Welcome one and all, to the The Sprawl UK MMA rankings.
Athletes can only be ranked in one division and must have competed within the last 18-months in order to ranked. Our rankings do not just encompass fighters born in the UK, but also fighters who live and train here.
FLYWEIGHT: Shaj Haque (9-3-0) maintains his spot as the third best flyweight in the UK, despite losing an unanimous decision to Tagir Ulanbekov (5-0-0) in Kazakhstan. Sam Creasey(8-1-0) climbs three spots to #5, after his rapid submission over Iuri Bejenari (6-2-0) at this past weekend’s Cage Warriors event. Amir Albazi (10-0-0) enters the flyweight rankings after a successful Bellator debut. Albazi dominated Jamie Powell (6-2-0) with his superior grappling and also takes his #8 rank.
BANTAMWEIGHT: Shay Walsh (16-4-0) is keeping steady at #3, following his shutout victory in Aaron Blackwell’s (16-9-0) swan-song. Following his emphatic bantamweight title win at Cage Warriors 84, Nathaniel Wood (11-3-0) jumps above his former conquerors Alan Philpott (16-9-0) and Ed Arthur (8-3-0) for the number #5 slot. Welshman Josh Reed (7-0-0) makes his debut in the rankings at #8, after knocking out honourable mention Gavin Kelly (7-4-0) in the very first round.
FEATHERWEIGHT: Daniel Crawford (9-1-0) joins the featherweight elite at #7, courtesy of his swift demolition of UK MMA pioneer Ronnie Mann (25-10-1), who falls to #8. Graham Turner’s (25-10-1) lack of activity sees him drop out of the Top 10 and into our honourable mentions list.
LIGHTWEIGHT: No changes. Norman Parke (23-6-1) keep his spot at number #5, following a controversial decision loss to Polish standout Mateusz Gamrot (13-0-0). #9 Scott Clist (11-4-0) also maintains his place amongst the Top 10, despite a lopsided decision loss to Soren Bak (9-1-0) at Cage Warriors 83.
WELTERWEIGHT: Paul Daley (39-15-2) is still the best welterweight in the UK, even after Rory MacDonald’s (18-3-0) domination at Bellator 179. Darren Till (14-0-1) jumps three places to #5, after soundly beating Jessin Ayari (17-4-0) in Stockholm. Till’s win means Jim Wallhead (29-11-0), Michael Page (12-0-0) and Lewis Long (15-4-0) all fall one place. #10 Matt Inman (20-9-0) stays in the rankings, after carving up journeyman Brad Wheeler (16-11-0) at Cage Warriors.
MIDDLEWEIGHT: No changes. Andy De-Vent (15-11-0) suffered a rapid TKO loss at the hands of Arbi Arguev (28-6-0), but keep his place at #7.
LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT: Linton Vassell’s (18-5-0) submission of Liam McGeary (12-2-0) at Bellator 179 means the two swap places in the rankings. Also, #9 Przemyslaw Mysiala (21-9-1) picked up a win on Celtic Gladiator, but it was not significant enough for him to leapfrog Andy Clamp (8-1-0).
HEAVYWEIGHT: #5 Stav Economou (18-5-1) earned a submission win over Dan Konecke (10-10-0) at Bellator 179. #6 James Thompson (20-16-0) is removed from the rankings after 18-months of inactivity, with Brett McDermott (8-5-0) taking his place at #6, after defeating Ruben Wolf (11-10-0) for the BAMMA Heavyweight title.