Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Sweet Dreams
By: Tristen Critchfield May 30, 2018
It was less competition than it was coronation.
Mousasi on May 25 laid claim to the undisputed Bellator
MMA middleweight championship, as he steamrolled Rafael
Carvalho in the
Bellator 200 main event at the SSE Arena in London. Carvalho
succumbed to punches 3:35 into Round 1, the Brazilian beaten for
the first time in more than six years. Now 2-0 since joining the
Bellator roster, Mousasi has the look of a fighter who could enjoy
a lengthy reign atop the promotion’s 185-pound weight class. He
moves to No. 7 in the latest Sherdog divisional rankings,
leapfrogging the in-limbo Georges St.
Mousasi’s rout of Carvalho was not the only event to shake the
middleweight division. Former
Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder Michael
Bisping announced his retirement after a wildly successful
39-fight career. “The Count” had considered a farewell fight in his
native England but decided against it following a violent knockout
loss to Kelvin
Gastelum in November. Bisping’s departure at age 39 clears the
way for Derek
Brunson’s return to the Top 10.
Meanwhile, Darren Till
continued his climb on the welterweight ladder despite missing
weight, as he took a unanimous decision from two-time title
Thompson in the
UFC Fight Night 130 headliner on May 27 in Liverpool, England.
The undefeated Till held narrow statistical advantages against
“Wonderboy” and authored the most significant moment of their
encounter when he knocked down the South Carolina-based karateka
with an overhand left in the fifth round. Just 25 years old, he has
rattled off straight wins since returning from shoulder surgery in