Sunday, April 26, 2009

MMA Fighter Rankings for May

Time for this month's fighter rankings. Please comment and let me know where I got it right or wrong. Enjoy!

HW (265)

1. Fedor Emlianenko
2. Frank Mir
3. Brock Lesnar
4. Josh Barnett
5. Andrei Arlovski
6. Alistair Overeem
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
8. Randy Couture
9. Tim Sylvia
10. Shane Carwin

Also receiving consideration: Fabricio Werdum, Gabriel Gonzaga, Ben Rothwell, Jeff Monson, Mirko Cro Cop, and Cheick Kongo

Note: Monson, Cro Cop, and Kongo are all added to the considered list. Monson has won his last six fights including a good win over Sergei Kharitnov this month. Cro Cop is undefeated in his last three fights. Kongo has won his last three fights and looked good in his win this month over Antoni Hardonk.

LHW (205)

1. Rashad Evans
2. Lyoto Machida
3. Forrest Griffin
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Renato Sobral
6. Luis Cane
7. Mauricio Rua
8. Anotonio Rogerio Nogueira
9. Thiago Silva
10. Rich Franklin

Also receiving consideration: Wanderlei Silva, Keith Jardine, and Tito Ortiz

Note: Cane and Rua each move up a spot with good showings this month and Nogueira inactive. Also, Liddell falls off the considered list after his fourth loss in five fights.

MW (185)

1. Anderson Silva
2. Gegard Mousasi
3. Dan Henderson
4. Nate Marquardt
5. Demian Maia
6. Yushin Okami
7. Vitor Belfort
8. Robbie Lawler
9. Jorge Santiago
10. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Also receiving consideration: Thales Leites, Mike Bisping, and Kazuo Misaki

WW (170)

1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Thiago Alves
3. Jon Fitch
4. Martin Kampmann
5. Mike Swick
6. Jake Shields
7. Marcus Davis
8. Carlos Condit
9. Paulo Thiago
10. Frank Trigg

Also receiving consideration: Karo Parisyan, Jay Heiron, Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, Nick Thompson, and Hayato Sakurai

Note: Kampmann jumps all the way up to fourth after beating Carlos Condit this month. That drops Condit all the way down to eighth behind all the other top flight UFC talent.

Also, Thiago, and Trigg slide into number nine and ten due to the inactivity of Serra (who comes off the list) and Hieron. Hayato Sakurai is added to the consideration list after winning his last three fights and beating Shinya Aoki this month.

LW (155)

1. BJ Penn
2. Shinya Aoki
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Joachim Hansen
5. Kenny Florian
6. Gesias Calvancante
7. Tatsuya Kawajiri
8. Josh Thomson
9. Gray Maynard
10. Sean Sherk

Also receiving consideration: Satoru Kitaoka, Caol Uno, Diego Sanchez, Matsuhiro Ishida, and Spencer Fisher

Note: Tyson Griffin is replaced on the consideration list by Spencer Fisher. Fisher has won his last two fights even though Griffin just won his comeback fight this month.

FW (145)

1. Mike Brown
2. Urijah Faber
3. Wagnney Fabiano
4. Leonard Garcia
5. Jose Aldo
6. Hatsu Hioki
7. Takeshi Inoue
8. Rafael Assuncao
9. Nam Phan
10. Dokonjonosuke Mishima

Also receiving consideration: Masakazu Imanari, Hideki Kadakowi, and Antonio Carvalho

Note: Norifumi Yamamoto has been taken off the list due to inactivity. Assuncao moves on to the list after winning his last five fights including one this month in his WEC debut. Antonio Carvalho makes it on to the consideration list.

Carvalho has beaten the likes of Hioki, Sato, and Inoue. Nam Phan moves on to the list. Phan beat Kadakowi last month at Sengoku 7. Mishima moves in to the last spot as Tamura moves down to BW. Last but not least Jeff Curran also comes off the list after moving down to 135.

BW (135)

1. Miguel Torres
2. Brian Bowles
3. Masakatsu Ueda
4. Joseph Benvidez
5. Damacio Page
6. Akitoshi Tamura
7. Takeya Mizugaki
8. Will Ribeiro
9. Marcos Galvao
10. Rani Yahya

Also receiving consideration: Manny Tapia and Atsushi Yamamoto

Note: Koetsu Okazaki comes off the list due to inactivity. Benvidez, Page, and Tamura all move up after Mizugaki, Ribeiro, and Galvao all lose. Benavidez moves ahead due to his undefeated record. Page gets ahead of Tamura for beating Galvao.

Mizugaki stays ahead of the pack after losing to Torres and Ribeiro stays ahead of Galvao after losing to Bowles. Yahya moves on to the list after Koetsu comes off due to Tapia and Yamamoto both coming off losses.


1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Anderson Silva
3. Fedor Emelianenko
4. Miguel Torres
5. BJ Penn
6. Rashad Evans
7. Lyoto Machida
8. Thiago Alves
9. Forrest Griffin
10. Quinton Jackson

Also receiving consideration: Urijah Faber and Mike Brown

Note: GSP takes the top spot on the list with two lack luster performances by Silva. Also, Shinya Aoki comes off the consideration list after losing to Sakurai in his second fight at WW.

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