B/R MMA Official Rankings for March: Top 10 Flyweights in MMA

Matt SaccaroContributor IIIMarch 4, 2012

B/R MMA Official Rankings for March: Top 10 Flyweights in MMA

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    The opening round of the UFC flyweight tournament is over. The flyweight rankings for March are therefore that much clearer. 

    However, the UFC doesn't have the same monopoly over the high-end talent at flyweight that it does in the other weight classes. In flyweight, there are more ranked fighters outside the UFC than in any other promotion. 

    So who are all of these guys, and where are they ranked in the grand scheme of the 125-pound division? Read and find out!

     

    These rankings are the combined effort of some of Bleacher Report MMA's best writers, as we continue to try to provide you with the best content on the web.

10. Rambaa Somdet

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    Promotion: Free agent

    Record: 9-2

    Most recent fight: Decision win over Ryota Uozomi at Grabaka Live: 1st Cage Attack 

    Next fight: TBA

    Previous ranking: No. 9

    Rambaa Somdet is one of Thailand's finest and was formerly the Shooto flyweight champion until he was forced to vacate the belt due to injury. 

    Somdet is one of the few men who also fights at the extremely rare 115-lbs. "strawweight" division. 

9. Ulysses Gomez

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    Promotion: Tachi Palace Fights

    Record: 9-2

    Most recent fight: Submission win over Cody Gibson at Tachi Palace Fights 11

    Next fight: TBA

    Previous ranking: No. 8

    Ulysses Gomez is one of the most skilled grapplers that flyweight has to offer. After all, he's trained with grappling ace Marc Laimon, as well as former UFC veteran Tony DeSouza. 

    Gomez is the former TPF flyweight champion and the current TPF bantamweight champion.

8. Shinichi Kojima

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    Promotion: Shooto

    Record: 12-4-5

    Most recent fight: Unanimous decision win over Kiyotaka Shimizu at Shooto: Shooto the Shoot 2011

    Next fight: TBA

    Previous ranking: N/R

    Shinichi Kojima was once considered the No. 1 flyweight in the world by Sherdog, but his place in the rankings has since fallen. 

    However, he's still a top-10 flyweight, having captured and retained the Shooto bantamweight (123 lbs. over there, corresponding to flyweight here) championship and retaining it until vacating it due to injury. 

7. Darrell Montague

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    Promotion: Tachi Palace Fights

    Record: 9-2

    Most recent fight: Submission loss to Ian McCall at Tachi Palace Fights 10

    Next fight: TBA

    Previous ranking: Seventh

    Darrell Montague hasn't fought since his loss to current UFC flyweight Ian McCall in August of 2011.

    Still, Montague has had a good career so far, with a win over Ulysses Gomez and his only two losses coming against to McCall and current UFC featherweight Robert Peralta.

6. Mamoru Yamaguchi

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    Promotion: Tachi Palace Fights

    Record: 26-6-3

    Most recent fight: Unanimous decision loss to Jussier da Silva at Tachi Palace Fights 10

    Next fight: N/A

    Previous ranking: Sixth

    "The illest afro in Asia" is one of the most experienced flyweight competitors in the world. 

    He is the former Shooto bantamweight champion, the former Shooto featherweight champion (132 lbs. in Japan) and the current King of the Cage junior flyweight/strawweight champion.

5. Yasuhiro Urushitani

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    Promotion: UFC

    Record: 19-5-6

    Most recent fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez at UFC on FX 2

    Next fight: TBA

    Previous ranking: Fifth

    Yasuhiro Urishitani was outclassed by Joseph Benavidez in the first round of the UFC flyweight tournament. 

    However, seeing as there hasn't been much other activity in the flyweight world, he retains his No. 5 spot; no fighter beneath him has done anything recently that would warrant taking Urushitani's place.

4. Jussier Da Silva

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    Promotion: Tachi Palace Fights, Shooto

    Record: 12-1

    Most recent fight: Submission victory over Rodrigo Santos at Fort MMA Championships 1

    Next fight: N/A

    Previous ranking: Fourth

    This Nova União product has a mean 12-1 record and is the Shooto South American 123-pound champion. His only loss is to Ian McCall, and he has wins over Mamoru Yamaguchi and Shinichi Kojima. 

3. Demetrious Johnson

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    Promotion: UFC

    Record: 10-2-1

    Most recent fight: Majority draw against Ian McCall at UFC on FX 2

    Next fight: Ian McCall on TBA date

    Previous ranking: Third

    After a failed bid at Dominick Cruz's bantamweight title, Demetrious Johnson entered the UFC flyweight tournament with his heart set on gold. 

    Unfortunately, his fight with Ian McCall was deemed to be a draw.  

    Immediately after the fight, Johnson was declared the winner, but it was announced later that a tabulating error had occurred and that it was a draw. 

    No date has been set for his rematch with McCall.


2. Ian McCall

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    Promotion: UFC

    Record: 11-2-1

    Most recent fight: Majority draw against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on FX 2

    Next fight: Demetrious Johnson on TBA date

    Previous ranking: Second

    If there was a winner in the fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall, the consensus among fans was that it was McCall. 

    Nevertheless, the judges scored it a draw, and the man some consider to be the world's greatest flyweight will have to wait a little longer before potentially moving one step closer to the UFC flyweight title.


1. Joseph Benavidez

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    Promotion: UFC

    Record: 16-2

    Most recent fight: TKO victory over Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX 2

    Next fight: Winner of Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson II

    Previous ranking: First

    The former top bantamweight thrashed Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX 2, showing that he has a great amount of skill at flyweight.

    With the win, he is now only one fight away from becoming flyweight champion. All he needs to do is defeat the winner of the second fight between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson.