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MMA Rankings for September 2011
by Scott Newman (MMA)
Posted on October 4, 2011, 9:20 AM

September is over and there have been major moves as usual in the world of MMA rankings, although the champion at 205lbs suddenly looks as untouchable as most of the others.

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. Shane Carwin - Last fight: L vs. Junior Dos Santos – 06/11/11
6. Frank Mir - Last fight: W vs. Roy Nelson - 05/28/11
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Last fight: W vs. Brendan Schaub – 08/27/11
8. Josh Barnett - Last fight: W vs. Sergei Kharitonov – 09/10/11
9. Daniel Cormier - Last fight: W vs. Antonio Silva – 09/10/11
10. Antonio Silva - Last fight: L vs. Daniel Cormier – 09/10/11

Movements: Despite being woefully undersized Daniel Cormier still KOd Bigfoot Silva to prove himself as a top-level Heavyweight. Josh Barnett also picked up another big win in this nice resurgence for him.

Light-Heavyweight (186lbs-205lbs):
Champion: Jon Jones - Last fight: W vs. Rampage Jackson – 09/24/11

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: L vs. Jon Jones - 09/24/11
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: No movements at 205lbs as Jon Jones thoroughly outclassed Rampage Jackson to retain his title. Will he be able to pass by Rashad Evans with as much ease? We shall see.

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. Mark Munoz – Last fight: W vs. Demian Maia – 06/11/11
4. Demian Maia - Last fight: L vs. Mark Munoz - 06/11/11
5. Vitor Belfort - Last fight:W vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama – 08/06/11
6. Michael Bisping – Last fight: W vs. Jorge Rivera – 02/27/11
7. Brian Stann - Last fight: W vs. Jorge Santiago – 05/28/11
8. Chris Leben - Last fight: W vs. Wanderlei Silva – 07/02/11
9. Rousimar Palhares - Last fight: W vs. Dan Miller – 08/27/11
10. Alan Belcher - Last fight: W vs. Jason MacDonald – 09/17/11

Movements: Jacare’s loss to Luke Rockhold – and the fact that Rockhold hadn’t competed in so long and has no other significant wins – means that the Brazilian slides all the way out of the top ten and Alan Belcher, returning from a long layoff to look great in beating Jason MacDonald comes back in. I’ve got Rockhold around the top fifteen somewhere but need to see more of him before he gets in the top ten.

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. Carlos Condit - Last fight: W vs. Dong Hyun Kim – 07/02/11
3. Jake Ellenberger - Last fight: W vs. Jake Shields – 09/17/11
4. Josh Koscheck - Last fight: W vs. Matt Hughes - 09/24/11
5. Jake Shields - Last fight: L vs. Jake Ellenberger – 09/17/11
6. Johny Hendricks - Last fight: W vs. Mike Pierce – 08/06/11
7. Charlie Brenneman - Last fight: W vs. Rick Story – 06/26/11
8. Rick Story - Last fight: L vs. Charlie Brenneman – 06/26/11
9. Thiago Alves - Last fight: L vs. Rick Story - 05/28/11
10. Diego Sanchez - Last fight: W vs. Martin Kampmann – 03/03/11

Movements: Yep, still a mess, and that isn’t even taking into account the whole switch between Condit and Diaz in the title fight with GSP. The big news was Jake Ellenberger’s vicious KO win over Jake Shields, which moves him into the #3 spot and bumps Condit up due to his prior win over Ellenberger. We lose Diaz because if we’re honest he hasn’t actually beaten top competition yet. We’ll see if Charlie Brenneman is for real tonight when he faces Anthony Johnson.

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. Rob McCullough – 09/24/11
9. Eddie Alvarez - Last fight: W vs. Pat Curran - 04/02/11
10. Evan Dunham - Last fight: W vs. Shamar Bailey – 09/17/11

Movements: No movements at 155lbs except Tatsuya Kawajiri is now at 145lbs, so Evan Dunham returns with his win over Shamar Bailey.

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. Jonathan Brookins – 09/17/11
10. Pat Curran - Last fight: W vs. Marlon Sandro – 08/20/11

Movements: No movements here as Erik Koch – who beat TUF winner Jonathan Brookins – was the only ranked fighter to compete.

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: W vs. Cole Escovedo – 09/24/11
9. Eddie Wineland - Last fight: L vs. Joseph Benavidez – 08/14/11
10. Renan Barao - Last fight: W vs. Cole Escovedo – 05/28/11

Movements: Wagnney Fabiano seems to have totally vanished, so Brazilian Renan Barao takes his spot due to his sick winning streak. He’ll next fight Brad Pickett in November. Elsewhere Takeya Mizugaki got a much-needed win over Cole Escovedo.

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com




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