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MMA Rankings for August 2009
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on August 31, 2009, 1:06 AM

Alright, so this is the month where hopefully all my small oversights and stuff are corrected. We had some major shows and some major moves this month.

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

1. Brock Lesnar - Last fight: W vs. Frank Mir - 07/11/09
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Last fight: W vs. Randy Couture - 08/29/09
3. Frank Mir - Last fight: L vs. Brock Lesnar - 07/11/09
4. Randy Couture - Last fight: L vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 08/29/09
5. Shane Carwin - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – 03/07/09
6. Brett Rogers - Last fight: W vs. Andrei Arlovski – 06/06/09
7. Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Cheick Kongo - 06/13/09
8. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Stefan Struve - 02/21/09
9. Andrei Arlovski - Last fight: L vs. Brett Rogers - 06/06/09
10. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: W vs. Mike Kyle – 08/15/09

Movements: Nogueira is back up to the #2 spot with his win over Randy Couture. Looking at it now if Nog had been healthy for the Mir fight, could we have seen Nogueira-Lesnar at UFC 100? Elsewhere, Josh Barnett is removed from the rankings due to his sheer idiocy in failing his drug test, therefore Werdum comes back into the bottom spot.

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. Quinton Jackson - Last fight: W vs. Keith Jardine - 03/07/09
3. Mauricio Rua - Last fight: W vs. Chuck Liddell - 04/18/09
4. Forrest Griffin- Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva - 08/08/09
5. Rich Franklin - Last fight: W vs. Wanderlei Silva – 06/13/09
6. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: L vs. Rich Franklin - 06/13/09
7. Thiago Silva - Last fight: W vs. Keith Jardine - 08/29/09
8. Keith Jardine - Last fight: L vs. Thiago Silva - 08/29/09
9. Gegard Mousasi - Last fight: W vs. Renato Sobral - 08/15/09
10. Luiz Banha Cane - Last fight: W vs. Steve Cantwell - 04/18/09

Movements: Anderson Silva is not ranked at 205lbs due to his plans to stay at 185lbs too (see the Jake Shields Rule). Forrest Griffin however drops a few spots due to his loss to the Spider. Thiago Silva moves up with his knockout of Keith Jardine while Gegard Mousasi debuts at #9 with his one-sided destruction of Babalu.

Middleweight (171lbs-185lbs):
Champion: Anderson Silva - Last fight: W vs. Forrest Griffin - 08/29/09

1. Nathan Marquardt - Last fight: W vs. Demian Maia - 08/29/09
2. Dan Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Michael Bisping – 07/11/09
3. Yushin Okami - Last fight: W vs. Dean Lister - 12/27/08
4. Jorge Santiago - Last fight: W vs. Kazuo Misaki - 01/04/09
5. Demian Maia - Last fight: L vs. Nathan Marquardt - 08/29/09
6. Robbie Lawler - Last fight: L vs. Jake Shields - 06/06/09
7. Yoshihiro Akiyama - Last fight: W vs. Alan Belcher - 07/11/09
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. Alan Belcher - Last fight: L vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama – 07/11/09

Movements: Alright, so Fat DJ on the forums pointed out that really Okami shouldn’t be #1 over Marquardt and Hendo due to their better wins and I agreed, so he’s duly bounced down. Thales Leites loses ranking altogether due to his loss to Alessio Sakara (and due to the Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen Rule about a shitty performance Sakara doesn’t rank either) and so Alan Belcher sneaks in at #10 basically because there’s nobody else.

Welterweight (156lbs-170lbs):
Champion: Georges St-Pierre - Last fight: W vs. Thiago Alves - 07/11/09

1. Jon Fitch - Last fight: W vs. Paulo Thiago - 07/11/09
2. Thiago Alves - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre - 07/11/09
3. Jake Shields - Last fight: W vs. Robbie Lawler - 06/06/09
4. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: W vs. Carlos Condit – 04/01/09
5. Paulo Thiago - Last fight: L vs. Jon Fitch – 07/11/09
6. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: L vs. Paulo Thiago - 02/21/09
7. Mike Swick - Last fight: W vs. Ben Saunders - 06/13/09
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. Dan Hardy - Last fight: W vs. Marcus Davis – 06/13/09

Movements: No movements at 170lbs this month.

Lightweight (146lbs-155lbs):
Champion: BJ Penn - Last fight: W vs. Kenny Florian - 08/08/09

1. Diego Sanchez - Last fight: W vs. Clay Guida – 06/20/09
2. Kenny Florian - Last fight: L vs. BJ Penn - 08/08/09
3. Shinya Aoki - Last fight: W vs. Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro - 07/20/09
4. Gray Maynard - Last fight: W vs. Jim Miller - 03/07/09
5. Frankie Edgar - Last fight: W vs. Sean Sherk – 05/23/09
6. Sean Sherk - Last fight: L vs. Frankie Edgar - 05/23/09
7. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Toby Imada - 06/19/09
8. Clay Guida - Last fight: L vs. Diego Sanchez – 06/20/09
9. Josh Thomson - Last fight: W vs. Ashe Bowman - 09/20/08
10. Joe Stevenson - Last fight: W vs. Nate Diaz – 06/20/09

Movements: BJ Penn’s win over Kenny Florian affirmed his dominance of the 155lbs division. Diego Sanchez is likely to get the next shot at him. Josh Thomson’s gone next month presuming his injuries keep him from competing again. Elsewhere in September Gray Maynard fights Roger Huerta, but we have to wait for October to see Aoki vs. Hansen.

Featherweight (136lbs-145lbs):
Champion: Mike Brown - Last fight: W vs. Urijah Faber – 06/07/09

1. Urijah Faber - Last fight: L vs. Mike Brown – 06/07/09
2. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: W vs. Fredson Paixao – 04/05/09
3. Leonard Garcia - Last fight: W vs. Jameel Massouh – 08/09/09
4. Jose Aldo - Last fight: W vs. Cub Swanson – 06/07/09
5. Josh Grispi - Last fight: W vs. Jens Pulver – 06/07/09
6. Bibiano Fernandes - Last fight: W vs. Masakazu Imanari – 05/26/09
7. Hatsu Hioki - Last fight: W vs. Masanori Kanehara – 08/02/09
8. Raphael Assuncao - Last fight: W vs. Jameel Massouh – 04/05/09
9. Lion Takeshi - Last fight: W vs. Rumina Sato – 05/10/08
10. Cub Swanson - Last fight: L vs. Jose Aldo – 06/07/09

Movements: Leonard Garcia picked up a win to cement his spot near the top of the division. Dokonjonosuke Mishima lost to Takafumi Otsuka (who lost earlier in the year to Bibiano Fernandes) so he’s bounced and Bibiano takes his spot. The Sengoku FW GP ended up being a bust as Hioki beat Kanehara, who ended up reinstated and winning it after Marlon Sandro was robbed, so no movements due to that. Upcoming we’ve got the DREAM GP finals, with Fernandes, Warren, Takaya and Tokoro, and the awesome Brown-Aldo clash.

Bantamweight (126lbs-135lbs):
Champion: Brian Bowles - Last fight: W vs. Miguel Angel Torres – 08/09/09

1. Miguel Angel Torres - Last fight: L vs. Brian Bowles – 08/09/09
2. Takeya Mizugaki - Last fight: W vs. Jeff Curran – 08/09/09
3. Dominick Cruz - Last fight: W vs. Joseph Benavidez – 08/09/09
4. Masakatsu Ueda - Last fight: W vs. Eduardo Dantas – 07/19/09
5. Joseph Benavidez - Last fight: L vs. Dominick Cruz – 08/09/09
6. Akitoshi Tamura - Last fight: W vs. Manny Tapia – 04/05/09
7. Manny Tapia - Last fight: L vs. Akitoshi Tamura – 04/05/09
8. Damacio Page - Last fight: W vs. Marcos Galvao – 03/01/09
9. Rani Yahya - Last fight: W vs. John Hosman – 08/09/09
10. Jeff Curran - Last fight: L vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 08/09/09

Movements: Brian Bowles topples Miguel Torres at the top of the division, incredibly. We also got some moves as Mizugaki picked up a huge win over Jeff Curran to move into the #2 spot, while Dominick Cruz’s win over Joseph Benavidez puts him in at #3. Will Ribeiro is gone as there are doubts over whether he’ll fight again, while Jeff Curran desperately needs a win to stay alive in the division.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com





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