World Rankings Update – Florian, judges shake up the featherweight top ten

The World Rankings are the most up-to-date rankings in the business. UFC 131 featured several ranked fighters in action. Find out where everyone stands after the event.

Junior dos Santos Defends His Ranking
At UFC 131 No. 4 Junior dos Santos destroyed No. 5 Shane Carwin. He now earns a shot against number-one heavyweight Cain Velasquez. This weekend the heavyweight rankings could be headed towards some change as No. 9 Alistair Overeem is favored against third ranked Fabricio Werdum. The winner will meet No. 6 Antonio Silva in the semifinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix.

Kenny Florian makes his move
After defeating Diego Nunes, Kenny Florian make his debut in the featherweight rankings at number seven. With his move to the featherweight division now official, he drops out of the lightweight rankings. The opening allows Anthony Pettis to move back into at number 10.

Michihiro Omigawa gets robbed, drops out of rankings
After three rounds of fighting, the judges award Darren Elkins a unanimous-decision victory over Michihiro Omigawa. The then-number-five ranked featherweight has now dropped out of the rankings. Rules of the World Rankings indicate that a fighter must be ranked ahead of someone he has a direct head-to-head victory over. That means that in order for Omigawa to stay in the rankings, Elkins would need to enter. That would unfairly punish a fighter like No. 10 Dustin Poirier who picked up his second UFC victory over the weekend.

Mark Munoz defeats Demian Maia to earn spot in middleweight top ten
Previously unranked Mark Munoz makes his debut at number seven thanks to a razor thin decision over now No. 8 Demian Maia. His debut means that Brian Stann has been pushed out of the rankings. However, his time outside the top ten will not be long. No. 4 Nate Marquardt will move to the welterweight division later this month when he takes on Rick Story at UFC Live 4 and open up a spot for Stann.


  1. Cain Velasquez (UFC Champion)
  2. Brock Lesnar (UFC)
  3. Fabricio Werdum (Strikeforce)
  4. Junior dos Santos (UFC)
  5. Shane Carwin (UFC)
  6. Antonio Silva (Strikeforce)
  7. Frank Mir (UFC)
  8. Fedor Emelianenko (M-1/Strikeforce)
  9. Alistair Overeem (Strikeforce Champion)
  10. Roy Nelson (UFC)

Upcoming Fights
#3 Fabricio Werdum vs. #9 Alistair Overeem (6/18/2011)
#8 Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson (7/30/2011)
#1 Cain Velasquez vs. #4 Junior dos Santos (TBA)

Light heavyweight

  1. Jon Jones (UFC Champion)
  2. Mauricio Rua (UFC)
  3. Rashad Evans (UFC)
  4. Quinton Jackson (UFC)
  5. Lyoto Machida (UFC)
  6. Forrest Griffin (UFC)
  7. Dan Henderson (Strikeforce Champion)
  8. Ryan Bader (UFC)
  9. Phil Davis (UFC)
  10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (UFC)

Upcoming Fights
#8 Ryan Bader vs. Tito Ortiz (7/2/2011)
#7 Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko (7/30/2011)
#3 Rashad Evans vs. #9 Phil Davis (8/6/2011)
#10 Antonio Rogerio vs. Rich Franklin (8/6/2011)
#2 Mauricio Rua vs. #6 Forrest Griffin (8/27/2011)
#1 Jon Jones vs. #4 Quinton Jackson (9/24/2011)


  1. Anderson Silva (UFC Champion)
  2. Chael Sonnen (UFC)
  3. Yushin Okami (UFC)
  4. Nate Marquardt (UFC)
  5. Ronaldo Souza (Strikeforce Champion)
  6. Vitor Belfort (UFC)
  7. Mark Munoz (UFC)
  8. Demian Maia (UFC)
  9. Michael Bisping (UFC)
  10. Hector Lombard (Bellator Champion)

Upcoming Fights
#4 Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story (6/26/2011)
#6 Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (8/6/2011)
#1 Anderson Silva vs. #3 Yushin Okami (8/27/2011)
#5 Ronald Souza vs. Luke Rockhold (9/10/2011)


  1. Georges St. Pierre (UFC Champion)
  2. Jon Fitch (UFC)
  3. Jake Shields (UFC)
  4. Josh Koscheck (UFC)
  5. Nick Diaz (Strikeforce/UFC)
  6. B.J. Penn (UFC)
  7. Rick Story (UFC)
  8. Thiago Alves (UFC)
  9. Carlos Condit (UFC)
  10. Diego Sanchez (UFC)

Upcoming Fights
#7 Rick Story vs. Nate Marquardt (6/26/2011)
#9 Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim (7/2/2011)
#10 Diego Sanchez vs. Matt Hughes (9/24/2011)
#1 Georges St. Pierre vs. #5 Nick Diaz (10/29/2011)


  1. Frankie Edgar (UFC Champion)
  2. Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce Champion)
  3. Gray Maynard (UFC)
  4. Shinya Aoki (DREAM Champion)
  5. Eddie Alvarez (Bellator Champion)
  6. Jim Miller (UFC)
  7. Tatsuya Kawajiri (DREAM)
  8. Sean Sherk (UFC)
  9. Clay Guida (UFC)
  10. Anthony Pettis (UFC)

#7 Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Willamy Freire (7/16/2011)
#5 Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler (TBA)
#6 Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson (8/14/2011)


  1. Jose Aldo (UFC Champion)
  2. Hatsu Hioki (Free Agent)
  3. Chad Mendes (UFC)
  4. Manny Gamburyan (UFC)
  5. Marlon Sandro (Bellator)
  6. Kenny Florian (UFC)
  7. Diego Nunes (UFC)
  8. Joe Warren (Bellator Champion)
  9. Mark Hominick (UFC)
  10. Dustin Poirier (UFC)

Upcoming Fights
#5 Marlon Sandro vs. Genair da Silva (6/25/2011)
#4 Manny Gamburyan vs. Tyson Griffin (6/26/2011)
#8 Joe Warren vs. Patricio Freire (7/23/2011)
#3 Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya (8/6/2011)


  1. Dominick Cruz (UFC Champion)
  2. Joseph Benavidez (UFC)
  3. Urijah Faber (UFC)
  4. Scott Jorgensen (UFC)
  5. Brian Bowles (UFC)
  6. Takeya Mizugaki (UFC)
  7. Brad Pickett (UFC)
  8. Demetrious Johnson (UFC)
  9. Masakatsu Ueda (Shooto)
  10. Miguel Torres (UFC)

Upcoming Fights
#1 Dominick Cruz vs. #3 Urijah Faber (7/2/2011)
#2 Joseph Benavidez vs Eddie Wineland (8/14/2011)
#5 Brian Bowles vs. #6 Takeya Mizugaki (7/2/2011)
#9 Masakatsu Ueda vs. Rumina Sato (7/18/2011)


  1. Yasuhiro Urushitani (Shooto World Champion)
  2. Mamoru Yamaguchi (Shooto/Tachi Palace)
  3. Ian McCall (Tachi Palace)
  4. Jussier da Silva (Tachi Palace)
  5. Yuki Shojo (Shooto)
  6. Darrell Montague (Tachi Palace Champion)
  7. Kiyotaka Shimizu (King of Pancrase)
  8. Ryuichi Miki (Shooto)
  9. Fumihiro Kitahara (Shooto)
  10. Ulysses Gomez (Tachi Palace)

Upcoming Fights
#2 Mamoru Yamaguchi vs. #4 Jussier da Silva (8/5/2011)
#3 Ian McCall vs. #6 Darrel Montague (8/5/2011)
#10 Ulysses Gomez vs. Drew Bittner (8/5/2011)

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