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Top 10 MMA UFC Middleweight Rankings

Updating the MMA UFC Middleweight Rankings as Sean Strickland gets the upset win over Israel Adesanya to become UFC Middleweight Champion.

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By admin | November 18, 2022

Sean Strickland upsets Israel Adesanya to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. Derek Brunson released from the UFC and big fights coming in the next few weeks. All this and more as we shake up the MMA UFC Middleweight Rankings.

Honorable Mention

Kelvin Gastelum

Promotion: UFC

Kelvin Gastelum is a Mexican American fighter in the UFC middleweight division, who has a professional record of 17 wins 8 losses, and 1 no-contest. After some tough fights, he got a win over Chris Curtis in his most recent fight.

Derek Brunson

Promotion: Free Agent

We have to include Derek Brunson in our MMA UFC Middleweight honorable mention Rankings as well. The American fighter has a professional record of  23 wins and 9 losses.

He has defeated some of the top-ranked fighters in the division, including Uriah Hall, Kevin Holland, Edmen Shahbazyan, and Darren Till.

Jack Hermansson

Promotion: UFC

Jack Hermansson is a Swedish-born Norwegian professional mixed martial artist. He has a professional MMA record of 23 wins and 8 losses. 

Jack Hermansson has won over some big names in the middleweight division including Gerald Meerschaert, David Branch, Ronaldo Souza, Edmen Shahbazyan, and Kelvin Gastelum. 

In his most recent fight, he lost to Roman Dolidze, and his next fight has not been announced yet.

Gegard Mousasi

Promotion: Bellator

Gegard Mousasi is a Dutch MMA fighter and former kickboxer, currently competing in the middleweight division of Bellator. He is the former Bellator Middleweight champion and held the light heavyweight Strikeforce title as well. He deserves an honorable mention on this list.

Top 10 MMA UFC Middleweight Rankings

10. Roman Dolidze

Promotion: UFC

Roman Dolidze is a professional MMA fighter from Georgia, and he has a professional record of 12 wins and 2 losses. Dolidze ranks #7 in the UFC Middleweight Rankings.

Dolidze has won six out of his eight fights in the UFC and has notable wins over the likes of  Kyle Daukaus, Phil Hawes, and Jack Hernamson. He also has 3 post-fight bonuses in the UFC. 

In his most recent fight, Roman Dolidze fought Marvin Vettori and lost the fight via Unanimous decision. He was scheduled to fight Derek Brunson for his next fight on November 11th but Brunson was recently from the UFC.

9. Fabian Edwards

Promotion: Bellator

The first entrance from a Bellator fighter into the MMA UFC Middleweight Rankings is Fabian Edwards. Edwards is an English MMA fighter competing in Bellator’s Middleweight division, and he has a record of 12 wins and 2 losses. 

Edwards has multiple impressive wins over fighters like Lyoto Machida, Charlie Ward, and Gegard Mousasi. He is also scheduled to challenge Johnny Eblen for the Bellator Middleweight title on September 23, 2023 at Bellator 299.

8. Johnny Eblen

Promotion: Bellator

Title: Bellator Middleweight Champion

Johnny Eblen is an American Professional MMA fighter who competes in Bellator. He has an undefeated record with 13 wins and 0 losses. 

Eblen is the current Bellator Middleweight world champion. He won the title in 2022 after defeating Gegard Mousasi, and in his most recent fight, made his first title defense against Anatoly Tokov, winning the fight via UD. 

His next fight has not been announced yet.

7. Paulo Costa

Promotion: UFC

Paulo Costa is a professional fighter from Brazil, and he has a record of 14 wins and 2 losses. Costa ranks #6 in the UFC Middleweight Rankings.

Costa has notable wins over Uriah Hall and Yoel Romero. He also challenged Adesanya for the Middleweight title but lost the fight via TKO. 

In his most recent fight, he defeated Luke Rockhold, and his next fight is scheduled against Khamzat Chimaev for October 21st.

6. Marvin Vettori

Promotion: UFC

Marvin Vitori is an Italian fighter and he has a professional MMA record of 19 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw. 

Vettori has defeated some big names including Jack Hermansson, Kevin Holland, and Paulo Costa. He also challenged Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight title, however, he could not win. 

In his most recent fight, he lost to Jared Cannonier via UD, and his next fight has not been announced yet.

5. Jared Cannonier

Promotion: UFC

Now we are entering the Top 5 of the MMA UFC Middleweight Rankings with Jared Cannonier. Cannonier is a professional MMA fighter from United States, and he has a record of 17 wins and 6 losses. 

Cannonier has some impressive wins in the UFC over talented fighters like Jack Hermansson, Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, and Derek Brunson as well. He also challenged Adesanya for the UFC middleweight title last year. 

In his most recent fight, he defeated Marvin Vettori by Unanimous Decision, and his next fight has not been announced yet.

4. Robert Whitaker

Promotion: UFC

Robert “The Reaper” Whitaker is an Australian MMA Fighter, and he has a professional record of 24-7. 

Whitaker is the former UFC middleweight champion, he lost the title to Israel Adesanya. He has beaten some of the best fighters in the division including, Derek Brunson, Ronaldo Souza, Yoel Romero, Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Marvin Vitori. 

In his most recent fight, he lost to Dricus Du Plessis via TKO, and there is no official announcement about his next fight.

3. Dricus Du Plessis

Promotion: UFC

Dricus Du Plessis is a professional MMA fighter from South Africa, and he has a record of 20 wins and 2 losses. 

Dricus Du Plessis is undefeated in the UFC, with six straight wins. He has notable wins over Brad Tavares, Darren Till, and Derek Brunson. Moreover, in his most recent fight, at UFC 290, he defeated the then #1 middleweight contender Robert Whitaker via TKO. 

As of now, there is no official announcement about his next fight.

2. Israel Adesanya

Promotion: UFC

Adesanya is a Nigerian-born professional mixed martial artist, and a former kickboxer, fighting out of New Zealand. He has a professional MMA record of 24 wins and 3 losses

He is a former two-time UFC middleweight world champion He initially won the title after defeating Robert Whittaker, and defended it 5 times before losing it to long-time rival Alex Periera. However, he regained the title in a rematch.

In the rematch, Adesanya was much more aggressive in the second fight and employed a lot more pressure. Both fighters exchanged shots in the first, and Adesanya got the knockout win in the second round.

Last weekend, at UFC 293, Adesanya was set to defend his title against Sean Strickland. He was the clear favorite in the fight, however, Strickland pulled off an impressive upset, winning a dominant decision.

1. Sean Strickland

Promotion: UFC

Title: UFC Middleweight Champion

Leading the pack the UFC Middleweight Rankings, we have Sean Strickland, an American MMA fighter who has a record of 28 wins and 5 Losses. 

Strickland is the current UFC Middleweight world champion and has impressive wins over some of the best the division has to offer. He became the champion last weekend, after defeating dominant champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 293. 

Strickland knocked Adesanya down in the first round, and continued to batter the champ throughout the fight with constant pressure. He won the fight via Unanimous Decision.

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