UFC Rankings Overview: Mateusz Gamrot Trades Places with Conor McGregor in UFC Gentle-weight Rankings
It can maybe be a proper understatement to express the UFC has some questionable rankings. That you just must maybe maybe query rankings to be questionable as they’re subjective; on the plenty of hand, on this column, I might gift rankings that I mediate are obvious mistakes. I might additionally analyze essential circulate in the rankings that I accept as true with.
Editorial Commentary by Peter Parsons
Mateusz Gamrot entered the prime 10 in the UFC gentle-weight rankings along with his five spherical, vital event victory over Arman Tsarukyan on Saturday night. Gamrot obtained a unanimous resolution, 48-47 on all three judges scorecards, in a high-degree, action packed, combat of the night efficiency.
Mateusz Gamrot ranked No. 8 at gentle-weight
After staring at the outdated No. 12 ranked Mateusz Gamrot defeat the No. 11 ranked Arman Tsarukyan, I assumed we could maybe gape the 2 swap spots in the rankings. I used to be happy to glance Gamrot upward push sooner than Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson who’re every on shedding streaks, albeit against prime rivals. Gamrot is ranked No. 8 and Conor McGregor dropped to No. 12. The Polish fighter is ranked one position sooner than No. 9 ranked Tony Ferguson. I feel like Gamrot wants to be ranked one sport higher, over the sizzling No. 7 Rafael Dos Anjos.
After breaking into the welterweight rankings and having mixed outcomes at the prime of the 170-pound division, the vulnerable gentle-weight champ Rafael Dos Anjos returned to the 155-pound division in November of 2020 to combat the No. 7 ranked Paul Felder who took the five spherical vital event combat on staunch five days note. Dos Anjos obtained a split resolution in what modified into out to be Felder’s retirement combat. Dos Anjos didn’t combat in 2021 and returned to combat vulnerable ranked featherweight and unranked gentle-weight Renato Moicano in a five spherical co-vital event at UFC 272 in March. Dos Anjos obtained by unanimous resolution. Moicano stepped in on staunch four days note after Dos Anjos’ normal oppenont Rafael Fiziev needed to withdraw due to COVID-19.
While Dos Anjos used to be sluggish in 2021, Gamrot went 3-0 with stoppage victories over Scott Holtzman, Jeremy Stephens, and then No. 12 ranked Diego Ferreira. On Saturday, the vulnerable two division KSW champ earned his greatest victory of his profession over Arman Tsarukyan who used to be ranked No. 11. Tsarukyan had easiest lost as soon as in the UFC, a combat wherein he took on fast note against contemporary No. 4 Islam Makhachev in Tsarukyan’s promotional debut. In my peep, the Tsarukyan victory will must maintain catapulted Gamrot even additional up the rankings to No. 7, past the vulnerable champ Dos Anjos.
Dos Anjos has of enterprise to solidify his No. 7 rating when he fights No. 10 ranked Rafael Fiziev on July 9 in a combat that used to be presupposed to occur at UFC 272.
Shavkat Rakhmonov ranked No. 10 at welterweight
Shavkat Rakhmonov defeated outdated No. 10 ranked Neil Magny in the co-vital event on Saturday night. Rakhmonov is remarkably now 16-0 with 16 finishes. He is 4-0 in the UFC with four finishes. Genuinely, Rakhmonov has by no methodology been commence air the 2d spherical in the UFC with two first spherical and two 2d spherical finishes. Here is the effect of dominance early in a UFC profession viewed by fellow welterweight contender Khamzat Chimaev. Before Chimaev’s Gilbert Burns combat, he didn’t face as high of a level of rivals in his first four UFC fights as what Rakhmonov has. One more well-known distinction with Chimaev and Rakhmonov is that Chimaev is approach extra well-liked. I feel that like Chimaev, Rakhmonov has a truly correct shot at welterweight title rivals in the next year or two.
With the Magny victory, the Kazakh fighter took Magny’s No. 10 rating. I’ve written in contemporary weeks on this column about how it looks automated at times for a fighter to obtain his opponent’s rating with a victory, and on the total on this discipline, the winning fighter have to unexcited circulate up higher in the rankings. In Rakhmonov’s case, I mediate the rating panelists bought it beautiful. Rakhmonov is late No. 9 Sean Brady who is 5-0 in the UFC along with his final victory coming against then No. 6 ranked Michael Chiessa.
It wants to be attention-grabbing to glance who Rakhmonov will get matched up against subsequent. I don’t gape many prime 10 welterweights who could maybe be wrathful to combat him beautiful now. Even supposing he fought a ranked opponent in the 11 to 15 vary, we’re in for a deal with and with a miniature bit of luck the mainstream fans obtain on to this ultra gifted 27-year-dilapidated who this past weekend went from prospect to contender.
Upcoming Vital UFC Welterweight Fights
Jul 2 – Bryan Barbarena vs. Robbie Lawler
Jul 16 – Muslim Salikhov vs. (14) Li Jingliang
Aug 6 – (13) Geoff Neal vs. (6) Vicente Luque
Aug 20 – (2) Leon Edwards vs. (C) Kamaru Usman
My rankings would glance varied than any varied author or fan who follows the game carefully. Here is to be anticipated, as rankings are subjective. Rankings wants to be primarily based primarily on outcomes and no longer perceived doable or repute.
Some people mediate rankings attain no longer matter. Rankings attain matter. They matter with regards to matchmaking. They matter with regards to contract negotiations.
Let’s defend the rankings conversation going. Savor you compromise or disagree with the above Ranking Overview? Tell your thoughts in the comments under.