North Carolina/South Carolina March professional and amateur MMA Rankings

#1 ranked professional heavyweight Keith Bell

Even with the closing of MMA For Real, I wanted to keep this going. So major props go-to Rich Wyatt, my partner in crime from MMA For Real to continue to put these rankings together. Major thanks to ProMMA Now for allowing this to continue on as well. The rankings have been expanded to include the top 5 fighters instead of the top three. You’ll see the fighters name, the win/loss record, state, and opponent’s winning percentage. 

One goal that we have at ProMMA Now is to establish some type of ranking system for fighters regionally, both professional and amateur. The MMA scene in this region continues to grow and such a system could have some value for fans, fighters and matchmakers alike. This list represents fighters from this area that actively compete close to home and those that are fighting outside of this region. There will inevitably be fighters that are currently between the amateur and professional ranks that are not yet represented within these rankings.

There will also be fighters that are very talented but haven’t been active enough recently to reflect in the list. We will highlight at least a few fighters in each weight class. We realize that compiling a ranking like this is very subjective so we have attempted to talk with several managers, fighters and other folks from around the Carolinas. We’d like to hear feedback from others and would like the continued help of the MMA community across the region to help improve the rankings and make them as accurate as possible. 

We expect to update these rankings once per month due to the frequency that a lot of these fighters schedule fights. We’ll be considering fighter activity going forward. Barring some sort of noteworthy exception, fighters need to have competed at least once in the past 12 months to be considered for the rankings. An exception will be made for fighters that have had a delay due to service overseas. We will allow inactivity for up to 15 months in those select cases.

ProMMA Now MARCH 2011 NC/SC PRO RANKINGS

Heavyweights

Keith Bell 2 1 0 NC 50.0%
Josh Lening 2 3 0 NC 78.3%
Steven Banks 6 6 0 SC 62.3%
Jeremy Holm 1 1 0 NC 55.6%
Clifton Bishop 3 1 0 NC 11.1%

Light Heavyweights

Rodney Wallace 10 4 0 NC 70.6%
Kelly Anundson 3 0 0 SC 45.5%
John Richard 3 2 0 SC 50.0%
Chris  McNally 4 3 0 SC 72.2%
Tomar Washington 5 1 0 SC 32.9%

Also take note of: Lew Polley NC (10-4); Zach Klouse NC (2-0)

Middleweights

Nissen Osterneck 9 3 0 SC 59.5%
Josh Eagans 6 1 0 SC 59.5%
Derek Brunson 6 0 0 NC 47.3%
Roger Carroll 9 5 0 NC 61.4%
Adam DeHart 1 1 0 NC 66.7%

Also take note of: Brian McGinnis NC (3-2)

Welterweights

Jake Whitfield 5 1 0 NC 51.1%
Will Estes 4 0 0 NC 44.0%
Derrick Kennington 6 2 0 SC 53.9%
Johnny  Buck 9 7 0 NC 57.6%
Stephen Thompson 3 0 0 SC 54.5%

Also take note of: Dustin Chovanic NC (6-2)

Lightweights

Jason Palacios 9 6 0 NC 57.8%
Jordan Rinaldi 4 0 0 NC 50.0%
Jacob Allman 3 0 0 NC 40.0%
Jon  Owens 8 2 0 SC 52.6%
Jason Hicks 3 0 0 SC 22.0%

Also take note of: Chris Clodfelter NC (9-6); Syl Bynum NC (4-1);

George Hickman NC (1-0); Dave Linder SC (3-2); Jason Kwast NC (2-1);

Joseph Carroll NC (3-6)

Featherweights

Jarrod  Card 13 5 1 NC 57.5%
Jim  Carey 4 1 0 NC 58.1%
Byron Bloodworth 4 1 0 NC 50.0%
Christopher Cain 2 1 0 SC 56.3%
Jerrod Sanders 2 0 0 NC 15.4%

Also take note of: Justin Dalton NC (6-3); Bill Metts NC (2-1);

Casey Johnson NC (1-0)

 Bantamweights

Brandon Garner 8 1 1 NC 51.7%
Preston Marks 5 3 0 NC 71.6%
Tim Goodwin 5 3 0 SC 58.8%
Nate Davis 1 0 0 NC 50.0%
Matt Tran 1 1 0 SC 50.0%

Also take note of: Keith Hulin NC (1-1)

ProMMA Now MARCH 2011 NC/SC AMATEUR RANKINGS

Heavyweights

Marlone Smith 8 2 0 NC 45.8%
Keith Baldwin 2 0 0 NC 50.0%
Brian Amey 1 0 0 NC 50.0%
Walter Smith 1 1 0 NC 66.7%
Bobby Gurley 3 2 0 NC 53.8%

Light Heavyweights

Marvin Skipper 5 0 0 SC 50.0%
Ricky Rainey 4 0 0 NC 50.0%
Brandon Beach 4 1 0 NC 58.8%
Chris Sutton 5 1 0 NC 63.2%
William Moss 6 0 0 NC 41.7%

Middleweights

Jeremy Perdue 3 0 0 NC 66.7%
Chris Crawford 6 3 0 NC 52.7%
Samuel Vanderslice 5 0 0 NC 50.0%
Andre Adams 4 1 0 NC 42.9%
Blake Queen 5 2 0 NC 55.8%

Welterweights

Blaine Thomas 12 5 0 NC 57.6%
Vincent Alberico 4 0 0 NC 53.8%
Joseph  Corneroli 6 2 0 SC 66.7%
Nick Smith 4 1 0 NC 59.3%
Josh Leonard 6 1 0 NC 38.7%

Also take note of: Micah Lail NC (9-6); Chris Kirkpatrick NC (5-1);

Cody Wilson SC (4-1); Tony Rogers NC (3-1); Matt Cheatham NC (5-0)

Lightweights

David Howell 7 0 0 NC 58.5%
Jason  Lineberger 4 3 0 NC 69.2%
Amos Collins 9 2 0 SC 50.0%
Harley Ferris 3 0 0 NC 63.6%
Jeff Loken 6 1 0 NC 60.0%

Also take note of: Blake Risk NC (5-0)

 Featherweights

Mike Powell 4 1 0 NC 65.0%
Christian Brunetti 4 0 0 NC 50.0%
J.J. Brantley 4 0 0 NC 42.1%
Chris Burns 5 1 0 NC 56.8%
Carlos Vivas 4 1 0 SC 52.6%

Bantamweights

Varon Webb 8 3 1 NC 50.8%
Me’Shack Adams 3 1 0 NC 65.0%
Matthew Coakley 6 3 0 NC 72.1%
Solon Staley 6 2 0 SC 31.0%
Jesus Ortega 3 0 1 NC 34.4%

14 thoughts on “North Carolina/South Carolina March professional and amateur MMA Rankings”

  1. 2011 should be a big year for several promising fighters from the Carolinas. Keep up the good work Kelvin and Rich! And to those fighters ranked but scared to fight stiff competition…go find another hobby…like sewing.

  2. Just curious a 2-1 heavyweight gets ranked number one? Did he beat the former no. 1 or something? Is he the Brock Lesnar of the Carolina’s?

  3. I think Debo just has a bruised ego because his 2-6 record wasn’t good enough to make a top 5 list. Keep training Debo.

    As for the heavyweight situation…I don’t think NC/SC would claim that heavyweight is our strongest division…but I could be wrong.

  4. haha HWT. is on point!!! Jeremy Holm moved to the middle of no where in montana so big cliff gets to move up in the rankings.

    Jordan and Jacob atop the heap for 155. Im biased. I cant put one or the other at the 1 spot. haha.

    Glad to see your back keeping NC and SC on the map. Big things this year for NC/SC Fighters.

  5. There are thousands of good lightweights but very few good hwys. Carolina doesnt have to claim anything LOL!!! You gotta show love for the home state Joseph

  6. @Buck…yes…Jeremy moving will be factored in next go round…thanks for supporting man…

    @honored…precisely…very few quality heavyweights…even at the highest level…thanks for supporting…be sure to spread the word that this is the new home for NC/SC MMA!

  7. I think we have some great fighters in every rank. The great ones just need to stand beside someone wide known and punish them like Brunson did now he is on his way to strikeforce. BUT HEY ALL I KNOW IS CAROLINA IS THE GREATEST PLACE TO BE (if your born and raised here that is)

  8. Hard to argue with these standings, but with fights happening so frequently now, these records are ever changing, and some are innacurate, I would love to help with this.

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