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Morning Report: Angela Hill, Felice Herrig slam Mackenzie Dern’s presence in UFC rankings 

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The biggest news of UFC 224 last weekend was blue chip prospect Mackenzie Dern weighing in at 123 pounds for her strawweight fight against Amanda Cooper. Since she was seven pounds over the limit, Dern was forced to give 30 percent of her fight purse to Cooper. But it seems that was the only punishment for Dern, who submitted Cooper quickly and, as of this week, is ranked in the strawweight division. When the newest rankings were announced, Dern came in at No. 15 and that did not sit well with a couple of the UFC’s more well-known 115 pounders.

Taking to social media, former Invicta strawweight champion and MMA cosplayer extraordinaire, Angela Hill, let it be known her displeasure with being dropped from the rankings in favor of Dern despite the jiu-jitsu ace’s win being essentially a flyweight bout.

Well this is a big fat slap in the face. I’ve fought top competition, beat #14 and the rankings finally grace me with #15 ranking, just to get bumped by a fucking Flyweight. pic.twitter.com/ZYlP5Ogs6w

— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 17, 2018

“Well this is a big fat slap in the face. I’ve fought top competition, beat #14 and the rankings finally grace me with #15 ranking, just to get bumped by a f**king flyweight,” posted Hill.

Since returning to the UFC after her title winning stint in Invicta FC, Hill has put together a 2-2 record. Conversely, Dern is 2-0 in the organization but only one of those fights was truly contested at 115 pounds, her split decision win over Ashley Yoder, a woman Hill beat by unanimous decision.

Hill wasn’t the only fighter who took umbrage with the new rankings though. Eighth-ranked Felice Herrig also posted on social media yesterday, lambasting the UFC for its flawed system and taking several shots at Dern in the process.

I’m going to weigh in on the @ufc #strawweight rankings with at least 7.5lbs of factual perspective: 1- For the most part 1-5 are pretty accurate across all weight divisions, but after that the rankings are a crap shoot. 2- These days hype trains seem to be gifted rankings over actually having to fight to the top. 3- #McenzieDern misses weight by 7.5 pounds, which makes her closer to a #Flyweight than strawweight. She beats an unranked fighter and takes @angieoverkill well earned #15 spot when her only actual win in the ufc as a #straweight was to #Ashleyyoder. McEnzie won by a very close split decision, while Angela won unanimously. So why does Angela get bumped?? 4- Justine Kish isn’t even in the top 15, although she beat #14 #NinaAnsaroff unanimously and #11 #RandaMarkos. Justine did move up to Flyweight but so did #calderwood. So why is Calderwood even in the rankings anymore? 5- If #waterson is #7 & I’m #8 then 9,10 & 11 are all out of order… 6- I beat #Grasso unanimous decision , I beat #casey split. Waterson beats casey split decision. Casey finishes Markos, while Grasso takes her to split. So the rankings should actually be: #7 Waterson #8 Herrig #9 Casey #10 Grasso #11 Markos Even if Dern made weigh there is no factual reasoning as to why or how she could take Angela’s spot other than a massive glitch in the matrix. LBD out!

A post shared by Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) on May 17, 2018 at 4:05pm PDT

“I’m going to weigh in on the UFC strawweight rankings with at least 7.5lbs of factual perspective:

“1) For the most part 1-5 are pretty accurate across all weight divisions, but after that the rankings are a crap shoot.

“2) These days hype trains seem to be gifted rankings over actually having to fight to the top.

“3) McKenzie Dern misses weight by 7.5 pounds, which makes her closer to a flyweight than strawweight. She beats an unranked fighter and takes Angela Hill’s well earned #15 spot when her only actual win in the UFC as a strawweight was to Ashley Yoder. McKenzie won by a very close split decision, while Angela won unanimously. So why does Angela get bumped??

“4) Justine Kish isn’t even in the top 15, although she beat #14 NinaAnsaroff unanimously and #11 Randa Markos. Justine did move up to Flyweight but so did Joanne Calderwood. So why is Calderwood even in the rankings anymore?

“5) If Michelle Waterson is #7 & I’m #8 then 9, 10 & 11 are all out of order…

“6) I beat Alex Grasso unanimous decision , I beat Cortney Casey split. Waterson beats Casey split decision. Casey finishes Markos, while Grasso takes her to split. So the rankings should actually be: #7 Waterson #8 Herrig #9 Casey #10 Grasso #11 Markos Even if Dern made weight there is no factual reasoning as to why or how she could take Angela’s spot other than a massive glitch in the matrix.

“LBD out!” [edited for clarity]

The UFC rankings are often the butt of jokes from MMA fans for being obviously flawed but the appearance of Dern after her fiasco at UFC 224 is one of the more egregious examples in recent memory. For all her grappling accolades and MMA promise, Dern has only competed three times in the 115-pound weight class and the combined record of her two UFC opponents is 2-6, hardly the resume that would normally slot someone into the rankings. That being said, considering her potential, Dern would almost certainly have made it into the rankings sooner rather than later and now she has two ready made opponents that the UFC could book her against. All she has to do now is make the weight.


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LISTEN UP

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Beef.

@ChuckLiddell Brother I don’t have to be retired to be a legend first of all. And you talking to me about conducting my life outside the cage is just hysterical. Chuck we all know you’re far from innocent.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 18, 2018

@ChuckLiddell and as far as you teaching me how to “really fight” pic.twitter.com/ygzcDsBwMf

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 18, 2018

i’m done with all this Internet bullshit for the time being, if you have something else to say to me I’ve already invited you down to Albuquerque. Take care old man Ladelle pic.twitter.com/vf1bhXqTdK

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 18, 2018

Cejudo still beefing from yesterday.

It’s okay keep playing these games I’m training in the jungles in Brazil to beat your ass and when I do you’re not getting a rematch

— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) May 17, 2018

Even more beef.

This is the funniest shit I've ever heard , shit just got personal !! Get ready to eat your words mother fucker !!! @MakwanAmirkhani https://t.co/brWIiUOGpo

— Jason TheKid Knight (@Jasonthekid23) May 18, 2018

Still scrapping.

NLRB in Philadelphia today with @lkmiddleb. I gave an affidavit, it went well, I'm confident this is the right path. We still need fighters to sign cards at https://t.co/2ge9mLmWSp, so go fill one out at https://t.co/2ge9mLmWSp or share this post so we can move forward together pic.twitter.com/vfpm8zB9Sk

— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) May 17, 2018

Make it happen.

UFC 227? @zabit_mma @seanshelby pic.twitter.com/p8TaWChHah

— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) May 17, 2018

Unloved.

At this rate we’ll be entering a nuclear holocaust before one of these part-time strawweights agree to fight me. #UFC #Fallout #FightersFight pic.twitter.com/N6uMAydaWq

— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 17, 2018

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

N/A.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2013: Vitor Belfort knocked out UFC newcomer Luke Rockhold with a spinning head kick at UFC on FX 8.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Let’s be honest with ourselves, UFC Chile isn’t the best event in the world, but there are a couple of very good fights on the card. Plus, ya know, there’s the old cliche about how bad cards on paper always end up as the most exciting; maybe we get one of those. Only way to find out is to tune in or keep it locked to MMAFighting over the weekend for all your combat sports coverage.

Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


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