Sunday, July 26, 2009

MMA Fighter Rankings For August

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

Heavyweight (265 pounds)

1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Brock Lesnar
3. Frank Mir
4. Josh Barnett
5. Alistair Overeem
6. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
7. Randy Couture
8. Shane Carwin
9. Brett Rodgers
10. Cain Velasquez

Also receiving consideration: Jeff Monson, Mirko Cro Cop, and Fabricio Werdum

Note: Lesnar and Mir flip-flop after Lesnar's one-sided victory at UFC 100.

Light Heavyweight (205 pounds)

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

Also receiving consideration: Keith Jardine

No changes made to this list as everyone was inactive in July.

Middleweight (185 pounds)

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

Also receiving consideration: Thales Leites, Chael Sonnen, Kazuo Mizaki, Hector Lombard, and Mike Bisping

Note: Bisping falls out of the top ten after being destroyed by Dan Henderson but is still in consideration. Nick Diaz replaces him after beating Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith at catch weights above welterweight.

Welterweight (170 pounds)

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

Also receiving consideration: Matt Hughes, Paulo Thiago, Josh Koscheck, Jay Hieron, and Marius Zaromskis

Note: Fitch and Alves flip-flop after Alves got destroyed by GSP and Fitch beat a very game Paulo Thiago at UFC 100. Trigg moves up after Thiago's loss and Larson moves into the top ten riding a five-fight win streak.

Thiago stays in consideration even after losing to Fitch, as there's no shame in that. And last but not least Marius Zaromskis, winner of the DREAM welterweight grand prix, moves into consideration after beating former top welterweight Hayato Sakurai. Sakurai moves out of consideration.

Lightweight (155 pounds)

1. BJ Penn
2. Shinya Aoki
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Kenny Florian
5. Tatsuya Kawajiri
6. Gesias Calvancante
7. Josh Thomson
8. Gray Maynard
9. Frankie Edgar
10. Satoru Kitaoka

Also receiving consideration: Sean Sherk, Diego Sanchez, and Spencer Fisher

Note: Joachim Hansen moves off the list after being inactive for a year but can immediately jump back on after his fight with Aoki in October. Everyone else moves up a spot and Satoru Kitaoka moves into the top 10.

Featherweight (145 pounds)

1. Mike Brown
2. Wagnney Fabiano
3. Urijah Faber
4. Jose Aldo
5. Leonard Garcia
6. Hatsu Hioki
7. Takeshi Inoue
8. Rafael Assuncao
9. Bibiano Fernandes
10. Marlon Sandro

Also receiving consideration: Nam Phan, Hideki Kadakowi, Hiroyuki Takaya, Joe Warren, Joe Soto, and Josh Grispi

No changes made to this list, as everyone was inactive in July.

Bantamweight (135 pounds)

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

Also receiving consideration: Manny Tapia, Atsushi Yamamoto, Mark Oshiro, Dominic Cruz, Chris Cariaso, Jeff Curran, Anotonio Banuelos, and Wilson Reis

No changes made to this list, as everyone was inactive in July.


1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Anderson Silva
3. Fedor Emelianenko
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Miguel Torres
6. BJ Penn
7. Rashad Evans
8. Mike Brown
9. Jon Fitch
10. Forrest Griffin

Also receiving consideration: Quinton Jackson, Thiago Alves

Note: Alves falls out of the top ten allowing Brown to move up and Fitch to move in.

Please check out my weekly news article on InsideFights "No News Barred" every Wednesday. Until next time,

Soccer kicks and head stomps...

John Shubert is a staff writer at InsideFights

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