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MMA Rankings for October 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on October 28, 2010, 9:58 AM

And just like that, everything can change. Amazing month in MMA.

Heavyweight (206lbs and above):
Champion: Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Brock Lesnar – 10/23/10

1. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Roy Nelson - 08/07/10
2. Brock Lesnar - Last fight: L vs. Cain Velasquez - 10/23/10
3. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: W vs. Fedor Emelianenko – 06/26/10
4. Fedor Emelianenko - Last fight: L vs. Fabricio Werdum - 06/26/10
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. Roy Nelson - Last fight: L vs. Junior Dos Santos – 08/07/10
10. Brendan Schaub - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – 10/23/10

Movements: Cain Velasquez’s one-sided mauling of Brock Lesnar makes him our new Heavyweight Champion, and I moved Brock down to #2 as Dos Santos is the #1 Contender and has a comparable resume anyway thanks to his win over Werdum and no recent losses. Elsewhere I moved Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub into the bottom two slots as their recent fights are more impressive to me than Brett Rogers’ and Antonio Silva’s wins.

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: No changes at 205lbs this month. Big upcoming fight is Machida-Jackson, and I’m still waiting for a decision on the future of Randy Couture before I take him out.

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. Yoshihiro Akiyama – 10/16/10
10. Chris Leben - Last fight: W vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama - 07/03/10

Movements: No change in the 185lbs rankings, although how other sites manage to rank the likes of Jorge Santiago and Robbie Lawler above Wanderlei, Bisping and Leben at this point I don’t know.

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. Jake Shields - Last fight: W vs. Martin Kampmann – 10/23/10
3. Thiago Alves - Last fight: L vs. Jon Fitch - 08/07/10
4. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: W vs. Paul Daley - 05/08/10
5. Carlos Condit - Last fight: W vs. Dan Hardy – 10/16/10
6. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: L vs. Jake Shields – 10/23/10
7. Paul Daley - Last fight: W vs. Jorge Masvidal – 09/11/10
8. Matt Hughes - Last fight: W vs. Ricardo Almeida – 08/07/10
9. Dan Hardy - Last fight: L vs. Carlos Condit – 10/16/10
10. Diego Sanchez - Last fight: W vs. Paulo Thiago – 10/23/10

Movements: 170lbs becomes a mess thanks to Diego Sanchez’s dominant win over Paulo Thiago at UFC 121. Let’s start with the simple bits first – Jake Shields jumps to #2 with his win over Martin Kampmann while Carlos Condit rises to #5 with his win over Dan Hardy. Now onto the hard stuff. Sanchez beat Thiago, but lost to Hathaway who lost to Pyle who lost to Jake Ellenberger, and that’s all in the last nine months! The logical thing to do here I guess would be to use MMAth and rank Ellenberger, but I think the Hathaway fight was an aberration for Diego so I have him at #10.

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. Yokthai Sithoar – 10/24/10
6. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Roger Huerta - 10/21/10
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: No movements at 155lbs as Josh Thomson’s win over JZ Cavalcante was so debatable and neither Alvarez or Aoki’s win had any effect. Maynard-Edgar is official for January though.

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: No movements here as we had no WEC or DREAM show with any ranked guys fighting.

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: See 145lbs! No movements this month but November is looking exciting with the entrance of Urijah Faber into the division.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com






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