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MMA Rankings for December 2010
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on December 18, 2010, 4:58 AM

December’s big shows are out of the way – except of course the New Year’s Eve shows in Japan. I’m going to count them for January’s update though as it’s a little easier. There wasn’t a tremendous amount of changes this month, as champions established themselves further for the most part. Here goes.

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. Alistair Overeem - Last fight: W vs. Brett Rogers – 05/15/10
8. Roy Nelson - Last fight: L vs. Junior Dos Santos – 08/07/10
9. Brendan Schaub - Last fight: W vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – 10/23/10
10. Antonio Silva - Last fight: W vs. Mike Kyle – 12/04/10

Movements: With UFC’s big February cards now filling up and Rodrigo Nogueira nowhere in sight I’ve removed him from the top ten for the time being. Once he returns to action he’ll probably reclaim his spot. In his stead comes Antonio Silva, who looks likely to face Fedor Emelianenko in January in a pivotal fight for both men.

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: No changes at 205lbs as none of the top fighters were competing this month. February will see two big fights in Bader-Jones and Franklin-Griffin. Couture, despite his odd Twitter update, stays until we get proper confirmation on his status.

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. Kendall Grove - 12/04/10
5. Vitor Belfort - Last fight: W vs. Rich Franklin – 09/19/09
6. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Tim Kennedy – 08/21/10
7. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: W vs. Michael Bisping – 02/20/10
8. Michael Bisping – Last fight: W vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama – 10/16/10
9. Chris Leben - Last fight: W vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama - 07/03/10
10. Robbie Lawler - Last fight: W vs. Matt Lindland – 12/04/10

Movements: With his move back to 205lbs and a likely Strike Force title shot coming soon, Dan Henderson is gone from the 185lbs rankings for the time being. Robbie Lawler sneaks into the tenth spot just above Yoshihiro Akiyama, who hasn’t won since July 2009.

Welterweight (156lbs-170lbs):
Champion: Georges St-Pierre - Last fight: W vs. Josh Koscheck - 12/11/10

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: W vs. John Howard - 12/11/10
4. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre - 12/11/10
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. Scott Smith – 12/04/10
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: No movements at 170lbs as GSP smashed Koscheck as we all (well, anyone sane) expected. Thiago Alves kept himself at #3 with his one-sided win over John Howard while Nick Diaz should hopefully finally get a chance at a ranked opponent if he faces Paul Daley next, as Semtex bombed Scott Smith out in quick fashion.

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. Charles Oliveira – 12/11/10

Movements: No movements at 155lbs as we await the champion vs. #1 clash on New Year’s Day between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

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: Oddly enough even with the final WEC show last week, none of the top Featherweights were in action. Big news was Omigawa’s move to the UFC which should be interesting, and I’m hoping Bibiano Fernandes follows suit. NYE will see Marlon Sandro take on Hatsu Hioki in a huge fight.

Bantamweight (126lbs-135lbs):
Champion: Dominick Cruz - Last fight: W vs. Scott Jorgensen – 12/16/10

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: L vs. Dominick Cruz – 12/16/10
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: W vs. Ivan Menjivar – 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: Dominick Cruz lived up to his ‘Dominator’ nickname with a five-round thrashing of Scott Jorgensen. Hopefully he faces Urijah Faber next. Brad Pickett beat Ivan Menjivar to retain his spot while in big news, February will see #9 Demetrious Johnson taking on Kid Yamamoto in the UFC! Awesome.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com




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