MMA Rankings for August 2011
by Scott Newman(MMA)
Posted on August 29, 2011, 10:11 AM
August turned out to be a pretty major month then in the end. One champion cemented himself as the man at 185lbs, a couple of former champions got back on track...lets 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. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Last fight: W vs. Brendan Schaub 08/27/11 9. Brendan Schaub - Last fight: L vs. Rodrigo Nogueira 08/27/11 10. Josh Barnett - Last fight: W vs. Brett Rogers 06/18/11
Movements: Well, Brendan Schaubs latest attempt at legend-killing went badly awry for him and suddenly Rodrigo Nogueira is relevant at HW again. For how much longer I dont know, but hey, he just knocked off the top UFC prospect in the weight class. Cant be bad.
Light-Heavyweight (186lbs-205lbs): Champion: Jon Jones - Last fight: W vs. Mauricio Rua 03/19/11
1. Mauricio Rua - Last fight: W vs. Forrest Griffin 08/27/11 2. Rashad Evans - Last fight: W vs. Tito Ortiz - 08/06/11 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: L vs. Mauricio Rua - 08/27/11 6. Phil Davis - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 03/26/11 7. Alexander Gustafsson - Last fight: W vs. Matt Hamill 08/06/11 8. Dan Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Fedor Emelianenko 07/30/11 9. Tito Ortiz - Last fight: L vs. Rashad Evans 08/06/11 10. Ryan Bader - Last fight: L vs. Tito Ortiz 07/02/11
Movements: First off then, Shoguns one-sided thrashing of Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 means he keeps the #1 spot below the champion Jones. Rashad Evans beat up Tito Ortiz to keep him right underneath and position him for a shot at the Jones-Rampage winner. Matt Hamill got slaughtered by Alexander Gustafsson and promptly retired, so Gustafsson enters the top ten for the first time. As for the bottom end, well, sorry fans of StrikeForces crop, Mousasi, Mo and Feijao have still done nothing to warrant them being ranked above the likes of Tito and Bader as Baders still got that win over Lil Nog keeping him afloat.
Middleweight (171lbs-185lbs): Champion: Anderson Silva - Last fight: W vs. Yushin Okami 08/27/11
1. Chael Sonnen - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva 08/07/10 2. Yushin Okami - Last fight: L vs. Anderson Silva - 08/27/11 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:W vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama 08/06/11 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. Chris Leben - Last fight: W vs. Wanderlei Silva 07/02/11 10. Rousimar Palhares - Last fight: W vs. Dan Miller 08/27/11
Movements: No big moves as Anderson slaughtered poor Okami, but Toquinhos in at #10 for being super-impressive (even with the brainfart) in thrashing Dan Miller more impressive than Tim Kennedy was against Robbie Lawler at least.
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. Dong Hyun Kim 07/02/11 5. Johny Hendricks - Last fight: W vs. Mike Pierce 08/06/11 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: Still the oddest division to rank out there. Big matches coming up though in Sanchez-Hughes, GSP-Diaz, Condit-Penn, Brenneman-Johnson and Story-Kampmann which will hopefully sort out the mess a little.
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. Ben Henderson - Last fight: W vs. Jim Miller 08/14/11 4. Jim Miller Last fight: W vs. Kamal Shalorus 08/14/11 5. Melvin Guillard - Last fight: W vs. Shane Roller 07/02/11 6. Clay Guida - Last fight: W vs. Anthony Pettis 06/04/11 7. Anthony Pettis - Last fight: L vs. Clay Guida 06/04/11 8. Shinya Aoki - Last fight: W vs. Rich Clementi 05/29/11 9. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Pat Curran - 04/02/11 10. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Last fight: L vs. Gilbert Melendez 04/09/11
Movements: In one of the most impressive performances all year Ben Henderson took out Jim Miller to stake his claim as the top contender after the Edgar-Maynard rematch in October. Apparently Aoki and Alvarez are fighting one another in Bellator too, which is cool, but until they get into the UFC (or Strike Force) and start taking on other legit competition Ill keep moving them down.
Featherweight (136lbs-145lbs): Champion: Jose Aldo - Last fight: W vs. Mark Hominick 04/30/11
1. Chad Mendes Last fight: W vs. Rani Yahya 08/06/11 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. Diego Nunes Last fight: L vs. Kenny Florian 06/11/11 7. Mark Hominick - Last fight: L vs. Jose Aldo 04/30/11 8. Dustin Poirier - Last fight: W vs. Jason Young 06/11/11 9. Erik Koch - Last fight: W vs. Raphael Assuncao 03/19/11 10. Pat Curran - Last fight: W vs. Marlon Sandro 08/20/11
Movements: None of the top UFC guys outside of Chad Mendes competed this month but Pat Curran did KO Marlon Sandro in Bellator. Why isnt he higher? Because in hindsight - and remember, I love Sandro the fighters who havent been competing in the US have largely been overrated and it isnt like Curran can move upwards anyway being on the outside of the Zuffa umbrella. So fuck it. I guess well see how Hioki does in October.
Bantamweight (126lbs-135lbs): Champion: Dominick Cruz - Last fight: W vs. Urijah Faber 07/02/11
1. Urijah Faber - Last fight: L vs. Dominick Cruz 07/02/11 2. Joseph Benavidez - Last fight: W vs. Eddie Wineland 08/14/11 3. Brian Bowles - Last fight: W vs. Takeya Mizugaki 07/02/11 4. Scott Jorgensen - Last fight: W vs. Ken Stone 06/04/11 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: L vs. Brian Bowles 07/02/11 9. Wagnney Fabiano - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez 11/11/10 10. Eddie Wineland - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez 08/14/11
Movements: No movements at 135lbs as annoyingly, a top ten clash between Benavidez and Wineland wasnt shown on TV. Boo!