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411 MMA Rankings 10.16.18: Pound for Pound – Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier, More

October 16, 2018 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
Khabib Nurmagomedov

411’s MMA Rankings

Pound For Pound


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

Birthday: March 20, 1979

Height: 5’9

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Stipe Miocic – Win via KO (punches) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Volkan Oezdemir – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 220 – January 20, 2017

– vs. Jon Jones – No Contest (overturned) – 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: Tate vs. Nunes – July 9, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Derrick Lewis – UFC 230 – November 3, 2018

Comment: Seemingly out of nowhere, Cormier and Lewis were announced as the UFC 230 main event last week. Days after Lewis came through with a come-from-behind third round knockout win over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229, he was given the first title fight opportunity of his UFC career. Out of nowhere because Cormier was said to have been waiting to fight Brock Lesnar early next year, but you can’t fault the man for wanting to get paid. As for how much of a challenge Lewis will provide the champion remains debatable. What is not, however, is his one-punch knockout power (but at heavyweight, don’t most fighters?).



2) Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: September 20, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Conor McGregor – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – 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: Khabib also has claim to being the best fighter in the UFC. He earned his 27th consecutive pro win by submitting Conor McGregor to be crowned the undisputed lightweight champion. Unfortunately, he decided to attack Conor’s corner after the fight which turned the dialogue from his incredible performance to a cage-side brawl. For his actions, Khabib has not even been paid his $2 million purse by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Both Nurmagomedv and McGregor have been temporarily suspended (McGregor threw punches at McGregor’s cornermen, too) pending an October 24th hearing when the NAC will determine their punishments.

Khabib is also holding the UFC over a barrel after he claims he will quit the promotion if his friend Zubaira Tukhugov is cut from the promotion. Tukhugov ran into the cage after the UFC 229 main event and sucker punched McGregor. He was scheduled to fight Artem Lobov at a UFC Fight Night show in New Brunswick later this month, but has since been pulled from that card. The UFC has not confirmed Tukhugov’s status one way or another (though Dana White said immediately after UFC 229 that whomever jumped into the cage to attack McGregor would be cut if they were under contract).

Stay tuned.



3) Tyron Woodley (19-3-1)

Height: 5’9

Birthday: April 17, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Darren Till – Win via submission (D’Arce choke) – UFC 228 – September 8, 2018

– vs. Demian Maia – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

– vs. Stephen Thompson – Win via decision (split) – UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 – March 4, 2017

– vs. Stephen Thompson – Draw via decision – UFC 205 – November 12, 2016

– vs. Robbie Lawler – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley – July 30, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Woodley may very well be the best fighter in the UFC. Last month, he choked out Darren Till in his successful title defense. At welterweight, there does not seem to be a big threat to him, though Colby Covington believes he is the uncrowned champion. After choking out Till, Woodley was awarded his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt by Din Thomas.




4) Max Holloway (19-3)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: December 4, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

– vs. Jeremy Stephens – Win via decision (unanumous) – UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor – December 12, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Brian Ortega – UFC 231 – December 8, 2018

Comment: Thankfully, Holloway will return to action before the end of the year. He has been forced out of three fights since January due to a variety of reasons (most recently was “concussion-like symptoms” although that likely does not do a good job of actually describing what happened). After undergoing plenty of tests, he has been cleared to return and will defend the featherweight title against undefeated Ortega in Toronto.




5) T.J. Dillashaw (16-3)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: February 7, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Cody Garbrandt – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 227 – August 4, 2018

– vs. Cody Garbrandt – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 217 – November 4, 2017

– vs. John Lineker – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 207 – December 30, 2016

– vs. Raphael Assuncao – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Dominick Cruz – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – January 17, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Dillashaw is trying to dictate his immediate future and as champion, that should provide him a bit more firepower to do so. Whether the UFC sees it that way remains to be seen. Dillashaw wants to move down to 125-pounds to challenge champion Henry Cejudo. The UFC has talked about that fight, but at T.J.’s bantamweight weight of 135-pounds. Dillashaw has no interest in the lighter Cejudo moving up in weight, feeling that if he wins then there will be the natural excuse of a size advantage (does it matter that much since on fight night, weight limits do not matter at all?). Plus, he’s not looking to defend the bantamweight title at all just yet since his rematch win over Cody Garbrandt. He has called for a fight between Dominick Cruz and Marlon Moraes to determine the next challenger.



6) “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 (rear naked choke) – UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

– vs. Eddie Alvarez – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 205 – November 15, 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

Comment: With his UFC 229 loss, McGregor suffered his first lightweight loss in the UFC and first since his sixth pro fight back in Ireland. Khabib’s wrestling proved too strong for him, and he was too hesitant instead of the usually aggressive head hunter we typically see. Conor is apparently looking at an immediate rematch, though nothing has been settled until the NAC determines what to do with the pair following the brawl.



7) Robert Whittaker (20-4)

Height: 6′

Birthday: December 20, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Yoel Romero – Win via decision (split) – UFC 225 – June 9, 2018

– vs. Yoel Romero – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 213 – July 8, 2017

– vs. Jacare Souza – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – April 15, 2017

– vs. Derek Brunson – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 26, 2016

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Kelvin Gastelum – TBA



8) Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: August 1, 1985

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Rory MacDonald – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 206 – September 29, 2018

– vs. Rafael Carvalho – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 200 – May 25, 2018

– vs. Alexander Shlemenko – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 185 – October 20, 2017

– vs. Chris Weidman – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 210 – April 6, 2017

– vs. Uriah Hall – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 19, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Mousasi decisively finished welterweight champion Rory MacDonald in a defense of his middleweight title. His second round TKO win was his first defense of the Bellator gold. He said he next hopes to fight undefeated contender Rafael Lovato Jr. and Lyoto Machida.



9) Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (27-3-1)

Height: 5’3

Birthday: August 13, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Henry Cejudo – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 227 – August 4, 2018

– vs. Ray Borg – Win via submission (armbar) – UFC 216 – October 7, 2017

– vs. Wilson Reis – Win via submission (armbar) – UFC on Fox – April 15, 2017

– vs. Tim Elliott – Win via decision (unanimous) – TUF Finale – December 3, 2016

– vs. Henry Cejudo – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 197 – April 23, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



10) Henry Cejudo (13-2)

Height: 5’4

Birthday: February 9, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Demetrious Johnson – Win via decision (split) – UFC 227 – August 4, 2018

– vs. Sergio Pettis – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 218 – December 2, 2017

– vs. Wilson Reis – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 215 – September 9, 2017

– vs. Joseph Benavidez – Loss via decision (split) – UFC TUF Finale – December 3, 2016

– vs. Demetrious Johnson – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 197 – April 23, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Tony 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

Comment: Ferguson returned to action and earned his 11th consecutive win in a two-round war with former champion Anthony Pettis. If things turn out right, we may finally get to see Ferguson contend for the UFC championship in 2019 against Nurmagomedov. This fight has previously been scheduled about five times and still has yet to come to fruition.



12) Stipe Miocic (18-3)

Birthday: August 19, 1982

Height: 6’4

Weight: 245

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Daniel Cormier – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Francis Ngannou – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 220 – January 20, 2018

– vs. Junior dos Santos – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 211 – May 13, 2017

– vs. Alistair Overeem – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem – September 10, 2016

– vs. Fabricio Werdum – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic – May 14, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Ryan Bader (26-5)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: June 7, 1983

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Fedor Emelianenko – Bellator MMA – January 26, 2019

Comment: Bellator’s reigning light heavyweight champion advanced to the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix on Friday with his win over Matt Mitrione. It was a three-round dominant showing as he controlled every minute of the fight and punished his larger opponent en route to the decision win. Next will be a fight with Fedor Emelianenko to determine the new Bellator heavyweight champion.



14) Brian Ortega (14-0, 1 NC)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: February 21, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Diego Brandao – Win via submission (triangle choke) – UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit – January 2, 2016

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Max Holloway – UFC 231 – December 8, 2018




15) Georges St. Pierre (26-2)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: May 19, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Michael Bisping – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 217 – November 4, 2017

– vs. Johny Hendricks – Win via decision (split) – UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks – November 16, 2013

– vs. Nick Diaz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz – March 16, 2013

– vs. Carlos Condit – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit – November 17, 2012

– vs. Jake Shields – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields – April 30, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Georges has reportedly returned to full health after being hit by ulcerative colitis. As for when he’ll return to the cage, he appears to be waiting on the most attractive option. What that necessarily is, is not yet clear. The most bandied about names have not changed — Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, Tyron Woodley.

Closing Comments:

Jon Jones is returning to action in December against Alexander Gustafsson. It will mark the former champion’s return after about 17 months sidelined due to his failure to pass drug tests. He is not ranked on this list because how do you compare his performances in recent years to the likes of the other fighters? Jones literally has failed drug tests in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The only reason he was able to return to action now, is because he took advantage of a UFC anti-doping program policy which allowed him to provide information about another person (or others) to get his own suspension cut short. An MMAJunkie report said Jones must continue to provide information to USADA or he could once again be suspended. At his best/cleanest, Jones is undoubtedly the best fighter in the world and it’s not even close. Not so ironically, the biggest threat to Jones as a fighter is Jon Jones the human being and nobody else. It’s ludicrous that after failing two drug tests for performance enhancing drugs and a third test for cocaine in recent years, he’s being allowed back in and will likely have an opportunity to regain the UFC championship by next summer. A blatant disregard by the promotion for the perception of a cheater having repeated chances is puzzling but the UFC has never been consistent in how they hold fighters accountable.

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