Nordic MMA Rankings – December 2018

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The Nordic rankings have been updated with top-ranked fighters from or living in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.  Since 2011, MMA Viking has published the official Nordic MMA rankings used by local and international promotions.  Check out the December 2018 rankings here.

Men Rankings

Flyweight (125 lbs / 56.7 kg)

Sweden raised, undefeated Amir Albazi remains #1 in the flyweight division and is in position for some high-profile fights.  IMMAF champion turned pro, Serdar Altas enters the ranks as a new prospect to watch and notched a win over vet Bilal Musa in the first round at Superior Challenge 18.

1 – Amir Albazi, Sweden, 11-0-0 (-)
2 – Mikael Silander, Finland, 18-7-0 (-)
3 – Aleksi Toivonen, Finland, 6-1-0, 1 NC (-)
4 – Abdul Hussein, Finland, 5-1-0 (-)
5 – Serdar Altas, Sweden, 3-0-0 (new)
6 – Binh Son Le, Sweden, 5-2-0, 1 NC (-1)
7 – Bilal Musa, Sweden, 2-3-0 (new)

Contenders : Anton Larsson, Luan Jashari Frantzen, Julian Bengtsen

Bantamweight (135 lbs / 61.2 kg)

Jonas Mågard has won 8 of his last 9 bouts including a solid win over Fernando Flores giving him the #1 slot.  With the established vets Siwan Kakai, “Tipi,” and Toni Tauru inactive, it was a time for several fighters to enter the ranks.

1 – Jonas Magard, Denmark, 10-4-0  (+6)
2 – Janne Elonen-Kulmala, Finland, 15-7-1 (-1)
3 – Mika Hamalainen, Finland, 8-2-0 (new)
4 – Martin Akhtar, Sweden, 11-5-0, 1 NC (+1)
5 – Fernando Flores, Sweden, 5-5-0 (+1)
6 – Hannan Housmand, Finland, 3-0-0 (new)
7 – Bartosz Wojcikiewicz, Sweden, 2-0-0 (new)

Contenders : Roger Huerta, Edris Rafigh, Hamza Bougamza, Christoffer Darre, Martin Fouda, Jari Illikainen, Ville Kyllönen, Tuomas Gronvall, Rune Bjerregaard Petersen, Joel Moya, Joni Sarkala, Kristian Skogmo, Nils Henrik Tjikkom
Inactive : Sirwan Kakai, Toni Tauru, Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas

Featherweight (145 lbs / 65.8 kg)

Makwan Amirkhani remains #1 and is expected to return on an upcoming European UFC card.  Burnell got back to winning ways at Cage Warriors 99 with a first round submission to solidify his #2 slot.  Edward Walls has now won 4 in a row and jumps into the rankings.

1 – Makwan Amirkhani, Finland, 13-3 (-)
2 – Mads Burnell, Denmark, 8-2-0 (+1)
3 – Daniel Teymur, Sweden, 6-2-0  (+1)
4 – Frantz Slioa, Sweden, 5-0-0  (+1)
5 – Rafael Macedo, Sweden, 9-4-0 (new)
6 – Edward Walls, Finland, 8-3-0 (new)
7 – Simon Skold, Sweden, 9-6-0 (new)

Contenders : Jerry Kvarnstrom, Markus Rytohonka, Michel Ersoy, Kenneth Evensen, Tobias Harila, Viktor Gustavsson, Jonas Courdt Nielsen, Robert Nystrom, Marko Tani, Bjarki Omarsson, Jani Hägg, Espen Kolltviet, Haci Firat Dogan
Inactive : Niklas Backstrom, Joni Salovaara, Mohammad Badadivand, Matthias Lodahl

Lightweight (155 lbs / 70.3 kg)

David Teymur remains #1 and has won 5 fights in a row in the UFC.  Soren Bak takes a big leap in the rankings with his capturing of the Cage Warriors belt over Paddy Pimblett.  Watch out for Guram Kutateladze who has beaten two tough Brazilians as of late.

1 – David Teymur, Sweden, 8-1-0 (-)
2 – Damir Hadzovic, Denmark, 12-4-0 (-)
3 – Soren Bak, Denmark, 12-1-0 (+5)
4 – Anton Kuivanen, Finland, 26-11-0  (+1)
5 – Guram Kutateladze, Sweden, 10-2-0  (+1)
6 – Alexander Jacobsen, Norway, 9-4-0 (-)
7 – Aleksi Mäntykivi, Finland, 11-5-0 (-)

Contenders : Jani Salmi, Joachim Tollefsen, Tuukka Repo, Toni Lampinen, Danny Mathiasen, Arman Popal, Jani Ridasmaa, Thor Palsson, Niko Myllynen, Patrik Pietila, Per Franklin, Kim Thinghaugen, Jonathan Svensson, Aleksi Savolainen, Patrik Kapanen, Dilmurod Movlonov, Birgir Tomasson, Delshad Morad
Inactive : Reza Madadi, Teemu Packalen, Antti Virtanen, Aleksi Nurminen, Mattias Rosenlind

Welterweight (170 lbs / 77.1 kg)

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Gunnar Nelson showed he is still getting better as the 30-year-old stopped Alex Oliveira at UFC 231.  Meek holds his #2 with the stregnth of his upset over Rousimar Palhares and UFC debut win over Jordan Mein, but “Valhalla” has David Bielkheden, Nicolas Dalby, and new One Championship belt holder Zebaztian Kadestam coming off wins and on the charge.  Don’t forget about Olympian wrestler Mark O. Madsen that will be looking for a signature win to show he deserves a higher rankings.

1 – Gunnar Nelson, Iceland, 17-3-1 (-)
2 – Emil Weber Meek, Norway, 9-4-0, 1 NC (-)
3 – David Bielkheden, Sweden, 26-12-0 (-)
4 – Nicolas Dalby, Denmark, 16-3-1 (new)
5 – Jonatan Westin, Sweden, 10-2-0 (-1)
6 – Juho Valamaa, Finland, 15-4-0 (-1)
7 – Zebaztian Kadestam, Sweden, 9-4-0 (-1)
8 – Mark O. Madsen, Denmark, 5-0-0 (new)
9 – Andreas Stahl, Sweden, 11-4-0 (new)
10 – Oliver Enkamp, Sweden, 7-2-0 (new)

Contenders : Olli Santalahti, Fernando Gonzalez, Diego Gonzalez, Louis Glismann, Rostem Akman, Håkon Foss, Thomas Robertsen, Aleksi Lukkarinen, Henri Lintula, David Jacobsson, Dmitrijs Homjakovs, Quinten De Vreught, Stefan Ydstie, Gard Olve Sagen,Thomas Jessing, Kai Karar, Diego Björn Valencia, Frodi Vitalis Hansen
Inactive : Jussi Halonen

Middleweight (185 lbs / 83.9 kg)

Jack Hermansson showed he is no joke with his stoppage over former title challenger Thales Leites at UFC 224.  Sadibou Sy had a good showing at PFL with a win over UFC vet Caio Magalhães and advancing over Bruno Santos.  Nico Musoke returned with a solid win over Daniel Acacio, and prospects Khamzat Girikhanov and Jesse Urholin make their first appearance in the rankings.

1 – Jack Hermansson, Sweden/Norway 17-4-0 (-)
2 – Sadibou Sy, Sweden 7-4-1 (+1)
3 – Glenn Sparv, Finland 20-5-0 (-1)
4 – Nicholas Musoke, Sweden, 14-5-1 (new)
5 – Khamzat Chimaev, Sweden, 3-0-0 (new)
6 – Jesse Urholin, Finland, 2-0-0 (new)
7 – Torbjorn Madsen, Norway, 5-1-0 (new)

Contenders : Mikkel Kasper, Olle Magnor, Andrius Ordoyan, Mikko Ahmala, Henri Lintula, Matias Rantala, Mika Kuronen
Inactive : Alan Carlos, Papy Abedi, Victor Cheng, Alexander Bergman

Light Heavyweight (205 lbs / 93 kg)

Alexander Gustafsson is #1 in the Nordics and makes a charge at #1 in the world in his upcoming rematch with Jon Jones.  Marthin Hamlet Nielsen and Herdem Alacabek enter the rankings.

1 – Alexander Gustafsson, Sweden, 18-4-0 (-)
2 – Ilir Latifi, Sweden 13-5-0-1 (-)
3 – Karl Albrektsson, Sweden, 8-2-0 (new)
4 – Joachim Christensen, Denmark, 14-7-0 (-1)
5 – Kenneth Bergh, Norway, 6-0-0 (-)
6 – Marthin Hamlet Nielsen, Norway, 4-0-0 (new)
7 – Herdem Alacabek, Sweden, 5-0-0 (new)

Contenders : Zvonimir Kralj, Saku Heikkola, Kristian Lapsley
Inactive : Max Nunes

Heavyweight (265 lbs / 120.2 kg) +

There is a change of guard at heavyweight as Nick Barno takes the #1 spot after beating UFC vet Christian Colombo, who has since retired.  IMMAF World Champ Irman Smajic enters the rankings with his pro debut win and will be looking for more wins to climb up the wide open rankings.

1 – Nick Barno, Denmark, 7-2-0 (+3)
2 – Toni Valtonen, Finland, 27-17-0 (+2)
3 – Junior Karanta Fatty, Sweden, 2-2-0 (+2)
4 – Irman Smajic, Sweden, 1-0-0 (new)
5 – Kim Johansen, Norway, 1-0-0 (new)
6 – Matias Anttila, Finland, 1-0-0 (new)
7 – Malik Jahmaze (Tambe), Sweden, 0-1-0 (new)

Retired : Andreas Lagaard, Christian Colombo

Women Rankings

Strawweight (115 lbs / 52.2 kg) or Lower

Minna Grusander is the #1 strawweight and will be challenging again for the Invicta FC title, which nearly everyone saw her do in last match.  Sunna Davisdottir has dropped from the ratings with her inactivity, but four new pro female fighters have arrived to establish some depth in the division.

1 – Minna Grusander, Finland, 6-2-0 (+2)
2 – Celine Haga, Norway, 10-14-0 (-1)
3 – Fannie Redman, Sweden, 1-0-0 (new)
4 – Veera Nykanen, Finland, 2-1-0 (new)
5 – Filippa Ikoona, Sweden, 1-0-0 (new)
6 – Anna Astvik, Sweden, 0-1-0 (new)
7 – Tiia Kohtamaki, Finland, 0-3-0 (-2)

Inactive : Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir, Iman Darabi

Flyweights (125 lbs / 56.7 kg)

Camila Rivarola has jumped into the deep end with three pro MMA bouts in 2018 earning her the #1 spot even with a recent draw over IMMAF World Champion Aleksandra Toncheva.  The Swede edges Malin Hermansson based on the 2017 amateur matchup that the Snake Team fighter won by decision.  Look out for Elin Öberg who won her pro debut in just 6 seconds over IMMAF strawweight champion Anna Astvik.

1 – Camila Rivarola, Sweden, 2-0-1 (new)
2 – Malin Hermansson, Sweden, 2-0-0 (-)
3 – Elin Öberg, Sweden, 1-0-0 (new)
4 – Cornelia Holm, Sweden, 1-1-0 (-3)
5 – Gabriella Ringblom, Sweden, 0-1-0 (-2)
6 – Anna Hyvärinen, Finland, 1-1-0 (-2)

Bantamweight (135 lbs / 61.2 kg) +

Pannie Kianzad keeps her #1 spot with a strong showing on TUF Season 28 where she eventually lost in the finals against Macy Chiasson in the 145 lbs division.  Lina Lansberg keeps her #2 slot with a win and loss in the UFC Octagon in 2018.  While Suvi Salmimies is trying to find a way into the UFC, the talented Maiju Suotama is ready to show that she can rebound over the subission loss to Lucrezia Ria in her last outing.

1 – Pannie Kianzad, Sweden, 10-4-0 (-)
2 – Lina Lansberg, Sweden, 8-4-0 (-)
3 – Suvi Salmimies, Finland, 10-5-1 (+1)
4 – Maiju Suotama, Finland, 8-4-0 (-1)
5 – Bea Malecki, Sweden, 2-0-0 (-)

Criteria
A fighter can be ranked if he/she was raised in or is permanently living in one of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden).  Fighters are listed as inactive if they have not fought a professional MMA within a year or currently have a bout booked.  Quality of recent wins, not opinions regarding what fighter would win in a match-ups or an athlete’s potential, is the main criteria for the rankings.

For more information regarding MMA Viking’s ranking criteria and full listing of previous rankings.