MMA Rankings for June 2011
by Scott Newman(MMA)
Posted on June 27, 2011, 4:08 AM
June is basically done and after some major shows we get some moves and some fucking annoying changes. Here we go.
Heavyweight (206lbs and above): Champion: Cain Velasquez - Last fight: W vs. Brock Lesnar 10/23/10
1. Junior dos Santos - Last fight: W vs. Shane Carwin - 06/11/11 2. Alistair Overeem - Last fight: W vs. Fabricio Werdum 06/18/11 3. Brock Lesnar - Last fight: L vs. Cain Velasquez - 10/23/10 4. Fabricio Werdum - Last fight: L vs. Alistair Overeem 06/18/11 5. Antonio Silva - Last fight: W vs. Fedor Emelianenko 02/12/11 6. Shane Carwin - Last fight: L vs. Junior Dos Santos 06/11/11 7. Frank Mir - Last fight: W vs. Roy Nelson - 05/28/11 8. Fedor Emelianenko - Last fight: L vs. Antonio Silva - 02/12/11 9. Brendan Schaub - Last fight: W vs. Mirko Cro Cop 03/19/11 10. Josh Barnett - Last fight: W vs. Brett Rogers 06/18/11
Movements: It might not have been the most inspired performance, but Alistair Overeem beat Fabricio Werdum at Strike Forces Grand Prix show, so he moves up into the spot below the UFCs top two in Velasquez and JDS. Shane Carwins showing against JDS drops him down below Antonio Silva, but I cant move Bigfoot above Werdum due to his loss to him only a couple of fights back. Oh, and last month I asked who ought to replace Roy Nelson? Josh Barnett is your answer assuming he doesnt piss hot.
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: Again, no movements at 205lbs with none of the ranked fighters competing. July has Ryan Bader vs. Tito Ortiz in what could be Titos last chance to be relevant, while August has Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans and Rich Franklin vs. Rogerio Nogueira.
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. Ronaldo Jacare - Last fight: W vs. Robbie Lawler 01/29/11 4. Mark Munoz Last fight: W vs. Demian Maia 06/11/11 5. Demian Maia - Last fight: L vs. Mark Munoz - 06/11/11 6. Vitor Belfort - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva 02/05/11 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. Brian Stann - Last fight: W vs. Jorge Santiago 05/28/11 10. Robbie Lawler - Last fight: L vs. Ronaldo Jacare 01/29/11
Movements: Mark Munoz moves right into the title picture with his win over Demian Maia, and honestly I totally slept on him as a contender considering his only loss at 185lbs is to Yushin Okami. Jorge Santiago gets pushed out of the top ten in Munozs stead.
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. Johny Hendricks - Last fight: W vs. TJ Waldburger 03/26/11 6. Charlie Brenneman - Last fight: W vs. Rick Story 06/26/11 7. Rick Story - Last fight: L vs. Charlie Brenneman 06/26/11 8. Thiago Alves - Last fight: L vs. Rick Story - 05/28/11 9. Diego Sanchez - Last fight: W vs. Martin Kampmann 03/03/11 10. Nick Diaz - Last fight: W vs. Paul Daley 04/09/11
Movements: Urgh. What. A. Mess. Charlie Brennemans upset of Rick Story throws EVERYTHING into flux when you consider he lost just a couple of fights ago to Johny Hendricks (who also arguably beat Story last December). You could honestly rank Welterweight however you wanted it and not be truly wrong. Heres my take: We lose Kampmann who hasnt won since last June and lost his last two to Shields and Sanchez. We lose Penn, who, if the judges had given Fitch the decision as they shouldve, just wouldnt have the resume at 170lbs that the rest would. Does that mean Id pick Story, Hendricks or Brenneman to beat BJ? Hell no, but its just the way I rank things. Sorry!
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. Anthony Pettis 06/04/11 9. Anthony Pettis - Last fight: L vs. Clay Guida 06/04/11 10. Ben Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Mark Bocek 04/30/11
Movements: No movements as Clay Guida was able to grind out a win over Anthony Pettis. We should get some more light shining on this division next month with big fights like Siver/Wiman, Guillard/Roller, etc.
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. Kenny Florian - Last fight: W vs. Diego Nunes 06/11/11 3. Hatsu Hioki - Last fight: W vs. Donald Sanchez 04/29/11 4. Tyson Griffin - Last fight: W vs. Manny Gamburyan 06/26/11 5. Manvel Gamburyan - Last fight: L vs. Tyson Griffin 06/26/11 6. Marlon Sandro - Last fight: L vs. Hatsu Hioki 12/31/10 7. Diego Nunes Last fight: L vs. Kenny Florian 06/11/11 8. Mark Hominick - Last fight: L vs. Jose Aldo 04/30/11 9. Dustin Poirier - Last fight: W vs. Jason Young 06/11/11 10. Erik Koch - Last fight: W vs. Raphael Assuncao 03/19/11
Movements: Big changes here as two sharks from 155lbs Griffin and Florian dropped down and picked up big wins over top ranked opponents right away. Hatsu Hioki has indeed signed with the UFC but only time will tell whether he does any good look at his compatriot Omigawa, who was unable to beat unranked Darren Elkins and has now fallen out of the top ten.
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: No movements at 135lbs this month as we wait for Cruz/Faber next weekend!