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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 Force’s Grand Prix show, so he moves up into the spot below the UFC’s top two in Velasquez and JDS. Shane Carwin’s showing against JDS drops him down below Antonio Silva, but I can’t 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 doesn’t 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 Tito’s 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 Munoz’s 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 Brenneman’s 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. Here’s my take: We lose Kampmann who hasn’t 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 should’ve, just wouldn’t have the resume at 170lbs that the rest would. Does that mean I’d pick Story, Hendricks or Brenneman to beat BJ? Hell no, but it’s 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!

Until next month, see ya.

Scott Newman:
NewmanMMA@gmail.com



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