Tonight The Ultimate Fighter 18 heads into the semifinal round. Four women and four men survived the quarterfinals and will now look to advance one step closer to being crowned “The Ultimate Fighter” and earning that six figure contract. Building off the previous rankings and the quarterfinal bouts the remaining eight fighters will once again be ranked prior to the semifinal round beginning.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 got started this week with a two-hour premiere that featured 16 elimination fights. The long running reality show is making history this season as the UFC will crown the first-ever women’s Ultimate Fighter winner.
On the eve of one of the biggest MMA events of 2013, we’ve decided it would be appropriate to update the MMA Fighter rankings. While the results of tomorrow’s UFC 162 could have major implications to the rankings, for now we look to the past and the last month of MMA action.
This past month saw some exciting MMA action and some not so well, but as a whole the month of February produced several meaningful bouts to MMA Rankings. Champions Renan Barao and Eduardo Dantas made successful title defenses this month and Alexander Shlemenko was crowned the new Bellator middleweight champion.
The MMA Fighter Rankings for the month of May look much different from what they did just one month ago, despite many of the ranked fighters not even fighting. Fighter suspensions coupled with losses and big wins by ranked fighters played a bit of havoc on the rankings.
The calendar has turned to April which means MMA fans survived the month-long absence of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Despite some great action from Bellator to fill the void, the action of March did little to the April ranks.
Last month’s rankings saw little movement within the ranks but that was more than made up for this by all the movement this month. The March MMA fighter rankings saw two new fighters crowned #1, two fighters move up into the #2 spot and a total of 16 changes overall.