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411’s MMA Rankings 05.21.19: Featherweight Division – Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar, More

May 21, 2019 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Featherweight Division (145 lbs)


1) Max Holloway (20-4)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: December 4, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Frankie Edgar – UFC 240 – July 27, 2019

Comment: Holloway sought to win a second championship but fell short against Dustin Poirier for the vacant lightweight title. He returns to the featherweight division this summer where he is set for his next title defense against Frankie Edgar.



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

Comment: It’s not official as of yesterday, but various reports coming out earlier this month have the UFC trying to sign a fight pitting Ortega against Habit Magomedsharipov for the Holloway/Edgar undercard.



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:

– Unknown

Comment: Volkanovski outclassed Jose Aldo in Brazil and figured to be the top contender for the UFC championship, until the Frankie Edgar news emerged. Regardless of the Holloway/Edgar fight this summer, the safe expectation remains for Volkanovski to fight for the title in the fall.

Right now, he is on the mend from a nasty bacterial infection that spread throughout his leg. Thankfully, he was told the infection did not spread beyond that and did not reach his tendons, so he’s looking to improve in the weeks to come.



4) Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (29-4)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Pitbull became the first man since Conor McGregor to become a champ-champ in the featherweight and lightweight divisions earlier this month. He knocked out lightweight champion Michael Chandler, avenging prior defeats his brother Patricky suffered in recent years. Now the top dog in these two divisions in Bellator, it will be fun seeing top contenders across 145 and now, 155, look to unseat him.



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:

– Unknown

Comment: Depending on your belief, Jose Aldo is arguably the greatest featherweight of all time. His prime is long gone but knowing that fact does not make seeing him lose any easier to stomach. His loss to Alexander Volkanovski earlier this month was his first loss in the UFC where a title was not up for grabs (granted, it was just his third such fight). Aldo reportedly has one fight remaining on his contract and does not seem likely to reach an agreement on a new deal beforehand. If/when he reaches the end of his UFC deal, it will mark the end for one of the greatest fighters of all-time and the end of a long chapter in MMA history.



6) 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:

– vs. Max Holloway – UFC 240 – July 27, 2019

Comment: Edgar was last a champion in 2012 before his first fight with Benson Henderson. Including the fight he lost the lightweight title, Edgar is 0-4 in 145-pound and 155-pound championship fights since 2012. He will get another chance at UFC 240 against Max Holloway and there is no reason to think his luck will change. Edgar is 37-years-old and his only wins the last two years came against Yair Rodriguez and Cub Swanson. But, nobody thought Edgar was going to beat B.J. Penn in 2010, either.



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:

– vs. Chan Sung Jung – UFC Fight Night – June 22, 2019



8) 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




9) 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



10) 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



11) 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



12) 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




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) 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



15) 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:

– vs. Calvin Kattar – UFC 238 – June 8, 2019