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MMA Rankings for July 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on July 24, 2010, 7:25 AM

Few changes this month on top of one stupid one I missed last month, without further ado...

Heavyweight (206lbs and above):
Champion: Brock Lesnar - Last fight: W vs. Shane Carwin - 07/03/10

1. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - 03/21/10
2. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: W vs. Fedor Emelianenko – 06/26/10
3. Fedor Emelianenko - Last fight: L vs. Fabricio Werdum - 06/26/10
4. Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 02/20/10
5. Shane Carwin - Last fight: L vs. Brock Lesnar – 07/03/10
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: Brock Lesnar takes the top spot as the #1 HW in the world now, while Junior Dos Santos, by way of his win over Fabricio Werdum, is underneath. The big upcoming fight of course is Velasquez-Lesnar, but Mir-Nogueira in September is big too.

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: W vs. Jake O’Brien - 07/10/10

Movements: Another slow month for 205lbs saw one ranked competitor fighting – Gegard Mousasi, in a squash of Jake O’Brien. August isn’t all that hot for the division either, although King Mo and Thiago Silva both have fights, while September has Bader vs. 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. Nathan Marquardt - Last fight: L vs. Chael Sonnen - 02/06/10
3. Demian Maia - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva - 04/10/10
4. Dan Henderson - Last fight: L vs. Jake Shields – 04/17/10
5. Vitor Belfort - Last fight: W vs. Rich Franklin – 09/19/09
6. Yushin Okami - Last fight: W vs. Lucio Linhares - 03/31/10
7. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Joey Villasenor – 05/15/10
8. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: W vs. Michael Bisping – 02/20/10
9. Michael Bisping – Last fight: W vs. Dan Miller – 05/29/10
10. Chris Leben - Last fight: W vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama - 07/03/10

Movements: The news is official that Jake Shields has signed with the UFC and will compete at 170lbs, so he’s gone from the 185lbs rankings. Also gone is Yoshihiro Akiyama, following his loss to Chris Leben. Entering are Michael Bisping and Leben.

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. Jake Shields - Last fight: W vs. Dan Henderson – 04/17/10
4. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: W vs. Paul Daley - 05/08/10
5. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: W vs. Paulo Thiago – 06/15/10
6. Paulo Thiago - Last fight: L vs. Martin Kampmann– 06/15/10
7. Dan Hardy - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre – 03/27/10
8. Carlos Condit - Last fight: W vs. Rory MacDonald – 06/15/10
9. Paul Daley - Last fight: W vs. Daniel Acacio – 07/17/10
10. Matt Hughes - Last fight: W vs. Renzo Gracie – 04/10/10

Movements: Jake Shields re-enters the WW rankings as he’s now signed with the UFC and is ready to debut back at 170lbs against Martin Kampmann. We lose Mike Swick as he hasn’t won now in over a year.

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: W vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri - 07/10/10
6. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Josh Neer - 05/06/10
7. Evan Dunham – Last fight: W vs. Tyson Griffin – 06/12/10
8. Tyson Griffin - Last fight: L vs. Evan Dunham – 06/12/10
9. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Last fight: L vs. Shinya Aoki – 07/10/10
10. George Sotiropoulos - Last fight: W vs. Joe Stevenson – 02/20/10

Movements: Lightweight continues to be an absolute logjam. In an oversight last month, I missed Evan Dunham’s win over Tyson Griffin, which is enough to get him ranked. Meanwhile George Sotiropoulos beat Kurt Pellegrino, which is enough to put him over Benson Henderson, while Shinya Aoki beat Kawajiri to retain a high ranking.

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. Young Sam Jung – 07/10/10
8. Javi Vazquez - Last fight: W vs. Jens Pulver – 03/06/10
9. Hatsu Hioki - Last fight: W vs. Takeshi Inoue – 05/30/10
10. Masanori Kanehara - Last fight: L vs. Marlon Sandro – 06/20/10

Movements: No movements at 145lbs this month.

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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