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MMA Rankings for September 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on October 4, 2010, 4:27 AM

Sorry for the lateness, but it tends to happen when the WEC have a show on the last day of the month. Ah well. Fuck it.

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: W vs. Mirko Cro Cop - 09/25/10
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: Frank Mir retains his ranking with his admittedly shitty win over Mirko Cro Cop. I would’ve moved Rodrigo Nogueira downwards too as he hasn’t won since August ’09, but then none of the fighters below him have fought either (in MMA at least...). Big one on the horizon is obviously Lesnar vs. Velasquez.

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. Ryan Bader - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – 09/25/10
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - Last fight: L vs. Ryan Bader – 09/25/10
7. Jon Jones - Last fight: W vs. Brandon Vera – 03/27/10
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: Ryan Bader leapfrogs Rogerio Nogueira to take the #5 spot, and it looks like his next fight will be #7 Jon Jones. Elsewhere Gegard Mousasi won the DREAM GP but still doesn’t make it back to the top ten, while the only big upcoming fight in the division is November’s Machida-Rampage showdown.

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: W vs. Rousimar Palhares - 09/15/10
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: Nate Marquardt’s win over Rousimar Palhares keeps him in the #2 spot, while Dan Henderson is in desperate need of a win to stay afloat. Regarding Chael Sonnen, I’m waiting to see if he appeals his drug test result and if he doesn’t and indeed faces a year-long ban, I’ll remove him from the rankings altogether next month.

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. Jorge Masvidal – 09/11/10
10. Matt Hughes - Last fight: W vs. Ricardo Almeida – 08/07/10

Movements: No movements at 170lbs, as Paul Daley was the only ranked competitor to fight. October has two big fights in the form of Dan Hardy vs. Carlos Condit and Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann, the latter of which should decide the next contender for the UFC title.

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. Marcus Aurelio - 09/25/10
6. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Josh Neer - 05/06/10
7. Evan Dunham – Last fight: L vs. Sean Sherk – 09/25/10
8. Sean Sherk - Last fight: W vs. Evan Dunham – 09/25/10
9. Takanori Gomi - Last fight: W vs. Tyson Griffin – 08/01/10
10. George Sotiropoulos - Last fight: W vs. Kurt Pellegrino – 07/03/10

Movements: In an admittedly odd movement, Sean Sherk returns to the top ten with his win over Evan Dunham, although the nature of his win means I have him ranked below Evan. Due to this we lose Kawajiri who hasn’t had an impressive win now in over a year. October has some big fights on the horizon – Josh Thomson fights JZ Cavalcante and I’ll probably move the winner into the rankings, while Eddie Alvarez faces his toughest test in a long time in the form of Roger Huerta.

Featherweight (136lbs-145lbs):
Champion: Jose Aldo - Last fight: W vs. Manvel Gamburyan – 09/30/10

1. Marlon Sandro - Last fight: W vs. Masanori Kanehara – 06/20/10
2. Manvel Gamburyan - Last fight: L vs. Jose Aldo – 09/30/10
3. Mike Brown - Last fight: W vs. Cole Province – 09/30/10
4. Urijah Faber - Last fight: L vs. Jose Aldo – 04/24/10
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. Cole Escovedo – 09/25/10
8. Javi Vazquez - Last fight: W vs. Mackens Semerzier – 08/18/10
9. Hatsu Hioki - Last fight: W vs. Jeff Lawson – 08/22/10
10. Masanori Kanehara - Last fight: L vs. Marlon Sandro – 06/20/10

Movements: Jose Aldo reaffirmed his dominance at 145lbs by destroying Manny Gamburyan, and the only viable contender right now for him is training partner Marlon Sandro who has looked equally as destructive! Josh Grispi may have something to say about that though, when he faces Erik Koch in November in a fight to likely decide the next contender. Urijah Faber will be removed from the 145lbs rankings dependent on his future after his first drop to 135lbs in November.

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: W vs. Charlie Valencia – 09/30/10
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. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: W vs. Frank Gomez – 06/20/10
9. Rani Yahya - Last fight: L vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 04/24/10
10. Brad Pickett - Last fight: L vs. Scott Jorgensen – 08/18/10

Movements: We lose Shuichiro Katsumura due to a loss to unranked Darren Uyenoyama, so Brad Pickett steps into the #10 spot.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com






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