VFD Marketing Well Represented as UFC Fighter Rankings Released
Rankings are always a hot topic for discussion in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Who’s the best fighter in his weight class? Who should be the next man in line for a title shot? Those are tough questions many of us would find hard to answer.
That’s exactly why the Ultimate Fighting Championship called up 90 MMA media members to construct promotion’s first ever Top 10 rankings. From Flyweight to Heavyweight, and including the prestigious Pound-for-Pound, which ranks the top fighters on the planet regardless of their current weight division.
Four VFD Marketing fighters are currently ranked in the official UFC.com Top 10 rankings:
Fresh off his victory over Hatsu Hioki in 145lbs debut, Octagon veteran Clay “The Carpenter” Guida is at #10 at Featherweight. With a few more victories under his belt, Guida could claim his right to fight for the title against the reigning UFC Featherweight champion.
Nate Diaz lost a decision to Ben Henderson for the UFC Lightweight title at UFC on FOX, but the man from Stockton, California is still going strong at 155. Diaz is ranked at #4, just behind the current top contenders in the division. Cowboy Cerrone is also in the mix at #6 (also at Lightweight), with sights on getting back on track for a shot at the title.
Former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Nick Diaz is currently the highest ranked VFD Marketing athlete. Diaz, #3 at Welterweight, will challenge Georges St. Pierre for his title at one of the most anticipated MMA events of 2013, taking place on March 16, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
It’s important to note that those rankings are not without a flaw. Oddly enough, Erik Perez (3-0 in the UFC) did not make it on to the official list, despite the fact that many media members ranked him at Bantamweight (135lbs). Travis Browne was also left out of the Heavyweight rankings, despite going undefeated for 5 fights in the UFC. Similar to Perez, many media members put “Hapa” at #7 to #10 positions in their rankings, but he was left out of the final line-up.
Personally, I would rank Travis Browne as high as #6 at Heavyweight, and would give Erik Perez the #5 spot at Bantamweight, based on his all-finishes performances in the UFC. Browne and Perez will make sure to prove skeptics wrong inside the Octagon.
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