It may possibly be an understatement to say the UFC has some questionable rankings. You would expect rankings to be questionable as they are subjective nevertheless, in this column, I will issue out rankings that I imagine are evident errors.
Editorial Commentary by Peter Parsons
I wrote a past editorial in November about Khamzat Chimaev staying a rated UFC welterweight inspite of the truth that he is 1- in the 170-pound body weight division with his only win at 170 coming towards a fighter making his UFC debut. You can read through this article here.
Underneath are modern rankings that I strongly disagree with.
Conor McGregor: Rated No. 15 at Welterweight
With Anthony Pettis not too long ago taken out of the rankings after signing with the PFL, Conor McGregor was inserted in the No. 15 location. With Chimaev at No. 14 and McGregor at No. 15 at welterweight, this helps make 1 think that the rankings are a reputation contest.
Chimaev was the discuss of the MMA entire world in 2020. There is also no question that McGregor is the most well-known MMA fighter in the globe and a legit leading rated light-weight contender. Having said that, in January of past year, McGregor’s get about Donald Cerrone, who at the time was a ranked lightweight, was the only welterweight gain for “The Notorious” due to the fact evening the rating with Nate Diaz back again in August of 2016.
Who really should be ranked in advance of McGregor? You can see the beforehand mentioned Khamzat Chimaev article, in which I record 11 fighters who I believed could be ranked in advance of Chimaev. When building that checklist, McGregor did not appear to thoughts. To emphasize a number of fighters from that checklist, I would issue towards undefeated fighters Sean Brady and Miguel Baeza, who are equally 3- in the UFC and who have been fairly energetic at welterweight. How about James Krause who has won five in a row at welterweight, together with his recent win more than Claudio Silva, who was beforehand 5- at welterweight in the UFC.
When the updated rankings come out this 7 days, I fully assume to see Li Jingliang ranked at welterweight following his knockout victory more than Santiago Ponzinibbio at the UFC’s first event on ABC on Saturday. Ponzinibbio was on a seven-fight profitable streak and was a Leading 10 welterweight ahead of shedding his location in the rankings due to inactivity with his previous fight being a TKO victory over Neil Magny in 2018. Magny, currently ranked No. 9 at welterweight, was also the final opponent of Jingliang. Prior to his unanimous determination loss against Magny, Jingliang had gained 3 in a row and seven of his previous 8.
Marcin Tybura: Rated No. 15 at Heavyweight
Tybura recently entered the rankings at No. 15 with his get above Greg Hardy at the Dec. 19 UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal card. I come to feel he must have entered the rankings higher. An argument could be designed that he could be rated as superior as 12th, but listed here I will make the argument that he really should be ranked higher than the 14th rated Sergei Pavlovich.
Tybura has won four straight with notable stoppage victories over Greg Hardy and Ben Rothwell in his past two. He also has notable determination victories around Sergey Spivak, Stefan Struve, and Andrei Arlovski in the very last couple of decades. Tybura’s losses have arrive from fighters who are now rated in Augusto Sakai, Shamil Abdurakhimov, Derrick Lewis, and previously ranked and former champion Fabricio Werdum, who like Pettis, recently signed with the PFL.
Just after struggling his initially specialist defeat at the palms of Alistair Overeem in his UFC debut, Pavlovich has gained two in a row in opposition to Marcelo Golm and Maurice Greene. This was Golm’s third straight decline, which ended his UFC tenure. Greene was on an spectacular a few-combat profitable streak having said that, he has considering the fact that dropped 3 out of four, including his final decline to earlier outlined Hardy.
Tybura’s very last two wins around Rothwell and Hardy are plainly additional spectacular than Pavlovich’s two wins above Gohm and Greene. Tybura also has previously pointed out notable victories over Spivak, Struve, and Arlovski in recent many years.
Jimmy Flick: Unranked at Flyweight
I know Jimmy Flick is only 1- in the UFC, but this is not a case of recency bias on my element just after viewing him land a Submission of the Year candidate with his traveling triangle over Cody Durden in the previous card of 2020 on Dec. 19. Let me demonstrate. The UFC Flyweight division is even now slender as it is rebuilding, and the No. 15 rated Amir Albazi is also 1- in the UFC.
In July, Albazzi scored a very first-round triangle choke submission of his individual around Malcolm Gordon, who was also building his UFC debut. Gordon has given that missing his second UFC fight in the first spherical.
With all else currently being equal, it comes down to most impressive end and excellent of opponent. Flick’s opponent, Durden, fought to a attract at bantamweight in his only past UFC fight against Chris Gutierrez, which snapped Gutierrez’ a few-struggle successful streak at 135 lbs .. Durden is evidently a much better opponent than Albazzi’s opponent, Gordon, and Flick’s traveling triangle was the a lot more impressive finish, as it was on the small list for Submission of the Yr in 2020.
Albazzi has a prospect to solidify and probably shift up the rankings with a get about Zhalgus Zhumalgulov on the UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor prelims.
Summary: Rankings Matter
My rankings would seem unique than any other writer or lover who follows the sport intently. This is to be predicted, as rankings are subjective. On the other hand, the over illustrations are rankings I strongly disagree with. Rankings really should be based principally on outcomes and not perceived likely or acceptance.
Some men and women feel rankings do not issue. Rankings do issue. They subject when it comes to matchmaking. They make any difference when it arrives to contract negotiations.
Let us continue to keep the rankings conversation going. Do you concur or disagree that the earlier mentioned illustrations are obtrusive position issues? Which UFC rankings do you strongly disagree with? Convey your thoughts in the reviews beneath.
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