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411 MMA Rankings 08.21.18: Light Heavyweight Division – Daniel Cormier, Anthony Smith, More

August 21, 2018 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings: Light Heavyweight Division

Light Heavyweight Division (205 lbs)


1) Daniel Cormier (21-1, 1 NC)

Birthday: March 20, 1979

Height: 5’9

Weight: 239

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Stipe Miocic – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Volkan Oezdemir – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 220 – January 20, 2018

– vs. Jon Jones – No Contest (originally a loss via TKO) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 210 – April 8, 2017

– vs. Anderson Silva – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200 – July 9, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



2) Ryan Bader (25-5)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: June 7, 1983

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. King Mo Lawal – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 199 – May 12, 2018

– vs. Linton Vassell – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 186 – November 3, 2017

– vs. Phil Davis – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 180 – June 24, 2017

– vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 19, 2016

– vs. Ilir Latifi – Win via KO (knee) – UFC Fight Night – September 3, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Matt Mitrione – Bellator 207 – October 12, 2018

Comment: Bader will fight Matt Mitrione in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals in October as he looks to become the second dual-champion in the sport after UFC’s Daniel Cormier. Bader blasted King Mo and finished him in under twenty seconds in the spring to advance in this tournament.

I’m not sure what it says about this division when the best two fighters have been more active as heavyweights of late. Clearly this division has taken a hit in recent years thanks to the unreliability of Jon Jones and the descent of the past generation stars (Rampage Jackson, Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans) while nobody has emerged to take their spots. Hopefully this changes soon because 205 has historically been one of the premiere weight classes in the sport.



3) Alexander Gustafsson (18-4)

Height: 6’5

Birthday: January 15, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Glover Teixeira – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – May 28, 2017

– vs. Jan Blachowicz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – September 3, 2016

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson – October 3, 2015

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on FOX: Gustafsson vs. Johnson – January 24, 2015

– vs. Jimi Manuwa – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa – March 8, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) Phil Davis (19-4, 1 No Contest)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: September 25, 1984

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Linton Vassell – Win via KO (head kick) – Bellator 200 – May 25, 2018

– vs. Leo Leite – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 186 – November 3, 2017

– vs. Ryan Bader – Loss via decision (split) – Bellator 180 – June 24, 2017

– vs. Liam McGeary – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 163 – November 4, 2016

– vs. King Mo Lawal – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 154 – May 14, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Vadim Nemkov – Bellator MMA – November 15, 2018



5) Volkan Oezdemir (15-2)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: September 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 220 – January 20, 2018

– vs. Jimi Manuwa – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

– vs. Misha Cirkunov – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – May 28, 2017

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – February 4, 2017

– vs. Ailhan Vahaev – Win via decision (unanimous) – WFCA 17 – April 9, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Anthony Smith – UFC Fight Night – October 27, 2018



6) Tomasz Narkun (14-2)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: December 3, 1989

Currently Fighting With: KSW

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Mamed Khalidov – Win via submission (triangle choke) – KSW 42 – March 3, 2018

– vs. Marcin Wojclk – Win via submission (triangle choke) – KSW 39 – May 27, 2017

– vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou – Win via TKO (strikes) – KSW 36 – October 1, 2016

– vs. Cassio Barbosa de Oliveira – Win via TKO (strikes) – KSW 34 – March 5, 2016

– vs. Goran Reljic – Win via KO (strikes) – KSW 32 – October 31, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) Anthony Smith (30-13)

Height: 6’4

Birthday: July 26, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Shogun Rua – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – July 22, 2018

– vs. Rashad Evans – Win via KO (knee) – UFC 225 – June 9, 2018

– vs. Thiago Santos – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – February 3, 2018

– vs. Hector Lombard – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – September 16, 2017

– vs. Andrew Sanchez – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – April 9, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Volkan Oezdemir – UFC Fight Night – October 27, 2018

Comment: Since moving up to light heavyweight in June, Smith has burst into a legitimate championship contender. A pair of knockout wins over former champions Rashad Evans and Shogun Rua have added highlights to his credit and he’ll look to push that even further in the fall.



8) Corey Anderson (11-4)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: September 22, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Glover Teixeira – Win via decision – UFC Fight Night – July 22, 2018

– vs. Patrick Cummins – Win via decision – UFC Fight Night – April 21, 2018

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Loss via KO (head kick) – UFC 217 – November 4, 2017

– vs. Jimi Manuwa – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 18, 2017

– vs. Sean O’Connell – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – December 9, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal (21-7, 1 NC)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: January 11, 1981

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ryan Bader – Loss via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 199 – May 12, 2018

– vs. Rampage Jackson – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 175 – March 31, 2017

– vs. Mirko Cro Cop – Loss via TKO (strikes) – Rizin – December 29, 2016

– vs. Satoshi Ishii – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 169 – December 16, 2016

– vs. Phil Davis – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 154 – May 14, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Jan Blachowicz (22-7)

Birthday: February 24, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jimi Manuwa – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – March 17, 2018

– vs. Jared Cannonier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – December 16, 2017

– vs. Devin Clark – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – October 21, 2017

– vs. Patrick Cummins – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 210 – April 8, 2017

– vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – September 3, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Nikita Krylov – UFC Fight Night – September 15, 2018



11) Nikita Krylov (24-5)

Birthday: March 7, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Fabio Maldonado – Win via KO (punch) – FNG – May 5, 2018

– vs. Emanuel Newton – Win via KO (knee) – FNG 77 – October 13, 2017

– vs. Maro Perak – Win via TKO (strikes) – Donbass Combat Sports – August 26, 2017

– vs. Stjepan Bekavac – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – Fight Nights Global 68 – June 2, 2017

– vs. Misha Cirkunov – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Jan Blachowicz – UFC Fight Night – September 15, 2018



12) Ilir Latifi (14-5, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: July 28, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC on Fox – February 24, 2018

– vs. Tyson Pedro – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 215 – September 9, 2017

– vs. Ryan Bader – Loss via KO (knee) – UFC Fight Night – September 3, 2016

– vs. Gian Villante – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 196 – March 5, 2016

– vs. Sean O’Connell – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 17, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (25-11)

Birthday: November 25, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Anthony Smith – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – July 22, 2018

– vs. Gian Villante – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – March 11, 2017

– vs. Corey Anderson – Win via decision (split) – UFC 198 – May 14, 2016

– vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia – August 1, 2015

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. OSP – November 8, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Linton Vassell (18-7, 1 NC)

Height: 6’4

Birthday: June 3, 1983

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Phil Davis – Loss via KO (head kick) – Bellator 200 – May 25, 2018

– vs. Ryan Bader – Loss via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 186 – November 3, 2017

– vs. Liam McGeary – Win via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Bellator 179 – May 19, 2017

– vs. Francis Carmont – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 165 – November 19, 2016

– vs. Emanuel Newton – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 149 – February 19, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-5)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: January 1, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

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

– vs. Joachim Christensen – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 211 – May 13, 2017

– vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night – November 19, 2016

– vs. Muslim Makhmudov – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – ACB 35 – May 6, 2016

– vs. Jorge Luis Bezerra – Win via TKO (strikes) – ACB 27 – December 20, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

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