Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Unbeaten Not Unblemished
By: Tristen Critchfield Oct 10, 2018
What should have been a celebration of the biggest victory of
Nurmagomedov’s career to date devolved into something else
UFC 229 on Saturday night.
Instead of breaking down the Dagestani’s fourth-round submission of
McGregor, we’ve been left to discuss the ramifications of the
post-fight melee that erupted moments after the Irishman tapped to
a neck crank at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Will Nurmagomedov
face a lengthy suspension for his actions, or even worse, will he
be stripped of the lightweight crown? Only time will tell. For now,
one thing is clear: “The Eagle” reigns supreme at 155 pounds.
Meanwhile McGregor, the UFC’s biggest star, re-renters the
lightweight top 10 at No. 5.
There were plenty of other fights that affected the rankings on a
loaded UFC 229 bill. If anyone could lay claim to being the next
No. 1 contender at 155 pounds, it’s Tony
Ferguson, who scored an impressive stoppage of ex-champ
Pettis in the UFC 229 co-main event. “El Cucuy,” with 11
straight wins, is a clear-cut No. 2. Elsewhere, Derrick
Lewis continues to climb the heavyweight ladder, as his Hail
Mary knockout of Alexander
Volkov moves him up to third in our latest poll. And Jussier da
Silva is making it harder to deny him a shot at flyweight gold
following his third straight win, a decision triumph over Sergio
Pettis, who falls to No. 7 in defeat.
There’s new blood at 205 pounds, as unbeaten Dominick
Reyes enters the rankings at No. 10 following a victory over
perennial gatekeeper Ovince St.
Preux, and female bantamweight prospect Aspen Ladd
makes a significant leap from ninth to fifth following a thrashing
of ex-Invicta FC queen Tonya