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411 MMA Rankings 05.27.14: Bantamweight Division
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 05.27.2014





If you're a dominant MMA champion, the past year has not been kind to you. Welcome to the 411 MMA Rankings where each week our staff slots the best of the best in the sport and far too often since last summer, we've inserted new names atop these lists. This is the case for this week's bantamweight rankings courtesy of T.J. Dillashaw over the weekend dominating Renan Barao for five rounds.

Team Alpha Male is one of the many successful American MMA gyms in terms of producing quality professional MMA fighters. Over the weekend, one of their members, Dillashaw became the new UFC bantamweight champion in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport. Going back to 2008 and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), T.A.M. fighters Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez and Chad Mendes were 0-10 in WEC and UFC title fights, but that streak is over thanks to Dillashaw's win over Barao.

With this change at the top, the UFC's division becomes more intriguing, even though Faber is no longer in title contention now that his buddy is the man. But, that only means some fresh faces have opportunities to make their way to the head of the line and challenge Dillashaw. Fighters such as Takeya Mizugaki (who beat the new champion last October), Raphael Assuncao and even Alex Caceres (who gets the big test of Urijah Faber this summer). Throw in Barao and his probable quest to avenge his unlikely loss and there's plenty of action at 135-pounds.

In non-UFC bantamweight news, while he could not muster up enough support this week, Joe Warren is the new interim-champion in Bellator following his impressive win over Rafael Silva. This sets up a big bout later in the year between Warren and champion Eduardo Dantas who is recovering from an injury that forced him to pull out of a fight last month. Like Dillashaw, Warren would be the underdog in that match-up but if Saturday night taught us anything, anything can happen in the cage.

In Asia, Bibiano Fernandes retained his One FC crown in a win over Masakatsu Ueda and is the clear-cut number one bantamweight outside North America. He spurned the UFC two years ago when the two could not come to terms on a contract and he's been tearing up the competition between Japan, the Philippines and Singapore ever since.

But, this week, all bantamweight talk is about T.J. Dillashaw. one of the most unlikeliest champions in UFC history joining such names as Matt Serra and Forrest Griffin. We can only wait and see whether Dillashaw will be able to defend his new championship, unlike the other two names mentioned here.




Rankings From One Year Ago
01.15.13


1. Renan Barao

2. Urijah Faber

3. Michael McDonald

4. Eddie Wineland

5. Bibiano Fernandes

6. Brad Pickett

7. Tyson Nam

8. Raphael Assuncao

9. Eduardo Dantas

10. Mike Easton

11. Scott Jorgensen

12. Takeya Mizugaki

13. Ivan Menjivar

14. Luis Alberto Nogueira

15. Marcos Galvao





411's MMA Rankings Guidelines

- Which fighters are eligible for these rankings? They must meet the following qualifications: fight at least once in the past 365 days or if they have 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? Please include an objective reason why you despise the list, and try your best to bring the rest of us to your way of thinking.




411's Official MMA Rankings


Bantamweight Division (135 pounds)




1) T.J. Dillashaw (10-2)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: February 7, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Renan Barao - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw - May 24, 2014

- vs. Mike Easton - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou - January 15, 2014

- vs. Raphael Assuncao - Loss via decision (spit) - UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields - October 9, 2013

- vs. Hugo Viana - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez - April 20, 2013

- vs. Issei Tamura - Win via KO (knee) - UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz - March 16, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Unless you are a member of Team Alpha Male or part of the Dillashaw family, nobody saw coming what happened Saturday night. Back in 2011 when T.J. Dillashaw appeared on The Ultimate Fighter, he seemed like a potentially very good fighter. He lost by knockout to John Dodson in the finals and reeled off a four-fight win streak into last year, before losing to Raphael Assuncao. He looked impressive in January when he beat Mike Easton, and then found himself in a title fight opposite the dominant Renan Barao.

First, the UFC 173 main event was set to be Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. That was pushed back to the summer and then Barao was going to fight Assuncao. However, Raphael declined the offer because he was not healthy enough to train up to his expectations (a rib injury). Thus, Dillashaw was switched out of his planned fight with Takeya Mizugaki and the stage was set.

Dillashaw easily had the best performance of his career as he picked Barao apart for five rounds, nearly finishing him early on (the first time anyone scored a 10-8 round on the champion). He never let up, even when it was the fifth round and he was obviously ahead on points, he continued the barrage and finished Renan to become the new king of the bantamweights.




2) Renan Barao (32-2, 1 No Contest)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: February 27, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. T.J. Dillashaw - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw - May 24, 2014

- vs. Urijah Faber - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2 - February 1, 2014

- vs. Eddie Wineland - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson - September 21, 2013

- vs. Michael McDonald - Win via submission (arm-triangle choke) - UFC on Fuel: Barao vs. McDonald - February 16, 2013

- vs. Urijah Faber - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao - July 21, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: The beast from Brazil has suffered his first defeat since his professional debut over nine years ago (and 34 fights ago, too). He was beaten worse than anyone could have anticipated entering UFC 173 Saturday.

Apparently, Barao had a terrible weight cut and may have been ill, so many people point to that as cause for his especially poor performance. I say "SO WHAT?!" Part of the game that is modern MMA is weight cutting. Men (and women) cut drastic amounts of weight in extremely short periods of time to get an advantage over their opponents. Many times it works like a charm and sometimes it fails. Look at Barao's friend and teammate Jose Aldo, who has struggled at various points with weight cutting, though he has always mustered up enough energy and perseverance to stay undefeated in the United States. The point is, on Saturday night, Renan Barao was not the best fighter in that cage and he was battered because of it.

Whether the outcome of the fight would have been different if his weight cut went smoother just detracts from the amazing performance displayed by Dillashaw. I rather Barao not even receive an immediate rematch, let him get a win or two before he's given a rematch. Let's see that he can make 135-pounds safely and without any backlash when he steps inside the octagon.




3) Urijah Faber (30-7)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: May 14, 1979

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Renan Barao - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2 - February 1, 2014

- vs. Michael McDonald - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 - December 14, 2013

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

- vs. Scott Jorgensen - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - UFC TUF 17 Finale - April 13, 2013

- vs. Ivan Menjivar - Win via submission (standing rear naked choke) - UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche - February 23, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Alex Caceres - UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida - July 5, 2014

Comment: Well, with his friend and training partner now champion, Urijah Faber is in no-man's land. As things stand now, he'll return to the octagon on July 4th weekend to fight Alex Caceres on the stacked UFC 175 card in Las Vegas.




4) Raphael Assuncao (22-4)


Height: 5'4

Birthday: July 19, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Pedro Munhoz - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann - February 22, 2014

- vs. T.J. Dillashaw - Win via decision (split) - UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields - October 9, 2013

- vs. Vaughan Lee - Win via submission (armbar) - UFC on Fuel: Nogueira vs. Werdum - June 8, 2013

- vs. Mike Easton - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz - December 8, 2012

- vs. Issei Tamura - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman - July 11, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





5) Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2)


Height: 5'7

Birthday: December 16, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Francisco Rivera - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw - May 24, 2014

- vs. Nam Phan - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight Nght: Hunt vs. Bigfoot - December 7, 2013

- vs. Erik Perez - Win via decision (split) - UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 - August 28, 2013

- vs. Bryan Caraway - Win via decision (split) - UFC on Fuel: Silva vs. Stann - March 3, 2013

- vs. Jeff Hougland - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fuel: Franklin vs. Le - November 10, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Add Mizugaki's name to the list of UFC challengers with a notable winning streak. The Japanese slugger has an active five-fight win streak following his win Saturday over Francisco Rivera in Las Vegas. Each of those five wins have come by decision and he has not finished an opponent since UFC 135 nearly three years ago (Chris Cariaso - second round TKO).




6) Michael "Mayday" McDonald (16-3)


Height: 5'8

Birthday: January 15, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Urijah Faber - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber - July 2, 2013

- vs. Brad Pickett - Win via submission (triangle choke) - UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen - August 17, 2013

- vs. Renan Barao - Loss via submission (arm-triangle choke) - UFC on Fuel: Barao vs. McDonald - February 16, 2013

- vs. Miguel Torres - Win via KO (strikes) - UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans - April 21, 2012

- vs. Alex Soto - Win via KO (strikes) - UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - November 19, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





7) Eduardo Dantas (16-3)


Height: 5'10

Birthday: February 3, 1989

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Anthony Leone - WIn via submission (rear naked choke) - Bellator 111 - March 7, 2014

- vs. Marcos Galvao - Win via KO (punches) - Bellator 89 - February 14, 2013

- vs. Tyson Nam - Loss via KO (punch) - Shooto Brazil 33 - August 25, 2012

- vs. Zach Makovksy - Win via submission (arm triangle choke) - Bellator 65 - April 13, 2012

- vs. Alexis Vila - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 59 - November 26, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Dantas suffered a head injury at the end of his training camp last month when he was scheduled to defend the Bellator gold against Joe Warren. Instead, Warren became interim champion when he defeated Rafael Silva, so now, it's a waiting game. Eduardo believes he'll be able to return in September to mash Warren. Right now, he has taken May off from training to ensure he is healthy.




8) Marlon Moraes (13-4-1)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: April 26, 1988

Currently Fighting With: World Series of Fighting

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Josh Rettinghouse - Win via decision (unanimous) - WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares - March 29, 2014

- vs. Carson Beebe - Win via KO (strikes) - WSOF 6: Burkman vs. Carl - October 26, 2013

- vs. Brandon Hempleman - Win via decision (unanimous) - WSOF 4: Spong vs. Deanda - August 10, 2013

- vs. Tyson Nam - Win via KO (head kick & punches) - WSOF 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson - March 23, 2013

- vs. Miguel Torres - Win via decision (split) - WSOF 1: Arlovski vs. Cole - November 3, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: The WSOF champion is not currently booked for WSOF 10 next month or WSOF 11 on July 5 (the awesome lightweight match-up pitting champion Justin Gaethje against Nick Newell headlines that show), so unless that changes, it's looking like he won't be back in the cage until the end of summer.




9) Bibiano Fernandes (16-3)


Height: 5'7

Birthday: March 30, 1980

Currently Fighting With: One Fighting Championship

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Masakatsu Ueda - Win via decision (unanimous) - One FC 15: Rise of Heroes - May 2, 2014

- vs. Soo Chul Kim - Win via decision (unanimous) - One FC: Total Domination - October 18, 2013

- vs. Koetsu Okazaki - Win via decision (unanimous) - One FC: Rise to Power - May 31, 2013

- vs. Yoshiro Maeda - Win via technical submission (triangle choke) - DREAM 18 - December 31, 2012

- vs. Gustavo Falciroli - Win via decision (unanimous) - One FC: Pride of a Nation - August 31, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: The reigning One FC champion defended his unified gold for the first time this year with a win over Ueda, one of the best Japanese bantamweights. For Bibiano, the 34-year-old is undefeated going back nearly three years and there is no reason to see that changing anything soon.




10) Alex Caceres (10-5, 1 NC)


Height: 5'9

Birthday: June 20, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Sergio Pettis - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson - January 25, 2014

- vs. Roland Delorme - Win via decision (split) - UFC 165 - September 21, 2013

- vs. Kyung Ho Kang - No Contest (decision win overturned due to positive drug test) - UFC on Fuel: Silva vs. Stann - March 3, 2013

- vs. Motonobu Tezuka - Win via decision (split) - UFC on Fuel: Franklin vs. Le - November 10, 2012

- vs. Damacio Page - Win via submission (triangle choke) - UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman - July 11, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Urijah Faber - UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida - July 5, 2014





11) Erik Perez (14-5)


Height: 5'8

Birthday: November 19, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Edwin Figueroa - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 167 - November 16, 2013

- vs. Takeya Mizugaki - Loss via decision (split) - UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 - August 28, 2013

- vs. Byron Bloodworth - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 155 - December 29, 2012

- vs. Ken Stone - Win via KO (punches) - UFC 150 - August 11, 2012

- vs. John Albert - Win via submission (armbar) - TUF 15 Finale - June 1, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Bryan Caraway - UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov - June 7, 2014





12) Johnny Eduardo (27-9)


Height: 5'8

Birthday: August 3, 1978

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Eddie Wineland - Win via KO (punches) - UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva - May 10, 2014

- vs. Jeff Curran - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fuel: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier - May 15, 2012

- vs. Raphael Assuncao - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami - August 27, 2011

- vs. Jose Wilson - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - Shooto: Brazil 22 - April 1, 2011

- vs. Paulo Dantas - Win via decision (unanimous) - Shooto: Brazil 17 - August 6, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Eduardo made his return to the octagon just shy of the two-year mark and did so with a bang as he knock out Eddie Wineland in the first round earlier this month in Cincinnati.




13) Eddie Wineland (21-10-1)


Height: 5'7

Birthday: June 26, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Johnny Eduardo - Loss via KO (punches) - UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva - May 10, 2014

- vs. Yves Jabouin - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson - January 25, 2014

- vs. Renan Barao - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson - September 21, 2013

- vs. Brad Pickett - Win via decision (split) - UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez - December 29, 2012

- vs. Scott Jorgensen - Win via KO (punches) - UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall 2 - June 8, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Wineland is in a tough stretch in wake of his most recent knockout loss, suffered earlier this month against Johnny Eduardo. In addition to the sting of defeat, he received a broken jaw during the fight and underwent surgery about two weeks ago to repair it. Right now, the full-time Indiana firefighter is contemplating retirement as an option as he sits on the sidelines of MMA. He will turn 30-years-old next month and has held multiple championships during his 11-plus year career, so you can imagine the difficulty of his considerations at this current moment.




14) Bryan Caraway


Height: 5'8

Birthday: August 4, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Johnny Bedford - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen - April 27, 2013

- vs. Takeya Mizugaki - Loss via decision (split) - UFC on Fuel: Silva vs. Stann - March 3, 2013

- vs. Mitch Gagnon - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao - July 21, 2012

- vs. Dustin Neace - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - TUF 14 Finale - December 3, 2011

- vs. Marlin Weikel - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - CageSport 13 - February 19, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Erik Perez - UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov - June 7, 2014





15*) Iuri Alcantara (29-5, 1 NC)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: August 4, 1980

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Wilson Reis - Win via decision (split) - UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi - February 15, 2014

- vs. Urijah Faber - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen - August 17, 2013

- vs. Iliarde Santos - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold - May 18, 2013

- vs. Pedro Nobre - No contest (illegal strikes) - UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping - January 19, 2013

- vs. Hacran Dias - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin 2 - June 23, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Vaughan Lee - UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Munoz - May 31, 2014





15*) Marcos Galvao (16-6-1)


Height: 5'3

Birthday: June 23, 1982

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Thomas Vasquez - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 118 - May 2, 2014

- vs. Tim McKenna - Win via TKO (strikes) - Bellator 108 - November 15, 2013

- vs. Shely Santana - Win via TKO (strikes) - Shooto: Brazil 40 - June 24, 2013

- vs. Eduardo Dantas - Loss via KO (punches) - Bellator 89 - February 14, 2013

- vs. Luis Nogueira - Win via TKO (elbows) - Bellator 73 - August 24, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





Closing Comments: Joe Warren, Francisco Rivera and Jimmie Rivera received additional votes.







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