Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Three New Queens, The Return of a King
By: Sherdog.com Staff Feb 13, 2017
208 on Feb. 11 was a letdown in the cage, but that does not
mean it was without ranking relevance. In fact, this is one our
biggest updates on record: While the Ultimate Fighting Championship
launched one division in Brooklyn, New York, this Sherdog.com
rankings update introduces three.
de Randamie earned 48-47 scores across the board to top former
women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm in
the UFC 208 headliner and become the promotion’s inaugural
145-pound women’s titleholder. With the UFC’s introduction of a
third women’s weight class, we decided it was time to be
egalitarian and complete with our rankings, and this update
welcomes women’s top 10s at 145, 125 and 105 pounds. De Randamie
debuts in our women’s featherweight rankings at No. 4, but at 145
Justino joins Jennifer
Maia and Ayaka
Hamasaki as our new No. 1 fighters.
On the men’s side of featherweight, we have had to do some
McGregor, now stripped of his UFC featherweight title and with
no likely fights period on the horizon, let alone at 145 pounds,
has been formally removed from the division’s top 10.
Also at UFC 208, a former divisional ruler found a way to sneak
back into our rankings, as MMA legend Anderson
Silva won a highly controversial unanimous decision over
Brunson in the co-main event. With Silva’s no-contest with
Diaz negating his win at UFC 183, it represents the first
official victory for “The Spider” in over four years. Nonetheless,
the all-time greatest middleweight is back in our 185-pound
rankings at No. 8.