The Top 100 TUF Veterans

 

The Ultimate Fighter has proven to bring in lots of talent to the UFC.  We take a look at the top 100 fighters to come off the Ultimate Fighter reality series.

  1. Rashad Evans
  2. Forrest Griffin
  3. T.J. Dillashaw
  4. Matt Serra
  5. Nate Diaz
  6. Michael Bisping
  7. Kenny Florian
  8. Josh Koscheck
  9. Diego Sanchez
  10. Gray Maynard
  11. Joe Stevenson
  12. Roy Nelson
  13. John Dodson
  14. Patrick Cote
  15. Matt Brown
  16. Ryan Bader
  17. Tony Ferguson
  18. Joe Lauzon
  19. Chris Leben
  20. Keith Jardine
  21. Chris Lytle
  22. Matt Hamill
  23. Al Iaquinta
  24. Michael Chiesa
  25. Neil Magny
  26. Carla Esparza
  27. Stephan Bonnar
  28. George Sotiropolous
  29. Robert Whittaker
  30. Uriah Hall
  31. Brad Tavares
  32. C.B. Dolloway
  33. Ed Herman
  34. Matt Mitrione
  35. Mike Swick
  36. Kelvin Gastelum
  37. Michael Johnson
  38. Melvin Guillard
  39. Dennis Bermudez
  40. Yair Rodrigiuez
  41. Corey Anderson
  42. Marcus Davis
  43. Francisco Trinaldo
  44. Ross Pearson
  45. Mac Danzig
  46. Brendan Schaub
  47. Myles Jury
  48. Tom Lawlor
  49. Court McGee
  50. Kendall Grove
  51. Matt Wiman
  52. Rony Jason
  53. Jessica Penne
  54. Ben Saunders
  55. Thiago Santos
  56. Rose Namajunas
  57. Sergio Moraes
  58. Cole Miller
  59. Warlley Alves
  60. Jake Matthews
  61. Josh Samman
  62. Julianna Pena
  63. Manny Gamburyan
  64. Norman Parke
  65. Efrain Escudero
  66. Diego Brandao
  67. Elias Theodorou
  68. Kyle Noke
  69. Raquel Pennington
  70. Leonardo Santos
  71. Bryan Caraway
  72. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  73. Vinny Magalhaes
  74. Chad Laprise
  75. Brad Scott
  76. Chris Beal
  77. Kamaru Usman
  78. Frdy Serrano
  79. Steven Siler
  80. Alex Caceres
  81. James Vick
  82. Godofredo Pepey
  83. Tecia Torres
  84. Viscardi Andrade
  85. Daron Cruickshank
  86. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  87. Ramsey Nijem
  88. Chris Camozzi
  89. Daniel Sarafian
  90. Sam Alvey
  91. Kevin Casey
  92. Cezar Mutante
  93. Clint Hester
  94. Yan Cabral
  95. Nordine Taleb
  96. Daniel Kelly
  97. Luke Barnatt
  98. Antonio Carlos Junior
  99. Marlon Vera
  100. Vitor Miranda

The Ultimate Fighter 23 Cast

I can’t say that this is the official cast, but if you are looking for who made the cast of 32 fighters vying for a chance to get into the Ultimate Fighter house for season 23, this is a good place to look.

The cast is made up of 16 light heavyweights and 16 female strawweight fighters. The show is set to air on Fox Sports 1 in April.

Women’s Strawweight:
• Jodie Esquibel (5-1)
• Ashley Cummins (3-3)
• Ashley Yoder (4-1)
• JJ Aldrich (2-1)
• Amanda Bobby Cooper (1-1)
• Tatiana Suarez (1-0)
• Kristi Lopez (2-0)
• Jamie Moyle (3-1)
• Amy Montengro (7-2)
• Helen Harper (4-1)
• Kate Jackson (7-2-1)
• Mellony Geujes (0-1)
• Lanchana Green (0-1)
• Alyssa Khran (3-1)
• Chelsea Bailey (2-0)
• Irene Cabello (6-2)

Light Heavyweight:
• Phil Hawes (3-0)
• Andrew Sanchez (7-2)
• Khalil Rountree (4-0)
• Elias Urbina (3-0)
• Abdel Medjedoub (3-0)
• Marcel Fortuna (8-1)
• Jamelle Jones (6-2)
• Cory Henrdicks (3-0)
• Norman Paraisy (15-4-2)
• Myron Dennis (11-4)
• Eric Spicely (8-0)
• Mo De’Reese (5-0)
• John Paul Elias (3-0)
• Trevor Carlson (10-2)
• Josh Stansbury (7-2)
• Ken Bergh (2-0)

The cast is made up of some familiar names. TUF fans may be familiar with the names Josh Stansbury (season 19) and Norman Paraisy (season 11) as both get a second chance on the reality show. Also, UFC fans may notice the brother of current UFC fighter Hector Urbina (Elias) on the cast. Previously, the brother’s of UFC fighters have nor faired well on TUF as 5 UFC siblings had chances on TUF and only 1 even made the house (Browning, Evans, Guida, Miller & Diaz). Also of note, CES middleweight champion Eric Spicely and RFA Middleweight champion Andrew Sanchez. Also pay attention to Anderson Silva’s training partner Khalil Rountree and super prospect Phil Hawes.

15 Most Disappointing UFC Careers

Some of these guys came into the UFC with great hype, but all have one thing in common…for one reason or another none lived up to it.

15. Jay Hieron – Jay had a 0-4 UFC record.  Others have done the same, but I honestly expected Hieron to win some fights in the UFC.  He did very well in IFL and Bellator, but he just couldn’t notch a UFC win.

14. Miguel Torres – The long time WEC bantamweight champion just did not look the same in the UFC.  Perhaps the timing was just off for him.  Torres faced a quick decline just as his transitioned to the UFC.

13. Brian Bowles – Bowles was a serious title challenger.  Drugs and legal problems wrecked him inside and outside the cage.

12. Yoshihiro Akiyama – Many expected more than a fair UFC run.  Akiyama wasn’t a total bust, but he certainly never reached contender status.

11. Roger Gracie – The BJJ ace and member of MMA’s royal family had showed flashes of skill in Strikeforce, but when he went to the UFC, he just struggled to compete.

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Top 100 Current UFC Fighters

 

Who are the 100 best active UFC fighters?  It gets difficult to eliminate fighters as the list johnsongoes on, but these are the fighters that I feel are the cream of the crop in the UFC.  Chime in and let us know what you think….

  1. Demetrious Johnson
  2. Jon Jones
  3. Conor McGregor
  4. Luke Rockhold
  5. Fabricio Werdum
  6. Dominick Cruz
  7. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  8. Rafael Dos Anjos
  9. Robbie Lawler
  10. Holly Holm
  11. Cain Velasquez
  12. Daniel Cormier
  13. Jose Aldo
  14. Ronda Rousey
  15. Frankie Edgar
  16. Chris Weidman
  17. T.J. Dillashaw
  18. Chad Mendes
  19. Anthony Johnson
  20. Eddie Alvarez
  21. Alistair Overeem
  22. Yoel Romero
  23. Rory MacDonald
  24. Jacare Souza
  25. Johny Hendricks
  26. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  27. Stipe Miocic
  28. Tyron Woodley
  29. Alexander Gustafsson
  30. Anderson Silva
  31. Benson Henderson
  32. Carlos Condit
  33. Demian Maia
  34. Claudia Gadelha
  35. Matt Brown
  36. Tony Ferguson
  37. Henry Cejudo
  38. Miesha Tate
  39. Nate Diaz
  40. Max Holloway
  41. Donald Cerrone
  42. Urijah Faber
  43. Nick Diaz
  44. Mark Hunt
  45. Joseph Benavidez
  46. Cat Zingano
  47. Andrei Arlovski
  48. Glover Teixeira
  49. Tim Kennedy
  50. Ryan Bader
  51. Raphael Assuncao
  52. Junior Dos Santos
  53. Michael Bisping
  54. Travis Browne
  55. Aljamain Sterling
  56. Dong Hyun Kim
  57. Robert Whittaker
  58. Ricardo Lamas
  59. Neil Magny
  60. Lyoto Machida
  61. Ben Rothwell
  62. Stephen Thompson
  63. Thales Leites
  64. Thomas Almeida
  65. Ovince St. Preux
  66. John Lineker
  67. Evan Dunham
  68. Michael Chiesa
  69. Rashad Evans
  70. Uriah Hall
  71. Amanda Nunes
  72. Beniel Dariush
  73. Dan Henderson
  74. Uriah Hall
  75. Al Iaquinta
  76. Gegard Mousasi
  77. Michael Johnson
  78. Kelvin Gastelum
  79. Frank Mir
  80. Roan Carneiro
  81. Patrick Cote
  82. Corey Anderson
  83. Josh Barnett
  84. Albert Tumenov
  85. Rashid Magomedov
  86. Rose Namajunas
  87. Kyoji Horiguchi
  88. Michael McDonald
  89. John Moraga
  90. Jimi Manuwa
  91. Charles Oliveira
  92. Ricardo Lamas
  93. Tamdan McCrory
  94. Edson Barboza
  95. Tim Means
  96. Derek Brunson
  97. Dustin Poirer
  98. Jeremy Stephens
  99. Louis Smolka
  100. Ruslan Magomedov

 

Top 100 UFC Fighters of All Time

 

Who are the top 100 UFC fighters of all time.  There have been tons of fighters grace the GSPUFC octagon.  There are not many of the top MMA fighters who have not competed under the UFC banner.  However, we are judging solely based on UFC career.  For example, a fighter like Jake Shields may find himself higher on this list, but much of his success was outside UFC.  Also, some guys are still climbing the list.  Luke Rockhold is sure to move up a good bit, but does not have the resume today to pass some ahead of him.

Who is ranked too high?  Who is ranked too low?  Who did I leave off?  Let me know.

  1. Georges St. Pierre
  2. Anderson Silva
  3. Jon Jones
  4. B.J. Penn
  5. Matt Hughes
  6. Chuck Liddell
  7. Randy Couture
  8. Royce Gracie
  9. Jose Aldo
  10. Lyoto Machida
  11. Frankie Edgar
  12. Rashad Evans
  13. Ronda Rousey
  14. Frank Mir
  15. Ken Shamrock
  16. Pat Miletich
  17. Frank Shamrock
  18. Mark Coleman
  19. Chris Weidman
  20. Demetrious Johnson
  21. Vitor Belfort
  22. Rampage Jackson
  23. Rich Franklin
  24. Cain Velasquez
  25. Dominick Cruz
  26. Andrei Arlovski
  27. Forrest Griffin
  28. Brock Lesnar
  29. Robbie Lawler
  30. Fabricio Werdum
  31. Shogun Rua
  32. Tim Sylvia
  33. Urijah Faber
  34. Junior Dos Santos
  35. Dan Severn
  36. Daniel Cormier
  37. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
  38. Dan Henderson
  39. Conor McGregror
  40. Benson Henderson
  41. Carlos Condit
  42. Wanderlei Silva
  43. Michael Bisping
  44. Jon Fitch
  45. Nate Diaz
  46. Johny Hendricks
  47. Jens Pulver
  48. Josh Koscheck
  49. Chael Sonnen
  50. Sean Sherk
  51. Rafael Dos Anjos
  52. Luke Rockhold
  53. Alexander Gustafsson
  54. Demian Maia
  55. Anthony Pettis
  56. T.J. Dillashaw
  57. Nick Diaz
  58. Murilo Bustamante
  59. Rory MacDonald
  60. Anthony Johnson
  61. Yushin Okami
  62. Renan Barao
  63. Nate Marquardt
  64. Thiago Alves
  65. Gray Maynard
  66. Evan Tanner
  67. Kenny Florian
  68. Josh Barnett
  69. Matt Serra
  70. Donald Cerrone
  71. Jacare Souza
  72. Gilbert Melendez
  73. Diego Sanchez
  74. Joseph Benavidez
  75. Joe Stevenson
  76. Chad Mendes
  77. Shane Carwin
  78. Jim Miller
  79. Mike Swick
  80. Gleison Tibau
  81. Joe Lauzon
  82. Mark Hunt
  83. Clay Guida
  84. Jake Shields
  85. Chris Leben
  86. Patrick Cote
  87. Alistair Overeem
  88. Raphael Assuncao
  89. Josh Thomson
  90. Martin Kampmann
  91. Gabriel Gonzaga
  92. Matt Brown
  93. Yves Edwards
  94. Dan Hardy
  95. Jake Ellenberger
  96. Brian Stann
  97. Roy Nelson
  98. Mark Munoz
  99. Ben Rothwell
  100. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

 

What Will Each UFC Division Look Like in 2016?

Heavyweight:werdum

Current Champion: Fabricio Werdum

Next Contender:  Cain Velasquez

A heavyweight title re-match is already scheduled between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum.  I think there are two main players for the next title shot.  First, is the winner of Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic.  I think both have a compelling case for the shot, and the winner will have a bolstered resume.  Second, is Alistair Overeem.  He is coming off of a win over Junior Dos Santos, which makes him a credible contender.  However, he is technically a free agent.  He could realistically, sign somewhere else, making this argument invalid.  I could see UFC negotiating into a new contract a title shot.  I think right now Overeem has the edge for the title shot if he re-signs.

One thing that could throw a wrench in all this would be if somehow and someway, Fedor Emelianenko signed with UFC.  This seems unlikely at this point.  Fedor has another fight on his deal with Rizin, but maybe by the end of 2016, the rumor of Fedor to UFC can heat up again.

Another thing to look for is a potential move to Heavyweight for Jon Jones.  I think he is a win away from such a move, and I think he is the guy to beat if he does.

The problem with the division is that the discussion really stops there.  Travis Browne could make a resurgence and contend again, but he hasn’t gotten over the hump yet.  I would never count out Junior Dos Santos.  Ruslan Magomedov may be in the talk by this time next year.  Bottom line: UFC needs new, young faces at Heavyweight.  I would not be shocked if we saw names like Vitaly Minakov and Marcin Tybura in UFC’s heavyweight division in 2016.  Also, watch for the debut of Bilyal Makhov.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Jon Jones

Light Heavyweight

Current Champion: Daniel Cormierdancorme

Next Contender: Jon Jones

The big news at Light Heavyweight is the return of Jon Jones.  I am reluctant to call him “former” champion, but that is what he is.  The Jones vs. Cormier re-match has not been made official, but it is the fight we fully expect to happen.

Honestly, I have no clue what to make of the division after that fight.  It seems that you have a top tier of Jones and Cormier that stand far above everyone else.  I think the next tier is small as well, consisting of Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader and Anthony Johnson.  The Bader vs. Johnson fight is probably the number one contender fight right now.

Ryan Bader has the resume to contend, but I am not sure he is the draw.  He probably deserved the shot at Daniel Cormier already.  I can see several scenarios playing out.  I can see Jon Jones moving to Heavyweight with a win over Cormier.  I could also see, if Jones lost, him getting a immediate re-match to create the trilogy.  I also think we could see a fight for a vacant title, maybe between Cormier (if he loses) and the Bader vs. Johnson winner.  Either way, Johnson vs. Bader winner has to be next in line right?

Like Heavyweight, I don’t know what to make of the division after the top 5-6.  I think there are literally no contenders on the rise.  UFC had some stock in Ovince St. Preux.  I think we will keep hearing some of the same names.

I look for some old names to exit as well.  Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Shogun Rua, and even Rashad Evans are at a crossroads.  They could have a career resurgence or they could fade away and retire.

I would suggest Joe Silva look hard at Russia for talent in this division, Eastern Europe is where the best light heavyweight talent lies and its not even close.  Sign some young guys, Joe.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Daniel Cormier (I am predicting he loses to Jones and then wins the title back after Jones moves to Heavyweight)

Middleweight

Current Champion: Luke Rockholdluekrockhold

Next Contender: ??

The question of next contender seems to come down to either Yoel Romero or Vitor Belfort.  Romero would seemingly be more deserving, but Belfort has a highlight reel KO over the new champion.  If I was a betting man, I would bet Rockhold vs. Belfort II is the fight that is made.  Although, I have no clue what you do with Romero if you do that.  Perhaps you do Romero vs. Weidman?

Anyways, I would expect some combination of contender between Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort and Jacare Souza.  One of those guys gets the title shot.  Two of them will get a big top contender fight.

There is another big fight in the division between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping.  I would be tempted to write both these guys off in this division, but regardless, the winner will be in a really good position to contend.

There are a few climbing names to watch:  Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson.  These guys could end the year in contention.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Luke Rockhold

Welterweight:

Current Champion: Robbie Lawler

MMA: UFC 189-Lawler vs MacDonald

Next Contender: Carlos Condit

I think we have somewhat of a picture here.  Tyron Woodley should be the guy to fight the winner of Lawler vs. Condit.  I think the question has to be, what type of top contender fight do you set up? My first pick would be Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia.  They seem to be the next two up.  However, the two have fought already, with MacDonald winning.  Also, MacDonald is probably fighting Hector Lombard next.

This division is incredibly deep.  You have Gastelum, Brown, Magny, Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson all making waves.  Those are the names that I think are in best position in 2016.  However, you always hear rumors of a Georges St. Pierre return.  Nick Diaz could seriously fight in the UFC in 2016.  We aren’t sure whether we have seen the last of Benson Henderson in the UFC.  I think the Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov winner enters the discussion.  Gunnar Nelson is still there.  This division is stacked from 1 to 20.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Tyron Woodley

Lightweight

Current Champion: Rafael Dos Anjosdosanjjjos

Next Contender: ???

The lightweight title shot is in Conor McGregor’s court.  If he wants the fight…he gets it.  However, if Conor elects to fight at featherweight, I expect the front runner for contender to be Tony Ferguson.  I don’t think its that complicated.  My guess is that Conor vs Dos Anjos happens in March in Las Vegas.

Outside of Ferguson, you do have a crowd.  You have the winner of the Pettis vs. Alvarez fight (and the loser is still in the mix).  You have Nate Diaz on the heels of a big win.  You have a Khabib Nurmagomedov return from injury.  Also, Donald Cerrone has cemented his place in the top tier of this division.  If I was UFC, I would do Ferguson vs. Pettis/Alvarez winner and Khabib vs. Cerrone.

A few names that I expect to be on the rise are Rashid Magomedov, Michael Chiesa, Joe Duffy and Magomed Mustafaev.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Rafael Dos Anjos

Featherweight

Current Champion: Conor McGregorMcGregor

Next Contender: Frankie Edgar

Frankie Edgar is the next contender, but the question may be: does he have to wait until Conor fights at lightweight before this fight happens.  I am guessing he does.  I am also guessing we see Edgar vs. McGregor fight at UFC 200.  It does not appear Conor will vacate his featherweight title to fight Dos Anjos.  However, that could change.  If it does, I expect Edgar vs. Holloway.  That could be a fight we see regardless.

I do think after Edgar you still have to mention Jose Aldo.  He could make a case for a rematch with McGregor and it would sell well.  The other two names at the the top are Max Holloway and still Chad Mendes.  Charles Oliveira could gain some traction if he can make weight.  Renan Barao is likely entering this division as well in 2016.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Conor McGregor

Bantamweight

Current Champion: T.J. Dillashawdillashaw

Next Contender: Dominick Cruz

Its hard not be excited for Dillashaw vs. Cruz.  Cruz is coming off of a second long layoff due to knee injury.  But, the former champion never lost his title.  This is a great fight.  However, it leaves some questions for what’s next.

There is some storyline for a Urijah Faber title fight regardless of the Dillashaw vs Cruz outcome.  Though hurt for some time, Raphael Assuncao is deserving of a title shot.  A third option for what is next is, Demetrious Johnson.  He could move up a weight class and contend.

This division has some life.  Thomas Almeida is on the rise.  Aljamain Sterling is in UFC limbo right now, but he would be in the mix by year’s end if he stay with UFC.  John Dodson is a bantamweight now. John Lineker is gaining momentum in this division.  I also would not sleep on returning, Michael McDonald.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Dominick Cruz

Flyweight:

Current Champion: Demetrious Johnsonjohnson

Next Contender: Henry Cejudo

I am assuming Cejudo gets the next title shot.  I mean, who else could?  I think the question in this division ruled by a dominant champion is: does Johnson move up a class?

After Cejudo there isn’t much.  Maybe Ray Borg?  Maybe Louis Smolka?  I think there are a host of solid guys that can make solid fights.  Jussie Formiga, Dustin Ortiz, Justin Scoggins,  Louis Smolka and Kyoji Horiguchi.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016:  Demetrious Johnson

Women’s Bantamweight:

Current Champion: Holly Holm

holly holm press conf

Next Contender: ???

The next contender is not fully clear, although we know Rousey will get a  title fight in her next UFC fight.   There are strong rumors of Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm in March with the winner facing Rousey.  I am guessing that is the plan.

Outside of Holm/Rousey/Tate the names that we could hear chatter for are Amanda Nunes who has looked great, Cat Zingano, Julianna Pena and maybe Valentina Schevchenko who is coming off a big win in her UFC debut.

Bethe Correia and Jessica Eye are still solid opponents in this shallow division.  The UFC needs talent here, but I just don’t see it out there.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Ronda Rousey

Women’s Strawweight

Current Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Next Contender: Claudia Gadelha

Gadelha and Jedrzejczyk are going to fight, and the rumor is they will first coach TUF. I think Claudia is the biggest threat to Joanna.

After that, I don’t know who is in line.  Rose Namajunas has the most impressive recent win.  Carla Esparza should return as should Jessica Penne.  Karolina Kowalkiewicz was impressive.  Paige Van Zant is still a great fighter and is improving.  Tecia Torres has some momentum behind her.

Prediction of Champion at the end of 2016: Joanna Jedrzejczyk

 

 

 

Who Could Be On The TUF 23 Cast?

The Ultimate Fighter will offer tryouts for three weight classes, the men’s light heavyweight division (205 lbs.), and the women’s bantamweight (135 lbs.) and women’s strawweight (115 lbs).  It is likely that the UFC will cut one of those weight classes at the tryouts or soon after, meaning at best, two of those groups will actually be part of the cast.  It is also likely that many actual middleweights will move up to compete on the reality show.  We take a look at some of the names that could be featured.

205 Pounds

  1. Andrew Sanchez
  2. Khalil Rountree
  3. Paul Craig
  4. Kyle Cerminara
  5. Jack Marshman
  6. Phil Hawes
  7. Max Nunes
  8. Josh Stansbury
  9. Eric Spicely
  10. Rob WIlkinson
  11. Tanner Boser
  12. Karl Moore
  13. Ryan Spann
  14. Rafael Lovato Jr.
  15. Jeremy Osheim
  16. Devin Clark

Women’s Strawweight

  1. DeAnna Bennett
  2. Stephanie Eggink
  3. Pearl Gonzalez
  4. Norma Center
  5. Danielle Taylor
  6. Ashley Cummins
  7. Jamie Moyle
  8. Jenna Serio
  9. Helen Harper
  10. Sharon Jacobsen
  11. Lacey Schuckman
  12. Amber Stautzenberger
  13. Claire Fryer
  14. Tessa Simpson
  15. Brianna VanBuren
  16. Amy Montenegro

Women’s Bantamweight

  1. Pannie Kianzad
  2. Jessy Rose Clark
  3. Brenda Gonzalez
  4. Rhiannon Thompson
  5. Kelly McGill
  6. Kate Da Silva
  7. Lina Lansberg
  8. Sabrina Garcia

The women’s bantamweight is the weakest of the divisions, but I am guessing there is a possibility that the two women’s merge into a new women’s flyweight division.  This would create an opportunity for women to drop down one weight class from 135 pounds to 125 pounds.  If not, I would be shocked if enough talent could be found in the women’s 135 pound division.

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