UK MMA Rankings: March 2012

UK MMA Rankings: March 2012

The UK MMA Rankings for March 2012, with some of the divisions extended to top 25.

UK And Irish MMA Rankings
UK And Irish MMA Rankings

The Your MMA team produce the longest standing and most trusted UK MMA rankings, with representatives from around Britain contributing to the output each month. Whilst all rankings remain somewhat subjective, the 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.

The system (over in the Fighter Section) will be updated on an event-by-event basis, keeping them relevant and up to date. However, the monthly round up is delivered right here.

Another issue is the number of top fighters competing internationally, particularly in the busier divisions. This makes it harder for domestic fighters to see where they stand when the bulk of the fighters in a top ten are competing internationally. Although the ‘top tens’ live on the site don’t support more entrants, will publish a list up to twenty in all weightclasses (apart from the ever-growing flyweight division). These top twenties will be published monthly.


  • 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 (for two years or more).
  • Fighters moving around in weightclasses will be ranked in the lowest weightclass they have competed in within the last three fights.
  • 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 MMA Rankings from bantamweight to heavyweight in the Fighters Section (just click on the UK tab). Check back regularly to see how big events shape the top tens.

It’s been another big month for UK MMA, with UFC, Cage Warriors, Shock N Awe, and many more domestic events all shaping the rankings with top fights.

We’ve also added some top 25s and 30s in the busiest divisions, with more to come next month.

Discuss the rankings with us on Twitter and Facebook.


UK MMA Flyweight Top 15 Rankings:

1. Phil Harris

2. Neil Seery

3. Mark Platts

4. Niko Gjoka

5. Brian Hyslop

6. Ian Malone

7. Walter Caydas

8. Owen Gayle

9. Karl Harrison

10. Shamsul Haque

11. Pietro Menga

12. Ritchie Ivory

13. James McAllister

14. Joe Laurence

15. Mark Handley
UK MMA Bantamweight Top 20 Rankings:

1. Brad Pickett

2. Vaughn Lee

3. Paul McVeigh

4. James Doolan

5. Kris Edwards

6. Dino Gambatesa

7. James Brum

8. Spencer Hewitt

9. Cory Tait

10. James Pennington

11. Chris Garry

12. Scott Pooley

13. Mike Wootten

14. Martin McDonough

15. Damien Rooney

16. Karsten Lenjoint

17. David Grant

18. Jody Collins

19. Declan Williams

20. Brent Crawley
UK MMA Featherweight Top 30 Rankings:

1. Ross Pearson

2. Ronnie Mann

3. Jason Young

4. Graham Turner

5. Ashleigh Grimshaw

6. Dave Hill

7. Nathan Beer

8. Dave Lee

9. Paul Reed

10. John Cullen

11. Robbie Olivier

12. James Saville

13. Diego Vital

14. Andy Ogle

15. Conor McGregor

16. Antanas Jazbutis

17. Steve O’Keeffe

18. Mike Wilkinson

19. Owen Roddy

20. Shay Walsh

21. Jay Furness

22. Rob Whiteford

23. Alex Enlund

24. Dean Reilly

25. Louis Chapman

26. Liam James

27. Brian Moore

28. Saul Rogers

29. Artem Lobov

30. David Galbraith
UK MMA Lightweight Top 25 Rankings:

1. Terry Etim

2. Paul Sass

3. Andre Winner

4. Paul Taylor

5. Paul Kelly

6. Curt Warburton

7. Rob Sinclair

8. Tim Radcliffe

9. Joe Duffy

10. Colin Fletcher

11. Jason Ball

12. Norman Parke

13. Michael Pastou

14. Abdul Mohamed

15. Tim Newman

16. Greg Loughran

17. Jeff Lawson

18. Daniel Thomas

19. Andrew Fisher

20. Francis Heagney

21. Richie Downes

22. Martin Delaney

23. Chris Fishgold

24. Ali Maclean

25. Mark Glover
UK MMA Welterweight Top 25 Rankings:

1. Paul Daley

2. John Hathaway

3. Jim Wallhead

4. Dan Hardy

5. Marius Zaromskis

6. Che Mills

7. John Maguire

8. Jess Liaudin

9. Ali Arish

10. Wayne Murrie

11. Pete Irving

12. Henrique Santana

13. Danny Mitchell

14. Cathal Pendred

15. Steven Ray

16. Dean Caldwell

17. Ryan Scope

18. Alan Johnston

19. Bradley Scott

20. Warren Kee

21. Tom Breese

22. Qasim Shafiq

23. John Quinn

24. Dean Amasinger

25. Gavin Sterritt
UK MMA Middleweight Top 20 Rankings:

1. Michael Bisping

2. Tom Watson

3. Claudio Henrique Da Silva

4. John Phillips

5. James Zikic

6. Alex Makhonin

7. Andrew Punshon

8. Zelg Galesic

9. Valentino Petrescu

10. Jake Bostwick

11. Chris Fields

12. Denniston Sutherland

13. Jack Marshman

14. Jack Mason

15. Eugene Fadiora

16. Lee Barnes

17. Matt Ewin

18. Allan Love

19. Carl Noon

20. Matt Howard


UK MMA Light-Heavyweight Top 20 Rankings:

1. Jimi Manuwa

2. Karlos Vemola

3. Linton Vassell

4. Przemyslaw Mysiala

5. Anth Taylor

6. James McSweeney

7. Ben Smith

8. Ryan White

9. Fraser Opie

10. Robert Krecicki

11. Rab Truesdale

12. Marcin Zontek

13. Sam Hooker

14. Chris Konieczny

15. Hywel Knight

16. Tony Moran

17. Iain Martell

18. Nick Chapman

19. Marcin Lazarz

20. Sam Mensah
UK MMA Heavyweight Top 20 Rankings:

1. Phil Defries

2. Rob Broughton

3. Neil Grove

4. Stavros Economou

5. Neil Wain

6. Oli Thompson

7. Dave Keeley

8. James Thompson

9. Martin Thompson

10. Mark Godbeer

11. Tengiz Tedoradze

12. Jay Mortimore

13. Colin Robinson

14. Chris Petrie

15. Dayman Lake

16. Deividas Banaitis

17. Darren Towler

18. Mark Potter

19. Adam Parkes

20. Karl Etherington


Make sure you’re following @YourMMA on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest updates from the longest running and most reliable UK MMA rankings.

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

Jay Furness (England): editor, former online editor for MMA Unltd and FIGHT! Magazine and professional fighter.

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.

Dean Parr (England): Owner of and writer for many boxing and MMA sites, including

David Lethaby (England): Long time MMA writer, photographer and radio host, currently at