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411 MMA Featherweight Rankings: Chan Sung Jung, Alexander Volkanovski, More

September 9, 2020 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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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: With Max Holloway seemingly in the rear view mirror for champion Alexander Volkanovski, who may be next? Josh Emmett may be the most interesting match-up but he suffered a laundry list of injuries in his latest win over Shane Burgos (including an ACL tear, MCL sprain, among others). Zabit Magomedsharipov was at some point set to fight Yair Rodriguez at the end of August but that fell apart weeks before. If he’s hoping to fight before the year is over, he will likely have to settle for a featherweight not in the title mix. The Korean Zombie will be back in action next month against Brian Ortega and a win would push him into the discussion.

Perhaps this is why Volkanovski is trading barbs on social media with Bellator champion Pitbull Freire.



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:

– Unknown



3) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (30-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Daniel Straus – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 178 – April 21, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



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) 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



7) “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (16-5)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 17, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Brian Ortega – UFC Fight Night – October 17, 2020



8) Brian Ortega (14-1, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: February 21, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Chan Sung Jung – UFC Fight Night – October 17, 2020

Comment: Two years ago, Ortega was the hottest featherweight on the planet. Undefeated and on the heels of a knockout win over Frankie Edgar months earlier, he went straight into a title fight with Max Holloway. However, the title fight did not go Ortega’s way and he took a beating en route to a doctor stoppage. Injuries have prevented him from getting back into the mix but he’s finally ready and will return next month in a long-awaited fight with The Korean Zombie. Swanson has changed champs following the Holloway loss and whether he can bounce back successfully or not remains one of the largest questions for the remainder of 2020 in MMA.



9) Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (19-4)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: August 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Daniel Straus – Win via submission (triangle choke) – Bellator MMA – October 6, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Mateusz Gamrot (17-0, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: December 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: KSW

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Norman Parke – No Contest (eye poke) – KSW 40 – October 22, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) 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:

– Unknown



12) 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



13) 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. Edson Barboza – UFC Fight Night – October 10, 2020



14) 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




15) Shane Burgos (13-2)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: March 19, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Josh Emmett – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – June 20, 2020

– vs. Makwan Amirkhani – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Cub Swanson – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – May 4, 2019

– vs. Kurt Holobaugh – Win via submission (armbar) – UFC 230 – November 3, 2018

– vs. Calvin Kattar – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 220 – January 20, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown