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MMA Rankings for January 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on February 2, 2010, 3:57 AM

Feels like aaaages since I last updated the rankings. I think it’s probably because I did them pretty early in December and then had to wait for Strike Force’s show on the last weekend of January. Very few moves this month, surprisingly. Most likely because the two UFC shows didn’t feature that many ranked fighters.

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. Frank Mir - Last fight: W vs. Cheick Kongo - 12/12/09
3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Last fight: W vs. Randy Couture - 08/29/09
4. Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Ben Rothwell - 10/24/09
5. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Gilbert Yvel - 01/02/10
6. Shane Carwin - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – 03/07/09
7. Brett Rogers - Last fight: L vs. Fedor Emelianenko – 11/07/09
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: I ended up moving Junior Dos Santos above both Shane Carwin and Brett Rogers on the cumulative strength of his wins over Werdum, Struve, Cro Cop and Yvel. It’s now been over six months since Andrei Arlovski competed so I’ll probably bounce him from the rankings next month unless we hear that he’s signed with someone, although who will end up replacing him I don’t know.

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: W vs. Thiago Silva - 01/02/10
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: L vs. Rashad Evans - 01/02/10
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 - 11/21/09

Movements: No movements this month as only Silva and Evans fought with that result not really affecting anything. February has Keith Jardine fighting Ryan Bader which could prove to be important.

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. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Matt Lindland – 12/19/09
10. Robbie Lawler – Last fight: W vs. Melvin Manhoef – 01/30/10

Movements: Robbie Lawler moves back into the rankings with his win over Melvin Manhoef, as it was mainly inactivity that caused him to move out in the first place. Akiyama really needs to fight ASAP in order to retain his ranking as, like Lightweight, 185lbs is a split division with the talent spread throughout a few organizations. February sees Marquardt face Sonnen in the division’s big fight.

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

1. Jon Fitch - Last fight: W vs. Mike Pierce - 12/12/09
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. Dustin Hazelett – 01/02/10
7. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: W vs. Jacob Volkmann – 01/02/10
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. Ben Saunders - Last fight: W vs. Marcus Davis – 11/21/09

Movements: Paul Daley beat Dustin Hazelett to retain his ranking while Martin Kampmann beat Jacob Volkmann, meaning no movements this month. Looking forward to Swick-Thiago in February, while March has Alves-Fitch, Saunders-Kampmann and Hardy-GSP.

Lightweight (146lbs-155lbs):
Champion: BJ Penn - Last fight: W vs. Diego Sanchez - 12/12/09

1. Kenny Florian - Last fight: W vs. Clay Guida - 12/12/09
2. Shinya Aoki - Last fight: W vs. Mizuto Hirota - 12/31/09
3. Gray Maynard - Last fight: W vs. Nathan Diaz - 01/11/10
4. Frankie Edgar - Last fight: W vs. Matt Veach – 12/05/09
5. Sean Sherk - Last fight: L vs. Frankie Edgar - 05/23/09
6. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Katsunori Kikuno - 10/25/09
7. Joe Stevenson - Last fight: W vs. Spencer Fisher – 10/24/09
8. Tyson Griffin - Last fight: W vs. Hermes Franca – 09/19/09
9. Gilbert Melendez - Last fight: W vs. Josh Thomson – 12/19/09
10. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Last fight: W vs. Kazunori Yokota – 12/31/09

Movements: I moved Diego Sanchez out of the rankings as he’s officially moving back to 170lbs now. Everyone else moves up one and Tatsuya Kawajiri returns to the tenth spot as really, there’s nobody else that has been active and winning. Takanori Gomi could shoot right to the top if he beats Kenny Florian in March.

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

1. Mike Brown - Last fight: W vs. Anthony Morrison – 01/10/10
2. Urijah Faber - Last fight: W vs. Raphael Assuncao – 01/10/10
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: L vs. Urijah Faber – 01/10/10
8. Deividas Taurosevicius - Last fight: W vs. Mackens Semerzier – 01/10/10
9. Mackens Semerzier - Last fight: L vs. Deividas Taurosevicius – 01/10/10
10. Marlon Sandro - Last fight: W vs. Yuji Hoshino – 11/07/09

Movements: Urijah Faber beat Raphael Assuncao to set up a huge match between him and Jose Aldo some time in 2010, but he’s still behind Mike Brown rankings-wise. Deividas Taurosevicius beat Mackens Semerzier though to debut in the rankings while Wagnney Fabiano is now officially a Bantamweight.

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. Dominick Cruz - Last fight: W vs. Joseph Benavidez – 08/09/09
3. Joseph Benavidez - Last fight: W vs. Rani Yahya – 12/19/09
4. Masakatsu Ueda - Last fight: W vs. Eduardo Dantas – 07/19/09
5. Damacio Page - Last fight: W vs. Will Campuzano – 10/10/09
6. Antonio Banuelos - Last fight: W vs. Kenji Osawa – 11/18/09
7. Scott Jorgensen - Last fight: W vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 12/19/09
8. Takeya Mizugaki - Last fight: L vs. Scott Jorgensen – 12/19/09
9. Rani Yahya - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez – 12/19/09
10. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: W vs. Clint Godfrey – 01/10/10

Movements: We lose Akitoshi Tamura due to his loss to Charlie Valencia. Wagnney Fabiano takes the tenth spot coming down from 145lbs.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com




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