It’s a little late for back to school lists but none the less this list is being released now. Rankings are based on success:
10) Phil Davis
Phil Davis was even in his last two fights with the UFC and while the promotion was interested in resigning him, he chose to go to Bellator MMA instead. Just yesterday won the Bellator: Dynamite 1 Light Heavyweight Tournament. Davis is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University wrestling program where he is a four time All American.
9) Jared Rosholt
OSU Cowboy Jared Rosholt is currently undefeated this year at 2-0 with a fight scheduled against Stefan Struve. Rosholt is the younger brother of Jake Rosholt who also wrestled for OSU and fought in the UFC.
8) Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley won one fight late in 2014 and won another fight at Bellator 138: Unfinished Business in June. Lashley is a graduate of Missouri Valley College where he earned a degree in Human Service Agency Management.
7) Steve Mocco
Olympian Steve Mocco won a fight earlier this year in World Series of Fighting against Juilano Coutinho. Mocco attended both Iowa University and Oklahoma State University, from which he graduated before the Olympics.
6) Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier lost to Jon Jones in the beginning of the year but won the title against Anthony Johnson. After his time at Colby CC, Cormier attended Oklahoma State where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.
5) Johny Hendricks
Oklahoma State Cowboy Johny Hendricks rebounded from his title loss against Matt Brown earlier this year. Hendricks will be facing Tyron Woodley at UFC 192 next month on October 3rd in Houston, Texas.
4) T.J. Dillashaw
T.J. Dillashaw showed everybody that his win against Renan Barao was no fluke in their UFC on Fox rematch. Dillashaw is a graduate of California State University Fullerton where he wrestled for the now extinct program.
3) Chris Weidman
Hofstra University graduate Chris Weidman defended his title in fine fashion against Vitor Belfort at UFC 187. He will next be facing number one contender Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2) Barb Honchak
Barb Honchak defended her title against Takayo Hashi at Invicta FC 9 and is expected to return to action soon. The Invicta FC Flyweight Champion owns a Master’s Degrees in both Ecology and Genetics, making her very smart.
1) Oleksiy Oliynyk
The certified lawyer defeated Jared Rosholt at the end of 2014 but has to undergo surgery and will return in 2016. Oliynyk is a winner of multiple European mixed martial arts tournaments as well as multiple grappling tournaments.