Calling UFC rankings a joke is like calling WWE fake.
Of course it is.
But we should play along anyway because that’s what the promotion wants us to do. Just don’t expect surging title contenders like Marvin Vettori, fresh off his UFC Vegas 16 win over Jack Hermansson last weekend at APEX, to keep quiet about it.
In fact, “The Italian Dream” is even calling out fighters by name.
“Now the rankings just came out. Darren Till being No. 4, it’s a joke. Really, it’s a joke,” Vettori told MMA Fighting. “But I think that would be a great scrap if we fight. After I beat somebody like Darren Till, I’ll be the only guy with two wins in the top five and I don’t know what will happen with Whittaker, but after that, I feel I will deserve a title shot. To be honest, I’m willing to fight anybody.”
Till, a former welterweight title contender who was practically killing himself to make 170 pounds, has dropped three of his last four and stands at just 1-1 since bumping up to middleweight late last year.
It’s also a bit strange to see Jared Cannonier perched at No. 3 when his only victory over a ranked opponent came over the hot-and-cold Hermansson in late 2019.
See the entire UFC middleweight rankings right here.