Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Welcome to T-City
By: Sherdog.com Staff Dec 13, 2017
The man himself is openly deferring an
Ultimate Fighting Championship title shot in favor of the more
Edgar. Make no mistake, though: It may not be long until
“T-City” is host to a UFC featherweight title bout.
The undefeated Brian
Ortega officially shed the “prospect” label at
UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9 in Fresno, California, choking
out perennial divisional standout Cub Swanson
in the second round in one of the year’s most brilliant
submissions. Following the biggest win of his career and fifth
straight stoppage inside the Octagon, Ortega rises from No. 7 to
the fourth spot in our rankings. The defeated Swanson, now a free
agent, falls from No. 5 to sixth.
On the undercard of the UFC’s effort in Fresno, Marlon
Moraes delivered a devastating knee-strike knockout to Aljamain
Sterling. Courtesy of his second UFC win in four weeks, “Magic”
Moraes rises one spot at 135 pounds, vaulting Jimmie
Rivera to the No. 5 position.
We also have two new entrants into their respective divisional top
10s, albeit under unusual circumstances.
After their Dec. 9 rematch and move to flyweight, Alexis
Davis and Liz
Carmouche exit our contenders list and No. 10 spot,
respectively, at 135 pounds. The undefeated Aspen Ladd,
just 22 years old, fills the vacancy left in the 10th slot at
bantamweight. Meanwhile, Invicta Fighting Championships 26 on Dec.
8 saw the ranked Tessa
Simpson fall to an overweight Amber Brown
in a mere 50 seconds. Brown was not rewarded for her blown weight
cut in victory, but Simpson still falls to our contenders list at
105 pounds. As a result, upstart Lisbeth
Lopez Silva climbs into the top 10.