Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Rocky Road
By: Tristen Critchfield Jul 23, 2019
Welterweight has one of the deepest talent pools in all of mixed
martial arts, so it only stands to reason that it takes a little
extra to crack the divisional rankings.
Edwards is a prime example of said depth, as he finally enters
our 170-pound poll after a five-round verdict over Rafael dos
Anjos in the
UFC on ESPN 4 headliner this past Saturday. A seven-bout
winning streak had “Rocky” hovering on the welterweight bubble. His
eighth – and most significant – triumph allows him to join the
rankings at No. 5, taking the place of dos Anjos, who drops one
spot to sixth.
By contrast, heavyweight requires only a small winning streak to
gain notice. However, Walt Harris’
modest four-bout unbeaten streak isn’t quite enough for him to make
the Top 10. However, his 12-second shellacking of Alexey
Oleynik at UFC San Antonio clears the way for grizzled veteran
Kongo to claim the 10th spot. Harris joins the bubble and sends
Oleynik tumbling out of the heavyweight Top 15 altogether.
Elsewhere at UFC on ESPN 4, No. 7-ranked women’s bantamweight
Pennington halted a two-fight skid with a decision against
bubble lister Irene
Aldana, while No. 5 flyweight Jennifer
Maia bested bubble occupant Roxanne
Modafferi for a second time. Neither performance was enough to
break the status quo in those divisions.