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The Outsiders: Top 25 HWs Outside UFC, BMMA, and WSOF - April Edition

While most of the best talent is under the UFC banner and Bellator and WSOF have seemed scooped up the rest, there is still plenty of talent yet to be signed by the top promotions of the MMA food chain. These are not necessarily 'free agents' or even prospects, they are top 100 ranked fighters who are navigating the nebulous seas of regional and international fight promotion for whatever reason.

Since the last edition in February most of the top half of the list appears relatively unchanged except for slight moves up or down in the overall rankings. Tony Johnson (#16) was recently signed by Bellator and proved his mettle by defeating former Bellator champ Alexander Volkov by split decision at BMMA 136. With the win Johnson was catapulted into the overall Top 20. In the previous edition he sat at #57. Denis Smoldarev made the biggest move for a non-major promotion signee by jumping up 19 spots and into the Top 50 overall after submitting Maro Perak by first round keylock at M-1 Challenge 55.

Heavyweights (206-265lb)

RANK NAME RECORD AGE Last Promotion
12 Marcin Tybura 12-0-0 29 M-1 (Russia)
19 Damian Grabowski 20-2-0 34 M-1 (Russia)
21 Sergei Kharitonov 22-5-0 34 M-1 (Russia)
23 Denis Goltsov 13-4-0 24 Tech-Krep FC (Russia)
37 Evengy Erokhin 9-4-0 28 FEFOMP (Russia)
38 Michal Kita 16-7-0 34 PROMMAC (Poland)
39 Chris Barnett 13-1-0 28 IGF (Japan)
41 Derrick Mehmen 19-6-0 29 Dynasty CS (Nebraska)
42 Satoshi Ishii 13-4-1 28 IGF (Japan)
43 Cody East 10-1-0 ? Legacy FC (US)
45 John Hawk 11-5-0 35 NAAFS (US)
46 Denis Smoldarev 10-1-0 25 M-1 (Russia)
47 Mike Kyle 21-12-1-2 35 ADW (UAE)
48 Ruben Wolf 10-6-0 ? M4TC (UK)
50 Chase Gormley 12-4-0 ? Titan FC (US)
51 Peter Graham 11-8-0 39 KSW (Poland)
53 Kenny Garner 16-8-0 40 Fight Time (Florida)
55 Alexei Kudin 19-8-0 30 Union MMA (Russia)
57 Ante Delija 13-2-0 24 M-1 (Russia)
58 Tim Hague 20-9-0 31 Unified MMA(Canada)/WSOF?
59 Richard Odoms 9-2-0 39 FuryFC (Texas)
60 DJ Linderman 18-9-0 31 Fight Time (Florida)
61 Yosef Ali Mohammad 5-1-0 ? IGF (Japan)
63 Chris de la Rocha 4-0-0 ? Prime Fighting (US)
64 Brandon Vera 13-7-0 37 ONE (Asia)

Dropped out of Top 25: Konstantin Gluhov (65), James Mulheron (66), Magomed Malikov (69), Brett Rogers (75), Philip de Fries (81), Dion Staring (99)

Top 3 promotions in the division

Promotion # Top 100 fighters Champ
UFC 32 Cain Velasquez/Fabricio Werdum
Bellator 11 Vitaly Minakov
M-1 7 Marcin Tybura

*All Rankings taken from Fight Matrix at time of writing.