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MMA Rankings for June 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on June 28, 2010, 4:05 AM

What can you say about this month that hasn’t already been said? Everyone knows what the big deal was. Let’s do it.

Heavyweight (206lbs and above):
Champion: Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - 03/21/10

1. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: W vs. Fedor Emelianenko – 06/26/10
2. Fedor Emelianenko - Last fight: L vs. Fabricio Werdum - 06/26/10
3. Brock Lesnar - Last fight: W vs. Frank Mir - 07/11/09
4. Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 02/20/10
5. Shane Carwin - Last fight: W vs. Frank Mir – 03/27/10
6. Frank Mir - Last fight: L vs. Shane Carwin - 03/27/10
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Last fight: L vs. Cain Velasquez - 02/20/10
8. Alistair Overeem - Last fight: W vs. Brett Rogers – 05/15/10
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: Alright, so Heavyweight is officially a mess thanks to Werdum’s stunning win over Fedor. Basically what I’ve done is put Dos Santos into the champion’s spot because he’s the guy who beat Werdum recently and he doesn’t have any losses to any of the other guys either. This weekend has Carwin vs. Lesnar, and what I’ll do is most likely, assuming there’s a conclusive finish, move the winner of that fight into the champion’s spot and push everyone else down. Right now neither one of them really has enough wins to warrant being the champ, but this fight will sort that. Unbelievable.

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: None of the top 205lbers fought in June and so there’s no moves here. August will see Jon Jones back in action though and another impressive win could move him above Rogerio Nogueira.

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. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: W vs. Michael Bisping – 02/20/10
10. Yoshihiro Akiyama - Last fight: W vs. Alan Belcher – 07/11/09

Movements: I dropped Robbie Lawler from the top ten after his loss to Babalu, as outside of Manhoef you’re looking too far back for his last significant win now. Akiyama comes back in as he’s finally fighting this weekend.

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. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: W vs. Paul Daley - 05/08/10
4. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: W vs. Paulo Thiago – 06/15/10
5. Paulo Thiago - Last fight: L vs. Martin Kampmann– 06/15/10
6. Dan Hardy - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre – 03/27/10
7. Carlos Condit - Last fight: W vs. Rory MacDonald – 06/15/10
8. Paul Daley - Last fight: L vs. Josh Koscheck – 05/08/10
9. Mike Swick - Last fight: L vs. Paulo Thiago - 02/06/10
10. Matt Hughes - Last fight: W vs. Renzo Gracie – 04/10/10

Movements: Martin Kampmann beat Paulo Thiago to leap up in the rankings, although Koscheck now moves above him because he was able to beat Paul Daley (who previously beat Kampmann). I’ve dropped Daley a little lower though because outside of the UFC he isn’t going to be able to face the sort of competition that’ll keep him highly ranked, and also because of an odd bit of MMAth (Kampmann > Thiago > Koscheck > Daley) that allows me to do so.

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. 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. Marlon Sandro - Last fight: W vs. Masanori Kanehara – 06/20/10
5. Josh Grispi - Last fight: W vs. LC Davis – 06/20/10
6. Bibiano Fernandes - Last fight: W vs. Joachim Hansen – 03/22/10
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: L vs. Marlon Sandro – 06/20/09

Movements: Marlon Sandro’s near-murder of Kanehara moves him up to #4, while Josh Grispi’s return to title contention with a win over LC Davis sees him back in at #5. Raphael Assuncao meanwhile lost a decision to Diego Nunes and slips out of the top ten.

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. Frank Gomez – 06/20/10

Movements: No movements at 135lbs this month.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com




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