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MMA Rankings for April 2011
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on May 16, 2011, 12:51 AM

I genuinely have no idea how I managed to forget about this. Shit, this is the latest update ever pretty much. Thank God we haven’t had any big shows in May yet to mess things up! Oops.

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: No movements at HW for April. Big news is obviously Lesnar dropping out of his June fight with JDS, but with Carwin stepping in it’s still a massive match for the division. And Strike Force has Ubereem-Werdum and Josh Barnett against a semi-relevant Brett Rogers, so it’s all good.

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: W vs. Randy Couture - 04/30/11
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: Lyoto Machida bounced back from his two losses in a big way by sending Randy Couture into retirement with a CRANE KICK of all things. Nothing else noteworthy in this division really outside of the Jones/Evans/Davis mess which I won’t comment on.

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: Again, no movements at 185lbs. I know Nate Marquardt is dropping to 170lbs in June, but well, that’s a month or so away yet and there isn’t anyone who has impressed enough to replace him really.

Welterweight (156lbs-170lbs):
Champion: Georges St-Pierre - Last fight: W vs. Jake Shields - 04/30/11

1. Jon Fitch - Last fight: D vs. BJ Penn - 02/27/11
2. Jake Shields - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre – 04/30/11
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. Nick Diaz - Last fight: W vs. Paul Daley – 04/09/11
10. Anthony Johnson - Last fight: W vs. Dan Hardy – 03/26/11

Movements: Nick Diaz finally moves into my top ten with his win over Paul Daley, who drops out of the mix now. And to the surprise of nobody GSP remains the kingpin, being able to beat Jake Shields even with one good eye. May has Thiago Alves competing while June and July have Johnson and Condit. No word on when Koscheck will be back.

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. Gilbert Melendez - Last fight: W vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri – 04/09/11
3. Shinya Aoki - Last fight: W vs. Lyle Beerbohm – 04/09/11
4. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Roger Huerta - 10/21/10
5. Jim Miller – Last fight: W vs. Kamal Shalorus – 03/19/11
6. Melvin Guillard - Last fight: W vs. Evan Dunham – 01/22/11
7. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Last fight: L vs. Gilbert Melendez – 04/09/11
8. Clay Guida - Last fight: W vs. Takanori Gomi – 01/01/11
9. Anthony Pettis - Last fight: W vs. Ben Henderson – 12/16/10
10. Ben Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Mark Bocek – 04/30/11

Movements: Gilbert Melendez’s win over Tatsuya Kawajiri bumps him up a couple of spots while Kawajiri moves down. Kenny Florian’s gone to 145lbs so Ben Henderson sneaks in at #10 after impressing against Mark Bocek.

Featherweight (136lbs-145lbs):
Champion: Jose Aldo - Last fight: W vs. Mark Hominick – 04/30/11

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: L vs. Jose Aldo – 04/30/11
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: Jose Aldo hung onto the top spot by gutting out a win over Mark Hominick at UFC 129, while no other top FWs fought in April. Big fights for Gamburyan and Nunes coming up.

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: W vs. Reuben Duran – 03/03/11
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: Slow month for Bantamweight as none of the top ranked fighters competed. Next month has Torres/Johnson though which is all good.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com




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