It’s back to school for everyone and as a result it’s time for the back to school list here at MMA Freak. The following list is based on education level and record from the past year. That said here are the top educated fighters:

10) Ayaka Hamasaki

Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki returned to action in March and beat Amber Brown.

9) Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez was a part of the historic UFC 200 in Las Vegas and defeated Travis Browne for a bonus.

8) Bobby Lashley

Still going between pro wrestling and MMA, Bobby Lashley avenged himself on James Thompson in Bellator.

7) Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko won two matches in his return, though his match with Fabio Maldonado‘s controversial.

6) Tonya Evinger

Missouri Valley College graduate Tonya Evinger has fought twice this year, lately making a moment at Invicta 17.

5) Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley defeated Robbie Lawler in his first outing in over a year and won the UFC Welterweight Championship. The Missouri University graduate is now set to defend his title against Stephen Thompson.

4) Stipe Miocic

Stipe Miocic has won three times this year and in his last outing defended his title against Alistair Overeem.

3) Michael Chandler

Current Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler won the belt in his last outing at Bellator 157.


2) Daniel Cormier

Despite the ups and downs in the matchmaking, Daniel Cormier has fought and won twice this last year.

1) Phil Davis

Phil Davis has fought three times over the last year including a one night tournament at Bellator 142: Dynamite 1. The Penn State graduate earned wins over Emanuel Newton, Francis Carmont and Muhammed Lawal.