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MMA Rankings for March 2011
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on March 29, 2011, 2:41 AM

No more big events in March = another rankings update. And man was this a big month in terms of results, particularly in the UFC. Of course the big news was the UFC/Strike Force buyout, which will hopefully give us all those matches we’ve wondered about for ages. Velasquez/Overeem, anyone?

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. Shane Carwin - Last fight: L vs. Brock Lesnar – 07/03/10
5. Frank Mir - Last fight: W vs. Mirko Cro Cop - 09/25/10
6. Antonio Silva - Last fight: W vs. Fedor Emelianenko – 02/12/11
7. Fedor Emelianenko - Last fight: L vs. Antonio Silva - 02/12/11
8. Alistair Overeem - Last fight: W vs. Todd Duffee – 12/31/10
9. Roy Nelson - Last fight: L vs. Junior Dos Santos – 08/07/10
10. Brendan Schaub - Last fight: W vs. Mirko Cro Cop – 03/19/11

Movements: Brendan Schaub was the only top HW competing this month. Next big HW fight is in May with Nelson/Mir, while June has five of my currently ranked fighters going at it. Good shit.

Light-Heavyweight (186lbs-205lbs):
Champion: Jon Jones - Last fight: W vs. Mauricio Rua – 03/19/11

1. Mauricio Rua - Last fight: L vs. Jon Jones – 03/19/11
2. Rashad Evans - Last fight: W vs. Quinton Jackson - 05/29/10
3. Quinton Jackson - Last fight: W vs. Lyoto Machida - 11/20/10
4. Lyoto Machida - Last fight: L vs. Quinton Jackson - 11/20/10
5. Forrest Griffin- Last fight: W vs. Rich Franklin - 02/05/11
6. Ryan Bader - Last fight: L vs. Jon Jones – 02/05/11
7. Phil Davis - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – 03/26/11
8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - Last fight: L vs. Phil Davis – 03/26/11
9. Dan Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Rafael Feijao – 03/05/11
10. Rich Franklin - Last fight: L vs. Forrest Griffin – 02/05/11

Movements: Jon Jones is your NEW LHW champion after his one-sided smashing of Shogun at UFC 128. Amazing stuff. Phil Davis also finds himself in the top ten after his win over Rogerio Nogueira, while Dan Henderson comes back into the mix after KOing Rafael Feijao.

Middleweight (171lbs-185lbs):
Champion: Anderson Silva - Last fight: W vs. Vitor Belfort – 02/05/11

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: W vs. Dan Miller - 03/19/11
4. Demian Maia - Last fight: W vs. Kendall Grove - 12/04/10
5. Vitor Belfort - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva – 02/05/11
6. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Robbie Lawler – 01/29/11
7. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: W vs. Michael Bisping – 02/20/10
8. Michael Bisping – Last fight: W vs. Jorge Rivera – 02/27/11
9. Jorge Santiago - Last fight: W vs. Kazuo Misaki – 08/22/10
10. Brian Stann - Last fight: W vs. Chris Leben – 01/01/11

Movements: No movements at 185lbs this month as I decided to leave Wanderlei in the top ten as nobody else has impressed really.

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

1. Jon Fitch - Last fight: D vs. BJ Penn - 02/27/11
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. Diego Sanchez - Last fight: W vs. Martin Kampmann – 03/03/11
7. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: L vs. Diego Sanchez – 03/03/11
8. BJ Penn - Last fight: D vs. Jon Fitch – 02/27/11
9. Anthony Johnson - Last fight: W vs. Dan Hardy – 03/26/11
10. Paul Daley - Last fight: W vs. Yuya Shirai – 02/27/11

Movements: It was controversial, but Diego Sanchez’s win over Martin Kampmann moves him higher than he’s been at 170lbs in a long time. Other change is Anthony Johnson arriving in at #9, as his win over Dan Hardy is a better win than anything Nick Diaz has done since moving back to 170lbs.

Lightweight (146lbs-155lbs):
Champion: Frankie Edgar - Last fight: D vs. Gray Maynard – 01/01/11

1. Gray Maynard - Last fight: D vs. Frankie Edgar - 01/01/11
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. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Last fight: W vs. Josh Thomson – 12/31/10
7. Melvin Guillard - Last fight: W vs. Evan Dunham – 01/22/11
8. Clay Guida - Last fight: W vs. Takanori Gomi – 01/01/11
9. Jim Miller – Last fight: W vs. Charles Oliveira – 12/11/10
10. Anthony Pettis - Last fight: W vs. Ben Henderson – 12/16/10

Movements: No movements at 155lbs, strangely enough. Personally I’m just hoping for a proper resolution to the Edgar-Maynard saga this time.

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

1. Chad Mendes – Last fight: W vs. Michihiro Omigawa – 02/05/11
2. Hatsu Hioki - Last fight: W vs. Marlon Sandro – 12/31/10
3. Michihiro Omigawa - Last fight: L vs. Chad Mendes – 02/05/11
4. Manvel Gamburyan - Last fight: L vs. Jose Aldo – 09/30/10
5. Marlon Sandro - Last fight: L vs. Hatsu Hioki – 12/31/10
6. Diego Nunes – Last fight: W vs. Mike Brown – 01/01/11
7. Mark Hominick - Last fight: W vs. George Roop – 01/22/11
8. Dustin Poirier - Last fight: W vs. Josh Grispi – 01/01/11
9. Erik Koch - Last fight: W vs. Raphael Assuncao – 03/19/11
10. Rani Yahya - Last fight: W vs. Mike Brown – 01/22/11

Movements: Erik Koch continues to impress and hits the top ten thanks to his win over Raphael Assuncao. No other ranked fighters were competing, but the bigger story soon at 145lbs could be the injection of talent dropping down from 155lbs, as names like Kenny Florian and Tyson Griffin will soon be hitting this division.

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

1. Urijah Faber - Last fight: W vs. Eddie Wineland – 03/19/11
2. Joseph Benavidez - Last fight: W vs. Ian Loveland – 03/19/11
3. Brian Bowles - Last fight: W vs. Damacio Page – 03/03/11
4. Miguel Angel Torres - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Banuelos – 02/05/11
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. Brad Pickett - Last fight: W vs. Ivan Menjivar – 12/16/10
8. Demetrious Johnson - Last fight: W vs. Kid Yamamoto – 02/05/11
9. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez – 11/11/10
10. Eddie Wineland - Last fight: L vs. Urijah Faber – 03/19/11

Movements: Well, it’s official – Urijah Faber will face Dominick Cruz for the 135lbs title in July. Hell of a fight right there. Brian Bowles didn’t seem to have lost a step either, comfortably dispatching of Damacio Page in their rematch. Good times ahead at Bantamweight!

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com





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