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MMA Rankings for March 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on April 2, 2010, 4:02 AM

After THREE UFC events, one WEC and one DREAM, it’s time for another rankings update. God damn was March loaded. Only missing a Strike Force really!

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. Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 02/20/10
3. Shane Carwin - Last fight: W vs. Frank Mir – 03/27/10
4. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - 03/21/10
5. Frank Mir - Last fight: L vs. Shane Carwin - 03/27/10
6. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Last fight: L vs. Cain Velasquez - 02/20/10
7. Brett Rogers - Last fight: L vs. Fedor Emelianenko – 11/07/09
8. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Silva Jr – 11/07/09
9. Alistair Overeem - Last fight: W vs. Kazuyuki Fujita – 12/31/09
10. Gabriel Gonzaga - Last fight: L vs. Junior Dos Santos – 03/21/10

Movements: Shane Carwin’s dismantling of Frank Mir at UFC 111 moves him up into the #3 spot, which now means that the three guys Zuffa brass always said they had big hopes for when Sylvia and Arlovski departed occupy the top three spots under Fedor. Elsewhere Junior Dos Santos’s win over Gabriel Gonzaga means he jumps above Frank Mir into the fourth spot, while Gonzaga slides down a little. Upcoming fights for the HW division are mainly in Strike Force, with Overeem-Rogers in May and Fedor-Werdum supposedly in the future.

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. Gary Goodridge - 12/31/09
8. Ryan Bader - Last fight: W vs. Keith Jardine – 02/20/10
9. Jon Jones - Last fight: W vs. Brandon Vera – 03/27/10
10. Randy Couture – Last fight: W vs. Mark Coleman – 02/06/10

Movements: No real changes at 205lbs outside of the emergence of Jon Jones as a top level contender, as he blitzed Brandon Vera on UFC’s Versus debut. Jones jumps over Randy Couture by the nature of this victory, but everyone else remains static.

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

1. Dan Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Michael Bisping – 07/11/09
2. Chael Sonnen - Last fight: W vs. Nathan Marquardt – 02/06/10
3. Nathan Marquardt - Last fight: L vs. Chael Sonnen - 02/06/10
4. Demian Maia - Last fight: W vs. Dan Miller - 02/06/10
5. Vitor Belfort - Last fight: W vs. Rich Franklin – 09/19/09
6. Jake Shields - Last fight: W vs. Jason Miller – 11/07/09
7. Yushin Okami - Last fight: W vs. Lucio Linhares - 03/31/10
8. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Matt Lindland – 12/19/09
9. Robbie Lawler – Last fight: W vs. Melvin Manhoef – 01/30/10
10. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: W vs. Michael Bisping – 02/20/10

Movements: No movements at Middleweight this month, although Yushin Okami kept his ranking with an impressive win over Lucio Linhares. April has both Silva-Maia and Henderson-Shields though which are big fights.

Welterweight (156lbs-170lbs):
Champion: Georges St-Pierre - Last fight: W vs. Dan Hardy - 03/27/10

1. Jon Fitch - Last fight: W vs. Ben Saunders - 03/27/10
2. Thiago Alves - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre - 07/11/09
3. Paulo Thiago - Last fight: W vs. Mike Swick – 02/06/10
4. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: W vs. Anthony Johnson - 11/21/09
5. Dan Hardy - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre – 03/27/10
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. Paulo Thiago - 02/06/10
9. Carlos Condit - Last fight: W vs. Jake Ellenberger – 09/16/09
10. Ben Saunders - Last fight: L vs. Jon Fitch – 03/27/10

Movements: GSP dominated Dan Hardy over five rounds affirming his dominance over the division, although Hardy managing to last the distance showed he’s worthy of his high ranking. Jon Fitch was able to dominate Ben Saunders, but the manner in how he did so doesn’t really add much intrigue to a rematch with GSP. I still have Saunders at #10 ahead of Nick Diaz mainly because Marcus Davis is a far better win than Marius Zaromskis in my opinion and at least Ben is fighting top competition regularly.

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

1. Kenny Florian - Last fight: W vs. Takanori Gomi - 03/31/10
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. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Katsunori Kikuno - 10/25/09
6. Tyson Griffin - Last fight: W vs. Hermes Franca – 09/19/09
7. Gilbert Melendez - Last fight: W vs. Josh Thomson – 12/19/09
8. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Last fight: W vs. Kazunori Yokota – 12/31/09
9. Benson Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Jamie Varner – 01/10/10
10. George Sotiropoulos - Last fight: W vs. Joe Stevenson – 02/20/10

Movements: No movements at 155lbs this month, but Kenny Florian’s one-sided win over Takanori Gomi shows how far he’s come in the past few years and I honestly think he’s the second-best Lightweight in the world at this point.

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. Bibiano Fernandes - Last fight: W vs. Joachim Hansen – 03/22/10
4. Manvel Gamburyan - Last fight: W vs. Leonard Garcia – 11/18/09
5. Raphael Assuncao - Last fight: L vs. Urijah Faber – 01/10/10
6. Marlon Sandro - Last fight: W vs. Tomonari Kanomata – 03/07/10
7. Michihiro Omigawa - Last fight: W vs. Hiroyuki Takaya – 12/31/09
8. Javi Vazquez - Last fight: W vs. Jens Pulver – 03/06/10
9. Hatsu Hioki - Last fight: L vs. Michihiro Omigawa – 11/07/09
10. Masanori Kanehara - Last fight: W vs. Kid Yamamoto – 12/31/09

Movements: Big-time shake up at 145lbs. With his draw with George Roop I bounced Leonard Garcia from the rankings altogether. Bibiano Fernandes moves up with his win over former top ten LW Joachim Hansen. LC Davis beat Deividas Taurosevicius at the WEC show, but he has a recent loss to Masanori Kanehara on his record so the top three Japanese fighters from Sengoku enter the rankings. I threw Javi Vazquez in there because from all accounts he was robbed against both Davis and Taurosevicius by the judges, and Marlon Sandro’s above all three Japanese fighters because only shitty judging robbed him of a win over Omigawa. Deal with it.

Bantamweight (126lbs-135lbs):
Champion: Dominick Cruz - Last fight: W vs. Brian Bowles – 03/06/10

1. Brian Bowles - Last fight: L vs. Dominick Cruz – 03/06/10
2. Joseph Benavidez - Last fight: W vs. Miguel Angel Torres – 03/06/10
3. Miguel Angel Torres - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez – 03/06/10
4. Antonio Banuelos - Last fight: W vs. Kenji Osawa – 11/18/09
5. Scott Jorgensen - Last fight: W vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 12/19/09
6. Damacio Page - Last fight: W vs. Will Campuzano – 10/10/09
7. Takeya Mizugaki - Last fight: L vs. Scott Jorgensen – 12/19/09
8. Shuichiro Katsumora - Last fight: W vs. Masakatsu Ueda – 03/22/10
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: New champion at 135lbs as Dominick Cruz toppled Brian Bowles to take the title. Former champ Miguel Torres slides into third place after Joseph Benavidez won in an upset, while Scott Jorgensen continues to climb by winning impressively. In Japan, Shuichiro Katsumora took out Masakatsu Ueda to steal his place in the top ten.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com






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