Here's my latest NJ/NY MMA rankings, based on my observations (who the fuck am I?) of events from the last year. People who have fought in the UFC are ineligible to appear on this list (thereby excluding people like Matt Serra, Pete Sell, Luke Cummo, Frankie Edgar, Sherman Pendergarst, etc). Also, people under contract by the IFL are precluded (thereby excluding Dante Rivera, Andre Gusmao, Shane Ott, etc.). If I left someone out, forgive me. This area has traditionally been short on bigger guys, hence the few names in light-heavyweight and heavyweight classes.
Jim Miller –the best lightweight in New Jersey right now. CFFC champ with nonstop and relentless grappling with ever-improving striking. He went the distance with Frankie Edgar before Edgar graduated to the UFC. He and Deividas Taurosevicius are without question the best two lightweights right now.
Deividas Taurosevicius –the second-best lightweight in New Jersey right now. Another fantastic grappler with strong striking, he recently subbed some dude in an IFL prelim. He and Jim Miller would have little problem beating the rest of the 155-pounders in the Garden State.
Tim Troxell –he went from amateur to pro without a hitch, and has been dominating opponents with an aggressive and solid jiu-jitsu game. I think he's moving down to 145, though.
Kevin Roddy –smooth submission grappler who's dangerous both on top and from the guard. Not the best striker, but that's not his bread and butter.
James "Binky" Jones –seasoned veteran and slick grappler, Binky has really stepped up his performance lately. He'll be taking on Team Quest's Ian Loveland at the next Ring of Combat, having made it to the final round of the Tournament of Champions.
Honorable mention: a) Al Buck –great striker who recently lost his CFFC lightweight belt to Jim Miller (although there's no shame in that). b) Brian McLaughlin –good jiu-jitsu fighter and Sportfighting champ; is fighting Carmine Zocchi at 170, though