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MMA Rankings for November 2009
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on November 22, 2009, 12:14 AM

With no less than five major MMA events, November was always going to be an interesting month rankings-wise and it didn’t disappoint. We’ve got a new champion at 145lbs and some major changes at 205lbs, 185lbs and 170lbs too.

Heavyweight (206lbs and above):
Champion: Fedor Emelianenko - Last fight: W vs. Brett Rogers - 11/07/09

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. Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Ben Rothwell - 10/24/09
5. Shane Carwin - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – 03/07/09
6. Brett Rogers - Last fight: L vs. Fedor Emelianenko – 11/07/09
7. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Mirko Cro Cop - 09/19/09
8. Andrei Arlovski - Last fight: L vs. Brett Rogers - 06/06/09
9. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Silva Jr – 11/07/09
10. Gabriel Gonzaga - Last fight: W vs. Chris Tuchscherer – 08/29/09

Movements: Fedor Emelianenko retained his champion spot with his win over Brett Rogers, who certainly didn’t disgrace himself and remains firmly in the top ten. Randy Couture seems to be staying at 205lbs for the foreseeable future though so he’s gone from the rankings and Gabriel Gonzaga makes a return into the #10 spot, with the likes of Ben Rothwell, Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva Jr needing more recent wins to break in.

Light-Heavyweight (186lbs-205lbs):
Champion: Lyoto Machida - Last fight: W vs. Mauricio Rua - 10/24/09

1. Mauricio Rua - Last fight: L vs. Lyoto Machida – 10/24/09
2. Rashad Evans - Last fight: L vs. Lyoto Machida - 05/23/09
3. Quinton Jackson - Last fight: W vs. Keith Jardine - 03/07/09
4. Forrest Griffin- Last fight: W vs. Tito Ortiz - 11/21/09
5. Thiago Silva - Last fight: W vs. Keith Jardine - 08/29/09
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - Last fight: W vs. Luiz Cane – 11/21/09
7. Gegard Mousasi - Last fight: W vs. Thierry Sokoudjou - 11/07/09
8. Rich Franklin - Last fight: L vs. Vitor Belfort – 09/19/09
9. Keith Jardine - Last fight: L vs. Thiago Silva - 08/29/09
10. Luiz Banha Cane - Last fight: L vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - 04/18/09

Movements: Rogerio Nogueira returns to the top ten after a few years out with his impressive stoppage of Luiz Cane. I’ve moved Wanderlei Silva out on the premise that he’s signed his next fight at 185lbs, but if that turns out not to be the case then he’ll return and Cane or Jardine will probably drop. No other big movements but Forrest Griffin’s win over Tito Ortiz keeps him firmly afloat.

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. Demian Maia - Last fight: L vs. Nate Marquardt - 08/29/09
5. Chael Sonnen - Last fight: W vs. Yushin Okami – 10/24/09
6. Jake Shields - Last fight: W vs. Jason Miller – 11/07/09
7. Yushin Okami - Last fight: L vs. Chael Sonnen - 10/24/09
8. Yoshihiro Akiyama - Last fight: W vs. Alan Belcher - 07/11/09
9. Mamed Khalidov - Last fight: W vs. Jorge Santiago – 11/07/09
10. Michael Bisping - Last fight: W vs. Denis Kang – 11/14/09

Movements: Pretty major overhaul at 185lbs this month. No changes at the top, but Jake Shields comes in at #6 due to his wins over Robbie Lawler and Mayhem Miller. We lose Jorge Santiago due to his loss at the hands of Mamed Khalidov, who comes in at #9 and will hopefully face some other decent competition (perhaps Kazuo Misaki?) in the near future. Misaki drops out of the rankings due to a lack of relevant wins and his own loss to Santiago, while I’ve also bounced Robbie Lawler as he hasn’t actually won a fight now for well over a year. Michael Bisping comes in at the #10 spot due to his impressive victory over Denis Kang and a bit of MMAth to get him above Alan Belcher (both beat Kang, Bisping’s win over Leben =/= Belcher’s win over Herman, and Bisping beat Jason Day who beat Belcher). I’m sure people will lament Bisping being ranked but hey, Kang and Leben are better opponents than anyone who’s around him (Dan Miller, Ronaldo Jacare, Misaki) has beaten recently.

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. Paulo Thiago - Last fight: W vs. Jacob Volkmann – 11/21/09
4. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: W vs. Anthony Johnson - 11/21/09
5. Dan Hardy - Last fight: W vs. Mike Swick – 11/14/09
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: L vs. Dan Hardy - 11/14/09
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: We lose Jake Shields to Middleweight and so Thiago and Koscheck move up, with Dan Hardy slotting in behind them with his win over Mike Swick at UFC 105. Elsewhere it’s been another six months since Matt Hughes fought and he’s in dire need of something to keep him relevant in the division now. I was even tempted to bounce him and move Ben Saunders into the tenth spot due to his win over Marcus Davis, but we’ll see what Hughes does first.

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. Joachim Hansen - 10/06/09
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. Katsunori Kikuno - 10/25/09
8. Clay Guida - Last fight: L vs. Diego Sanchez – 06/20/09
9. Joe Stevenson - Last fight: W vs. Spencer Fisher – 10/24/09
10. Tyson Griffin - Last fight: W vs. Hermes Franca – 09/19/09

Movements: Incredibly there were no ranked fighters competing at 155lbs in November! Weird I know. Next month is big though as Penn finally faces Diego, Guida faces Florian and Frank Edgar is back in action. Then January sees the return of Sean Sherk and Gray Maynard in interesting bouts.

Featherweight (136lbs-145lbs):
Champion: Jose Aldo - Last fight: W vs. Mike Brown – 11/18/09

1. Mike Brown - Last fight: L vs. Jose Aldo – 11/18/09
2. Urijah Faber - Last fight: L vs. Mike Brown – 06/07/09
3. Manvel Gamburyan - Last fight: W vs. Leonard Garcia – 11/18/09
4. Leonard Garcia - Last fight: L vs. Manvel Gamburyan – 11/18/09
5. Josh Grispi - Last fight: W vs. Jens Pulver – 06/07/09
6. Bibiano Fernandes - Last fight: W vs. Hiroyuki Takaya – 10/06/09
7. Raphael Assuncao - Last fight: W vs. Yves Jabouin – 10/10/09
8. Mackens Semerzier - Last fight: W vs. Wagnney Fabiano – 10/10/09
9. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: L vs. Mackens Semerzier – 10/10/09
10. Marlon Sandro Last fight: W vs. Yuji Hoshino – 11/07/09

Movements: New champion at 145lbs as Jose Aldo knocked off Mike Brown in phenomenal fashion. Brown moves into the #1 spot. Elsewhere Manvel Gamburyan makes his debut at #3 with his largely one-sided victory over Leonard Garcia, and in a bit of an odd situation that I’m not entirely happy with, I decided to move Marlon Sandro into the tenth spot as I feel he’s the best 145lber in Sengoku, and I’m sick of their bullshit judging that would’ve forced me to rank Michihiro Omigawa despite him realistically losing his last three fights if the judges weren’t on crack.

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. Damacio Page - Last fight: W vs. Will Campuzano – 10/10/09
7. Akitoshi Tamura - Last fight: W vs. Manny Tapia – 04/05/09
8. Rani Yahya - Last fight: W vs. John Hosman – 08/09/09
9. Jeff Curran - Last fight: W vs. Dustin Neace – 11/07/09
10. Yoshiro Maeda - Last fight: W vs. Chase Beebe – 10/25/09

Movements: No movements at 135lbs this month. Jeff Curran picked up a win, but it was at 145lbs and doesn’t affect his ranking.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:

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