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MMA Rankings for August 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on September 1, 2010, 5:01 AM

August turned out to be a pretty big month in MMA terms as we had two big UFC shows, a WEC event as well as a Strike Force event too. Some big changes, some small ones.

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

1. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Roy Nelson - 08/07/10
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: Junior Dos Santos was the only ranked Heavyweight competing in August, and he cemented his spot at the top of the division with his one-sided win over Roy Nelson. Whether Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum compete again before 2010 is over is up in the air right now, leaving the two big upcoming fights as Velasquez vs. Lesnar and Mir vs. Cro Cop.

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. Rich Franklin - Last fight: W vs. Chuck Liddell – 06/12/10
10. Randy Couture - Last fight: W vs. James Toney - 08/28/10

Movements: Well, Rafael Feijao’s upset of King Mo means that both Mo and Gegard Mousasi get bounced from the 205lbs rankings. Sorry, but I don’t buy Feijao as a top ten competitor in such a stacked division. Ask yourself this – would you pick him over Randy Couture or Rich Franklin? As Shogun is out for a while now the next big fight is Bader vs. Nogueira, with Rampage vs. Machida on the horizon.

Middleweight (171lbs-185lbs):
Champion: Anderson Silva - Last fight: W vs. Chael Sonnen - 08/07/10

1. Chael Sonnen - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva – 08/07/10
2. Nathan Marquardt - Last fight: L vs. Chael Sonnen - 02/06/10
3. Demian Maia - Last fight: W vs. Mario Miranda - 08/28/10
4. Yushin Okami - Last fight: W vs. Mark Munoz - 08/01/10
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. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Tim Kennedy – 08/21/10
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: Chael Sonnen might’ve lost to Anderson Silva, but he remains the #1 contender by way of his performance. Elsewhere Yushin Okami leapfrogs Belfort and Henderson by way of two solid wins this year, although Belfort gets his chance to move back up in November against...Okami. Wonder if Henderson’s regretting leaving the UFC yet?

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

1. Jon Fitch - Last fight: W vs. Thiago Alves - 08/07/10
2. Thiago Alves - Last fight: L vs. Jon Fitch - 08/07/10
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. Ricardo Almeida – 08/07/10

Movements: No movements at 170lbs, although Jon Fitch reaffirmed his spot as the 2nd best 170lbs fighter in the world with a one-sided win over Thiago Alves, while Matt Hughes proved he’s not irrelevant yet by choking out Ricardo Almeida.

Lightweight (146lbs-155lbs):
Champion: Frankie Edgar - Last fight: W vs. BJ Penn – 08/28/10

1. Gray Maynard - Last fight: W vs. Kenny Florian - 08/28/10
2. BJ Penn - Last fight: L vs. Frankie Edgar - 08/28/10
3. Kenny Florian - Last fight: L vs. Gray Maynard - 08/28/10
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. Takanori Gomi - Last fight: W vs. Tyson Griffin – 08/01/10
9. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Last fight: L vs. Shinya Aoki – 07/10/10
10. George Sotiropoulos - Last fight: W vs. Kurt Pellegrino – 07/03/10

Movements: Frankie Edgar proved his mettle as the champion by defeating BJ Penn for a second time, this time far more convincingly, while I’ve moved Gray Maynard into the top spot by way of beating Kenny Florian and also having a win over the champion. The other movement was Takanori Gomi stealing Tyson Griffin’s spot by knocking the shit out of him.

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. Mackens Semerzier – 08/18/10
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 as the only ranked guy competing was Javi Vazquez, who picked up another impressive win over Mackens Semerzier. September sees Jose Aldo defend against Manny Gamburyan, while Marlon Sandro vs. Michihiro Omigawa is the big rumoured fight for DREAM in the future.

Bantamweight (126lbs-135lbs):
Champion: Dominick Cruz - Last fight: W vs. Joseph Benavidez – 08/18/10

1. Brian Bowles - Last fight: L vs. Dominick Cruz – 03/06/10
2. Joseph Benavidez - Last fight: L vs. Dominick Cruz – 08/18/10
3. Miguel Angel Torres - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez – 03/06/10
4. Scott Jorgensen - Last fight: W vs. Brad Pickett – 08/18/10
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 as Dominick Cruz retained his title with his win over Joseph Benavidez. September sees Miguel Torres return to action against Charlie Valencia in a must-win for him.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com





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