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MMA Rankings for May 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on May 30, 2010, 11:51 AM

May turned out to be a pivotal month in the world of MMA, with two major UFC shows as well as a Strike Force card with heavy ramifications on the rankings. We got a new champion at 205lbs and a couple more big moves, although in a way it’s sad that Saturday’s DREAM card had no effect on the rankings at all.

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. Alistair Overeem - Last fight: W vs. Brett Rogers – 05/15/10
8. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Silva Jr – 11/07/09
9. Antonio Silva Jr. - Last fight: W vs. Andrei Arlovski – 05/15/10
10. Brett Rogers - Last fight: L vs. Alistair Overeem – 05/15/10

Movements: Alistair Overeem’s destruction of Brett Rogers was predictable yet stunning to watch, and with it he moves up to #7. Antonio Silva debuts in the top ten with his win over Andrei Arlovski and I decided to move him to #9 ahead of Rogers as, well, if they fought, who would you pick? June sees Fedor back in action against #8 ranked Werdum, while July pits #1 ranked Brock Lesnar against #3 Shane Carwin.

Light-Heavyweight (186lbs-205lbs):
Champion: Mauricio Rua - Last fight: W vs. Lyoto Machida – 05/08/10

1. Lyoto Machida - Last fight: L vs. Mauricio Rua - 05/08/10
2. Rashad Evans - Last fight: W vs. Quinton Jackson - 05/29/10
3. Quinton Jackson - Last fight: L vs. Rashad Evans - 05/29/10
4. Forrest Griffin- Last fight: W vs. Tito Ortiz - 11/21/09
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - Last fight: W vs. Jason Brilz – 05/29/10
6. Jon Jones - Last fight: W vs. Brandon Vera – 03/27/10
7. Ryan Bader - Last fight: W vs. Keith Jardine – 02/20/10
8. Thiago Silva - Last fight: L vs. Rashad Evans - 01/02/10
9. King Mo Lawal - Last fight: W vs. Gegard Mousasi – 04/17/10
10. Gegard Mousasi - Last fight: L vs. King Mo Lawal - 04/17/10

Movements: The controversy of last October’s fight was finally erased as Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua put no doubt on it this time and knocked out Lyoto Machida to claim the champion’s spot, while Rashad Evans cemented himself at the top of the division with his win over Rampage Jackson. Elsewhere Rogerio Nogueira clung onto his rank by the skin of his teeth with a razor-close decision win over unranked Jason Brilz. One other move I made wasn’t effected by recent fights – looking at his record I think I had Thiago Silva too highly ranked, as his best win is Keith Jardine while others around him have stronger wins over multiple opponents, so I changed that a bit and dropped him underneath Nogueira, Jones and Bader (FYI, Bader moves above him as they’ve both beaten Jardine, but Bader also has a win over Eric Schafer and no losses while Silva has two and his two other wins both lost to Schafer).

Middleweight (171lbs-185lbs):
Champion: Anderson Silva - Last fight: W vs. Demian Maia - 04/10/10

1. Chael Sonnen - Last fight: W vs. Nathan Marquardt – 02/06/10
2. Jake Shields - Last fight: W vs. Dan Henderson – 04/17/10
3. Nathan Marquardt - Last fight: L vs. Chael Sonnen - 02/06/10
4. Demian Maia - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva - 04/10/10
5. Dan Henderson - Last fight: L vs. Jake Shields – 04/17/10
6. Vitor Belfort - Last fight: W vs. Rich Franklin – 09/19/09
7. Yushin Okami - Last fight: W vs. Lucio Linhares - 03/31/10
8. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Joey Villasenor – 05/15/10
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: Outside of Jacare, who picked up a solid win over Joey Villasenor, none of the other ranked MWs fought in May. June probably won’t see any changes either as we wait for late summer for the majority of these guys to compete in fights such as Silva-Akiyama, Silva-Sonnen, Okami-Munoz and Marquardt-Palhares.

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. Paul Daley - 05/08/10
5. Dan Hardy - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre – 03/27/10
6. Paul Daley - Last fight: L vs. Josh Koscheck – 05/08/10
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. Matt Hughes - Last fight: W vs. Renzo Gracie – 04/10/10

Movements: Josh Koscheck’s win over Paul Daley didn’t affect either man’s ranking, but I expect Daley to slide down quickly now as he’s out of the UFC and that’s where you need to be at 170lbs to fight the top guys. See Nick Diaz, who I have hovering just outside the top ten, but a relatively unheralded guy like John Hathaway just leapfrogged him in my book due to a win over Diego Sanchez simply due to fighting better and more proven opposition. June sees Carlos Condit (!~!) back in action as well as a pivotal fight between Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann.

Lightweight (146lbs-155lbs):
Champion: Frankie Edgar - Last fight: W vs. BJ Penn – 04/10/10

1. BJ Penn - Last fight: L vs. Frankie Edgar - 04/10/10
2. Gray Maynard - Last fight: W vs. Nathan Diaz - 01/11/10
3. Kenny Florian - Last fight: W vs. Takanori Gomi - 03/31/10
4. Gilbert Melendez - Last fight: W vs. Shinya Aoki – 04/17/10
5. Shinya Aoki - Last fight: L vs. Gilbert Melendez - 04/17/10
6. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Josh Neer - 05/06/10
7. Tyson Griffin - Last fight: W vs. Hermes Franca – 09/19/09
8. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Last fight: W vs. Kazunori Yokota – 12/31/09
9. Benson Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Donald Cerrone – 04/24/10
10. George Sotiropoulos - Last fight: W vs. Joe Stevenson – 02/20/10

Movements: No movements at 155lbs this month although Eddie Alvarez picked up a decent win for himself over Josh Neer. August is the big month for this division with the Penn-Edgar rematch and the Florian-Maynard showdown, although DREAM in July has the long-awaited Aoki vs. Kawajiri match.

Featherweight (136lbs-145lbs):
Champion: Jose Aldo - Last fight: W vs. Urijah Faber – 04/24/10

1. Manvel Gamburyan - Last fight: W vs. Mike Brown – 04/24/10
2. Mike Brown - Last fight: L vs. Manvel Gamburyan – 04/24/10
3. Urijah Faber - Last fight: L vs. Jose Aldo – 04/24/10
4. Bibiano Fernandes - Last fight: W vs. Joachim Hansen – 03/22/10
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. Micah Miller – 04/25/10
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: No WEC show in May meant no movements in this division, but June sees Josh Grispi return to action while Marlon Sandro finally gets a chance to cement himself as the top FW outside of the WEC when he faces #10 ranked Kanehara for the Sengoku title.

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. Scott Jorgensen - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Banuelos – 04/24/10
5. Antonio Banuelos - Last fight: L vs. Scott Jorgensen – 04/24/10
6. Damacio Page - Last fight: W vs. Will Campuzano – 10/10/09
7. Takeya Mizugaki - Last fight: W vs. Rani Yahya – 04/24/10
8. Shuichiro Katsumora - Last fight: W vs. Masakatsu Ueda – 03/22/10
9. Rani Yahya - Last fight: L vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 04/24/10
10. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: W vs. Clint Godfrey – 01/10/10

Movements: No movements at 135lbs without a WEC show!

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com




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