It is at possibility of be an true understatement to say the UFC has some questionable rankings. Which that you need to perhaps inquire rankings to be questionable as they are subjective; however, on this column, I will conceal rankings that I mediate are evident errors. – Editorial Commentary by Peter Parsons
On this week’s UFC rankings, many fighters were taken out of the rankings due to divulge of being inactive, alternate in weight division or within the case of Tyron Woodley, no longer re-signing on the pause of his contract. We glance a range of unique faces within the rankings this week and a familiar face at welterweight.
Khamzat Chimaev re-enters the welterweight rankings at No. 15
For neatly-liked readers of this column, you is at possibility of be getting drained of studying about why Khamzat Chimaev must no longer be ranked. I did no longer mediate we could perhaps look Chimaev ranked again till he obtained one other fight at welterweight. Whereas he’s slothful thanks to his restoration from COVID concerns, there are other welterweights incomes impressive victories, treasure Randy Brown at UFC 261 this past Saturday.
There would possibly be absolute self belief Chimaev became as soon as extremely dominant in all three of his UFC victories, but the real fact stays, he’s 1-0 at welterweight within the UFC with his lone welterweight victory coming towards a fighter in Phys McKee who became as soon as making his UFC debut. McKee lost his 2d UFC fight and isn’t any longer on the roster. Chimaev has two wins at middleweight. In his UFC debut, he defeated John Phillips who went 1-5 within the UFC sooner than his originate. Chimaev’s most impressive put became as soon as towards Gearald Meerschaert who is no longer a top 20 middleweight.
I obtained’t give a checklist of 10 fighters treasure I did in a old article, but listed below are three welterweights who needs to be ranked earlier than Chimaev.
Randy Brown has now obtained 3 out of his last 4 with his lone loss within the last two years coming towards contemporary No. 6 Vicente Luque. His three latest wins were all finishes over critical welterweights Brian Barberena, Warley Alves and Alex Oliveira.
James Krause has obtained five in a row within the UFC welterweight division, along side his most latest put over Claudio Silva who became as soon as beforehand 5-0 as a UFC welterweight.
Miguel Baeza is undefeated at 10-0 overall and 3-0 within the UFC. The Dana White Contender Series alum has critical victories in his last two fights, stoppage victories over Matt Brown and Takashi Sato. Baeza is scheduled to face worn top 10 Santiago Ponzinibbio in June. The winner of that fight must indubitably look a host subsequent to his establish.
As I acknowledged sooner than, this doesn’t mean I cease no longer mediate Chimaev would beat the above fighters. Of path, I gentle mediate Chimaev would beat most of the ranked welterweights. My well-known level on this column will continue to be that rankings needs to be first and well-known based mostly on outcomes.
Donald Cerrone ranked No. 15 at light-weight
Cerrone enters the rankings with Al Iaquinta popping out due to divulge of being inactive. “Cowboy” is one other very neatly-liked fighter. He earned his last light-weight ranking when he beat beforehand ranked lightweights Alexander Hernanez and Al Iaquinta. The Iaquinta put in 2019 became as soon as Cerrone’s last victory contained within the octagon.
Cerrone has gone winless in five straight fights, albeit three of them were towards the cream of the slash within the light-weight division. Cerrone lost to Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor. Cerrone’s last two fights were at welterweight – a unanimous decision loss to Anthony Pettis and a plan that became as soon as later ruled a no contest towards Niko Designate. His subsequent fight became as soon as additionally scheduled at welterweight towards worn teammate Diego Sanchez till Diego needed to recently withdraw.
The argument could perhaps also additionally be made for about a fighters to be ranked earlier than Cerrone at light-weight. Nevertheless, one fighter I will spotlight who I mediate needs to be ranked earlier than “Cowboy” is Drew Dober.
Dober lost his last fight in March towards the contemporary No. 11 Islam Makhachev. Sooner than the Makhachev fight, Dober obtained 6 of his last 7 with his easiest loss in that stretch coming towards contemporary No. 9 Beneil Dariush. Dober looked very impressive on this last two victories, stoppages over high stage prospects Nasrat Haqparast and Alexander Hernandez.
Dober is scheduled to fight City Kickboxing standout Brad Riddell in his subsequent fight in June. The Contemporary Zealander Riddell is off to a 3-0 open within the abilities neatly off UFC light-weight division. The winner of this fight must enter the light-weight top 15.
Sergei Pavlovich ranked No. 14 at heavyweight
With the entire dash this week with slothful fighters leaving the rankings, I am stunned to see Sergei Pavlovich gentle ranked. He has no longer fought in 18 months. Moreover the divulge of being inactive, Pavlovich is easiest 2-1 within the UFC with his finest put coming over Maurice Greene who is for the time being no longer ranked. Whereas Pavlovich has been slothful, listed below are three heavyweights who need to be ranked better than him.
Absolute self belief Andrei Arlovski is a account of the game. Nevertheless, he’s gentle relevant at heavyweight. Even supposing he seemingly could perhaps no longer ever contend for the title again, the worn champ has been slightly active and has obtained 4 of his last 6 fights. He fought twice in 2019, twice in 2020 and has already fought twice in 2021. His two losses at some level of that stretch were towards contemporary No. 6 ranked Jairzinho Rozenstruik and up-to-the-minute No. 13 ranked Tom Aspinall. Two critical victories at some stage on this stretch were towards worn ranked fighters in Tanner Boser and Ben Rothwell.
Sergei Spivac is 3-2 within the UFC heavyweight division. His losses were towards contemporary No. 8 Walt Harris and up-to-the-minute No. 12 Marcin Tybura. The Moldovan has obtained two straight and has critical victories over top Brazilian prospect Carlos Felipe and worn ranked heavyweight Tai Tuivasa.
Alexander Romanov went into his latest fight towards Juan Espino with both fighters having obtained their first two fights within the UFC by submission. Romanov defeated the TUF 28 winner by technical ruin up decision to head 3-0 within the UFC’s heavyweight division and 13-0 overall. The fight resulted in a limited bit controversy with Romanov no longer having the ability to continue due to an unlawful knee to the groin. Nevertheless, the Moldovan became as soon as on his design to winning a name with two out of the three judges having scored the first two rounds for him. Romanov made his UFC debut in September of last yr, 11 months after Pavlovich last fought.
Kamaru Usman ranked No 2. Pound for Pound
I don’t generally pay grand attention to the pound for pound rankings and have never wrote about them on this column. Nevertheless, I’m going to follow the theme of this week’s article which is rewarding strength of agenda and no longer rewarding divulge of being inactive.
I mediate Kamaru Usman must have moved earlier than Jon Jones within the pound for pound rankings with his latest UFC 261 KO over Jorge Masvidal.
Jones has no longer fought in over a yr and his last three victories at light heavyweight don’t have any longer been very impressive. He defeated Dominick Reyes by decision in his last fight, a fight that many noticed Reyes winning. He obtained a lackluster ruin up decision over Thiago Santos. He defeated Anthony Smith in a fight in which he landed an unlawful knee that if Smith would have determined no longer to continue, Jones would have lost his title.
Meanwhile, Usman has obtained three fights since Jones has been out of dash. He has had four title defenses in whole. I do know his title defenses pale in comparability to Jones’. Let me accept the honor, Usman has a long design to head sooner than he could perhaps be regarded as within the finest of all time talk about with Jones; however, I truly feel treasure he deserves to be the contemporary pound for pound king earlier than Jones.
Sooner than Khabib retired, he became as soon as no 1 pound for pound. Usman could perhaps also just even be better ranked than Khabib just appropriate now. Usman has had four title defences and Khabib had three. Usman obtained his title towards a dominant champ on the time in Tyron Woodley. Khabib obtained the vacant title towards Al Iaquinta who took the fight on a day’s sight. Khabib’s three title defenses were in a two-and-a-half of-yr span. Usman’s four title defenses were in a 3-and-a-half of-yr span. Usman is 14-0 within the UFC, Khabib is 13-0 within the UFC.
My well-known level with the Khabib comparability is that Khabib became as soon as regarded as no 1 pound for pound earlier than Jon Jones. Since Khabib took over Jones’ pound for pound title in November, Jones remains to be slothful. Meanwhile Usman has been a truly active champ with stoppage victories over top contenders in Colby Covington, Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal.
My rankings would see varied than another author or fan who follows the game carefully. Right here’s to be expected, as rankings are subjective. Nevertheless, the above examples are rankings I strongly disagree with. Rankings needs to be based mostly essentially on outcomes and no longer perceived capacity or recognition.
Some folks mediate rankings cease no longer matter. Rankings cease matter. They matter when it comes to matchmaking. They matter when it comes to contract negotiations.
Let’s lend a hand the rankings dialog going. Attain you agree or disagree that the above examples are evident ranking errors? Which UFC rankings cease you strongly disagree with? Enlighten your thoughts within the feedback below.