MMAOddsBreaker Rankings Update: Post-UFC on Fox 19

Khabib Nurmagomedov2With UFC on Fox 19 taking place last weekend, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shaken up. MMAOddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) has taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated after nearly every UFC event. As always, we only show changes in the rankings with this update. To access the full MMAOddsBreaker rankings, click here. Disagree? Feel free to give us your take on our rankings either in the comment section here or on Twitter!   Pound-for-Pound 1. Jon Jones 2. Demetrious Johnson 3. Dominick Cruz 4. Fabricio Werdum 5. Frankie Edgar 6. Rafael dos Anjos 7. Luke Rockhold 8. TJ Dillashaw 9. Robbie Lawler 10. Daniel Cormier 11. Khabib Nurmagomedov (NR) 12. Conor McGregor (-1) 13. Chris Weidman (-1) 14. Jose Aldo (-1) 15. Joanna Jedrzedczyk (-1) I probably should have been ranking Nurmagomedov in the pound for pound list already, but was delaying it due to his two-year injury hiatus. With that out of the way and with his dominant display of wrestling plus ground and pound this past weekend, it’s time to let “The Eagle” soar into the top 15 fighters on the planet.   Light Heavyweight 1. Jon Jones 2. Daniel Cormier 3. Anthony Johnson 4. Alexander Gustafsson 5. Glover Teixeira 6. Ryan Bader 7. Phil Davis 8. Ovince St. Preux (+1) 9. Quinton Jackson (+1) 10. Rashad Evans (-2) 11. Shogun Rua 12. Liam McGeary 13. Muhammed Lawal 14. Ilir Latifi 15. Corey Anderson With his first round knockout loss to Glover Teixeira, it seems Rashad Evans’ career may be just about over. That being said, the light heavyweight division is so weak right now that he’s still in the top 15 in the world at this point. I also did not move Teixeira up past Alexander Gustafsson, but he’s very close to surpassing him. I might move Teixeira up if he fights one more time while Gustafsson is still on the sidelines.   Featherweight 1. Conor McGregor 2. Jose Aldo 3. Frankie Edgar 4. Max Holloway 5. Chad Mendes 6. Ricardo Lamas 7. Cub Swanson 8. Charles Oliveira 9. Mirsad Bektik 10. Daniel Straus 11. Jeremy Stephens (+1) 12. Dennis Bermudez (+1) 13. Hacran Dias (-2) 14. Myles Jury 15. Patricio Pitbull Hacran Dias proved that he’s not going to be much more than a gatekeeper with his loss to Cub Swanson this past weekend. Dias is a good fighter, but doesn’t have nearly high enough action to threaten stoppage victories. Swanson dropped him twice in their bout and at 31 years old, Dias’ prospect days are way behind him. I can’t move Swanson any higher than seven because he’s literally lost to the next five fighters ahead of him in the rankings. Until he can beat a top six fighter, he’s going to stay right where he is.   Flyweight 1. Demetrious Johnson 2. Joseph Benavidez 3. Kyoji Horiguchi (+1) 4. Henry Cejudo (+1) 5. Jussier Formiga (+1) 6. Ian McCall (+1) 7. Ali Bagautinov (+1) 8. Justin Scoggins (+1) 9. Zach Makovsky (+1) 10. John Moraga (+1) 11. Louis Smolka (+1) 12. Ray Borg (+1) 13. Wilson Reis (+1) 14. Ben Nguyen (+1) 15. Sergio Pettis (NR) John Dodson made his move to bantamweight official with his electrifying performance against Manny Gamburyan this past Saturday. He’s right on the fringes of the top 15 bantamweights in the world, but not quite there yet. I had to remove him from the flyweight rankings, however. Sergio Pettis was lucky number 16 and moves up to the top 15 for the first time. Women’s Bantamweight 1. Miesha Tate 2. Holly Holm 3. Ronda Rousey 4. Cat Zingano 5. Amanda Nunes 6. Julianna Pena 7. Valentina Shevchenko 8. Alexis Davis 9. Sarah Kaufman 10. Jessica Eye 11. Raquel Pennington (NR) 12. Lauren Murphy 13. Marion Reneau 14. Tonya Evinger 15. Bethe Correia (-4) With her work-woman-like performance this past weekend against Bethe Correia, Raquel Pennington is on a roll in the bantamweight division. She makes a pretty sizable leap into the top 15 while Correia drops four spots. I may be punishing Correia a bit too much here considering it was a very competitive fight, and I’ll reconsider her ranking if she performs better in her next bout.   Women’s Strawweight 1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk 2. Claudia Gadelha 3. Carla Esparza 4. Rose Namajunas (+1) 5. Tecia Torres (-1) 6. Jessica Aguilar 7. Valerie Letourneau 8. Karolina Kowalkiewicz 9. Liva Souza 10. Marina Moroz 11. Jessica Penne 12. Randa Markos 13. Joanne Calderwood 14. Alexa Grasso 15. Paige VanZant Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas had an incredibly competitive fight in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 19 that honestly could have gone either way. Rose did a great job of utilizing her reach with long strikes from distance but Torres punished her with combinations on the inside and landed some pretty big shots throughout the fight. I wish they had more than three rounds to slug it out but Namajunas took a close decision and swaps places with Torres in my rankings.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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