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MMA Rankings: May 2009
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on May 26, 2009, 1:34 PM

Can’t believe May is nearly over and we’re halfway through 2009! Even more scary to think we’re just over three years away from the likely end of the world. Probably. But what does that matter when you have MMA?

Heavyweight (206lbs and above):
Champion: Fedor Emelianenko - Last fight: W vs. Andrei Arlovski - 01/24/09

1. Frank Mir - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 12/27/08
2. Brock Lesnar - Last fight: W vs. Randy Couture - 11/15/08
3. Randy Couture - Last fight: L vs. Brock Lesnar - 11/15/08
4. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Last fight: L vs. Frank Mir - 12/27/08
5. Andrei Arlovski - Last fight: L vs. Fedor Emelianenko - 01/24/09
6. Shane Carwin - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – 03/07/09
7. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Stefan Struve - 02/21/09
8. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: L vs. Junior dos Santos - 10/25/08
9. Gabriel Gonzaga - Last fight: L vs. Shane Carwin - 03/07/09
10. Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Denis Stojnic - 02/07/09

Movements: Again, we have no changes at HW this month. The division is horribly splintered right now although big stuff (Velasquez-Kongo, the return of Cro Cop, Mir-Lesnar, Fedor-Barnett and Randy-Nogueira) is on the horizon.

Light-Heavyweight (186lbs-205lbs):
Champion: Lyoto Machida - Last fight: W vs. Rashad Evans - 05/23/09

1. Rashad Evans - Last fight: L vs. Lyoto Machida - 05/23/09
2. Forrest Griffin- Last fight: L vs. Rashad Evans - 12/27/08
3. Quinton Jackson - Last fight: W vs. Keith Jardine - 03/07/09
4. Mauricio Rua - Last fight: W vs. Chuck Liddell - 04/18/09
5. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: L vs. Quinton Jackson - 12/27/08
6. Chuck Liddell - Last fight: L vs. Mauricio Rua - 04/18/09
7. Keith Jardine - Last fight: L vs. Quinton Jackson - 03/07/09
8. Luiz Banha Cane - Last fight: W vs. Steve Cantwell - 04/18/09
9. Thiago Silva - Last fight: L vs. Lyoto Machida - 01/31/09
10. Renato Sobral - Last fight: W vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - 01/24/09

Movements: New champion at 205lbs as Machida destroyed Rashad Evans at UFC 98. I’m still in awe of how he did it, frankly. Chuck Liddell’s future still appears to be questionable so he’s being left in the rankings for now until he confirms his retirement from his own mouth. Who knows what is going on there?

Middleweight (171lbs-185lbs):
Champion: Anderson Silva - Last fight: W vs. Thales Leites - 04/18/09

1. Yushin Okami - Last fight: W vs. Dean Lister - 12/27/08
2. Nathan Marquardt - Last fight: W vs. Wilson Gouveia - 02/21/09
3. Robbie Lawler - Last fight: W vs. Scott Smith - 07/26/08
4. Jorge Santiago - Last fight: W vs. Kazuo Misaki - 01/04/09
5. Demian Maia - Last fight: W vs. Chael Sonnen - 02/21/09
6. Dan Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Rich Franklin – 01/17/09
7. Thales Leites - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva - 04/18/09
8. Chael Sonnen - Last fight: W vs. Dan Miller – 05/23/09
9. Kazuo Misaki - Last fight: L vs. Jorge Santiago - 01/04/09
10. Yoshihiro Akiyama - Last fight: W vs. Masanori Tonooka - 09/23/08

Movements: Gegard Mousasi moves out of the MW rankings due to his move to LHW (well, HW for the God-awful DREAM tournament...) and so Chael Sonnen appears as he’s now got two solid wins in Filho and Miller sandwiching his loss to Demian Maia.

Welterweight (156lbs-170lbs):
Champion: Georges St-Pierre - Last fight: W vs. BJ Penn - 01/31/09

1. Thiago Alves - Last fight: W vs. Josh Koscheck - 10/25/08
2. Jon Fitch - Last fight: W vs. Akihiro Gono - 01/31/09
3. Paulo Thiago - Last fight: W vs. Josh Koscheck – 02/21/09
4. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: L vs. Paulo Thiago - 02/21/09
5. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: W vs. Carlos Condit – 04/01/09
6. Jake Shields - Last fight: W vs. Paul Daley - 10/04/08
7. Mike Swick - Last fight: W vs. Jonathan Goulet - 12/10/08
8. Carlos Condit - Last fight: L vs. Martin Kampmann – 04/01/09
9. Matt Hughes - Last fight: W vs. Matt Serra – 05/23/09
10. Yoshiyuki Yoshida - Last fight: L vs. Brandon Wolff - 05/23/09

Movements: It wasn’t pretty, but Matt Hughes beat his longtime rival Matt Serra and finds himself reinstated in the rankings game as he’s promised to stick around for at least one more fight. Jake Shields may bounce soon depending on what happens to him post-Lawler fight.

Lightweight (146lbs-155lbs):
Champion: BJ Penn - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre - 01/31/09

1. Kenny Florian - Last fight: W vs. Joe Stevenson - 11/15/08
2. Joachim Hansen - Last fight: W vs. Shinya Aoki - 07/21/08
3. Gray Maynard - Last fight: W vs. Jim Miller - 10/25/08
4. Frankie Edgar - Last fight: W vs. Sean Sherk – 05/23/09
5. Sean Sherk - Last fight: L vs. Frankie Edgar - 05/23/09
6. Shinya Aoki - Last fight: L vs. Hayato Sakurai - 04/05/09
7. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Eric Reynolds - 05/01/09
8. Diego Sanchez - Last fight: W vs. Joe Stevenson – 02/21/09
9. Clay Guida - Last fight: W vs. Nate Diaz – 01/31/09
10. Josh Thomson - Last fight: W vs. Ashe Bowman - 09/20/08

Movements: Frankie Edgar leaps up to #4 with his win over Sean Sherk and Gray Maynard moves to #3 due to his win over Edgar, which bumps everyone else downwards.

Featherweight (136lbs-145lbs):
Champion: Mike Brown - Last fight: W vs. Leonard Garcia – 03/01/09

1. Urijah Faber - Last fight: W vs. Jens Pulver – 01/25/09
2. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: W vs. Fredson Paixao – 04/05/09
3. Leonard Garcia - Last fight: L vs. Mike Brown – 03/01/09
4. Jose Aldo - Last fight: W vs. Chris Mickle – 03/01/09
5. Dokonjonosuke Mishima - Last fight: W vs. Toshiaki Kitada – 12/22/08
6. Josh Grispi - Last fight: W vs. Micah Miller – 08/03/08
7. Hatsu Hioki - Last fight: W vs. Chris Manuel – 03/20/09
8. Raphael Assuncao - Last fight: W vs. Jameel Massouh – 04/05/09
9. Lion Takeshi - Last fight: W vs. Hideki Kadowaki – 11/29/08
10. Cub Swanson - Last fight: W vs. Hiroyuki Takaya – 12/03/08

Movements: N/A

Bantamweight (126lbs-135lbs):
Champion: Miguel Angel Torres - Last fight: W vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 04/05/09

1. Brian Bowles - Last fight: W vs. Will Ribeiro – 12/03/08
2. Masakatsu Ueda - Last fight: W vs. So Tazawa – 03/20/09
3. Takeya Mizugaki - Last fight: L vs. Miguel Angel Torres – 04/05/09
4. Joseph Benavidez - Last fight: W vs. Jeff Curran – 04/05/09
5. Akitoshi Tamura - Last fight: W vs. Manny Tapia – 04/05/09
6. Manny Tapia - Last fight: L vs. Akitoshi Tamura – 04/05/09
7. Damacio Page - Last fight: W vs. Marcos Galvao – 03/01/09
8. Jeff Curran - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez – 04/05/09
9. Will Ribeiro - Last fight: L vs. Brian Bowles – 12/03/08
10. Rani Yahya - Last fight: W vs. Eddie Wineland – 04/05/09

Movements: N/A

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com




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