UK And Irish MMA Rankings: October 2013

UK And Irish MMA Rankings: October 2013

October was a massive month for UK fighters, topped by the UFC's visit to Manchester.

UK And Irish MMA Rankings
UK And Irish MMA Rankings

The Your MMA team produce the longest standing and most trusted UK MMA rankings, published in print at Your MMA Magazine and online, with representatives from around the UK and Ireland contributing to the output each month. Whilst all rankings remain somewhat subjective, the Your MMA panel aren’t tied to any organisation or fighter and are key figures in the UK MMA scene, having been around the sport for many years.


  • Any fighter that hasn’t been active in the last 365 days will be ineligible for consideration (with the caveat being a booked fight within a month of them being ‘inactive’).
  • Fighters eligible need to be either UK/Irish nationals or located in the UK full time. Ireland is included as part of our database as a close partner to UK MMA, with many Irish fighters competing in the UK and most divisions there remaining too small to necessitate a specific set of their own.
  • Fighters moving around in weightclasses will be ranked in the lowest weightclass they have competed in within the last three fights, unless a permanent move is specified.
  • Fighters competing in catchweight bouts or fighters moving down in weightclasses cannot be ranked at the lower weightclass until they have made the limit and fought there – e.g. a fighter taking on a fight at 73kg after competing at 77kg will not be ranked at lightweight until he has reached the proper weight category.
  • Rankings are based on quality of performance and level of opposition, as well as wins and finishes, with domestic promotional titles not figuring in how highly a fighter is ranked. It is more than a numbers game.

You can find the UK and Irish MMA Rankings from flyweight to heavyweight in the Fighters Section (just click on the UK tab). Check back regularly to see how big events shape the top tens.

October played host to a big UFC event in Manchester which always influences the top of the divisions, and there were events from Cage Warriors, ECC, UCMMA and more.

Due to a slightly delayed update, fights from the first weekend in November have also been included.

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UK and Irish MMA Flyweight Top 20 Rankings:

1. Phil Harris
2. Neil Seery
3. Pietro Menga
4. Scott Pooley
5. Mark Platts
6. Shaj Haque
7. Mark Connor
8. Karl Harrison
9. Spencer Hewitt
10. Chris Miah
11. Ben Hajir
12. Shamsul Haque
13. Mahmood Besharate
14. Brett Caswell
15. Danny Missin
16. Josh Foster
17. Mark Handley
18. Aaron Aby
19. Andy Young
20. Paul Rogers

UK and Irish MMA Bantamweight Top 25 Rankings:

1. Brad Pickett
2. Vaughan Lee
3. Ronnie Mann
4. James Brum
5. Davey Grant
6. James Pennington
7. Brett Johns
8. Mike Wootten
9. Paul McVeigh
10. Paddy Holohan
11. Martin McDonough
12. James Doolan
13. Owen Roddy
14. Damien Rooney
15. Alan Philpott
16. Niko Gjoka
17. Cory Tait
18. Jordan Desborough
19. Aaron Blackwell
20. Dino Gambatesa
21. Bryan Creighton
22. Kris Edwards
23. Carl Fawcett
24. Conrad Hayes
25. Gaz Pilot

UK and Irish MMA Featherweight Top 30 Rankings:

1. Conor McGregor
2. Rob Whiteford
3. Andy Ogle
4. Graham Turner
5. Mike Wilkinson
6. Ashleigh Grimshaw
7. Andrew Fisher
8. Jay Furness
9. Paul Reed
10. Shay Walsh
11. Chris Fishgold
12. Dave Hill
13. Robbie Olivier
14. James Saville
15. Nad Narimani
16. Phil Else
17. Nathan Beer
18. Dave Lee
19. Artem Lobov
20. John Cullen
21. Brian Moore
22. Sam Gilbert
23. Liam James
24. Alex Enlund
25. Steve O’Keeffe
26. Marley Swindells
27. Marcin Wrzosek
28. Arnold Allen
29. Joe Clarke
30. Karsten Lenjoint

UK and Irish MMA Lightweight Top 30 Rankings:

1. Ross Pearson
2. Norman Parke
3. Paul Sass
4. Curt Warburton
5. John Maguire
6. Steven Ray
7. Andre Winner
8. Terry Etim
9. Colin Fletcher
10. Tim Newman
11. Martin Stapleton
12. Jason Ball
13. Paul Redmond
14. Tommy Maguire
15. Tim Radcliffe
16. Mick Sinclair
17. Greg Loughran
18. Martin Delaney
19. Brendan Loughnane
20. Uche Ihiekwe
21. Ali Maclean
22. Chris Hoban
23. Lewis Long
24. Dale Hardiman
25. Antanas Jazbutis
26. Ryan Roddy
27. Wes Murch
28. Brad Wheeler
29. Sean Carter
30. Jamie Rogers

UK and Irish MMA Welterweight Top 30 Rankings:

1. Paul Daley
2. Jim Wallhead
3. Cathal Pendred
4. Ali Arish
5. Danny Roberts
6. Jack Mason
7. Matt Inman
8. Wayne Murrie
9. Danny Mitchell
10. Jake Bostwick
11. Walter Gahadza
12. Gavin Sterritt
13. Alan Johnston
14. Aaron Wilkinson
15. Ryan Scope
16. Bola Omoyele
17. Tom Breese
18. Mark Scanlon
19. Rob Mills
20. Ash Beaumont
21. Lee Caers
22. Tommy Quinn
23. Phillip Mulpeter
24. Dan Hope
25. Steve Dinsdale
26. Dan Rushworth
27. Michael Johnson
28. Shaun Taylor
29. Luke Newman
30. Scott Clist

UK and Irish MMA Middleweight Top 30 Rankings:

1. Michael Bisping
2. Tom Watson
3. Luke Barnatt
4. Karlos Vemola
5. John Phillips
6. Bradley Scott
7. Chris Fields
8. Scott Askham
9. Eugene Fadiora
10. Che Mills
11. Lee Chadwick
12. Ion Pascu
13. Jack Marshman
14. Andrew Punshon
15. Denniston Sutherland
16. Allan Love
17. Valentino Petrescu
18. Leeroy Barnes
19. Chris Scott
20. Harry McLeman
21. Brett Bassett
22. Fabio Ferrari
23. Mike Ling
24. Andrew De-Vent
25. Alex Minogue
26. Mark Weir
27. Brett Sizeland
28. Matt Ewin
29. Matt Howard
30. Yannick Bahati

UK and Irish MMA Light-Heavyweight Top 20 Rankings:

1. Jimi Manuwa
2. Max Nunes
3. Linton Vassell
4. Marcin Lazarz
5. Fraser Opie
6. James McSweeney
7. Liam McGeary
8. Zelg Galesic
9. Kevin Thompson
10. Iain Martell
11. Tony Moran
12. Carl Kinslow
13. Przemyslaw Mysiala
14. Richie Knox
15. James Hurrell
16. Lukasz Klinger
17. Peter Irving
18. Mike Neun
19. Karl Moore
20. Nick Chapman

UK and Irish MMA Heavyweight Top 20 Rankings:

1. Phil Defries
2. Stavros Economou
3. Oli Thompson
4. Neil Wain
5. Neil Grove
6. Martin Thompson
7. James Thompson
8. Colin Robinson
9. James Mulheron
10. Darren Towler
11. Dayman Lake
12. Deividas Banaitis
13. Karl Etherington
14. Andy Spiers
15. Rab Truesdale
16. Stu Austin
17. Paul Taylor
18. Ben Smith
19. Callum Cook
20. Tomasz Czerwinski

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The team that helped comprise the UK MMA rankings this month includes:

Jay Furness (England – North): editor, former online editor for MMA Unltd and FIGHT! Magazine and professional fighter (exempt from 145lbs rankings)
Ricky Wright (Wales): Long-time UK MMA industry man and top MC.
David Bateman (Scotland): Editor of SFB Mag and radio show, commentator and writer.
George McCann (London): Owner of site and online magazine.
Dean Parr (England – North West): Owner of and writer for many boxing and MMA sites, including
David Lethaby (England – Midlands): Long time MMA writer, photographer and radio host, currently at
Alan Murphy (Ireland): Journalist covering mixed martial arts in Ireland, and editor at
Steve Wickett (South West): Southern MMA specialist and co-owner at

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