It might be an understatement to say that the ufc has some questionable ratings. one would expect the ratings to be questionable as they are subjective; however, in this column, I will point out the ratings that I think are glaring errors. I will also look at significant moves in the rankings that I agree with.
peter parsons editorial comment
When the ufc rankings were released this week, one notable name was missing from the women’s strawweight and women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Joanna Jedrzejczyk last stepped into the octagon at UFC 248 in March 2020 when she battled Zhang Weili for the strawweight title in a classic fight of the year.
joanna jedrzejczyk eliminated from the strawweight ranking
i see no problem with jedrzejczyk being removed from the ufc ranks due to inactivity after not fighting for over 19 months. I have said in the past in this column that, in my opinion, a fighter should be removed from the rankings due to inactivity if he hasn’t fought in more than 18 months.
Where I do see an issue is with the lack of consistency when it comes to removing combatants due to inactivity. I’ve written about Shamil Abdurakhimov and Sergei Pavlovich staying ranked despite not having fought in over two years.
brianna van buren is ranked no. 15 strawweight
With jedrzejczyk out of the rankings, we see van buren move into no. 15. Van Buren is just 1-1 in the UFC with a win over Livinha Sousa and a loss against Tecia Torres in their last fight. there is no shame in losing against the current no. 8 rated strawweight Tecia Torres; However, the one UFC win shouldn’t be enough to qualify for the women’s strawweight division, the division that is considered the deepest women’s division in the UFC. It should also be noted that Van Buren has not been very active with her only win coming in July 2019 and her last fight against Torres being 16 months ago in June 2020.
who should be ranked instead of van buren?
loma lookboonmee is 3-1 in the ufc and his only loss came against current world no. 13 ranked angela hill. The 25-year-old Thai fighter is coming off back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Sam Hughes and Jinh Yu Frey. lookboonmee is scheduled to tackle cheyanne shopping on November 20th.
jessica penne returned in april after being out for four years with a win over lupita godinez. She returned in August with a first-round armbar win over fellow former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Penne is scheduled to fight Brazilian prospect Luana Pinheiro on November 20.
randa markos doesn’t have the best record, but the Canadian has been actively battling who’s who in the 115-pound division. The TUF 20 semifinalist has losses against current and past ranked fighters in Mackenzie Dern, Amanda Ribas, Claudia Gadelha, Nina Nunes, Alexa Grasso, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Penne. she has a win in 2017 over current world no. 2 ranked Carla Esparza, a tie from 2018 against current world no. 3 ranked Marina Rodriguez, and a 2019 first round submission win over current world no. 13 ranked angela hill. Markos is coming off a win last Saturday over Liviana Souza, against whom Van Buren had her only win in the UFC.
another strawweight that shouldn’t be ranked is no. 14 happy herrig. It has been over a year since Herrig has fought, he has lost three in a row and has not won a fight since 2017. Herrig does not currently have a fight scheduled.
next notable ufc strawweight fights
October 30 – (10) Amanda Ribas vs. (12) virna jandiroba
November 6 – (1) zhang weili vs. (c) rose namajunas
November 20 – Jessica Penne vs. Luana Pinheiro
November 20: luana lookboonmee vs. cheyanne shopping
December 18 – (6) nina nunes vs. (11) amanda lemos
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andre arlovski not ranked at heavyweight
With his victory on October 16 over Carlos Felipe, the Belarusian veteran has already won four of his last five in the last year and a half. During this stretch, the 42-year-old former champion has defeated a pair of heavyweight prospects just outside the ranks, Canada’s Tanner Boser and Brazil’s Carlos Filipe. Arlovski broke Felipe’s three-fight win streak. Arlovski’s only loss in his last five came against current world no. 11 ranked tom aspinall.
For the regular readers of this column, you know who I’m going to say Arlovski should be ahead of. Sergei Pavlovich has been inactive for two years. Apart from his inactivity, Pavlovich’s two UFC victories are less impressive than Arlovski’s recent victories. Pavlovich defeated Marcelo Golm and Maurice Greene, two fighters who are no longer in the UFC. Notably, Arlovski’s recent five-fight streak has come while Pavlovich has been inactive.
It’s blatantly obvious that Arlovski should be ranked ahead of Pavlovich. I’ve written previous rankings review columns on how Tai Tuivasa should be ranked after winning three in a row by first-round stoppage and how Alexander Romanov should be ranked after going 4-0 in the UFC. yes, they should all be ranked ahead of pavlovich; however, the real debate should be, who should be ranked between arlovski, romanov, and tuivasa?
my classification would be different from that of any other writer or fan who closely follows the sport. this is to be expected, as ratings are subjective. rankings should be based primarily on results and not on perceived potential or popularity.
some people think ratings don’t matter. rankings do matter. matter when it comes to matchmaking. matter when it comes to contract negotiations.
Let’s continue the conversation about rankings. Do you agree or disagree with the above classification review? Share your thoughts in the comments below.