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411’s MMA Featherweight Rankings – Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar, More

April 4, 2019 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Featherweight Division (145 lbs)


1) Max Holloway (20-3)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: December 4, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Anthony Pettis – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

– vs. Ricardo Lamas – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping – June 4, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Dustin Poirier – UFC 236 – April 13, 2019

Comment: With UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov inactive, an interim title will be awarded to the winner at UFC 236 between reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. Max has not lost since he dropped a decision to Conor McGregor in 2013, and will look to become the next champ-champ in MMA.



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:

– Unknown



3) Jose Aldo (28-4)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: September 9, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Frankie Edgar – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200: Cormier vs. Jones 2 – July 9, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Alexander Volkanovski – UFC 237 – May 10, 2019

Comment: Aldo is hopeful he will be able to fight next month in Brazil, but it’s not set in stone. The former champion has been battling a bacterial infection in his knee and will need to get clearance from a doctor before he’s confirmed for UFC 237. Remember, Aldo intends to retire from the sport this year after the final two fights on his current contract.



4) Frankie Edgar (23–6-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: October 16, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 6 fights:

– 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

– vs. Jose Aldo – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200: Cormier vs. Jones 2 – July 9, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Edgar was hopeful of fighting Max Holloway or Conor McGregor, but with the former competing at lightweight and the latter retired, neither looks like a realistic option. However, for some strange reason, flyweight champion and bantamweight contender Henry Cejudo has already called out Edgar.



5) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (28-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Benson Henderson – Loss via TKO (leg injury) – Bellator 160 – August 26, 2016

– vs. Henry Corrales – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 153 – April 22, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Michael Chandler – Bellator 221 – May 11, 2019

Comment: Speaking of MMA champ-champs, Pitbull Freire will look to become the second Bellator double champion when he moves up to challenge lightweight champion Michael Chandler. The reigning Bellator featherweight champion last competed at 155 pounds in 2016 and suffered a broken shin in a fight with Benson Henderson. Since then, he returned to featherweight and regained his 145 championship. The loss to Bendo prevented Freire from fighting Chandler at the time, but that changes next month. Chandler is 2-0 against his brother Patricky Freire including a KO three years ago.




6) Alexander Volkanovski (19-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: September 29, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Mizuto Hirota – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – June 10, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Jose Aldo – UFC 237 – May 10, 2019




7) Renato Moicano (13-2-1)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: May 21, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jose Aldo – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – February 2, 2019

– vs. Cub Swanson – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 227 – August 4, 2018

– vs. Calvin Kattar – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 223 – April 7, 2018

– vs. Brian Ortega – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via decision (split) – UFC on Fox – April 15, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) Josh Emmett (14-2)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: March 4, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Desmond Green – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 210 – April 8, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: In his loss to Jeremy Stephens last year, Josh Emmett suffered a barrage of facial injuries the required emergency surgery. Fortunate to maintain his eyesight, Emmett finally returned to action Saturday night in Philadelphia. He knocked out Michael Johnson with a vicious overhand, confirming his long layoff is in the rearview mirror.




8) Zabit Magomedsharipov (17-1)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: March 1, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Mike Santiago – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – September 2, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Zabit earned his first fight against a ranked featherweight last month and scored the unanimous decision victory over Jeremy Stephens. He is now 5-0 in the UFC and 13-0 since the spring of 2013. He should now be in fights with top challengers from hereon in 2019. How about a fight with Josh Emmett this summer or fall?



9) Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens (28-16)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: May 26, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Doo Ho Choi – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 14, 2018

– vs. Gilbert Melendez – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 215 – September 9, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Mirsad Bektic (13-1)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: February 16, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Lucas Martins – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves – May 30, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (18-4)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: August 11, 1990

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Marcos Galvao – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator MMA – March 31, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




12) 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



13) Yair Rodriguez (11-2)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: October 6, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Alex Caceres – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – August 6, 2016

– vs. Andre Fili – Win via KO (flying head kick) – UFC 197 – April 23, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Ricardo Lamas (19-7)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: May 21, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Darren Elkins – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 17, 2018

– vs. Mirsad Bektic – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 225 – June 9, 2018

– vs. Josh Emmett – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC on Fox – December 16, 2017

– vs. Jason Knight – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

– vs. Charles Oliveira – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC TUF Finale – November 5, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (14-5)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: March 17, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Mark Hominick – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida – December 10, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown