Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - The Heavy Repercussions of Blowing Weight
By: Sherdog.com Staff Oct 3, 2016
Lineker won his
UFC Fight Night main event over John Dodson
in a thrilling split decision on Oct. 1 in Portland, Oregon. It was
the kind of victory that should have vaulted the Brazilian into
these bantamweight rankings. Lineker says he wants a UFC
bantamweight title shot against Dominick
Cruz. On the other hand, Lineker cannot make weight, so he
remains on our bubble list.
With his split decision win over Dodson, Lineker is now 10-2 in the
UFC and, more importantly, 4-0 in the bantamweight division proper.
Yet, the reason we have to write “bantamweight division proper” and
the reason we mitigate his win over “The Magician” is the fact that
“Hands of Stone” has a major problem with the scale. By missing
weight for his bantamweight bout with Dodson, Lineker has now blown
it on the scales an unprecedented five times in the UFC; no other
fight has ever missed weight more than three times.
Weight issues play a prominent role throughout this rankings
update. Example: For a top 10 lightweight like Will Brooks,
a knockout loss would typically mean a major tumble, especially in
such an outstanding division. However, never mind Brooks’ broken
rib against Alex
Oliveira; the fact that Brazilian came in six pounds overweight
ameliorates the former Bellator MMA champ’s loss in a way you do
not normally see at lightweight.
Meanwhile, formerly 10th-ranked featherweight Hacran Dias
also botched weight for his Oct. 1 UFC bout with Andre Fili.
In this case, the “Touchy” one took Dias to task for his
professional indiscretion, earning the biggest win of his career,
Nova Uniao product out of the top 10 and finding himself a
place on our bubble list.