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411 MMA Rankings 03.13.19: Light Heavyweight Division – Jon Jones, Anthony Smith, More

March 13, 2019 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings: Light Heavyweight Division

Light Heavyweight Division (205 lbs)


1) Jon Jones (24-1, 1 NC)

Height: 6’4

Birthday: July 19, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Anthony Smith – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 235 – March 2, 2019

– vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

– vs. Daniel Cormier – No Contest (originally – Win via KO (punches)) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 197: Jones vs. OSP – April 23, 2016

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier – January 3, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Jon Jones picked up right where he left off since returning in December. Just over two months later, he picked apart another top contender at light heavyweight; Anthony Smith at UFC 235. Until he eventually moves up to heavyweight, it looks like he will take on anyone in the division and it’s difficult to see a different outcome than what we’re already observing. Potential challengers in the near future include Thiago Santos, Corey Anderson and Dominick Reyes (though Santos appears to be the lead candidate right now).



2) Daniel Cormier (22-1, 1 NC)

Birthday: March 20, 1979

Height: 5’9

Weight: 239

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Derrick Lewis – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 230 – November 3, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) Ryan Bader (27-5)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: June 7, 1983

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Fedor Emelianenko – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 214 – January 26, 2019

– vs. Matt Mitrione – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 207 – October 12, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) Alexander Gustafsson (18-5)

Height: 6’5

Birthday: January 15, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jon Jones – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Anthony Smith – UFC on ESPN+ – June 1, 2019



5) Thiago Santos (21-6)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: January 7, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jan Blachowicz – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – February 23, 2019

– vs. Jimi Manuwa – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 231 – December 8, 2018

– vs. Eryk Anders – Win via TKO (elbows) – UFC Fight Night – September 22, 2018

– vs. Kevin Holland – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 227 – August 4, 2018

– vs. David Branch – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 21, 2018

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Santos moved up to 205-pounds last September and has blasted each of his three opponents including most recently Jan Blachowicz. Such a streak puts him in the discussion as the potential next challenger for Jon Jones.



6) Tomasz Narkun (16-2)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: December 3, 1989

Currently Fighting With: KSW

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Mamed Khalidov – Win via decision (unanimous) – KSW 46 – December 1, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Philip De Fries – KSW 47 – March 23, 2019



7) Anthony Smith (31-14)

Height: 6’4

Birthday: July 26, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jon Jones – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 235 – March 2, 2019

– vs. Volkan Oezdemir – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – October 27, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC on ESPN+ – June 1, 2019

Comment: Smith is jumping right back on the horse, signing to fight Alexander Gustafsson in June. Last week, he challenged Jon Jones for the UFC championship and spent five rounds being demolished by the champion.



8) Corey Anderson (12-4)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: September 22, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ilir Latifi – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Jan Blachowicz (23-8)

Birthday: February 24, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Thiago Santos – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – February 23, 2019

– vs. Nikita Krylov – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – September 15, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (26-11)

Birthday: November 25, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Tyson Pedro – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – December 1, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Volkan Oezdemir (15-3)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: September 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Anthony Smith – Loss via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – October 27, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Dominick Reyes – UFC on ESPN+ – March 16, 2019



12) Dominick Reyes (10-0)

Height: 6’4

Birthday: December 26, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

– vs. Jared Cannonier – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – May 19, 2018

– vs. Jeremy Kimball – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

– vs. Joachim Christensen – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – June 25, 2017

– vs. Jordan Powell – Win via KO (head kick) – LFA 13 – June 2, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Volkan Oezdemir – UFC on ESPN+ – March 16, 2019



13) Ilir Latifi (14-6, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: July 28, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Corey Anderson – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Vadim Nemkov (10-2)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: June 20, 1992

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Phil Davis – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 209 – November 15, 2018

– vs. Liam McGeary – Win via TKO (leg kicks) – Bellator 194 – February 16, 2018

– vs. Philipe Lins – Win via KO (strikes) – Bellator 182 – August 25, 2017

– vs. Alison Vicente – Win via TKO (strikes) – RIZIN FF WGP – December 29, 2016

– vs. Mikolaj Rozanski – Win via TKO (strikes) – Fight Nights Global 50 – June 17, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Phil Davis (19-5, 1 No Contest)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: September 25, 1984

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Vadim Nemkov – Loss via decision (split) – Bellator 209 – November 15, 2018

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Liam McGeary – Bellator 220 – April 27, 2019