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MMA Rankings for May 2011
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on June 1, 2011, 12:46 PM

Well, May is basically over and done with and so it’s time for an on-time rankings update! I promise I won’t miss any fights this time. I’m looking at YOU, Hatsu Hioki.

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. Roy Nelson - 05/28/11
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. Frank Mir – 05/28/11
10. Brendan Schaub - Last fight: W vs. Mirko Cro Cop – 03/19/11

Movements: No movements at Heavyweight again as Frank Mir beat Roy Nelson with relative ease. Due to his performance I’m almost tempted to bump Nelson out of the top ten, but well, who is there to replace him?

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. Matt Hamill - 05/28/11
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: No movements at 205lbs this month as Rampage Jackson dealt with Matt Hamill as was expected. Dan Henderson signing to fight Fedor Emelianenko at a catchweight won’t affect his ranking, either.

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. Demian Maia - Last fight: W vs. Kendall Grove - 12/04/10
4. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Robbie Lawler – 01/29/11
5. Vitor Belfort - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva – 02/05/11
6. Wanderlei Silva - Last fight: W vs. Michael Bisping – 02/20/10
7. Michael Bisping – Last fight: W vs. Jorge Rivera – 02/27/11
8. Brian Stann - Last fight: W vs. Jorge Santiago – 05/28/11
9. Robbie Lawler - Last fight: L vs. Ronaldo Jacare – 01/29/11
10. Jorge Santiago - Last fight: L vs. Brian Stann – 05/28/11

Movements: I removed Nate Marquardt as he’s dropping to 170lbs next month, so Robbie Lawler comes back in because Alan Belcher hasn’t competed in over a year, Chris Leben’s done nothing impressive recently and I refuse to rank Hector Lombard until he beats someone half-relevant. I also moved Jacare above Belfort because well, Vitor’s record isn’t all that great at 185lbs when you look at it properly.

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. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: L vs. Georges St-Pierre - 12/11/10
4. Carlos Condit - Last fight: W vs. Dan Hardy – 10/16/10
5. Rick Story - Last fight: W vs. Thiago Alves – 05/28/11
6. Thiago Alves - Last fight: L vs. Rick Story - 05/28/11
7. Diego Sanchez - Last fight: W vs. Martin Kampmann – 03/03/11
8. Martin Kampmann - Last fight: L vs. Diego Sanchez – 03/03/11
9. BJ Penn - Last fight: D vs. Jon Fitch – 02/27/11
10. Nick Diaz - Last fight: W vs. Paul Daley – 04/09/11

Movements: Rick Story beat Thiago Alves at UFC 130 and basically screwed up the whole divisional ranking, as everyone’s basically beaten everyone at this stage! I ended up with this ranking mainly because I couldn’t justify moving Story and Sanchez above Condit when Carlos beat Jake Ellenberger (who beat Mike Pyle who beat John Hathaway who beat both guys...) so there you go. It’s awkward, I know. Deal with it.

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. Rich Clementi – 05/29/11
4. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Pat Curran - 04/02/11
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: No movements at 155lbs as Shinya Aoki was the only fighter to compete, picking up a routine win over Rich Clementi.

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. Donald Sanchez – 04/29/11
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: No movements at 145lbs but I remembered to update Hioki! Hopefully he’ll be in the UFC soon enough.

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. Scott Jorgensen - Last fight: L vs. Dominick Cruz – 12/16/10
5. Brad Pickett - Last fight: W vs. Ivan Menjivar – 12/16/10
6. Demetrious Johnson - Last fight: W vs. Miguel Torres – 05/28/11
7. Miguel Angel Torres - Last fight: L vs. Demetrious Johnson – 05/28/11
8. Takeya Mizugaki - Last fight: W vs. Reuben Duran – 03/03/11
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, I thought it was a shitty decision, but Demetrious Johnson beat Miguel Torres which moves him up, but also moves up Pickett and Jorgensen by proxy. Poor Miguel slips to #7, all through awful judging.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com




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