Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Raise the Hammer
By: Tristen Critchfield Feb 26, 2019
Oezdemir and Anthony
Smith have already proven, the path to light heavyweight title
contention can be much shorter than in other divisions. Now, it
appears that Thiago
Santos could be following in their footsteps.
“Marreta” earned his third consecutive 205-pound victory at UFC
Prague, showcasing his power with a third-round technical knockout
Blachowicz in the evening’s headliner at the O2 arena. Three
was the magic number for both Oezdemir and Smith to earn light
heavyweight title shots, so Santos could very well be next in line
to face the winner of the fight between Jon Jones and
“Lionheart” at UFC 235 on Saturday. For now, the Brazilian will
have to settle for a move up our rankings, as he ascends from No. 9
to No. 6 in our latest poll. Blachowicz, upon seeing his four-fight
winning streak come to an end, falls to ninth.
Elsewhere, highly-regarded Russian bantamweight prospect Petr Yan
earned the most significant victory of his career to date with a
unanimous verdict over former flyweight title challenger John Dodson
on the UFC Prague main card. Thanks to his fourth straight Octagon
triumph, “No Mercy” enters the bantamweight rankings for the first
time at No. 10, sending Dodson to the bubble in the process.