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MMA Rankings for November 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on November 22, 2010, 4:01 AM

With November’s big MMA shows out of the way and the announcement that the WEC will be folded into the UFC, we should get some more clarity on the rankings in the upcoming months. The biggest two moves this month actually came across weight classes, as one top fighter went up while one dropped down in weight. Without further ado...

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: No changes this month at Heavyweight as none of the top fighters were in action. Moves in the next few months could well involve Nogueira and Nelson if neither man fights soon.

Light-Heavyweight (186lbs-205lbs):
Champion: Mauricio Rua - Last fight: W vs. Lyoto Machida – 05/08/10

1. Rashad Evans - Last fight: W vs. Quinton Jackson - 05/29/10
2. Quinton Jackson - Last fight: W vs. Lyoto Machida - 11/20/10
3. Lyoto Machida - Last fight: L vs. Quinton Jackson - 11/20/10
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. Rich Franklin - Last fight: W vs. Chuck Liddell – 06/12/10
9. Matt Hamill - Last fight: W vs. Tito Ortiz – 10/23/10
10. Randy Couture - Last fight: W vs. James Toney - 08/28/10

Movements: Odd situation at the top as now Rampage has beaten Machida, who beat Rashad Evans, who beat...Rampage of course. So I’ve gone with the most recent results as the most important there given Rashad’s loss to Machida was well over a year ago now. Elsewhere I ended up taking out Thiago Silva because I realized that he hasn’t won since last August. Matt Hamill steps into his place because fuck it, wins over Tito Ortiz and Keith Jardine mean a hell of a lot more in my eyes than the Strike Force trifecta. As for Forrest Griffin who hasn’t competed since last November, he does have an announced fight (Rich Franklin in February) so I’m leaving him where he is for now.

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. Yushin Okami - Last fight: W vs. Nathan Marquardt - 11/13/10
3. Nathan Marquardt - Last fight: L vs. Yushin Okami - 11/13/10
4. Demian Maia - Last fight: W vs. Mario Miranda - 08/28/10
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: In the only change, Yushin Okami picked up his biggest win to date over Nate Marquardt to move into the #2 spot behind Chael Sonnen and the champ, Anderson Silva.

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. BJ Penn - Last fight: W vs. Matt Hughes – 11/20/10
8. Paul Daley - Last fight: W vs. Jorge Masvidal – 09/11/10
9. Matt Hughes - Last fight: L vs. BJ Penn – 11/20/10
10. Diego Sanchez - Last fight: W vs. Paulo Thiago – 10/23/10

Movements: BJ Penn jumps right into the 170lbs rankings with his stunning win over Matt Hughes, and as his next announced fight is at 170lbs against Jon Fitch it looks like he might be sticking around. No other moves in the world’s most loaded division.

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. Kenny Florian - Last fight: L vs. Gray Maynard - 08/28/10
3. Gilbert Melendez - Last fight: W vs. Shinya Aoki – 04/17/10
4. Shinya Aoki - Last fight: W vs. Yokthai Sithoar – 10/24/10
5. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Roger Huerta - 10/21/10
6. Evan Dunham – Last fight: L vs. Sean Sherk – 09/25/10
7. Sean Sherk - Last fight: W vs. Evan Dunham – 09/25/10
8. Takanori Gomi - Last fight: W vs. Tyson Griffin – 08/01/10
9. George Sotiropoulos - Last fight: W vs. Joe Lauzon – 11/20/10
10. Jim Miller – Last fight: W vs. Gleison Tibau – 09/15/10

Movements: Everyone gets an artificial bump up the ladder with BJ Penn’s move to 170lbs, meaning Jim Miller steps into the #10 spot as I like his wins more than Benson Henderson’s and Josh Thomson’s. George Sotiropoulos was the only ranked fighter to compete in November and he won handily.

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. Josh Grispi - Last fight: W vs. LC Davis – 06/20/10
5. Bibiano Fernandes - Last fight: W vs. Joachim Hansen – 03/22/10
6. Michihiro Omigawa - Last fight: W vs. Cole Escovedo – 09/25/10
7. Chad Mendes – Last fight: W vs. Javier Vazquez – 11/11/10
8. Hatsu Hioki - Last fight: W vs. Jeff Lawson – 08/22/10
9. Diego Nunes – Last fight: W vs. Tyler Toner – 09/30/10
10. Raphael Assuncao - Last fight: W vs. LC Davis – 11/11/10

Movements: Urijah Faber’s move to 135lbs means we lose him, and Chad Mendes’ win over Javi Vazquez puts him into the top ten for the first time. At the bottom we lose Javi and Kanehara as Diego Nunes and Raphael Assuncao move in.

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

1. Urijah Faber - Last fight: W vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 11/11/10
2. Joseph Benavidez - Last fight: W vs. Wagnney Fabiano – 11/11/10
3. Brian Bowles - Last fight: L vs. Dominick Cruz – 03/06/10
4. Miguel Angel Torres - Last fight: W vs. Charlie Valencia – 09/30/10
5. Scott Jorgensen - Last fight: W vs. Brad Pickett – 08/18/10
6. Takeya Mizugaki - Last fight: L vs. Urijah Faber – 11/11/10
7. Rani Yahya - Last fight: L vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 04/24/10
8. Brad Pickett - Last fight: L vs. Scott Jorgensen – 08/18/10
9. Demetrious Johnson - Last fight: W vs. Damacio Page – 11/11/10
10. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez – 11/11/10

Movements: Urijah Faber moves right into the top spot. Why? He finished Mizugaki which nobody else has been able to do and he has a win over the champion previously. Big changes elsewhere as Damacio Page got crushed by Demetrious Johnson, which moves Brad Pickett up by proxy, and we lose Antonio Banuelos because I actually looked at his record and the only thing keeping him afloat was the win over Jorgensen which has since been avenged. So hey.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com





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