Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015-16 NFL Power Rankings (Week 16)


The end of history and the last man (in shoulder pads)... 

By: Jimbo X
JimboXAmerican@gmail.com
@Jimbo__X


THE ELITES


01
Arizona Cardinals (13-2)
Season Point Differential: (+206)

In a week that saw Cam Newton and pals finally drop one in the "L" column, Carson Palmer and Company certainly made a statement with their resounding 38-8 win over the Packers. We all know the Cards' offense is elite-tastic, but it was Arizona's defense that looked Lombardi-worthy on Sunday afternoon; they limited Green Bay's receivers to just 155 yards, their rushers to 101, and forced three turnovers. Oh, and they sacked the ever-loving dogshit out of Aaron Rodgers, crushing him behind the line eight times for a cumulative loss of 70 yards. 


02
Carolina Panthers (14-1)
Season Point Differential: (+164)

The '72 Dolphins can safely uncork their champagne, as the Panthers tasted their first loss of the season in a 20-13 road loss against divisional foes Atlanta. While Cam was able to sprint for 46 yards and a TD, his passing stats were abnormally low; he completed just 17 of 30 passes, producing no touchdowns and only 142 yards in the air (which rolls back to 113, if you can't those two times he got dropped way behind the line by Falcons blitzers.) 


03
New England Patriots (12-3)
Season Point Differential: (+160)

In one of the biggest blunders of the 2015-16 season, the Pats elected to hand the ball off to the Jets in O.T., and what do you know, New York took the ball into the end zone on their very first post-regulation possession. While New England had some success throwing the ball (Tom B. finished the contest with 231 yards and 22 completions), they had no luck at all running the pigskin, ultimately wrapping up the contest with a puny 63 yards on 22 rushing attempts. 


04
Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)
Season Point Differential: (+132)

With A.J. MacCarron behind center, the Bengals have definitely played substantially worse than when they had a healthy Andy Dalton calling the shots. Alas, the Bengals played fairly well against the equally ailing Broncos on Monday night, even though they eventually lost in O.T. on a Brandon McManus game winner. 


05
Seattle Seahawks (9-6)
Season Point Differential: (+116)

After some very impressive offensive and defensive showings the last few weeks, the Temple of Boom blew a woofer against the Rams last Sunday, falling 23-17 in a sloppy loss. Russell Wilson had some respectable numbers (289 yards on 25 completions, with two TDs and an INT), but the 'Hawks run game never got rolling; they concluded the contest with just 60 yards on 22 attempts, while the Rams outyarded them 104 on 30 rushes. 


06
Kansas City Chiefs (10-5)
Season Point Differential: (+112)

After starting the season 1-5, the Chiefs have won nine games in a row and already locked up a playoff berth. Amazingly, if they beat the Raiders on Sunday and the Broncos lose to the Chargers, not only does K.C. steal the AFC divisional crown, they very well could wind up with a first-round bye, depending on whether or not the Ravens can upset the Bengals earlier in the evening. 


07
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6)
Season Point Differential: (+88)

Following an improbably 20-17 loss to the lowly Ravens, the Steelers are now living on a prayer when it comes to postseason play. Obviously, they have to beat Cleveland this weekend, but that still won't get 'em into the playoffs unless the Jets lose, too. Looks like the Steelers faithful will be rooting doubly hard this Sunday; for the Bills to pull off the upset against Ryan Fitzpatrick and his green and white brethren, and for Big Ben to not fuck up like he did last week and lob a pair of interceptions when it victory is well within reach. 


08
New York Jets (10-5)
Season Point Differential: (+78)

Thanks to the Patriots literally gift-bagging them the game, the Jets are now in control of their own destiny. Following their 26-20 O.T. win against New England, New York controls its own destiny; if they beat Buffalo next week, they're in the playoffs. If they lose, however, and the Steelers beat Cleveland, then it's off to the golf courses come the second week of January. 


THE PLAYOFF HOPEFULS


09
Minnesota Vikings (10-5)
Season Point Differential: (+56)

In a 49-17 drubbing, the Vikes absolutely pummeled the Giants, as Adrian Peterson ran wild for 104 yards and a TD while back up half back bruiser Jerick McKinnon collected an additional 89 yards and two more end zone visits for the purple-clad. Oh, and the defense looked pretty stellar, too, sacking Eli Manning four times and intercepting him three ... including a pick six lobbed to and cashed-in by Minnesota defender Harrison Smith. 


10
Denver Broncos (11-4)
Season Point Differential: (+52)

Believe it or not, the Broncos have yet to lock up the AFC West. If they drop this Sunday's tilt against the Chargers - and the surging Chiefs best the Raiders at home - then the divisional crown goes to K.C. They are guaranteed a playoff spot, regardless, but with an injury-plagued offense, Denver needs that potential first-round bye in the worst way possible. 


11
Green Bay Packers (10-5)
Season Point Differential: (+52)

Yeah, Aaron Rodgers has probably seen better days than last Sunday. In a humiliating 38-8 road loss, the Packers QB got sacked no less than EIGHT times, dropping his total yardage count to a ridiculous 77. The defense tried - they got an INT off Carson Palmer and forced an additional fumble - but the offense did absolutely nothing to keep the Packers in the game. 


12
Buffalo Bills (7-8)
Season Point Differential: (+15)

Although way out of playoff contention, perhaps the Bills can take some succor in their 16-6 win over the Cowboys last Sunday. Sure, it may not erase the sting of losing back-to-back-to-back-to-back Super Bowls, but at least the offense looks solid enough to maybe make a playoff run next year, right? 


13
Houston Texans (8-7)
Season Point Differential: (+02)

It's a real easy situation for Houston. Following a resounding 34-6 win over the bottom-feeding Titans last weekend, all the Texans have to do is beat the perpetually struggling Jaguars at home on Sunday. However, if they drop the game, and the Colts manage to knock off Tennessee ... well, it's never too early to start working on that golf swing, I suppose


14
Washington Redskins (8-7)
Season Point Differential: (-02)

Thanks to an inexplicably hot Kirk Cousins, the Redskins are officially the unlikely champions of the NFC East, which will go down as one of the most colossal divisional clusterfucks in the history of the NFL. In the 38-24 win, Cousins went 31 for 46, racking up 365 yards and FOUR aerial touchdowns, two of which landed in the more than capable mitts of Jordan Reed (who finished the contest with 129 yards on nine catches.) Take heed, whoever winds up with the fifth seed in the NFC brackets; you might have some, ahem ... reservations ... about playing this team in January. 


15
Atlanta Falcons (8-7)
Season Point Differential: (-03)

Matt Ryan and the boys may not be playing in January, but at least they can take some solace in handing the formerly undefeated Panthers their first "L" of the 2015-16 season. The trifecta of Matt Ryan (306 yards and a TD), Devonta Freeman (73 yards and rushing TD) and Julio Jones (178 yards and a TD on just nine receptions) certainly did what needed to be done for the Falcons to win this game, but give their defense some credit too; they managed to keep Carolina's explosive offense limited to 155 yards rushing and just 142 receiving. 


16
New York Giants (6-9)
Season Point Differential: (-17)

The G-Men are officially out of playoff contention, following the Redskins' division-clinching win over Philadelphia last Saturday. In the penultimate game of the season, the Giants offensive woes continued, as Eli Manning tossed three interceptions in a crushing 49-17 loss to the Vikings. Considering back-up Ryan Nassib went five-for-five and had just as many touchdown passes as Eli, is it too early for a QB controversy to start brewing up for 2016?


THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK


17
Oakland Raiders (7-8)
Season Point Differential: (-34)

Regardless whether the Raiders can upset the Chiefs this Sunday, they've already posted their third best season in about 15 years, with a fair shot at hitting .500 for the first time since 2011 this Sunday. They wrapped up their last home game of the season - and quite possibly their last game in Oakland, period - with a 23-20 O.T. thriller win against divisional rivals San Diego on Christmas Eve, which was doubly significant for being Charles Woodson's final game at O.Co before retiring at season's end. 


18
Detroit Lions (6-9)
Season Point Differential: (-46)

The Lions didn't have much trouble surmounting the LOL-worthy Niners last weekend, as Matt Stafford and the rest of the pride (get it? because they are lions!) pummeled San Fran 32-17. Stafford finished the game with 301 yards and two TD passes, with Megatron hauling in one score and concluding the contest with 77 yards on six receptions. 


19
St. Louis Rams (7-8)
Season Point Differential: (-47)

Case Keenum (103 yards, one TD, 14 for 23 on attempts) may have had a day to forget on Sunday, but Todd Gurley certainly proved his merits in the Rams' 23-17 upset over the surging Seahawks. The former UGA standout had 85 yards and one TD on 19 carries - a sum on the ground that surpassed the total rushing yards of Seattle by 25 yards. The defense also did a good job keeping the pressure on Russell Wilson; at the final whistle, they intercepted him once and sacked him four times for a cumulative loss of 36 yards.


20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9)
Season Point Differential: (-47)

Jameis Winston finished the Bucs' 26-21 loss to the Bears five yards shy of 300 passing, lobbing two touchdowns and one INT. Tampa Bay's lackluster run defense cost them this one; while they held Cutler to about 150-some-odd yards passing, they let the Forte-less Bears chalk up 174 on the ground, with dual threat rusher/receiver Jeremy Langford leading the pack with 83 yards on 19 carries. 


21
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10)
Season Point Differential: (-48)

Sure, the Jags may have lost 38-27 to the Saints on Sunday, but they sure made fantasy football players happy. Quarterback Blake Bortles lobbed four touchdown passes and two interceptions for 368 yards, while the two Allens doubled up for three touchdowns and 267 yards of total offense. Now if only they could figure out how to stop the run ... and the pass ... and develop their run game ... they might just make for a dandy football squad a good three or four years down the line. 


22
Chicago Bears (6-9)
Season Point Differential: (-58)

In the definition of a forgettable outing, Jay Cutler produced one touchdown and 156 yards in Chicago's 26-21 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. While their pass defense absolutely crumbled, their run defense did manage to do something that few teams have been able to; they held Doug Martin to less than 50 yards rushing, and only let Jameis Winston rack up 10 yards with his legs. 


23
Philadelphia Eagles (6-9)
Season Point Differential: (-58)

The Chip Kelly experiment proved far less successful than it has in years past - and remember, those are still years in which the Eagles failed to make it to the playoffs. Following the team's 38-24 loss to Washington, the Eagles are heading back to square one for 2016 - almost certainly with a new QB en tow to accompany that brand new head coach they are now in the market for. The Solatano family, assuredly, most be inconsolable. 


24
Baltimore Ravens (5-10)
Season Point Differential: (-65)

The Ravens may only have five wins this season, but seeing as how 40 percent of them have come against the Steelers, that's at least some reason to remain optimistic. Judging from his performance in their 20-17 win over Pittsburgh last Sunday, the Ravens might just have a QB solution in the form of Ryan Mallett, whose 274 yards, one-TD day certainly outshined Big Ben's score-less outing. 


ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE DRAFT


25
New Orleans Saints (6-9)
Season Point Differential: (-71)

Even in the twilight of his career, Drew Brees can still air the ball out like few others. In New Orleans' 38-27 win over the Jags, he wrapped up the contest with three touchdowns and 412 yards on 25 completions, which pans out to an average 11.4 yards per pass. With solid producers like Tim Hightower (122 yards and two touchdowns) and Brandin Cooks (one TD and 123 yards on five receptions), the Saints certainly have the potential for pouring on the points. Alas, their once ferocious defense, especially against the pass, has been defanged, as apparent by the fact they let Blake Bortles drop four touchdowns on them. 


26
San Diego Chargers (4-11)
Season Point Differential: (-71)

The Chargers gave it their best shot, but Philip Rivers' 277-yard, one TD day wasn't enough to carry San Diego over the Raiders, who bested the Bolts 23-20 in overtime on Christmas Eve. There is a lot of rebuilding for the Chargers in the offseason, but there are a few bright spots - namely, the dual offensive threat of receiver Dontrelle Inman and rusher Danny Woodhead. The bigger question, however, is whether the team will be playing in slightly more northern Southern California next year - and of course, who, if anybody, will be splitting the L.A. rent money with them?


27
Indianapolis Colts (7-8)
Season Point Differential: (-81)

Following a slim 18-12 win over the long-beached Dolphins, the Colts still have a shot at the AFC South crown, and thus the postseason, just as long as they can beat Tennessee this weekend AND the Texans lose to the Jaguars. Which means, yes, 10 years after Super Bowl XL, Matt Freakin' Hasselbeck might be in the playoffs while Big Ben watches it from the safety of his sofa. Some world, eh?


28
Dallas Cowboys (4-11)
Season Point Differential: (-88)

With KELLEN GODDAMN MOORE as quarterback, the Cowboys dropped Sunday's game against Buffalo 16-6. In what has been an absolute disaster of a season, there are at least two glimmers of optimism to be found on the 'Boys offense: underrated receiver Brice Butler (who had 74 yards on four receptions last weekend), and unbelievably, ex-Raiders running back Darren McFadden, who managed to post a yard shy of triple digits in the utterly meaningless late-season skirmish. 


29
Miami Dolphins (5-10)
Season Point Differential: (-89)

The funny thing is, the Dolphins actually have some pretty solid receivers. That's evident by the team's 18-12 loss to Indianapolis Sunday, in which Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker still combined for 200 plus yards. Unfortunately, Miami has two big things working against it, which are unlikely to be solved by the team the 2016 season rolls around; the complete and utter lack of a run game, and the continued inconsistency of Ryan Tannehill. 

30
Tennessee Titans (3-12)
Season Point Differential: (-118)

To put it delicately, the Titans are a goddamn sonofabitching motherfuckin' mess of a team right now. In their horrific 34-6 loss to the Texans last week, Zach Mettenberger - who is NOT Marcus Mariota, in case you weren't aware of it - went one-for-one on TDs-to-INTs, ultimately collecting 234 yards on 27 completions. Meanwhile, their run game completely evaporated, on both sides of the ball; at the final tally, Tennessee had just 30 rushing yards, while they allowed Houston to run all over them for 128 yards and a Brandon Weeden scrambling TD. 


31
Cleveland Browns (3-12)
Season Point Differential: (-138)

Granted, there hasn't been much for the "Dog Pound" to get excited about this season. But look on the bright side of things: not only did Johnny Manziel hit triple digits throwing and rushing in Cleveland's narrow 17-13 loss to the Chiefs last Sunday, the dude also knows all the words to Future's "March Madness!" Be thankful, Browns' fans: there aren't that many quarterbacks in the League who know the lyrics to so many songs about molly. 


32
San Francisco 49ers (4-11)
Season Point Differential: (-152)


Just three years ago, the 49ers, led by golden-armed stud Colin K., were *this close* to hoisting another Lombardi Trophy. Flash forward 34 months later, and the 49ers are the laughingstock of the NFL, commandeered by BLAINE GABBERT and top offensive players DuJuan Harris and Vance McDonald. Needless to say, this franchise is in store for a LOT of retooling in the offseason, with SF almost certain to use their top five draft pick on a would-be QB of the Future. Paxton Lynch, Jared Goff? You have our condolences in advance. 


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quarterly MMA Rankings (Dec. 29, 2015 Edition)

An all-new, less than reverential, semi-regular feature quantifying the best the world of mixed martial arts has to offer!



By: Jimbo X
JimboXAmerican@gmail.com
@Jimbo__X


(HEY! Looking for previous rankings? You can check out the last couple of installments at the links below:)



The MMA landscape has changed quite a bit since we last did one of these here rankings, no? More than a few championship belts have changed hands, and some huge upsets have helped catapult a couple of lower-tier fighters way on up in their respective divisions (with some lackluster performances, conversely, sending a few main event players hurdling down the standings.) Oh, and for the sake of convenience, I've made the conscious decision to cut back on the commentary because I'm lazy as fuck and can't think of a way to write more than one sentence on Bellator fighters and women's strawweight competitors whose names I can't even pronounce for a faster, more streamlined read. Whether you are a filthy casual fan or a hardcore (read: socially life-less) MMA junkie, these are without question the best divisional rankings you will find anywhere. Especially Sherdog. I mean, fuck them. 

Heavyweight Division

01
Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Cain Velasquez (June 13, 2015)
Next Bout: vs, Cain Velasquez (February 06, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Cain Velasquez (13-2-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Fabricio Werdum (June 13, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Fabricio Werdum (Feb. 06, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (no change)

03
Andrei Arlovski (25-10-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Frank Mir (Sept. 05, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Stipe Miocic (Jan. 02, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 4 (+1)

04
Stipe Miocic (13-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Mark Hunt (May 10, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Andrei Arlovski (Jan. 02, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+1)

05
Alistair Overeem (40-14-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Junior dos Santos (Dec. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

06
Junior dos Santos (17-4-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Alistair Overeem (Dec. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 2-3
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (-3)

07
Ben Rothwell (35-9-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Matt Mitirone (June 06, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Josh Barnett (Jan. 30, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 6 (-1)

08
Vitaly Minakov (17-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Josh Copeland (Dec. 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (-1)

09
Alexey Oleinik (55-9-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jared Rosholt (Nov. 22, 2014)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 8 (-1)

10
Jared Rosholt (14-2-0-0)
Last Bout: Win, vs. Stefan Struve (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Ruslan Magmedov (09), Tony Johnson (10)

Light Heavyweight Division

01
Jon Jones (21-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Daniel Cormier (Jan. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Daniel Cormier (17-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Alexander Gustafsson (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (no change)

03
Alexander Gustafsson (16-4-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Daniel Cormier (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 2-3
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 4 (+1)

04
Ryan Bader (20-4-0-0)
Last Bout: Win, v. Rashad Evans (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Anthony Johnson (Jan. 30, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+1)

05
Anthony Johnson (20-5-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jimi Manuwa (Sept. 05, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Ryan Bader (January 30, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (-2)

06
Liam McGeary (11-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Tito Ortiz (Sept. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (+1)

07
David Branch (17-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Teddy Holder (Sept. 18, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

08
Muhammed Lawal  (16-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, v. Linton Vassell (Sept. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Brett McDermott (Dec. 29, 2014)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

09
Quinton Jackson (36-11-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Fabio Maldonado (April 25, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 9 (no change)

10
Glover Texiera (24-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Patrick Cummins (Nov. 07, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 8 (-2)

Fighters Falling out of the Rankings: Phil Davis (06), Ovince St. Preux (10)

Middleweight Division

01
Luke Rockhold (15-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Chris Weidman (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (+1)

02
Chris Weidman (13-1-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Luke Rockhold (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts 4-1 
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (-1)

03
Yoel Romero (11-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Ronaldo Souza (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (no change)

04
Ronaldo Souza (22-4-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Yoel Romero (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking:4 (no change)

05
Mamed Khalidov (31-4-2-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Michal Materia (Nov. 28, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (+2)

06
Anderson Silva (33-6-0-1)
Last Bout: NC, Nick Diaz (Jan. 31, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Michael Bisping (Feb. 27, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 2-2-0-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (-1)

07
Robert Whittaker (15-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Uriah Hall (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

08
Michael Bisping (27-7-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Thales Leites (July 18, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Anderson Silva (Feb. 27, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 10 (+2)

09
Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Uriah Hall (Sept. 26, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

10
Roan Carneiro (20-9-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Mark Munoz (Feb. 28, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Vitor Belfort (06), Tim Kennedy (08), Brandon Halsey (09)

Welterweight Division

01
Robbie Lawler (26-10-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Rory MacDonald (July 11, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Carlos Condit (Jan. 02, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Johny Hendricks (17-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Matt Brown (March 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (no change)

03
Rory MacDonald (18-3-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Robbie Lawler (July 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 ( no change)

04
Tyron Woodley (15-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Kelvin Gastelum (Jan. 31, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 8 (+4)

05
Hector Lombard (34-4-1-1)
Last Bout: NC, vs. Josh Burkman
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 3-1-0-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 9 (+4)

06
Demian Maia (22-6-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Gunnar Nelson (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 10 (+4)

07
Ben Henderson (23-5-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jorge Masvidal (Nov. 28, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

08
Matt Brown (20-13-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Tim Means (July 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (-1)

09
Carlos Condit (30-8-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Thiago Alves (May 30, 2015)
Next Bout: v. Robbie Lawler (Jan. 02, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 2-3
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

10
Rousamir Palhares (18-6-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jake Shields (Aug. 01, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 6 (-4)

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Ben Askren (04), Andrey Koreshkov (05)

Lightweight Division

01
Rafael dos Anjos (25-7-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Donald Cerrone (Dec. 19, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Will Brooks (17-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Marcin Held (Nov. 06, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+2)

03
Anthony Pettis (18-3-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Rafael dos Anjos (March 14, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Eddie Alvarez (Jan. 17, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (-1)

04
Donald Cerrone (28-7-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Radael dos Anjos
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (-1)

05
Tony Ferguson (20-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Edson Barboza (Dec. 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 7 (+2)

06
Eddie Alvarez (26-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Gilbert Melendez (June 13, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Anthony Pettis (Jan. 19, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1 
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

07
Beneil Dariush (12-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Michael Johnson (Aug. 08, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 10 (+3)

08
Al Iaquinta (13-3-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jorge Masvidal (April 04, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1 
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 9 (+1)

09
Justin Gaethje (15-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Luis Palomino (Sept. 18, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

10
Rashid Magomedov (19-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Gilbert Burns
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Khabib Nurmagomedov (04), TJ Grant (06), Myles Jury (08)

Featherweight Division

01
Conor McGregor (19-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jose Aldo (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (+1)

02
Jose Aldo (25-2-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Conor McGregor (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (-1)

03
Frank Edgar (20-4-1)
Last Bout: W, vs. Chad Mendes (Dec. 11, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts:  5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (no change)

04
Max Holloway (15-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jeremy Stephens (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+1_

05
Daniel Straus (24-6-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Patricio Freire (Nov. 06, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Patricio Freire (4)

Bantamweight Division (Male)

01
T.J. Dillashaw (12-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Renan Barao (July 25, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Dominick Cruz (Jan. 17, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking:1 (no change)

02
Bibianao Fernandes (18-3-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Toni Taura (July 18, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+3)

03
Marlon Moraes (15-4-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Sheymon da Silva Moraes (Aug. 01, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

04
Raphael Assuncao (23-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs Bryan Caraway (Oct. 04, 2014)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking:2 (-2)

05
Urijah Faber (33-8-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Frankie Saenz (Dec. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Dominick Cruz (03), Renan Barao (04)

Bantamweight Division (Female)

01
Holly Holm (10-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Ronda Rousey (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

02
Ronda Rousey (12-1-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Holly Holm (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (-1)

03
Miesha Tate (17-5-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jessica Eye (July 25, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (-1)

04
Tonya Evinger (17-5-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Pannie Klanzand (Sept. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

05
Julianna Pena (7-2-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jessica Eye (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts:  5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling out of the Rankings: Alexis Davis (3), Cat Zingano (4), Bethe Correia (5)

Flyweight Division

01
Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. John Dodson (Sept. 05, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
Joseph Benavidez (23-4-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Ali Bagautinov (Oct. 03, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (no change)

03
Henry Cejudo (10-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jussier da Silva (Nov. 21, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

04
John Dodson (17-7-0-0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Demetrious Johnson (Sept. 05, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 3-2
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 4 (no change)

05
Louis Smolka (10-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Patrick Holohan (Oct. 24, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Jussier da Silva (03), Zach Makovsky (05)

Strawweight Division (Female)

01
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Valerie Letoruneau (Nov. 14, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D. 
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 1 (no change)

02
DeAnna Bennett (8-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Katja Kankaanpaa (Sept. 12, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. Livia Renata Souza (Jan. 16, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: Unranked

03
Claudia Gadelha (13-1-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Jessica Aguilar (Aug. 01, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 2 (-1)

04
Jessica Aguilar (19-5-0- 0)
Last Bout: L, vs. Claudia Gadelha (Aug. 01, 2015)
Next Bout: T.B.D.
Last Five Bouts: 4-1
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 5 (+1)

05
Livia Renata Souza (8-0-0-0)
Last Bout: W, vs. Katja Kankaanpaa (April 24, 2015)
Next Bout: vs. DeAnna Bennett (Jan. 16, 2016)
Last Five Bouts: 5-0
Last Update Divisional Ranking: 3 (-2)

Fighters Falling Out of the Rankings: Carla Esparza (04)