UFC 301 Rankings Tracker

Oh boy, the air’s practically crackling with anticipation for UFC 301, right? This Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is hitting up Farmasi Arena in Rio de Janeiro. And let me tell ya, the streets are gonna be alive. Fans are buzzing, throwing their full support behind the fighters they adore.

Now, it’s been a hot minute—over a year, actually—since the UFC graced Brazil’s second-largest city. And the fighters? They’re not just throwing punches for the heck of it. They’re aiming to climb the ranks in Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. Talk about goals, huh?

So, Alexandre Pantoja and Steve Erceg are squaring off. After Pantoja outmaneuvered both Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval in 2023, everyone was left scratching their heads, wondering who’d step up next. Pantoja? He’s been on fire since 2021, leaving a trail of five defeated opponents in his wake. The guy’s practically royalty in the flyweight division now.

Pairing him with Erceg was a curveball, no doubt. Erceg, hailing from Australia, hasn’t even celebrated his first UFC anniversary yet. But, with an 11-fight winning streak and a flawless 3-0 UFC record, “Astro Boy” is no joke. Plus, he’s never tapped out or been knocked out in his pro career. After knocking Matt Schnell out cold in the second round last March, he’s knocking on the door of a title shot.

Pantoja’s not just any fighter; he’s a jack-of-all-trades, sitting pretty at No. 7 in the Sherdog Pound-for-Pound Top 10 Rankings and topping the 125-pound list. Erceg? He’s claimed the No. 9 spot in the flyweight ranks. It’s shaping up to be quite the showdown.

Then there’s Jonathan Martinez vs. Jose Aldo. Martinez is stepping into the cage with a legend, in what’s probably the most anticipated fight of the night. Aldo, the ex-featherweight king, is coming out of retirement to face a rising star at 135 pounds. Martinez has snagged 10 wins in his last 12 fights and is riding a six-fight winning streak. This is his shot at the big leagues. Aldo, on the other hand, hasn’t fought since August 2022 and has a mixed record at bantamweight. But, fighting in front of his home crowd? You know he’s gonna bring the heat.

After hanging up his gloves, Aldo vanished from the rankings. Meanwhile, Martinez is sitting at No. 15 in the bantamweight division. It’s all set to be a night to remember, folks.

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