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411's MMA Rankings 03.25.14: Featherweight Division
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 03.25.2014






Welcome all to the 411 MMA RANKINGS, over six-and-a-half years strong and becoming wiser each and every week. Let's put that to the test today as we unveil the updated featherweight rankings. Familiar faces try to earn rematches with UFC champion Jose Aldo while over in Bellator, it's a game of hot potato with their championship between Pat Curran and Daniel Straus.

While the top four this week are a safe distance from the others (Aldo and Mendes are unanimously considered #1 and #2), spots five through eight are extremely close. Straus and Ricardo Lamas are fresh off defeats while Frankie Edgar is training for his upcoming fight with B.J. Penn over the summer. Also, the featherweight Pitbull brother, Patricio, is waiting for his opportunity to challenge for Bellator gold in 2014.

A fresh perspective in this week's featherweight edition brings two newcomers to the forefront in their 411 MMA Rankings debuts. Is it too early, a bit late? That's for you to decide and throw in our faces. While neither Conor McGregor or Dennis Bermudez have fought anyone considered a top contender or even necessarily a top 20 fighter, but that doesn't denigrate their accomplishments so far. Both have taken the 145-pound scene by storm, perhaps for separate reasons. McGregor, while he has impressed inside the octagon for years, is none too shy about letting the world know how he feels about his peers, positive or negative.

For Bermudez, he has stolen many a fight cards based on outstanding performances as he did in his awesome fight with Matt Grice in 2013 or even most recently in his win over Jimy Hettes.

Fresh blood for Jose Aldo? Where do I sign up?!


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Rankings From One Year Ago
4.02.13


1. Jose Aldo

2. Pat Curran

3. Ricardo Lamas

4. Chan Sung Jung

5. Chad Mendes

6. Cub Swanson

7. Frankie Edgar

8. Daniel Straus

9. Dustin Poirier

10. Erik Koch

11. Patricio Freire

12. Dennis Siver

13. Darren Elkins

14. Tatsuya Kawajiri

15. Clay Guida






411's MMA Ranking Rules

- Which fighters are eligible for these rankings? They must meet the following qualifications: fight at least once in the past 365 days or if not, be officially scheduled for an upcoming fight.

- A fighter serving a disciplinary suspension will not be ranked. They can return when they have served their suspension or in the event it is rescinded. This includes fighters who may disregard their suspension locally to fight overseas.

- If a fighter appears on just one single ballot, and in the top ten, five points will be deducted to balance between other fighters who may be ranked lower, but appear on a greater amount of ballots.

- Want to complain about a fighter's ranking in the comments section? Chat it up in the comments section below bringing up any and all points you can think of.






411's Official MMA Rankings


Featherweight Division (145 lbs)






1) Jose Aldo (24-1)


Height: 5'7

Birthday: September 9, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Ricardo Lamas - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2 - February 1, 2014

- vs. Chan Sung Jung - Win via TKO (punches) - UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie - August 3, 2013

- vs. Frankie Edgar - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar - February 2, 2013

- vs. Chad Mendes - Win via KO (knee) - UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes - January 14, 2012

- vs. Kenny Florian - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 - October 8, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: With the tease of a fight between Aldo and Anthony Pettis long gone, the featherweight champion has set his sights on a potential rematch with Chad Mendes. During a question and answer session last week in Brazil, he referred to Mendes as the top contender and was willing to defend the gold against him for the first time in over two years.




2) Chad Mendes (16-1)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: May 1, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Nik Lentz - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez - December 14, 2013

- vs. Clay Guida - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2 - August 31, 2013

- vs. Darren Elkins - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez - April 20, 2013

- vs. Yaotzin Meza - Win via KO (punches) - UFC on FX 6: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson - December 14, 2012

- vs. Cody McKenzie - Win via KO (body punch) - UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 - July 7, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Since his January 2012 loss to Aldo, Mendes has reeled off five consecutive wins, four of which were in dominant fashion. His most recent performance may have been hindered by an illness but even so, he is clearly the second best 145-pounder in the world.




3) Cub Swanson (20-5)


Height: 5'7

Birthday: November 2, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Dennis Siver - Win via TKO (punches) - UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - July 6, 2013

- vs. Dustin Poirier - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fuel: Barao vs. McDonald - February 16, 2013

- vs. Charles Oliveira - Win via KO (punch) - UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort - September 22, 2012

- vs. Ross Pearson - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida - June 22, 2012

- vs. George Roop - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis - January 28, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Jeremy Stephens - UFC Fight Night - June 28, 2014

Comment: Swanson is the odd man out in the title picture as instead of challenging either champion Jose Aldo or fellow top contender Chad Mendes, he will square off against division newcomer Jeremy Stephens.




4) Pat Curran (20-5)


Height: 5'9

Birthday: August 31, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Daniel Straus - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - Bellator 112 - March 14, 2014

- vs Daniel Straus - Loss via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 106 - November 2, 2013

- vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - Bellator 95 - April 4, 2013

- vs. Patricio Freire - Win via decision (split) - Bellator 85 - January 17, 2013

- vs. Joe Warren - Win via KO (strikes) - Bellator 60 - March 9, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Curran regained the Bellator championship with one of the gutsiest performances in recent memory. Perhaps down on the scorecards with the fifth round about to end, he secured a rear naked choke and forced Daniel Straus to tap out. It doesn't get much better than that!




5) Frankie Edgar (16-4-1)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: October 16, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 6 fights:

- vs. Charles Oliveira - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - July 6, 2013

- vs. Jose Aldo - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar - February 2, 2013

- vs. Benson Henderson - Loss via decision (split) - UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar - August 11, 2012

- vs. Benson Henderson - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson - February 25, 2012

- vs. Gray Maynard - Win via KO (punches) - UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 - October 8, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. B.J. Penn - UFC TUF Finale - July 6, 2014





6) Daniel Straus (22-5)


Height: 5'8

Birthday: July 27, 1984

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Pat Curran - Loss via submission (rear naked choke) - Bellator 112 - March 14, 2014

- vs. Pat Curran - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 106 - November 2, 2013

- vs. Alvin Robinson - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - Bellator 78 - October 26, 2012

- vs. Marlon Sandro - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 68 - May 11, 2012

- vs. Mike Corey - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 65 - April 13, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





7) Ricardo Lamas (13-3)


Height: 5'8

Birthday: May 21, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Jose Aldo - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2 - February 1, 2014

- vs. Erik Koch - Win via TKO (elbows and punches) - UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson - January 26, 2013

- vs. Hatsu Hioki - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida - June 22, 2012

- vs. Cub Swanson - Win via submission (arm-triangle choke) - UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos - November 12, 2011

- vs. Matt Grice - Win via TKO (head kick) - UFC on Versus: Kongo vs. Barry - June 26, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Lamas tried his damnedest to stop Jose Aldo last month but simply could not muster up any significant offense against the champ.




8) Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (21-2)


Height: 5'5

Birthday: July 7, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Justin Wilcox - Win via TKO (punches) - Bellator 108 - November 15, 2013

- vs. Fabricio Guerreiro - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 103 - October 11, 2013

- vs. Diego Nunes - WIn via KO (punch) - Bellator 99 - September 13, 2013

- vs. Jared Downing - WIn via TKO (punches) - Bellator 97 - July 31, 2013

- vs. Pat Curran - Loss via decision (split) - Bellator 85 - January 17, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





9) "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung (16-4)


Height: 5'9

Birthday: March 17, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Jose Aldo - Loss via TKO (punches) - UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie - August 3, 2013

- vs. Dustin Poirier - Win via submission (D'arce choke) - UFC on Fuel: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier - May 15, 2012

- vs. Mark Hominick - Win via KO (strikes) - UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida - December 10, 2011

- vs. Leonard Garcia - Win via submission (twister) - UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis - March 26, 2011

- vs. George Roop - Loss via KO (head kick) - WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan - September 30, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown




10) Dustin Poirier (15-3)


Height: 5'9

Birthday: January 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Diego Brandao - Win via KO (punches) - UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 - December 28, 2013

- vs. Erik Koch - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2 - August 31, 2013

- vs. Cub Swanson - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fuel: Barao vs. McDonald - February 16, 2013

- vs. Jonathan Brookins - Win via submission (D'arce choke) - UFC TUF 16 Finale - December 15, 2012

- vs. Chan Sung Jung - Loss via submission (D'arce choke) - UFC on Fuel: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier - May 15, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Akira Corassani - TUF Nations Finale - April 16, 2014

Comment: In Poirier, Akira Corassani will get his first crack at a top 10 featherweight as Dustin looks to continue building a case for why he should be considered one of the top fighters in the division.




11) Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-7-2)


Height: 5'7

Birthday: May 8, 1978

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Sean Soriano - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim - January 4, 2014

- vs. Michihiro Omigawa - Win via decision (unanimous) - DREAM 18 - December 31, 2012

- vs. Donald Sanchez - Win via submission (triangle choke) - ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions - March 21, 2012

- vs. Kazuyuki Miyata - Win via submission (arm triangle choke) - DREAM: Fight For Japan 2011 - December 31, 2011

- vs. Joachim Hansen - Win via submission (arm triangle choke) - DREAM 17 - September 24, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown




12) Georgi Karakhanyan (24-3-10


Height: 5'8

Birthday: May 29, 1985

Currently Fighting With: World Series of Fighting

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Lance Palmer - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - WSOF 7: Johnson vs. Kyle - December 7, 2013

- vs. Waylon Lowe - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - WSOF 5 - September 14, 2013

- vs. Din Thomas - WIn via decision (unanimous) - Legacy FC 19 - April 12, 2013

- vs. Hiroyuki Takaya - Win via decision (split) - DREAM 18 - December 31, 2012

- vs. Micah Miller - Win via decision (unanimous) - Tachi Palace Fights 14 - September 7, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Karakhanyan became the WSOF's first featherweight champ with his submission win last month.




13) Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez (13-3)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: December 13, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Jimy Hettes - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler - March 15, 2014

- vs. Steven Siler - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight for the Troops 3 - November 6, 2013

- vs. Max Holloway - Win via decision (split) - UFC 160 - May 25, 2013

- vs. Matt Grice - Win via decision (split) - UFC 157 - February 23, 2013

- vs. Tommy Hayden - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - UFC 150 - August 11, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: After earning his sixth consecutive win in the UFC, Bermudez appears in the 411 MMA Rankings. The New Yorker has also earned official bonuses in four of his seven total fights inside the octagon so far.




14) "Notorious" Conor McGregor (14-2)


Height: 5'8

Birthday: July 14, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Max Holloway - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen - August 17, 2013

- vs. Marcus Brimage - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on Fuel: Mousasi vs. Latifi - April 6, 2013

- vs. Ivan Buchinger - Win via KO (punch) - Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 51 - December 31, 2012

- vs. Dave Hill - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - CWFC 47 - June 2, 2012

- vs. Steve O'Keefe - Win via TKO (elbows) - CWFC 45 - February 18, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Cole Miller - TBA - July 19, 2014

Comment: One of the most talked about featherweights in the world, McGregor is another fresh face in these rankings. Recovered from a torn ACL last summer, he is expected to fight Cole Miller this summer, though it's not confirmed. The UFC is returning to Dublin in July and it stands to reason, as long as his body is capable, Conor McGregor should fight in his hometown for the first time since New Year's Eve 2012.




15) Magomedrasul "Frodo" Khasbulaev (21-5)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: October 23, 1986

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Mike Richman - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 95 - April 4, 2013

- vs. Marlon Sandro - Win via TKO (strikes) - Bellator 92 - March 7, 2013

- vs. Fabricio Guerreiro - Win via submission (arm triangle choke) - Bellator 88 - February 7, 2013

- vs. Josh Pulsifer - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - Bellator 79 - November 2, 2012

- vs. Nayeb Hezam - WIn via KO (punch) - Bellator 76 - October 12, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Unless he can get his visa problems handled, this will be Khasbulaev's last appearance in the 411 MMA Rankings as it's nearly one full year since he last fought. The Bellator tournament winner has not been able to return to the United States or even fly to Canada because of issues beyond the sport's control.





Final Notes: Clay Guida, Jeremy Stephens, Nik Lentz,Tom Ninnimaki and Shinya Aoki received additional votes.





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