UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings October 2019
Champion – Jon Jones
Jon Jones is an American born athlete in the light heavyweight division and is the champion in the UFC lightheavyweight rankings. He holds an impressive record of 25-1-0 (W-L-N/C)
Jones, the champion of the light heavyweight division is an unorthodox, unpredictable fighter who has proved himself not just in the light heavyweight divison, but in the heavyweight division also.
Jon Jones has overcome so many controversies and bad press in the media to become champion once again. He is no stranger to championships, being the youngest ever UFC champion in history after defeating Shogun Rua by TKO in March 2011.
1. Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier is an American born competitor in the light heavyweight division and is number 1 contender in the UFC lightheavyweight rankings. He holds an impressive record of 22-2-1 (W-L-N/C)
Despite losing his Heavyweight Championship in his last fight against Stipe Miocic which was a rematch. Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier still ranks number 1 in the light heavyweight division as he has only just moved up to heavyweight to fight Miocic. DC may still be active in the light heavyweight division.
Cormier had 2 fights with champ Jon Jones, losing the first one by TKO and the second fight being overturned and decided as a draw after Jones was found to be using perfomance enchancement drugs.
2. Thiago Santos
Thiago Santos is a Brazillian professional UFC fighter in the light heavyweight division and is number 2 in the UFC lightheavyweight rankings. He holds a record of 21-7-0 (W-L-N/C)
Thiago Santos made a name for himself after giving the champ, Jon Jones, arguably one of the toughest fights of his career going the distance with Jones to lose by decision. Santos went 3 matches undefeated before challenging Jones, he defeated the likes of, Kevin Holland (decision), Jimi Manuwa (KO) and Jan Błachowicz (KO).
The brazillian has not faught since Jones but is now ranked number 2 so there will be a lot of fights available to him, including a possible matchup with Anthony Smith.
3. Anthony Smith
Anthony Smith won his first light heavyweight fight against legend Rashad Evans by KO in the first round. Smith entered the division dominating. His second fight with Mauricio Rua ended in a first round knockout in favour of Smith.
Smith had a chance against the Champ also but lost the fight via unanimous decision.
4. Dominick Reyes
Reyes, fighting out of Victorville, California holds a perfect record of 12-0-0 (W-L-N/C).
He has set a name for himself in the light heavyweight division already with just 12 fights. After defeating Chris Weidman in just the first round by KO, he is being considered as next up for a chance at the title.
Up and comer Reyes in not to be taken lightly having beat the likes of Ovince Saint Preux, Volkan Oezdemir & now Chris Weidman.
5. Jan Blachowicz
Jan Blachowicz ranking at number 5 in the UFC lightheavyweight rankings. He holds a record of 24-8-0 (W-L-N/C).
Jan fought last in July 2019 winning by knockout in the second round against Luke Rockhold. He is expected to fight Ronaldo Souza November 16 2019 at UFC Fight Night 164.
Blachowicz has beaten the likes of Jimi Manuwa in a revenge-rematch 2 years after he (Blachowicz) had lost to him (Manuwa). Jan Blachowicz picked up his first fight of the night bonus after defeating Manuwa.
6. Alexander Gustafsson
Alexander Gustafsson is a Swedish born fighter in the light heavyweight division. Gustafsson ranks as number 6 in the UFC lightheavyweight rankings. He holds an impressive record of 18-6-1 (W-L-N/C).
Gustafsson challenged the champ Jon Jones at UFC 165 in September 2013. It was labelled one of the best fights in light heavyweight history. Alexander Gustafsson picked Jones apart in the early rounds of the fight. He was able to cut Jones badly above the right eye early in the fight. However, Jones dominated Gustafsson in the later rounds to win by unanimous decision.
Gustafsson got his second change at Jones in Dec 2018, 5 years later. Gustafsson stood up well with Jones but eventually the champ used his wrestling skills and was able to full mount Gustafsson, landing ground and pound which was eventually waved off by the referee.
7. Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson is an American born fighter in the Light Heavyweight division and is number 7 in the UFC rankings. With a record of 12-4-0.
Anderson was notorious establishing his presence in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the light Heavy weight division. He had showcased his wrestling capabilities as well as his devastating strikes; winning every fight and becoming the light heavyweight Champion.
Corey is one of the prominent up and coming fighters in the division and we are looking forward to what he does at UFC 244 (November 2nd 2019) and his fight against Johnny
8. Volkan Oezdemir
Volkan Oezdemir is a swiss born fighter in the Light Heavyweight division and is number 8 in the UFC rankings. With a respectful record of 16-4-0 (W/L/D)
Prior to fighting in the UFC Oezedemir had signed under Bellator in 2010(with a record of 9-0-0). Oezdemir had won his debut fight under Bellator within the first round.
Oezedemir had signed for the UFC in 2017 and earned a Performance of the night bonus against his fight against prominent fighter Jimi Manuwa (UFC 214). A thrilling knockout in the opening minute! Winning Performance of the night again at UFC Fight Night 156. No wonder they call him Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir
9. Glover Texeira
Glover Texeira is a Brazilian born competitor in the Light Heavyweight division and is number 9 in the UFC rankings. With a record of 30-7-0 (W/D/L).
Texeira was the light heavyweight champion when fighting under the Sport Fight banner; before signing to the UFC banner in 2012. He stormed onto the scene with 5 consecutive wins, showcasing his impressive background in wrestling.
Texeira also has opened his own gym where he still regularly trains at.
10. Aleksandar Rakic
Aleksander Rakić is an Austrian competitor in the Light Heavyweight division and is number 10 in the UFC rankings. With an impressive record of 12-1-0 (W/L/D).
Rakić had a challenging start to the MMA career facing by losing his first fight against Christain Radke, by submission in the first round, (RTC 2). Alexander has been on an undefeated streak since powering through the European events. He was approached by the UFC in 2017 to fight for the promotion in the light heavyweight rankings.