The Rankings: The Featherweights: Nov 9, 2012


The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto's rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Featherweights. 

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto, speeds – Sports Two MMA Forum, Dave Kelsey – 2011 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, and MMA journalist (FIGHT!,, Keyboard Kimura) E. Spencer Kyte.

*Click on fighter's name for a full scouting report*

1) (Last Ranking – 1) Jose Aldo – UFC Featherweight Champion – 40 points (out of 40)

jose aldo in crowd at ufc 142

    Record: 21-1
    Last Five Fights: 5-0 
    Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Mendes)
    Next Fight: vs #2 Frankie Edgar – UFC 156 – Feb 2nd

Jose Aldo promises no more riding his motorcycle.  Probably a good call.

2) (2) Frankie Edgar – UFC – 34 points
           Record: 14-3-1
           Last Five Fights: 2-2-1
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0
           Next Fight: vs #1 Jose Aldo UFC 156 – Feb 2nd

Frankie Edgar will have to wait for Aldo's foot to heal before he makes his long-awaited UFC featherweight debut.

3) (3) Chad Mendes – UFC – 33 points
          Last Five Fights: 4-1 
          Record vs Top 10: 1-1 (L-Aldo, W-Koch)
          Next Fight: vs Hacran Dias – UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs Pearson – Dec 15th

Chad Mendes rebounded from the only loss of his career by KOing Cody McKenzie at UFC 148.

4) (4) Pat Curran – Bellator Featherwight Champion – 26 points 
           Last Five Fights: 4-1 
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0 
           Next Fight: vs Patricio Freire – TBA

Unfortunately a broken orbital bone has delayed Pat Curran's first title defense versus Patricio Freire.

5) (5) Chan Sung Jung – UFC – 24 points
           Record: 13-3 
           Last Five Fights: 3-2
           Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Poirier) 
           Next Fight: TBA

The Korean Zombie put on the performance of a lifetime versus Dustin Poirier, showing a much-improved fighting style.

6) (6) Erik Koch – UFC – 20 points
           Last Five Fights: 4-1 
           Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Mendes)
           Next Fight: vs #8 Ricardo Lamas – UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Dodson – Jan 26th

While it is never convenient to get injured, Erik Koch definitely picked the worst possible time.

7) (7) Hatsu Hioki – UFC – 12 points
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Lamas)
           Next Fight: vs Clay Guida – UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Dodson – Jan 26th

Hatsu Hioki passed on a shot at Jose Aldo to instead take a tune-up fight with Ricardo Lamas.  He got tuned, that's for sure.

8) (8) Ricardo Lamas – UFC – 11 points
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Hioki) 
           Next Fight: vs #6 Erik Koch – UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Dodson – Jan 26th

Despite being a big-time underdog, Ricardo Lamas beat Hatsu Hioki in Atlantic City last summer.

9) (9) Dustin Poirier – UFC – 9 points
          Last Five Fights:
          Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Jung)
          Next Fightvs Jonathan Brookins – TUF 16 Finale – Dec 15th

Dustin Poirier got totally overwhelmed by the Korean Zombie in the biggest fight of his career thus far.

10) (10) Dennis Siver – UFC – 5 points

dennis siver kicking diego nunes

          Record: 20-8
          Last Five Fights: 4-1
          Record vs Top 10: 0-0
          Next Fight: vs Eddie Yagin – UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Diaz – Dec 8th

After some initial difficulty getting down to the 145-pound limit, Dennis Siver passed his featherweight debut with flying colours, besting Diego Nunes.

Bubbling under: Tatsuya Kawijiri, Marlon Sandro, Diego Nunes


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