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411 Welterweight MMA Rankings: Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal, More

November 9, 2021 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
Kamaru Usman


411’s Official MMA Rankings

Welterweight Division


1) Kamaru Usman (20-1)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: May 11, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Colby Covington – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 268 – November 6, 2021

– vs. Jorge Masvidal – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 261 – April 24, 2021

– vs. Gilbert Burns – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 258 – February 13, 2021

– vs. Jorge Masvidal – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 251 – July 11, 2020

– vs. Colby Covington – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Usman scored his fifth successful championship defense, and second, against Colby Covington Saturday night. It was much of the same from their first fight two years ago. In this case, it went to a decision and Usman was the unanimous winner. Covington did not appear close to stopping the champion and that’s what he would have needed to secure the win after being dropped in round two.

What’s next for Usman? Likeliest would be Leon Edwards if he can beat Jorge Masvidal next month. If Masvidal should win, Vicente Luque doesn’t sound so appealing. Perhaps this is chief among the reasons Usman has been so openly talking about the idea of retirement. Being away from his young daughter for months at a time when he’s training would seem even more difficult when you’re challenger is just another welterweight and the pay day is meager.



2) Gilbert Burns (20-4)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: July 20, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Stephen Thompson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 264 – July 10, 2021

– vs. Kamaru Usman – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 258 – February 13, 2021

– vs. Tyron Woodley – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 30, 2020

– vs. Demian Maia – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – March 14, 2020

– vs. Gunnar Nelson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – September 28, 2019
Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) Colby Covington (16-3)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: February 22, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Kamaru Usman – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 268 – November 6, 2021

– vs. Tyron Woodley – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 19, 2020

– vs. Kamaru Usman – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

– vs. Robbie Lawler – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – August 3, 2019

– vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 225 – June 9, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Covington moved from ATT to MMA Masters in 2020 and feels it will benefit him in the long run. Perhaps he’s set as the #2 welterweight in the division where Usman is just not stoppable. We’ve seen him dominate RDA, Lawler and Woodley most recently, but how may he fare against the likes of Gilbert Burns or Masvidal, his old training partner? He’ll look for another crack at Usman as soon as he’s able but it may take more than one win to get that, although the rest of the division isn’t exactly lighting things up.




4) Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (35-15)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: November 12, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Kamaru Usman – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC 261 – April 24, 2021

– vs. Kamaru Usman – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 251 – July 11, 2020

– vs. Nate Diaz – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Ben Askren – Win via KO (flying knee) – UFC 239 – July 6, 2019

– vs. Darren Till – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 16, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Leon Edwards – UFC 269 – December 11, 2021



5) Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: August 25, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Nate Diaz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 263 – June 2, 2021

– vs. Belal Muhammad – No Contest (accidental eye poke) – UFC Fight Night – March 13, 2021

– vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – July 20, 2019

– vs. Gunnar Nelson – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – March 16, 2019

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – June 23, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Jorge Masvidal – UFC 269 – December 11, 2021

Comment</B: By the time UFC 269 rolls around, it will have been nearly exactly six years since Edwards lost a decision to Usman. Since then, Edwards has reeled off nine wins in 10 fights without suffering a defeat. For now, he can’t blame politics or UFC matchmaking for anything, if he beats Masvidal next month, he should find himself ready for a rematch with Usman and his first UFC championship fight.



6) Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (16-5-1)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: February 11, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Gilbert Burns – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 264 – July 10, 2021

– vs. Geoff Neal – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – December 19, 2020

– vs. Vicente Luque – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 23, 2019

– vs. Darren Till – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 27, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) Yaroslav Amosov (26-0)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: September 9, 1993

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Douglas Lima – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 260 – June 11, 2021

– vs. Logan Storley – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 252 – November 12, 2020

– vs. Mark Lemminger – Win via TKO (Doctor stoppage) – Bellator 244 – August 21, 2020

– vs. Ed Ruth – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 239 – February 21, 2020

– vs. David Rickels – Win via submission (Brabo Choke) – Bellator 225 – August 24, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



8) Vicente Luque (21-7)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: November 17, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Michael Chiesa – Win via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC 265 – August 7, 2021

– vs. Tyron Woodley – Win via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC 260 – March 27, 2021

– vs. Randy Brown – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 1, 2020

– vs. Niko Price – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 249 – May 9, 2020

– vs. Stephen Thompson – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Belal Muhammad (19-3, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: July 9, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Demian Maia – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 263 – June 12, 2021

– vs. Leon Edwards – No Contest (accidental eye poke) – UFC Fight Night – March 13, 2021

– vs. Dhiego Lima – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 258 – February 13, 2021

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

– vs. Takashi Sato – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Michael Chiesa (18-5)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: December 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

vs. Vincente Luque – Loss via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC 265 – August 7, 2021

– vs. Neil Magny – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – January 20, 2021

– vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – January 25, 2020

– vs. Diego Sanchez – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 239 – July 6, 2019

– vs. Carlos Condit – Win via submission (Kimura) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Sean Brady – UFC Fight Night – November 20, 2021



11) Khamzat Chimaev (10-0)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: May 1, 1994

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jingliang Li – Win via technical submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 267 – October 30, 2021

– vs. Gerald Meerschaert – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – September 19, 2020

– vs. Rhys McKee – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN – July 25, 2020

– vs. John Phillips – Win via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC on ESPN – July 15, 2020

– vs. Mzwandile Hlongwa – Win via technical submission (Brabo choke) – Brave CF 27 – October 4, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Chimaev may be the hottest welterweight in the division right now following his choke out of Jingliang Li two weeks ago. Nate Diaz talks about him and Dana White says he’s potentially one or two fights from the title picture. He may have one more fight before the end of the year, too.



12) Jingliang Li (18-7)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: March 20, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Khamzat Chimaev – Loss via technical submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 267 – October 30, 2021

– vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on ABC – January 16, 2021

– vs. Neil Magny – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 248 – March 7, 2020

– vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 31, 2019

– vs. David Zawada – Win via KO (body kick) – UFC Fight Night – November 24, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Santiago Ponzinibbio (28-4)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: September 26, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Miguel Baeza – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – June 5, 2021

– vs. Jingliang Li – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC on ABC – January 16, 2021

– vs. Neil Magny – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – November 17, 2018

– vs. Mike Perry – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – December 16, 2017

– vs. Gunnar Nelson – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – July 16, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Geoff Neal – UFC 269 – December 11, 2021



14) Neil Magny (25-8)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: August 3, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Geoff Neal – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – May 8, 2021

– vs. Michael Chiesa – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – January 20, 2021

– vs. Robbie Lawler – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – August 29, 2020

– vs. Anthony Rocco Martin – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 250 – June 6, 2020

– vs. Jingliang Li – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 248 – March 7, 2020

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




15) Nate Diaz (20-13)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: April 16, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Leon Edwards – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 263 – June 2, 2021

– vs. Jorge Masvidal – Loss via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 241 – August 17, 2019

– vs. Conor McGregor – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 – August 20, 2016

– vs. Conor McGregor – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz – March 5, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown