Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Hot Challengers Get Doused
By: Sherdog.com Staff Jan 24, 2018
Last year gave us two hot Ultimate Fighting Championship title
challengers, but in 2018, Stipe
Miocic and Daniel
Cormier are still on top of their divisions.
Miocic clobbered anointed challenger Francis
Ngannou in the UFC 220 main event on Jan. 20 in Boston, ending
his 10-fight winning streak via lopsided 25-minute decision while
becoming the first man to defend the heavyweight title three
consecutive times. Meanwhile, Daniel
Cormier retained his light heavyweight crown and No. 1 spot by
pounding out surging Volkan
Oezdemir, who tore up the 205-pound division in 2017.
Conversely, inactivity plays a large role in our latest update.
With perennial heavyweight standouts Ben Rothwell
Barnett awaiting formal discipline from the United States
Anti-Doping Agency, both men have been on the sidelines for well
over a year and as such drop two spots to ninth and 10th pending
their USADA punishments. Meanwhile, former pound-for-pound queen
Rousey is gearing up for a possible pro wrestling career, has
not fought for nearly 13 months and may never do so again. As a
result, the “Rowdy” one exits our rankings entirely.
MacDonald’s Bellator MMA welterweight title conquest on Jan. 20
sees “The Red King” rise back into our top five, swapping spots
with previous champion Douglas
Lima. Finally, Darren
Elkins’ comeback against Michael
Johnson elevates him one spot at 145 pounds, as he checks in at