Khamzat Chimaev is a person of the most remarkable fighters in current memory to enter the Octagon, but does he ought to have to be a ranked UFC welterweight?
An editorial by Peter Parsons
When the UFC rankings were being up to date very last week, Khamzat Chimaev was ranked 15th at welterweight, exactly where his ranking presently holds for the 2nd consecutive week. The movement was a end result of two spots turning into open in the welterweight rankings with the elimination of Nate Diaz for inactivity, and Rafael dos Anjos, who returned to lightweight.
If rankings were based mostly on who we think would defeat whom, Chimaev’s ranking would make feeling. In fact, 1 could argue that he ought to be rated in the major 5 based mostly on that logic. Look no even more than the odds in his forthcoming combat towards third rated UFC welterweight Leon Edwards, where Chimaev is the beloved.
Rankings are not about perceived probable although. The key requirements with rankings must be outcomes, like good quality of opponents. Sure, dominant performances need to be a factor, but not right before quality of opposition. If fighter A experienced a dominant to start with-spherical stoppage more than a prime 50 opponent, that ought to not carry near as significantly bodyweight as Fighter B who had a near selection victory in excess of a prime 15 fighter.
Khamzat Chimaev has a person gain at welterweight. That staying in opposition to Rhys McKee, who was building his UFC debut. McKee not too long ago dropped his next UFC combat in advance of final week’s rankings came out.
Chimaev manufactured his UFC debut in outstanding vogue at middleweight, dominating John Phillips with ground and pound right before having the D’Arce Choke early in spherical two. In his upcoming fight, Phillips was quickly floor and pounded by Jun Yong Park to a 30-25 unanimous final decision on all a few scorecards. Phillips was 1-3 in the UFC going into the Chimaev fight.
Chimaev’s last fight was in opposition to his most credentialed opponent in his youthful UFC vocation, in middleweight Gerald Meerschaert, who was 6-5 in the UFC. However, Meerschaert was not a top rated 20 middleweight. Chimaev once once more seemed wonderful, this time on his toes, as he scored a 17-2nd knockout that began with a devastating correct cross that dropped the veteran middleweight fighter.
Whilst he has not confronted the optimum excellent of opposition, Chimaev has been dominant in his 3 UFC bouts. Chimaev must truly be ranked bigger ideal now at middleweight than welterweight with two of his three wins, and his best profile and most new get, coming at 185 lbs.
Who ought to be ranked forward of Chimaev in the welterweight division? In no individual buy, right here are 10 fighters who I really feel really should be ranked larger than Chimaev in the UFC 170-pound division.
Krause has won four in a row at welterweight and 7 of his past 8 overall. His lone defeat for the duration of that interval was a split conclusion decline to middleweight Trevin Giles that received Struggle of the Evening honors in a bout that he took on a person day’s detect. Just previous thirty day period, Krause handed Claudio Silva his initial UFC defeat. Silva was beforehand 5- in the UFC. Krause also retains a notable victory over another top rated Brazilian welterweight in Warley Alves.
Martin has long gone 5-2 considering the fact that shifting up to welterweight in 2018 with selection losses to existing best 10 welterweights Neil Magny and Damian Maia and notable victories in excess of Jake Matthews and Ramazan Emeev
Nelson was earlier ranked ahead of losing his very last two to latest best a few fighters Gilbert Burns and Leon Edwards. Nelson has notable next-round submission victories around Alex Oliveira and Alan Jouban in the last 3 decades.
The Australian, Matthews, has gone 6-1 considering the fact that moving up to welterweight in 2017 with notable victories in excess of Li Jingliang and Diego Sanchez and a notable reduction to Rocco Martin.
Price tag is 6-4-1 in the UFC with six stoppage victories. He has noteworthy knockout victories more than James Vick, Tim Suggests, Randy Brown and Alan Jouban, all of which he received Overall performance of the Night bonuses for. He has two losses in remarkable fights with Vicente Luque, who is currently ranked No. 10 at welterweight. He also has a reduction to Geoff Neal, who is at the moment rated No. 11. In his last struggle, Selling price fought to a attract with Donald Cerrone, a combat that he won 2 out of 3 rounds, but experienced a place deducted, which charge him the victory.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
“Capoeira” gained 7 fights in a row before getting rid of two of his last 3. His last struggle was a break up-conclusion decline to Muslim Salikhov in July. His other noteworthy decline was to Li Jinliang. Zaleski dos Santos has noteworthy victories in excess of now rated middleweight Omari Akhmedov, Lyman Excellent, Sean Strickland, Max Griffin and Alexey Kunchenko.
Soon after shedding his UFC debut, Salikhov rallied off two-straight knockout victories. He is on a four-fight win streak with his most noteworthy get getting in his past combat from Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.
Undefeated at 13- all round, Sean Brady is 3- in the UFC. He designed his UFC debut in opposition to previous Top Fighter winner and veteran Court docket McGee. Brady then gained a different unanimous selection over Ismail Naurdiev. Brady is coming off of his 1st finish in the UFC in August with a General performance of the Evening submission victory around Christian Aguilera, who was coming off of his own Performance of the Evening with a to start with-spherical knockout in his UFC debut in June.
Prior to dropping his final battle to current No. 9 ranked Neil Magny, Jingliang had received 7 out of 8 courting back to 2016 with the one decline to Jake Matthews in a Struggle of the Night. For the duration of that stretch, he won 3 Functionality of the Evening bonuses, together with his previous victory, a 3rd-round TKO above Elias Zaleski dos Santos.
There is no question that we have not witnessed three dominant performances to start out a UFC job like we have found with Chimaev. Having said that, here’s a fighter in Khaos Williams, who has experienced two dominant victories to get started his UFC occupation and versus a larger stage of opposition in the welterweight division than what Chimaev has faced. Khaos Williams has only fought for 57 seconds to go 2- in the UFC.
Williams knocked out Alex Morono in 27 seconds in his UFC debut in February. He then knocked out Abdul Razak Alhassan in 30 seconds previously this month. Morono was on a 3-combat profitable streak and 6-2 in the UFC likely into the Williams struggle. Morono happens to be coming off a the latest earn around Chimaev’s only welterweight opponent, Rhys McKee. Alhassan was 4-2 in the UFC likely into the Williams struggle with a few first-spherical knockouts of his very own. I really do not assume Williams need to be ranked larger than most of the fighters on this checklist, but I do consider he ought to be rated greater than Chimaev at welterweight based mostly on his dominant wins versus bigger quality opponents than what Chimaev has confronted.
The winner of Miguel Baeza vs. Takeshi Sato this Saturday, Nov. 28
Baeza is 9- over-all and 2- in the UFC with two spectacular TKO victories, together with a Efficiency of the Evening around veteran Matt Brown in his past struggle in May well. Sato is 2-1 in the UFC with two TKO victories and his lone UFC defeat came at the arms of Belal Muhammad, who is at present ranked No. 13 at welterweight.
So who would win, a single of these fellas or Khamzat Chimaev?
Would I pick the over fighters to conquer Chimaev? No. Does that mean he should really be ranked better than them? No.
Earlier outcomes in the division you are rated in should really be the primary aspect in rankings. For rankings voters, perceived opportunity would obviously come into perform, having said that, it ought to only be a variable when you can’t independent fighters primarily based on their results and high quality of opponents.
I’m as psyched about Chimaev as any supporter, but the actuality is he has a single earn at welterweight about a fighter building his UFC debut and his middleweight wins were towards fighters outside of the best 50 and prime 20, respectively.
In the previous UFC fight of 2020, Chimaev has the opportunity to enter the leading 3, and title competition, with a gain over Leon Edwards. I never disagree with this reserving, as it makes ideal sense from a small business standpoint. However, Chimaev should be heading into the Edwards struggle as an unranked fighter. You really should have to beat fighters near to the rankings to get into the rankings, particularly in a division as deep as welterweight.
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