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The official UFC rankings have been a point of contention in the MMA world since their introduction. As their importance increases with the rankings determining pay in relation to the Reebok sponsorship deal, those who vote on the UFC rankings are likely to see even more heat coming their way.

While the rankings panel has made some questionable calls, their decisions are a matter of opinion at the end of the day. One way the UFC can ensure fighters are compensated fairly according to the official rankings would be to update the policy to exclude certain individuals from the Top 15 lists.

All situations aren’t created equal, but clear lines need to be drawn with regard to when competitors are removed from the rankings. In particular, there are two cases in which fighters should invariably be eliminated from rankings consideration.

 

Cheating Fighters

Fighters are usually penalized in the form of a suspension when they fail a drug test, but those individuals have not been uniformly punished in the rankings.

The obvious answer would be to completely remove cheaters from the rankings until they return to competition. When a fighter fails a drug test, all their past accomplishments come into question, so the logical move would be to take away their position in the rankings until they prove themselves while also testing clean.

Even if these fighters have won legitimately in the past, it doesn’t seem fair for them to be taking up spots in the rankings and essentially stealing money from clean fighters when they have been caught cheating. It was one thing when the rankings were trivial lists, but rule violators must be punished harshly when the rankings start determining people’s salaries in July.

Of course, there is an appeal process in place for drug test failures. Should any competitor have their drug test failure overturned, it would be necessary for that fighter to be immediately reinserted into the position they had held prior to their removal from the rankings.

That said, starting as soon as possible, those who fail drug tests for performance enhancing drugs should be removed from the official UFC rankings until they serve their suspensions and return to competition. Right now, that would result in the following fighters being scratched from the rankings.

 

Inactive Fighters

This can overlap with drug test failures in many cases, but all fighters who are inactive for more than 12 months should also be removed from the UFC rankings until they have another bout booked.

When a fighter hasn’t stepped into the Octagon for more than one year, it’s impossible to know how much they have improved or declined since their last outing. So, positioning a fighter in that situation would be almost complete guesswork on the part of the voting media.

Exact details on the UFC sponsorship deal with Reebok have not been released. However, an inactive fighter holding a spot in the Top 15 would prevent active competitors from making more money. When there are cases where the inactive individual may not even be guaranteed to return to the Octagon at any point, that is a problem.

A case could be made to lengthen or shorten the exact time period, but a line needs to be drawn across the board. One year of inactivity makes sense as a point where fighters should be removed from the rankings until they are scheduled to return.

If the UFC were to adopt that policy in their rankings, the above competitors would be removed from the official rankings. 

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Now 37 years old, Demian Maia is looking to make one more run at a second UFC title shot.

At UFC Fight Night 62, the Brazilian took a step in the right direction. His conditioning left something to be desired, but Maia controlled Ryan LaFlare on the ground and cruised to a decision victory.

With two wins in a row, Maia is now back in the hunt for a shot at the 170-pound championship. Was a win over LaFlare enough to push Maia into the Top Five, though?

Here are the latest official UFC rankings, via UFC.com, which are voted on by the MMA media.

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With two title bouts, UFC 185 brought big changes in multiple divisions.

In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk stopped Carla Esparza with strikes to capture the women’s strawweight championship. Having dethroned the inaugural 115-pound titleholder, Jedrzejczyk now has a chance to become the first fighter to ever defend the division’s belt.

Later on, in the main attraction, Rafael dos Anjos cruised to a decision win over Anthony Pettis. The upset really shook up the lightweight division and likely set dos Anjos up for a rematch with either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Donald Cerrone.

So, how did Saturday’s results impact dos Anjos’ and Jedrzejczyk’s positions in the UFC rankings? Here are the latest official UFC rankings, via UFC.com, which are voted on by the MMA media.

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MMA rankings: Cain Velasquez, Ronda Rousey remain No. 1
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The Times' MMA rankings for March: Heavyweight. Cain Velasquez; Fabricio Werdum; Junior Dos Santos; Travis Browne; Stipe Miocic; Josh Barnett; Mark Hunt; Ben Rothwell; Alistair Overeem; Andrei Arlovski. Alistair Overeem was cautious against Roy …

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Ladies and gentlemen, Bleacher Report MMA is back in the rankings business! Welcome to the first installment of our new MMA rankings series.

Near the start of each month, our panel comprised of Hunter Homistek, Riley Kontek, Nathan McCarter and Steven Rondina will submit ballots for each major men’s division. Fighters receive points from each ballot they appear on, and those points are then tallied to determine the top dogs in each weight class.

February was an MMA-filled month, with Bellator putting on two shows, the UFC putting on three and World Series of Fighting putting on one. While there are fewer events slated for March, there is still plenty to look forward to and plenty of big fights to keep an eye on.

So where will things fall in Bleacher Report’s first monthly rankings installment? Read on to find out!

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Bleacher Report Men's MMA Rankings for March 2015
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February was an MMA-filled month, with Bellator putting on two shows, the UFC putting on three, and World Series of Fighting putting on one. While there are fewer events slated for March, there is still plenty to look forward to, and plenty of big

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Jessica Eye sees a big difference between testosterone and estrogen and men and women.

And in an MMA setting, not even a women’s champion as great as Ronda Rousey could overcome those odds.

The man vs. woman talk has reached uncomfortable levels, following UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s comments during an interview with ESPN’s Dan LeBatardregarding Rousey’s ability to defeat “50 percent” of the fighters currently competing in the UFC men’s bantamweight division.

Rousey aggrandized those comments during an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter, per MMAFighting.com’s Marc Raimondi, by theoretically claiming she could beat 100 percent of the male fighters at bantamweight.

However, she later began prefacing her comments by denouncing any setting that would condone a man hitting a woman. 

Eye, who is arguably the top contender in the women’s bantamweight division, isn’t optimistic about Rousey’s chances in hanging with male flyweights, let alone UFC bantamweights, as per MMAFighting.com’s David St. Martin (h/t Rick Lee):

They’re men. Come on. Let’s not screw up what we know already. Men have testosterone. I go with these 125ers and these guys are fast. If they really wanted to put it on me, they would put it on us. I think they are kind of losing sight of what we already know and that’s that they’re men.

They have testosterone. We’re women. We have estrogen. There’s that difference. If guys want to put it on us and beat us up they can. Come on now. Who we kidding?

Rousey may not compete against men, but she is currently ranked alongside the best male fighters in the world in the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings. In the UFC 184 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White even compared her to the female version of “Iron” Mike Tyson, following her 14-second submission win over Cat Zingano on Feb. 28.

While the Tyson comparison is up in the air, Eye admitted she didn’t feel comfortable with women being ranked in the same category as men, per St. Martin.

“I don’t think the women should be in the pound-for-pound [rankings]. I really don’t. I think we should be in our own division, pound-for-pound.”

Eye and undefeated Brazilian contender Bethe Correia are front-runners in the UFC women’s bantamweight title picture. White, Rousey and Eye are expected to attend the South by Southwest festival held in Austin, Texas this weekend.

Some alone time with the UFC president and champion could open the doors to a potential title bout negotiation.

 

Jordy McElroy is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA writer for Rocktagon and FanRag Sports.

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Ronda Rousey is well on her way toward becoming the most dominant current UFC champion.

On Saturday, Rousey defended her UFC belt in a fifth consecutive outing by submitting Cat Zingano. Though Zingano was widely considered to be the toughest challenger remaining for Rousey in the women’s bantamweight division, the champion locked up another armbar in only 14 seconds.

That gave Rousey the record for quickest win in a UFC championship bout.

Was the win enough to move Rousey into the Top Five in the pound-for-pound rankings? How much did Zingano’s loss hurt her standing in the 135-pound class?

Here are the latest official UFC rankings, via UFC.com, which are voted on by members of the MMA media.

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The Rankings Report is a weekly UFC.com series that gives you, the fans, an in-depth look into the official UFC rankings. This week Matt Parrino and Forrest Griffin talk about all that went down at UFC 184, including Ronda Rousey’s big win.

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At 28 years of age with 26 career fights and seven UFC featherweight title defenses behind him, Jose Aldo is opening up. 

Usually reserved and quiet before, during and after fights, Aldo has been caught peeping out of his shell in recent months. As he noted in a recent interview with Globo’s Combate (transcribed and posted by Bloody Elbow’s Fernando Arbex and Zane Simon), Aldo is “getting a taste” for the pre-fight bad-mouthing, undoubtedly a response to the many verbal jabs of his next challenger, Conor McGregor

Speaking with Combate, Aldo noted he now understands the benefit of talking trash before a fight to generate hype and excitement, but he fails to see how McGregor‘s actual fighting resume warrants a shot at the 145-pound title. 

In expressing this concern, Aldo did not hold back, ripping the UFC rankings system as a whole. 

We have to be provocative to sell fights, talk more, to know we’ll be more profitable. It’s important,” Aldo said. “But, if you talk about rankings, I think he’s undeserving. But, the rankings serve no f—–g purpose, nobody f—–g respects it, so this fight is good for me because of the money.”

In the interview, Aldo also tackled the hot-button issue of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in MMA. The UFC recently announced stricter year-round drug testing and more severe penalties for offenders, but Aldo is surprisingly unconcerned with the topic as a whole. 

From the sports side, we tend to look at them favorably,” Aldo said. “I see no problem…But I think it’s wrong when you try to gain an advantage over [someone] who is clean.” 

Despite the admission that PEDs do perhaps lend their users an unfair advantage inside the cage, Aldo quickly pointed out that few sports, if any, are totally free of PEDs. According to Aldo, doping in sports and in sporting events like the Olympics is not as big a deal as many fans and critics are cracking it up to be. 

If an athlete uses something or not, I don’t see any problem,” Aldo said. “I’m not going to crucify the guy if he is or isn’t doped. That changes nothing to me. The same punch that hits a clean face hits a doped one.”

Aldo’s views are contrary to the general consensus throughout the sport right now. Several fighters have said the UFC’s more rigorous drug testing should have been implemented a long time ago, and the public perception feels very anti-PEDs as a whole. The UFC’s moves were met with few criticisms, so it’s a bit strange to see Aldo on the other side of the fence on this issue. 

Still, it’s nice to see the Brazilian champ opening up and shining the spotlight on himself. By the time his UFC 189 fight with McGregor rolls around on July 11, he may just discard that old shell for good. 

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  • Anderson Silva Says He Will Continue To Fight In The UFC For Five More Years
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