – October 18, 2019

– vs. Jacare Souza – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 230 – November 3, 2018

– vs. Kelvin Gastelum – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC on Fox – July 22, 2017

– vs. Gegard Mousasi – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 210 – April 6, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Uriah Hall – UFC 261 – April 24, 2021




14) Omari Akhmedov (21-5-1)

Height: 6’

Birthday: October 12, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Tom Breese – Win via submission (Arm-Triangle choke) – UFC on ESPN – January 20, 2021

– vs. Chris Weidman – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – August 8, 2020

– vs. Ian Heinisch – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

– vs. Zak Cummings – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Tim Boetsch – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – March 9, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Kevin Holland (21-5)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: November 5, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jacare Souza – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 256 – December 12, 2020

– vs. Charlie Ontiveros – Win via TKO (slam) – UFC Fight Night – October 31, 2020

– vs. Darren Stewart – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – September 19, 2020

– vs. Joaquin Buckley – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 8, 2020

– vs. Anthony Hernandez – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – May 16, 2020

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Derek Brunson – UFC Fight Night – March 20, 2021