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411’s MMA Rankings 05.07.19: Lightweight Division – Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone

May 7, 2019 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Lightweight Division (155 lbs)


1) Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: September 20, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Darrell Horcher – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans – April 16, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: The UFC is returning to Abu Dhabi for UFC 242 in September and early expectations have it marking the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov for the first title defense of his championship reign. Whether that happens or who the opponent is (Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson or someone else) remains to be seen.



2) Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (24-3)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: February 12, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Edson Barboza – Win via submission (Brabo choke) – UFC TUF 22 Finale – December 11, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) Dustin Poirier (25-5, 1 NC)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



4) “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



5) Justin Gaethje (20-2)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: November 14, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 6 fights:

– 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

– vs. Michael Johnson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC TUF Finale – July 7, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



6) Michael Chandler (19-4)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: April 24, 1986

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Benson Henderson – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 165 – November 19, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Friere – Bellator 221 – May 11, 2019



7) “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (36-11, 1 NC)

Height: 6′

Birthday: March 29, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Leon Edwards – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – June 23, 2018

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Cerrone remains unbeaten since his son Danger was born last summer. He remains hopeful of a fight with Conor McGregor, which makes sense for the Irishman since it appears Khabib and Poirier are likely to fight later this year.




8) Al Iaquinta (14-5-1)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: April 30, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 4, 2019

– vs. Kevin Lee – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – December 15, 2018

– vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 223 – April 7, 2018

– vs. Diego Sanchez – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 22, 2017

– vs. Jorge Masvidal – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas – April 4, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (21-8)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: January 21, 1986

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

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:

– Unknown

Comment: Patricky underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his right wrist last month. He expects to return to action this summer.



10) 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:

– Unknown



11) Edson Barboza (20-7)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: January 21, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Beneil Dariush – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – March 11, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) Eddie Alvarez (29-7, 1 NC)

Birthday: November 11, 1984

Currently Fighting With: One Championship

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Conor McGregor – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Carlos Diego Ferreira (15-2)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: January 18, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Dustin Poirier – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – April 4, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Francisco Trinaldo – UFC 237 – May 10, 2019



14) Rustam Khabilov (23-4)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: November 4, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – February 23, 2019

– vs. Kajan Johnson – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – September 15, 2018

– vs. Desmond Green – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – September 2, 2017

– vs. Jason Saggo – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Alexander “The Great” Hernandez (10-2)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: October 1, 1992

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Donald Cerrone – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – January 19, 2019

– vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – July 28, 2018

– vs. Beneil Dariush – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 222 – March 3, 2018

– vs. Derrick Adkins – Win via TKO (strikes) – LFA 27 – November 10, 2017

– vs. Chris Pecero – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – RFA 41 – July 29, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown