The Outsiders: Top 25 LHWs 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.

Most of the top half of the light heavyweight rankings stayed the same as the February edition with very minor re-shuffling. Dongi Yang made a surprise comeback with a first round TKO win over Dennis Hallman in South Korea. Although a great win, The Ox is probably better suited at 185 than 205. Kelvin Tiller surged back into the rankings with a second round RNC over Marcus Sursa in March. Misha Cirkunov defeated Rodney Wallace by head kick TKO in the first round to move himself into the rankings as well.

Light Heavyweights (205lb)

RANK NAME RECORD AGE Last Promotion (Origin)
22 Roger Gracie 7-2-0 33 ONE FC (Asia)
26 Vinny Magalhaes 12-7-0 30 Titan FC (US)
27 Maxim Grishin 19-6-0 30 Akhmat MMA (Russia)
34 Stephan Puetz 12-1-0 27 M-1 (Russia)
38 Alexandre Zaneti 10-2-0 35 BRFC (Brazil)
39 Goran Reljic 14-4-0 31 KSW (Poland)
42 Josh Stansbury 6-2-0 30 Fight To Win (US)
45 Gadzhimurad Antigulov 15-4-0 ? UMMAP (Russia)
46 Misha Cirkunov 8-2-0 28 Hard Knocks FC (Canada)
47 Aleksei Butorin 9-0-0 28 Warrior's Way (Russia)
48 Dongi Yang 12-3-0 30 Top FC (S. Korea)
49 James McSweeney 14-12-0 34 ONE FC (Asia)
50 Joachim Christensen 10-3-0 ? Superior Challenge (Sweden)
51 Kelvin Tiller 7-1-0 24 Shamrock Promotions (Missouri)
52 Viktor Nemkov 20-5-0 28 M-1 (Russia)
53 Myron Dennis 12-4-0 ? Rumble on the River (Oklahoma)
54 Paul Buentello 33-16-0 41 Legacy FC (Texas)
55 David Mitchell 19-4-0 35 West Coast FC (California)
57 Shamil Nurmagomedov 19-3-0 ? Oplot Challenge (Russia)
58 Luiz Cane 15-6-0-1 34 Thunder Fight (Brazil)
59 Abdul-Kerim Edilov 15-4-0 23 Akhmat MMA (Russia)
62 Joe Doerksen 51-16-0 37 KOTC (Canada)
66 Trevor Prangley 34-11-1 42 KOTC (US)
68 Michal Fijalka 13-4-1 31 Berserkers Arena (Poland)
69 Matt Thompson 19-10-0 34 Titan FC (US)

Dropped out of the Top 25: Leonardo Leite (moved to MW), Jason Brilz (moved to HW), Ken Hasegawa (moved to MW), Anthony Gomez (moved to HW), Rodney Wallace (70), Doo Hwan Kim (71), Maciej Browarski (82)

Top 3 Promotions in the division

Promotion # Top 100 fighters Champ
UFC 28 Vacant
Bellator 17 Liam McGeary
WSOF 7 Vacant

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