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Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report MMA Rankings for February 2016
Bleacher Report
While January provided neither the quantity nor the quality of December's delectable smorgasbord of MMA action, it was still a month filled with meaningful action. Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit put on an all-timer of a welterweight title fight to

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While January provided neither the quantity nor the quality of December’s delectable smorgasbord of MMA action, it was still a month filled with meaningful action.

Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit put on an all-timer of a welterweight title fight to open up proceedings, while Dominick Cruz regained the belt he never lost in the cage against T.J. Dillashaw two weeks later. Anthony Johnson put a brutal beating on Ryan Bader to cap off the month. Ben Rothwell staked his claim for a title fight at heavyweight for what seems like the umpteenth time.

Bleacher Report’s panel of voters took it all into account, so let’s take a look at how these fights affected the rankings.

As usual, each panelist’s rankings are available on Twitter.

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At 34, UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell (36-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) may be fighting better than at any time before in his 15-year professional career.

With results come rewards, and after notching his fourth straight UFC win – not to mention his second straight win by his now-patented gogo choke – Rothwell now ascends to the No. 4 position in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings.

The UFC has yet to announce what UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) will do next following the dissolution of a planned rematch with Cain Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2). And while Rothwell isn’t likely to slide into that contest – at least not if Stipe Miocic (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has anything to say about it – he certainly deserves a No. 1 contender bout, at a minimum.

Check out all of the latest rankings, including heavyweight, following this past weekend’s UFC on FOX 18 event. And preview the changes that could potentially take place following this Saturday’s rebranded UFC Fight Night 82 event.

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Ben Rothwell took a patient approach in his Octagon interview Saturday night after becoming the first man to ever submit Josh Barnett at Fight Night New Jersey. He didn’t demand a title shot but made clear he’ll fight any of the title hopefuls to prove that he is the true No. 1 contender.See the full rankings here Monday’s official UFC rankings release reflect a similar path for Rothwell, who comes in at No. 5 among heavyweights. Rothwell’s impressive victory, and his current four-fight win streak, combine to add another name to the crowded list of heavyweight contender … Read the Full Article Here

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Los Angeles Times
MMA rankings: Conor McGregor calls all the shots in the featherweight division
Los Angeles Times
After a turbulent month in heavyweight MMA, it's difficult to differentiate the top fighters in the division after the top two. Miocic, Dos Santos, Browne, Overeem and Arlovski have all lost to someone in the top 10 and beaten someone in the top 10

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Ryan Bader has never been closer to a title shot – and has never been ranked so high. Is Saturday’s UFC on FOX 18 headliner his best, and perhaps final, chance to put it all together?

At 32, Bader (20-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) could still have a lot of fights left in him. But with a five-fight winning streak against tough competition, the fighter, who’s ranked No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings, has a massive opportunity when he faces No. 3-ranked Anthony Johnson (20-5 MMA, 11-5 UFC).

It’s not an official title-eliminator, and former champ Jon Jones could be next up for champ Daniel Cormier. But for Bader, this is clearly the most important fight of his nine-bout career.

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Las Vegas Review-Journal
MMA Rankings: Big week on tap for the big guys
Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Bloody Elbow
UFC fighter rankings: Big names removed, Latifi ranked
Bloody Elbow
There were lots of changes to the UFC rankings in the wake of the Boston event last weekend. Some were directly related to the outcome of that event, while others came about because of a suspension and a legal situation. That suspension led to 14

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Eddie Alvarez positioned himself nicely for a potential shot at the lightweight title by beating former champ Anthony Pettis at Fight Night Boston.In the official UFC rankings release Tuesday, Alvarez’s stock grew even more with a three-spot jump to the No. 1 position in the lightweight division, passing No. 2 Khabib Nurmagomedov and Pettis, who falls two spots to No. 3.“When I signed with Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) I simply told them I would like the best guys that you guys have in the division,” Alvarez said in Boston as the post-fight press conference. “They … Read the Full Article Here

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Dominick Cruz is back where he long stood: atop MMA’s bantamweight division.

In the latest edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Rankings, Cruz has returned to the No. 1 spot in the bantamweight rankings (and No. 3 pound-for-pound) after a narrow title win over T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81.

Eddie Alvarez and Travis Browne also picked up some big wins on the card.

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