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411’s Featherweight MMA Rankings: Max Holloway, Brian Ortega, More

November 19, 2019 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Featherweight Division (145 lbs)


1) Max Holloway (21-4)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: December 4, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Jose Aldo – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

– vs. Jose Aldo – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 212 – June 3, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Alexander Volkanovski – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

Comment: Holloway turns 28-years-old in two weeks and will be in the closing stages of his latest fight camp. When he steps in the cage to defend the UFC championship at UFC 245, he will try to win for the fifth consecutive December. He’s been perfect at featherweight the last five years, while challenger Volkanovski is unbeaten in the weight class.



2) 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. The Korean Zombie – UFC Fight Night – December 21, 2019

Comment: One of the most anticipated returns of 2019 must wait until the final 10 days of the year. Brian Ortega was battered by Max Holloway last December and is back to fight “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in South Korea.



3) Alexander Volkanovski (20-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: September 29, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Jeremy Kennedy – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 221 – February 10, 2018

– vs. Shane Young – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – November 18, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Max Holloway – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019



4) 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



5) Jose Aldo (28-5)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: September 9, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alexander Volkanovski – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 237 – May 10, 2019

– vs. Renato Moicano – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – February 2, 2019

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – July 28, 2018

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 212 – June 3, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Marlon Moraes – UFC 245 – December 14, 2019

Comment: To extend his career further, Aldo is dropping down to bantamweight and will debut against Marlon Moraes next month. Having had weight cutting issues at various times throughout his career at featherweight, the move does not bode well for Aldo’s performance.



6) Josh Emmett (15-2)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: March 4, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Felipe Arantes – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – October 21, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




7) 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



8) Frankie Edgar (23–7-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: October 16, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 6 fights:

– vs. Max Holloway – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 240 – July 27, 2019

– vs. Cub Swanson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 21. 2018

– vs. Brian Ortega – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC 222 – March 3, 2018

– vs. Yair Rodriguez – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 211 – May 13, 2017

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Cory Sandhagen – UFC Fight Night – January 25, 2020

Comment: Another legendary featherweight is dropping down to bantamweight as Frankie Edgar has signed to fight Cory Sandhagen in January. This in wake of the fact that 2019 was the first year since 2012 that Edgar did not win a fight. Will he find new found life at 135-pounds, or will it hasten the end?



9) 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



10) Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens (28-17, 1 NC)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: May 26, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Yair Rodriguez – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – October 18, 2019

– vs. Yair Rodriguez – No Contest (accidental eye poke) – UFC Fight Night – September 21, 2019

– vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 235 – March 2, 2019

– vs. Jose Aldo – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – July 28, 2018

– vs. Josh Emmett – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – February 24, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (15-5)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 17, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Win via submission (D’arce choke) – UFC on Fuel: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier – May 15, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Brian Ortega – UFC Fight Night – December 21, 2019



12) 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



13) Mateusz Gamrot (15-0, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: December 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: KSW

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Norman Parke – Win via decision (unanimous) – KSW 39 – May 27, 2017

– vs. Renato Gomes Gabriel – Win via submission (heel hook) – KSW 36 – October 1, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Shane Burgos (13-1)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: March 19, 1991

Currently Fighting With: Free Agent

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Godofredo Pepey – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – July 22, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Mirsad Bektic (13-2)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: February 16, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Josh Emmett – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – July 13, 2019

– vs. Ricardo Lamas – Win via decision (split) – UFC 225 – June 9, 2018

– vs. Godofredo Castro – Win via KO (body punch) – UFC on Fox – January 27, 2018

– vs. Darren Elkins – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 209 – March 4, 2017

– vs. Russell Doane – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 204 – October 8, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown