Updated: Oct 14, 2020
The amateur lightweight division gives us a rare situation where the 2nd ranked fighter has actually beat the top ranked fighter. Evolution Athletix striker Mohammad Al Kinani (7-1) currently sits atop this deep list, but he did lose to #2 Ramano Medina (5-0) back in mid 2018 by RNC. The two fighters have taken noticeably different paths since that 1 vs. 2 matchup at Combat Zone 66 for the lightweight belt. Al Kinani has gone 3-0 since the loss to Medina with 3 different promotions (NEF, Cage Titans, Combat Zone), besting #6 Chris O'Brien (4-2) and a very tough veteran in John McAndrews (5-3). The Maine based fighter has some of the cleanest striking in the amateur game, and his evolution as a fighter has been impressive. Al Kinani has earned this #1 spot over Medina due to his recent activity and quality wins that he's picked up. He was scheduled to fight #5 Dion Rubio (4-1) in April, but that was scrapped due to Covid-19. Mo's skills will translate very nicely at the pro level, and I'd expect to see him make the jump after maybe 1 or 2 more ammy fights. Al Kinani is one of the more talented amateurs within our region, and if he continues to progress the way he has, there's no doubt that a major promotion is in the cards.
Burgess MMA's Ramano Medina hasn't tasted defeat in his amateur MMA career, and through those 5 fights he's proven to have a super slick ground game that not many amateurs can hang with. Medina picked up quality wins over #1 Al Kinani, Chris Mehu (3-3), and current 1-0 pro stud Eddy George. Ramano is surely being held back from the top spot in the amateur lightweight rankings due to his inactivity, but this shouldn't throw shade on his potential to succeed at the next level. We're taking a "wait and see" approach with Medina, but he has the tools to make waves at the next level.
Massachusetts based fighter Matt "Machine" Bienia (6-2) grabs our number 3 ranking, but rumor has it he may be taking some time away from the sport. He lost his Reality Fighting lightweight belt to the aforementioned Eddy George, but he has recent quality wins over #6 Chris O'Brien and a very tough pro in Nate Ghareeb (2-0). We'll have to see if Bienia enters the cage again some time soon, but regardless, we've seen his skills in the cage and the kid's talented.