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411 MMA Rankings 09.19.17: Light Heavyweight Division – Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones, More

September 19, 2017 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s MMA Ranking Rules

– Which fighters are eligible for these rankings? They must meet the following qualifications: fight at least once in the past 365 days or if they have not, be officially scheduled for an upcoming fight.

– A fighter serving a disciplinary suspension will not be ranked. They can return when they have served their suspension or in the event it is rescinded. This includes fighters who may disregard their suspension locally to fight overseas.




411’s Official MMA Rankings: Light Heavyweight Division

Light Heavyweight Division (205 lbs)


Jon “Bones” Jones is facing a multi-year suspension for a second failed drug test in as many years. After his UFC 197 win over Ovince St. Preux in April 2016, he was popped for two banned substances two months later and stripped of the interim light heavyweight title. He served a suspension and returned to fight and finish Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 this past July. From his drug test taken that weekend, he tested positive for an anabolic steroid and has since been stripped of the light heavyweight title and that win has been changed to a no contest (after his b-sample came back positive for the same substance).

Jones insists he unknowingly ingested the anabolic steroid Turinabol (his reasoning for his failed drug test in 2016 was due to a sexual-enhancement supplement). As a result of his second failed drug test, he can receive up to a four year suspension from USADA.

He turned 30-years-old in July.


1) Daniel Cormier (19-2)

Birthday: March 20, 1979

Height: 5’9

Weight: 239

Currently fighting with: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

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

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC 187: Cormier vs. Johnson – May 23, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Cormier is once-again the UFC champion as the UFC stripped Jon Jones of the belt and returned it to the man he defeated for it.



2) 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



3) Ryan Bader (23-5)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: June 7, 1983

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – January 30, 2016

– vs. Rashad Evans – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson – October 3, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Linton Vassell – Bellator 186 – November 3, 2017



4) Volkan “Cousin” Oezdemir (15-1)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: September 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Paco Estevez – Win via TKO (strikes) – SHC 10 – September 20, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) Phil Davis (17-4, 1 No Contest)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: September 25, 1984

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Francis Carmont – Win via KO (strikes) – Bellator: Dynamite 1 – September 19, 2015

– vs. Emanuel Newton – Win via submission (kimura) – Bellator: Dynamite 1 – September 19, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. TBA – Bellator 186 – November 3, 2017



6) “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC)

Height: 6’0

Birthday: January 11, 1981

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Jiri Prochazka – Win via KO (punch) – Rizin FF – December 31, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Liam McGeary – Bellator 185 – October 20, 2017



7) Jimi Manuwa (17-3)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: February 18, 1980

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Volkan Oezdemir – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

– vs. Corey Anderson – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – March 18, 2017

– vs. Ovince St. Preux – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 204 – October 8, 2016

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 – September 5, 2015

– vs. Jan Blachowicz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 – April 11, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



8) Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (25-10)

Birthday: November 25, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Dan Henderson – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Hendo 2 – March 23, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Unfortunately, Shogun withdrew from a fight with Ovince St. Preux last week. It would have marked Rua’s first fight in Japan since PRIDE’s New Year’s Eve show in 2006 when he defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura.



9) Linton Vassell (18-5, 1 NC)

Height: 6’4

Birthday: June 3, 1983

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. King Mo Laval – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 142 – September 19, 2015

– vs. Sokoudjou – Win via TKO (strikes) – Bellator 134 – February 27, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Ryan Bader – Bellator 186 – November 3, 2017



10) Glover Teixeira (26-6)

Height: 6’2

Birthday: October 28, 1979

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – May 28, 2017

– vs. Jared Cannonier – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 208 – February 11, 2017

– vs. Anthony Johnson – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC 202 – August 20, 2016

– vs. Rashad Evans – Win via KO (punches) – UFC on Fox – April 16, 2016

– vs. Pat Cummins – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 7, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Misha Cirkunov – UFC on Fox – December 16, 2017



11) Nikita Krylov (21-5)

Birthday: March 7, 1992

Currently Fighting With: FNG

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Ed Herman – Win via KO (head kick) – UFC 201 – July 30, 2016

– vs. Francimar Barroso – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – May 8, 2016

– vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night – August 23, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown




12) Rashid Yusupov (8-0)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: May 15, 1992

Currently Fighting With: M-1 Global

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Stephan Puetz – Win via TKO (corner stoppage) – M-1 Challenge 74 – February 18, 2017

– vs. Viktor Nemkov – Win via decision (split) – M-1 Challenge 66 – May 27, 2016

– vs. Martin Zawada – Win via decision (unanimous) – M-1 Challenge 63 – December 4, 2015

– vs. Mitry Medvedev – Win via KO (punch) – M-1 Challenge 57 – May 2, 2015

– vs. Anton Nazarenko – Win submission (armbar) – M-1 Global – June 15, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Viktor Nemkov (25-6)

Height: 6’1

Birthday: January 26, 1987

Currently Fighting With: M-1 Challenge

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Ronny Markes – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – M-1 Challenge 77 – May 19, 2017

– vs. Attila Vegh – Win via decision (unanimous) – M-1 Challenge 71 – October 21, 2016

– vs. Rashid Yusupov – Loss via decision (split) – M-1 Challenge 66 – May 27, 2016

– vs. Stephan Puetz – Win via decision (split) – M-1 Challenge 63 – December 4, 2015

– vs. Maro Perak – Win via decision (unanimous) – M-1 Challenge 60 – August 5, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Misha Cirkunov (13-3)

Height: 6’3

Birthday: February 27, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Volkan Oezdemir – Loss via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – May 28, 2017

– vs. Nikita Krylov – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 206 – December 10, 2016

– vs. Ion Cutelaba – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night – June 18, 2016

– vs. Alex Nicholson – Win via submission (neck crank) – UFC Fight Night – February 8, 2016

– vs. Daniel Jolly – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – August 23, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Glover Teixeira – UFC on Fox – December 16, 2017



15) Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-4)

Height: 5’11

Birthday: January 1, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– 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

– vs. Cassio Barbosa de Oliveira – Win via TKO (strikes) – ACB 20 – June 14, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Ion Cutelaba – UFC 217 – November 4, 2017