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411’s Featherweight MMA Rankings: Brian Ortega, Alexander Volkanovski, More

August 3, 2021 | 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:

– vs. Brian Ortega – UFC 266 – September 25, 2021



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) A.J. McKee (18-0)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: April 7, 1995

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Patricio Pitbull Freire – Won via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 263 – July 31, 2021

– vs. Darrion Caldwell – Win via submission (neck crank) – Bellator 253 – November 19, 2020

– vs. Derek Campos – Win via submission (armbar) – Bellator 236 – December 21, 2019

– vs. Georgi Karakhanyan – Win via KO (strikes) – Bellator 228 – September 28, 2019

– vs. Pat Curran – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 221 – May 11, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: McKee became the sixth different featherweight champion in Bellator history Saturday night. By choking out Pitbull Freire, he ended the longest title run in company history judging by number of title defenses. McKee improves his pro record to 18-0 and was awarded a million dollar payday for winning the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix. Against Pitbull, McKee rocked him early in the first round with a head kick, then grabbed a guillotine choke that resulted in the now-former champion losing consciousness. It was the first time in Pitbull’s 37 pro-fight career that he’s been submitted. His other losses were by decision and one due to a broken shin.



4) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (32-5)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. A.J. McKee – Loss via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 263 – July 31, 2021

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) 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



6) 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



7) 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:

– vs. Alexander Volkanovski– UFC 266 – September 25, 2021



8) 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

Comment: Rodriguez was going to return in July against Max Holloway but the former champion withdrew due to an unspecified injury in training camp. Next, the Brazilian had been scheduled to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov at the end of August but UFC president Dana White recently said Yair suffered an ankle injury and he’s off that card.



9) “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (17-6)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 17, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Dan Ige – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – June 19, 2021

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) 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



11) Dan Ige (15-4)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: August 6, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Chan Sung Jung – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – June 19, 2021

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) Arnold “Almighty” Allen (17-1)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 17, 1994

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Sodiq Yusuff – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) 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




14) Mateusz Gamrot (19-1, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: December 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via submission (Kimura) – UFC Fight Night – July 17, 2021

– vs. Scott Holzman – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 10, 2021

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




15) Edson Barboza (22-9)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: January 21, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Shane Burgos – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 262 – May 15, 2021

– vs. Makwan Amirkhwani – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – October 10, 2020

– vs. Dan Ige – Loss via decision (split) – UFC on ESPN – May 18, 2020

– vs. Paul Felder – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN – March 30, 2019

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Giga Chikadze – UFC on ESPN – August 28, 2021