MMA Rankings (10/8/2012)

A lot can change in a few weeks in the world of MMA. We had a huge lull in MMA action there with the cancellation of UFC 151, but now the MMA universe is back to normal it seems. We saw Demetrious Johnson defeat Joseph Benavidez for the inaugural UFC flyweight title at UFC 152. Stefan Struve knocked out Stipe Miocic and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva knocked out Travis Browne in the past two UFC main event fights. World Rankings. Find out where everyone stands and let the controversy begin.


  1. Junior dos Santos (UFC Champion)
  2. Cain Velasquez (UFC)
  3. Alistair Overeem (UFC)
  4. Fabricio Werdum (UFC)
  5. Daniel Cormier (Strikeforce)
  6. Frank Mir (UFC)
  7. Josh Barnett (Strikeforce)
  8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC)
  9. Antonio Silva (UFC)
  10. Roy Nelson (UFC)

-The only change here is Roy Nelson entering the top ten again, largely based on Travis Browne getting knocked out. However, Nelson did take out Dave Herman in impressive fashion back at UFC 146. Some may argue that Stefan Struve should be here, but he’s not a top ten fighter at this point. Plus, Nelson almost decapitated him when they fought a while back. Junior dos Santos is expected to fight Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 in December. Roy Nelson will fight Shane Carwin in December at the TUF 16 Finale.

Light heavyweight

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

-No movement here. Jon Jones took care of Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. Shogun Rua will face Alexander Gustafsson at the UFC on FOX 5 event in December. Machida and Dana Henderson are rumored to be fighting sometime soon, but nothing is confirmed at the moment.


  1. Anderson Silva (UFC Champion)
  2. Chael Sonnen (UFC)
  3. Chris Weidman (UFC)
  4. Michael Bisping (UFC)
  5. Mark Munoz (UFC)
  6. Vitor Belfort (UFC)
  7. Tim Boetsch (UFC)
  8. Yushin Okami (UFC)
  9. Brian Stann (UFC)
  10. Luke Rockhold (Strikeforce)

-No movement here. Michael Bisping defeated Brian Stann in a competitive fight. It wasn’t impressive enough for Bisping to leapfrog Weidman, but not bad enough to drop Stann either. Anderson Silva will fight Stephen Bonnar at light heavyweight to main event UFC 153. Chael Sonnen will be moving to the UFC light heavyweight division and fighting Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in December, so this will probably be his last appearance in the middleweight rankings.


  1. Georges St. Pierre (UFC Champion)
  2. Carlos Condit (UFC Interim Champion)
  3. Nick Diaz (UFC)
  4. Johny Hendricks(UFC)
  5. Martin Kampmann (UFC)
  6. Jon Fitch (UFC)
  7. Josh Koscheck (UFC)
  8. Rory MacDonald (UFC)
  9. Jake Ellenberger (UFC)
  10. BJ Penn (UFC)

-No movement here. Ellenberger got a gift decision against Jay Hieron in my opinion. Georges St. Pierre will finally return to action and face Carlos Condit at UFC 154. Jon Fitch will fight Erick Silva at UFC 153. Rory MacDonald will fight BJ Penn in December at the UFC on FOX 5 event.


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

-No movement here. Keep an eye on Michael Johnson since he stated he wanted a top ten guy next. Nate Diaz will challenge Ben Henderson for the title in December at the UFC on FOX 5 event. Frankie Edgar has moved down to the featherweight division, but hasn’t fought there yet. Same with Clay Guida…both will not be counted in the lightweight rankings in the next update.


  1. Jose Aldo (UFC Champion)
  2. Pat Curran (Bellator Champion)
  3. Chad Mendes (UFC)
  4. Ricardo Lamas (UFC)
  5. Hatsu Hioki (UFC)
  6. Dennis Siver (UFC
  7. Diego Nunes (UFC)
  8. Erik Koch (UFC)
  9. Chang  Jung Sung (UFC)
  10. Dustin Poirier (UFC)

No movement here except I added Dennis Siver and took out Marlon Sandro. I have no idea how I missed Siver in the last posting. I think it was because he had just moved to the division, but he did open with a win over Nunes in his last outing. Sandro lost to Daniel Strauss in his last outing in May(keep an eye on Strauss btw).


  1. Dominick Cruz (UFC Champion)
  2. Renan Barao (UFC)
  3. Urijah Faber (UFC)
  4. Brian Bowles (UFC)
  5. Michael McDonald (UFC)
  6. Brad Pickett (UFC)
  7. Eddie Wineland (UFC)
  8. Eduardo Dantas (Bellator)
  9. Scott Jorgensen (UFC)
  10. Miguel Torres (UFC)

-No movement. Pickett was victorious over Yves Jabouin, but I don’t think that warrants him moving up.


  1. Demetrious Johnson (UFC Champion)
  2. Joseph Benavidez (UFC)
  3. Ian McCall (UFC)
  4. John Dodson (UFC)
  5. Yasuhiro Urushitani (UFC)
  6. Darrell Montague (Tachi Palace)
  7. Mamoru Yamaguchi (Shooto/Tachi Palace)
  8. Jussier Da Silva (UFC)
  9. Tim Elliot (UFC)
  10. Louis Gaudinot (UFC)

-No Movement here except Dodson switching places with da Silva after knocking him out just a few days ago at UFC on FX 5. Dodson will challenge Demetrious Johnson in his next outing.
If you have thoughts regarding the rankings we would love to hear your opinions.

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