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411’s Lightweight MMA Rankings: Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, More

October 8, 2019 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Lightweight Division (155 lbs)


1) Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: September 20, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

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

– vs. Conor McGregor – Win via submission (neck crank) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

– vs. Al Iaquinta – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 223 – April 7, 2018

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 219 – December 30, 2017

– vs. Michael Johnson – Win via submission (kimura) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Khabib was fighting Georges St. Pierre or Conor McGregor based on headlines from various MMA outlets last week. The undefeated champion appears to be focused on a fight with Tony Ferguson, though according to his dad/coach, not until March at the earliest.



2) Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (25-3)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: February 12, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 238 – June 8, 2019

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Win via TKO (injury) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

– vs. Kevin Lee – Win via submission (triangle choke) – UFC 216 – October 7, 2017

– vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Win via decision (unanimous) – TUF Finale – November 5, 2016

– vs. Lando Vanatta – Win via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC Fight Night – July 13, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) Dustin Poirier (25-6, 1 NC)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Max Holloway – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 236 – April 13, 2019

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

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – April 14, 2018

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Win via TKO (rib injury) – UFC Fight Night – November 11, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) Justin Gaethje (21-2)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: November 14, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 6 fights:

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 14, 2019

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN 2 – March 30, 2019

– vs. James Vick – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – August 25, 2018

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – April 14, 2018

– vs. Eddie Alvarez – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) “Notorious” Conor McGregor (21-4)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: July 14, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via submission (neck crank) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

– vs. Eddie Alvarez – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

– vs. Nate Diaz – Win via decision (split) – UFC 202 – August 20, 2016

– vs. Nate Diaz – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 196 – March 5, 2016

– vs. Jose Aldo – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor – December 12, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: This past weekend marked the one year anniversary of McGregor’s last MMA fight when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor retired in March, ended that retirement shortly thereafter and has been talking about a return ever since. There’s no shortage of potential opponents with guys across at least three divisions calling him out whenever they get chances.



6) 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:

– vs. Pedro Carvalho – Bellator – March 2020

Comment: Bellator lightweight and featherweight champion Pitbull Freire defended the latter title in the opening round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. With the win over Juan Archuleta, Pitbull moves into the quarterfinals where he selected Portuguese up-and-comer Pedro Carvalho to fight next in March. By then, three spots in the semifinals will be secured.



7) “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (36-13, 1 NC)

Height: 6′

Birthday: March 29, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 14, 2019

– vs. Tony Ferguson – Loss via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC 238 – June 8, 2019

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

– vs. Alexander Hernandez – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 19, 2019

– vs. Mike Perry – Win via submission (armor) – UFC Fight Night – November 10, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



8) Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (21-8)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: January 21, 1986

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA & Rizin FF

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ryan Scope – Win via decision (split) – Bellator Newcastle – February 9, 2019

– vs. Roger Huerta – Win via KO (punch) – Bellator 205 – September 21, 2018

– vs. Derek Campos – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 194 – February 16, 2018

– vs. Benson Henderson – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 183 – September 23, 2017

– vs. Josh Thomson – Win via KO (punch) – Bellator 172 – February 18, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri – Rizin 19 – October 12, 2019

Comment: Rizin’s Lightweight Grand Prix kicks off this weekend in Japan with the four quarterfinal match-ups. Among them, Patricky Pitbull will fight Tatsuya Kawajiri. Crusher is 41-years-old and is 2-5 since 2016.



9) Gregor Gillespie (13-0)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 18, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Yancy Medeiros – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 19, 2019

– vs. Vinc Pichel – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – June 1, 2018

– vs. Jordan Rinaldi – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – January 27, 2018

– vs. Jason Gonzalez – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – September 16, 2017

– vs. Andrew Holbrook – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 210 – April 8, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Kevin Lee – UFC 244 – November 2, 2019



10) Michael Chandler (19-5)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: April 24, 1986

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Friere – Loss via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 221 – May 11, 2019

– vs. Brent Primus – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 212 – December 14, 2018

– vs. Brandon Girtz – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – Bellator 197 – April 13, 2018

– vs. Goiti Yamauchi – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 192 – January 20, 2018

– vs. Brent Primus – Loss via TKO (doctor stoppage due to injury) – Bellator 189 – June 24, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Eddie Alvarez (30-7, 1 NC)

Birthday: November 11, 1984

Currently Fighting With: One Championship

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Eduard Folayang – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – ONE Championship – August 2, 2019

– vs. Timofey Nastyukhin – Loss via TKO (strikes) – ONE Championship – March 31, 2019

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

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

– vs. Dustin Poirier – No Contest (illegal strikes) – UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos – May 13, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

-Unknown



12) Paul Felder (17-4)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: April 25, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via decision (split) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. James Vick – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on ESPN – February 17, 2019

– vs. Mike Perry – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Win via TKO (elbows) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

– vs. Steven Ray – Win via KO (elbows) – UFC Fight Night – July 16, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Carlos Diego Ferreira (16-2)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 18, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Mairbek Taisumov – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 242 – September 7, 2019

– vs. Rustam Khabilov – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – February 23, 2019

– vs. Kyle Nelson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 231 – December 8, 2018

– vs. Jared Gordon – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – February 18, 2018

– vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – January 30, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Edson Barboza (20-8)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: January 21, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

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

– vs. Justin Gaethje – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN 2 – March 30, 2019

– vs. Dan Hooker – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – December 15, 2018

– vs. Kevin Lee – Loss via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC Fight Night – April 21, 2018

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 219 – December 30, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Dan Hooker (19-8)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: February 13, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Al Iaquinta – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 243 – October 5, 2019

– James Vick – Win via KO (punch) – UFC on ESPN – July 20, 2019

– vs. Edson Barboza – Loss via TKO (body punch) – UFC on Fox – December 15, 2018

– vs. Gilbert Burns – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Jim Miller – Win via KO (knee) – UFC Fight Night – April 21, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown