Thursday, June 28, 2012

Updated Rankings

Rankings are a very tricky thing to put together.  They truly serve no purpose because even though a guy may not be ranked #2 in the division he could still be the number one contender.  But with no major MMA card this weekend I needed to write about something and my old rankings have not been updated in some time.

So take a look and tell me how wrong you think I am and who deserves to be higher/lower.


  1. Junior Dos Santos (1)
  2. Allistar Overeem (2)
  3. Cain Velasquez (3)
  4. Fabrico Werdum (5)
  5. Daniel Cormier (8)
  6. Josh Barnett (6)
  7. Frank Mir (4)
  8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (9)
  9. Travis Browne (NR)
  10. Antonio Silva (NR)
Just Outside: Mike Russow, Mark Hunt, Travis Browne
Dropped Out: Shane Carwin, Brendan Schaub

Light Heavyweight
Jon Jones looks to cement his place
atop the rankings September 1st
Credit: SportsIllustrated
  1. Jon Jones (1)
  2. Dan Henderson (3)
  3. Rashad Evans (2)
  4. Maurico "Shogun" Rua (4)
  5. Lyota Machida (5)
  6. Phil Davis (6)
  7. Ryan Bader (7)
  8. Alexander Gustaffson (8)
  9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (9)
  10. Forrest Griffin (10)

Dropped Out: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

Just Outside: Gegard Mousasi, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Rafael Cavalcante


The Greatest of all time has nothing to else to prove.
Credit: BleacherReport 

  1. Anderson SIlva (1)
  2. Chael Sonnen (2)
  3. Michael Bisping (3)
  4. Mark Munoz (5)
  5. Vitor Belfort (6)
  6. Hector Lombard (7)
  7. Brian Stann (8)
  8. Tim Boetsch (NR)
  9. Luke Rockhold (9)
  10. Yushin Okami (4)

Dropped Out: Rousiamr Palhares Just Outside: Alan Belcher, Chris Weidman


The champ has a long list of challengers
 once his knee heals
  1. Georges St. Pierre (1)
  2. Carlos Condit (2)
  3. Nick Diaz (3)
  4. Johny Hendricks (6)
  5. Martin Kampmann (7)
  6. Jon Fitch (8)
  7. Jake Ellenberger (4)
  8. Josh Koscheck (5)
  9. Ben Askren (10)
  10. Rory MacDonald (NR)

Dropped Out: Jake Shields Just Outside: Jake Shields, Mike Pierce, Erick Silva


  1. Ben Henderson (1)
  2. Frankie Edgar (2)
  3. Nate Diaz (9)
  4. Gilbert Melendez (3)
  5. Gray Maynard (4)
  6. Anthony Pettis (5)
  7. Jim Miller (6)
  8. Clay Guida (8)
  9. Donald Cerrone (NR)
  10. Michael Chandler (10)

Dropped Out: Shinya Aoki

Just Outside: Eddie Alvarez, Joe Lauzon, Pat Healy

An injury pushed back Aldo's title fight against
Koch but there is still no doubt he is number one.
  1. Jose Aldo (1)
  2. Chad Mendes (3)
  3. Pat Curran (6)
  4. Erik Koch (7)
  5. Chan Sung Jung (NR)
  6. Ricardo Lamas (NR)
  7. Hatsu Hioki (2)
  8. Dustin Poirier (4)
  9. Patricio Freire (9)
  10. Denis Siver (NR)
Dropped Out: Kenny Florian, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Diego Nunes Just Outside: Diego Nunes, Hacran Dias, Iuri Alcantara

And for the first time I showed some love to the bantamweights and flyweights. The flyweights still remain a mystery to me but I love that they have been added to the UFC.


The Injured champ will have to watch
Faber or Barao become interim champ July 22nd
  1. Dominick Cruz
  2. Urijah Faber
  3. Renan Barao
  4. Brian Bowles
  5. Michael McDonald
  6. Eduardo Dantas
  7. Eddie Wineland
  8. Brad Pickett
  9. Miguel Torres
  10. Scott Jorgensen

Just Outside: Bibiano Fernandes, Raphael Assuncao

This fall Benavidez will defend his ranking against #2 Johnson
to be become the first UFCflyweight chmapion
  1. Joseph Benavidez
  2. Demetrious Johnson
  3. Ian McCall
  4. Jussier Da Silva
  5. Darrell Montague
  6. Yashuhiro Urushitani
  7. John Dodson
  8. Louis Daudinot
  9. Mamoru Yamuguchi
  10. Haruo Ochi

Comment below about what you think about the rankings and vote on the poll to the right.

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