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MMA Rankings for September 2009
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on September 21, 2009, 4:31 AM

With the cancellation of WEC 43 and no more major events left in the month (save for Sengoku 10, which doesn’t have any ranked fighters participating anyway) it’s time for another rankings update. September saw two major UFC shows but little else, actually.

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. Mirko Cro Cop - 09/19/09
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: No movements, but Junior Dos Santos cemented his place as a top ten contender with his victory over Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 103. October will see Cain Velasquez face top twenty contender Ben Rothwell, while November has the ‘big two’ in Lesnar-Carwin and Fedor-Rogers.

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. Thiago Silva - Last fight: W vs. Keith Jardine - 08/29/09
6. Rich Franklin - Last fight: L vs. Vitor Belfort – 09/19/09
7. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: L vs. Rich Franklin - 06/13/09
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: Thiago Silva jumps up to #5 after Rich Franklin’s loss to Vitor Belfort. Belfort’s ranked at 185lbs rather than 205lbs and Wanderlei Silva moves downward on proxy due to his June loss to Franklin.

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. Vitor Belfort - Last fight: W vs. Rich Franklin – 09/19/09
4. Yushin Okami - Last fight: W vs. Dean Lister - 12/27/08
5. Jorge Santiago - Last fight: W vs. Kazuo Misaki - 01/04/09
6. Demian Maia - Last fight: W vs. Chael Sonnen - 02/21/09
7. Robbie Lawler - Last fight: L vs. Jake Shields - 06/06/09
8. Yoshihiro Akiyama - Last fight: W vs. Alan Belcher - 07/11/09
9. Chael Sonnen - Last fight: W vs. Dan Miller – 05/23/09
10. Kazuo Misaki - Last fight: L vs. Jorge Santiago - 01/04/09

Movements: Vitor Belfort comes right in at #3 due to his win over Rich Franklin. At 185lbs Anderson Silva remains the only man to have beaten Franklin, but Belfort and Dan Henderson have both beaten him at 195lbs and I’m counting that for MW rankings. We lose Alan Belcher due to this. Hopefully UFC can now set up Marquardt-Henderson rather than rematching either man with Anderson Silva right away, as they have a tailor-made contender in Belfort right there.

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. Paulo Thiago - Last fight: L vs. Jon Fitch – 07/11/09
5. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: W vs. Frank Trigg - 09/19/09
6. Paul Daley - Last fight: W vs. Martin Kampmann – 09/19/09
7. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: L vs. Paul Daley – 09/19/09
8. Mike Swick - Last fight: W vs. Ben Saunders - 06/13/09
9. Carlos Condit - Last fight: W vs. Jake Ellenberger – 09/16/09
10. Matt Hughes - Last fight: W vs. Matt Serra – 05/23/09

Movements: 170lbs is a true logjam due to the dominance of St-Pierre and the two contenders he’s beaten in Fitch and Alves. September saw a number of ranked fighters compete with varying results. Paul Daley beat Martin Kampmann to take the #6 ranking, but Josh Koscheck’s win over Frank Trigg moved him back up (and Paulo Thiago moves by proxy). Carlos Condit’s win over Jake Ellenberger keeps him afloat meaning the fall guy for Daley’s rise, strangely enough, is his teammate Dan Hardy.

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. Roger Huerta - 09/19/09
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. Joe Stevenson - Last fight: W vs. Nate Diaz – 06/20/09
10. Tyson Griffin - Last fight: W vs. Hermes Franca – 09/19/09

Movements: Gray Maynard defeated Roger Huerta to retain his ranking, while Josh Thomson’s inactivity bounces him from the rankings. Tyson Griffin slides into the tenth spot with his first finish in three years – a TKO over Hermes Franca – as the rankings become more UFC-dominated by the month.

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: No movements at 145lbs this month.

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: No movements at 135lbs this month.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com





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