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MMA Rankings- Heavyweights:

  1. Junior Dos Santos UFC Champion He's got the hardware.
  2. Alistair Overeem (+40) retired Brock.
  3. Cain Velasquez (+80) ex-champ gets hit too easily.
  4. Fabricio Werdum (+100) YESSS! another legit HW.
  5. Shane Carwin (+300) big question about cardio, but nearly had the title.
  6. Frank Mir (+360) Can he stand-and-trade with the contenders? Nope. Can he take them down? Hmmm.
  7. Antonio Silvia (+400) solid skills complement incredible size, disappointing loss to Cormier could be a huge indicator.
  8. Josh Barnett (+420)
  9. Stefan Struve (+480) doing everything right for a young fighter. his reach is a problem for everyone.
  10. Daniel Cormier (+480) Win against Bigfoot puts him on the map.
  11. Sergei Kharitonov (+500) looked good against Arlovski, which may not mean much anymore.
  12. Mark Hunt (+500) Good to see him win, but he's a mid-packer
  13. Cheick Kongo (+520) Getting KO'd by Hunt probably ends his contender status.
  14. Travis Browne (+520) lucky punch against Struve, probably not. Needs to improve fitness.
  15. Big Nog (+520) good thing that didn't happen on Fox. Where does he go now?
  16. Fedor (+560) retired or not, he'd still be favored over several "top" HW's
  17. Roy Nelson (+560) Can't get past the top guys.
  18. Shane Del Rosario (+600) somewhat unproven, but he fits with the UFC up-n-comers
  19. Brendan Schaub (+600) over hyped... was dominated by Roy Nelson, struggled vs Cro Cop, KO'd by Nog
  20. Gabriel Gonzaga (+680) No match for JDS of Schaub, hard to see him as a contender anymore.
  21. Dave Herman (+680) Dana doesn't seem to be a fan.
  22. Matt Mitrione (+680) Loss to Kongo reveals his talent level.
  23. Ben Rothwell (+680) Worn down by Hunt
  24. Bobby Lashley (+680) lot a questions still, but he's a physical force.
  25. Pat Barry (+680) win over Morecraft was his best performance.
  26. Lavar Johnson (+700)
  27. Chad Griggs (+700) Beat up Alistair's little brother.
  28. Andrei Arlovski (+700) losses piling up, hard to pick him against any top HW.
  29. Cole Konrad (+700) Bellator Champion Huge, but still unproven.

MMA Rankings-Light Heavyweights:

  1. Jon Jones UFC Champion who's next...
  2. Rashad Evans (+320) solid/smart win over Rampage, ditto against Davis.
  3. Dan Henderson (+460) ageless wonder, still relevant at LHW.
  4. Shogun Rua (+500) great fight against Hendo, but he was getting destroyed until Dan gassed.
  5. Ryan Bader (+520) back on track with a win over Brilz & Rampage.
  6. Phil Davis (+540) loss to Rashad shows he's still got work to do.
  7. Quinton Jackson (+540) Terrible vacation in Japan ends with a loss to Bader.
  8. Lyoto Machida (+540) no shame in losing to Bones, can he claw his way back to the top?
  9. Thiago Silva (+540) looked explosive in his win over Vera
  10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+660)
  11. Gegard Mousasi (+660) Dream MW GP Champion No answer for King Mo's wrestling
  12. Stephan Bonnar (+660) Great wins over Krzysztof & Kingsbury, solid against Pokrajak.
  13. Forrest Griffin (+700) not competitive against some of the top guys.
  14. Babalu Sobral (+700) never in it against Hendo
  15. Rich Franklin (+700) undersized at LW
  16. Rafael Cavalcante (+720) solid journeyman, outclassed by Hendo.
  17. Alexander Gustafsson (+720) Sent Hamill into retirement, win over Vladdy didn't prove much.
  18. Muhammed Lawal (+720) Dominated Mousasi, shows his potential.
  19. Stanislov Nedkov (+740) lots of holes in his stand up, but he's tought and undefeated.
  20. Igor Pokrajac (+720) hit-or-miss striker with big power & little ground game.
  21. Roger Gracie (+740) nice win over Prangley, still has much to prove
  22. Anthony Perosh (+740) One dimensional submission guy, looks much better at 205.
  23. Cyrille Diabaté (+740) Perosh finally woke him up...
  24. Jason Brilz (+740) lost 4 of 5... against VERY good opponents.
  25. Tito Ortiz (+740) very limited offense, lots of excuses.
  26. James Te Huna (+740) 3 UFC wins, but still needs to improve. Win over Rosa shows signs.
  27. Ovince St. Preux (+740) looked lost against Mousasi, not sure he's improving much.
  28. Kyle Kingsbury (+760) not so great vs Maldonado or Bonnar.
  29. Tatsuya Mizuno (+780) nice win over Trevor Prangley
  30. Ronny Markes (+820) impressive UFC debut vs Vemola.
  31. Luiz Cane (+820) flash in the pan?

MMA Rankings-Middleweights:

  1. Anderson Silva UFC Champion
  2. Chael Sonnen (+200) squeaked by Bisping to earn rematch with Silva.
  3. Hector Lombard (+540) Bellator Champion we need to see him in the big fights.
  4. Nate Marquardt (+540) losses to Okami, Sonnen, & Silva. Cut from the UFC.
  5. Brian Stann (+600) Dominated by Sonnen's wrestling
  6. Mark Munoz (+600) Maia & Leben are big feathers in his cap.
  7. Alan Belcher (+600) lots of talent, time to take on some top quality fighters.
  8. Chris Weidman (+660) Big win over Maia, standup still needs to improve.
  9. Tim Kennedy (+700) starting to look like a VERY good fighter, and beating some dangerous opponents.
  10. Luke Rockhold (+700) Strikeforce Champion win over Jacare is only quality win on record.
  11. Yushin Okami (+700) Looked good against Boetsch... until he lost.
  12. Ronaldo Souza (+700) he fits somewhere in here, tons of potential. We need to see him at UFC level.
  13. Vitor Belfort (+700) on HL reels everywhere, but hasn't beaten "anyone" lately.
  14. Tim Boetsch (+700) former LHW has 3 solid wins at MW, Okami gave him fits though.
  15. Chris Leben (+700) what can say about him? you gotta watch.
  16. Michael Bisping (+700) still needs to beat a top 10 opponent.
  17. Rousimar Palhares (+700) breakthru win vs Dan Miller? The scariest submission specialist in MMA.
  18. Demian Maia (+700) looked very average against Weidman.
  19. Anthony Johnson (+700) no idea what weight class he's in.
  20. Ronny Markes (+740) starting to put together a nice record.
  21. Kazuo Misaki (+740) KO of Seal doesn't prove much, got a win at 170 recently.
  22. Mamed Khalidov (+740)
  23. Aaron Simpson (+760) tight loss to Markes at UFC on Fuel.
  24. Robbie Lawler (+760) still dangerous, back in the win column.
  25. Ed Herman (+760) 3 straight wins.
  26. Constantinos Philippou (+760) Probably moves forward after a gutty win over McGee.
  27. Jorge Rivera (+760) still rolling along.
  28. Jorge Santiago (+780) no luck in the UFC, could indicate how weak the competition is in Japan
  29. Jake Rosholt (+780) dominating Kendall, but still inexperienced
  30. Kendall Grove (+800) always dangerous, but losses are stacking up.
  31. Melvin Manhoef (+840) one dimensional striker, very dangerous for 1 rd.
  32. Yoshihiro Akiyama (+840) age starting to show, not sure what division he'll stay in.
  33. Dan Miller (+840) been in vs VERY tough competition, yet to land a big win.
  34. Wanderlei Silva (+840) great win over Le, but glory days are long gone.
  35. Tom Lawlor (+840) too many losses.
  36. Cung Le (+840) retiring?
  37. Patrick Cote (+920) two losses after his 18 month layoff

MMA Rankings-Welterweights:

  1. Georges St. Pierre UFC Champion another dominant win over Penn Alves Hardy Koscheck Shields
  2. Josh Koscheck (+320) squeaked by Pierce, some thought he lost.
  3. Carlos Condit (+320) UFC Champion PT 2 Another huge win, like or not.
  4. Nick Diaz (+320) loss to Condit in controversial decision.
  5. Johny Hendricks (+380) on a major roll, but don't buy into his striking ability.
  6. Jon Fitch (+320) shocking loss to Hendricks, still hard to see many favored against him.
  7. Mike Pierce (+380) Lost very close decision to Hendicks & Kos. His style makes every fight close.
  8. Rory MacDonald (+380) Nobody "wants" to fight this guy.
  9. Jake Ellenberger (+380) huge win over Shields, barely survived Diego.
  10. Martin Kampmann (+380) Two straight over Story and Alves is pretty strong.
  11. Jake Shields (+400) Inability to take Sexyama down is worrisome.
  12. Mike Pyle (460) tearing up the mid-ranked guys.
  13. Thiago Alves (+460) Results, talent, & hype all tell different stories.
  14. BJ Penn (+460) Retired or not, he was destroyed by Nick.
  15. John Hathaway (+460) dominated by Pyle, edged McCray. hmm... maybe he was overated?
  16. Dong Hyun Kim (+500) win against Pierson didn't prove much.
  17. Diego Sanchez (+540) despite Rogan's claim, Diego looks better at 155.
  18. Charlie Brenneman (+560) huge win over Rick Story. Stand up was terrible vs AJ.
  19. Ricky Story (+600) has forgotten what made him successful, grinding.
  20. Paulo Thiago (+640) dominant win at UFC 134.
  21. Dan Hardy (+640) HAS to find some TD defense, No shame in loss to Lytle.
  22. Tyron Woodley (+640) One dimensional, but his wrestling will be difficult for anyone to handle. Chore to watch.
  23. Tarec Saffiedine (+640) Complete fighter. Still young, but has valuable experience in tough fights. Recent win vs Scott Smith.
  24. Greg Soto (+640) Solid decision over Osipczak
  25. Ben Askren (+640) Bellator Champion
  26. Jordan Mein (640) prospect earned a good win over Evangelista Santos.
  27. Duane Ludwig (+660) solid veteran striker.
  28. Brian Ebersole (+660) suprised to see him here, but he's earned it with 3 solid UFC wins.
  29. Kazuo Misaki (+660) Won Welter debut against Paul Daley.
  30. Evangelista Santos (+660) earned lots of respect in his loss to Nick Diaz.
  31. Brian Foster (+660) 3-2 vs mid pack UFC talent
  32. Amir Sadollah (+680) needs to beat a quality opponent.
  33. Jay Hieron (+680) nearly beat Askren for the Bellator title.
  34. Paul Daley (+680) huge power in his hands, capable of beating anyone... or missing weight by 10lbs.
  35. Seth Baczynski (+680) Huge for a Welterweight.
  36. Matt Hughes (+700) time to retire? yep
  37. Keita Nakamura (+700) Sengoku GP Champion
  38. Matt Brown (+700)
  39. John Howard (+700) No shame in losing decision to Alves

MMA Rankings-Lightweights:

  1. Ben Henderson UFC Champion
  2. Evan Dunham (+40) Lentz is not an easy guy to beat.
  3. Frankie Edgar (+60) Aldo next? He's still one of the best LW's.
  4. Gray Maynard (+120) let the belt slip away... again!
  5. Jim Miller (+180) back on track with solid win against Melvin.
  6. Kenny Florian (+180) struggles against the beast wrestlers
  7. Gilbert Melendez (+180) I know, I know... but he needs to prove it against the UFC boys.
  8. Nate Diaz (+180) huge win over Cerrone, I'll bet Nate and Gilbert already know who's better.
  9. Matt Wiman (+200) keeps improving & hard to ignore his impressive performances
  10. Donald Cerrone (+200) Nate beat him at his own game, probably points to Nate's ability.
  11. Denis Siver (+200)dangerous striker, cooled off by Cerrone.
  12. BJ Penn (+200)Retired?
  13. Sean Sherk (+200) Fortunate win over Dunham, his best performance since suspension
  14. Gleison Tibau (+200) top quality gatekeeper.
  15. Rafael Dos Anjos (+200) no shame in loss to Tibau.
  16. Anthony Pettis (+200) Lot of hype but yet to beat a top UFC LW.
  17. Eddie Alvarez (+260) ex Bellator Champ deserves to be in the UFC.
  18. Shinya Aoki (+260) Dream Champion win over Razor Rob proves little.
  19. Melvin Guillard (+260) consecutive losses and a new gym. hmmm.
  20. Josh Thomson (+260) soundly beaten by Kawajiri, easily controlled Noons.
  21. George Sotiropoulos (+300) was sooo close to a title shot.
  22. Gesias Calvancante (+320) solid performance against Thomson
  23. Clay Guida (+340) relentlessly frustrating
  24. Kurt Pellegrino (+340) solid veteran has suffered a couple tough loss, but he's still capable of big wins.
  25. Tony Ferguson (+340) TUF winner is looking VERY good.
  26. Edson Barboza (+340) posted a couple nice wins & has tons of talent, but he's unproven against a true grappler/wrestler.
  27. Sam Stout (+380) not sure about that decision at 142.
  28. Mac Danzig (+380) great fight, tough loss vs Wiman.
  29. Joe Lauzon (+400) Wow, frustratingly inconsistent.
  30. Jeremy Stephens(+400) solid midlevel UFC gatekeeper.
  31. Tony Ferguson (+400) TUF winner ready for some real competition.
  32. Danny Castillo (+400) 3-1 since UFC/WEC merger
  33. Cole Miller (+400) nice win over TJ O'brien, but hard to ignore what happened against Wiman.
  34. Mark Bocek (+400) solid gatekeeper, never an easy fight.
  35. Jacob Volkmann (+400)
  36. Mike Chandler (+400) Bellator Champion Huge win over Alvarez
  37. Thiago Tavares (+400) solid, experienced fighter. suspect chin? Mid level UFC gatekeeper.
  38. TJ Grant (+400) good move to get out of GSP division.
  39. KJ Noons (+420) hardly competitive against Thomson.
  40. Nik Lentz (+440) completely frustrated in loss to Bocek, no shame in losing to Dunham.
  41. Anthony Njokuani (+440) Looked good in loss to Castillo, tough matchup.
  42. John Cholish (+440) successful UFC debut after show promise in Strikeforce.
  43. Satoru Kitaoka (+500) Japanese veteran with some impressive wins.

MMA Rankings- Featherweights:

  1. Jose Aldo UFC Champion
  2. Chad Mendes (+300) One dimensional, but he's a physical beast. No shame losing to Aldo.
  3. Dustin Poirier (+360) Big win over Grispi. Impressive young talent recently beat Holloway.
  4. Hatsu Hioki (+360) handled Bartimus fairly easy. Excellent grappler.
  5. Kenny Florian (+380) overmatch against Aldo, now what?
  6. Diego Nunes (+420) biggest win of his life vs Mike Brown, solid against Manny.
  7. Ross Pearson (+380) UD over Assuncao in FW debut. Ready for a top guy?
  8. Pat Curran (+420) Bellator Champion keeps winning
  9. Tatsuya Kawajiri (+480) could be at his best right now, big win over Hansen.
  10. Diego Brandao (+480) not sure if he deserves it, but he'll be favored over most of the mid pack guys.
  11. Mark Hominick (+480) needs to get back on track fast, maybe still feeling effects of loss to Aldo.
  12. Bibiano Fernandes +(480) can make 135 too.
  13. Marlon Sandro (+520) exciting striker, needs to gather some wins in the US
  14. Pitbull Freire (+520) lost a close fight to Warren
  15. Erik Koch (+520) 22 yr old has put up some solid wins. May be a little high, but he fits somewhere around here.
  16. Hiroyuki Takaya (+520) Dream Champion earned title with a close win over Bibi, strange loss to Peralta?
  17. Joe Warren (+580) brutal loss to Curran, exposes his standup.
  18. Joachim Hansen (+580) capable against anyone. very dangerous fighter, but lacks consistency.
  19. Bart Palaszewski (+580) looked incredible against Griffin, had no answers for Hioki.
  20. Joe Soto (+580)
  21. Javier Vazquez (+580) best fighting of his career.
  22. Mike Brown (+580) has not fought well since joining UFC.
  23. Yuri Alcantara(+580) building an impressive record.
  24. Ricardo Lamas (+580) big sturdy wrestler at 45, could rack up some wins.
  25. Jimy Hettes (+600) Impressive against Phan, but still has a few questions.
  26. Cub Swanson (+600) got careless after a good first round agains Lamas, spectacular KO of Roop.
  27. Eduardo Dantas (+600) Talented Bellator fighter on the map as BW tourney winner.
  28. Michihiro Omigawa (+600) finally gets his UFC win, then loses to Yuri.
  29. Charles Oliveira (+600) drops to BW and picks up first UFC win in 18 months.
  30. Masanori Kanehara (+600) Losses piling up, but he's capable against anyone in Japan.
  31. Tyson Griffin (+600) Hard to understand what's happened, lost 4 of 5 as a favorite.
  32. Manny Gamburyan (+600) Loss 2 straight to top 5 fighters
  33. Pablo Garza (+620) two incredible wins in the UFC. No shame in loss to Poirer, still not sure where he fits.
  34. Daniel Pineda (+620) poor record lies about his talent, capable fighter.
  35. Deividas Taurosevicius (+620) disappointing loss to Reis. Competitive losses to very good opponents.
  36. Raphael Assunção (+620) nice grappler, capable when evenly matched
  37. Nam Phan (+620) Completely dominated by Hettes.
  38. Mackens Semerzier (+620) proved himself vs Swanson and Caceres, but loses too often.
  39. George Roop (+620) Lost two straight, but still very competitive.
  40. Chan Sung Jung - Korean Zombie (+620) great shirt and a gambler's dream. Incredibly, he's a "gotta-see" fighter.
  41. LC Davis (+620) talented but yet to take down a big name, lost 2 in a row.
  42. Joe Stevenson (+620) wow, its all gone wrong.
  43. Rani Yahya (+620) win over Mike Brown was biggest of his career
  44. Darren Elkins (+620) need to see more of him.
  45. Fredson Paixão (+620) solid veteran
  46. Josh Grispi (+640) hard to believe he's fallen to this level.
  47. Leonard Garcia (+700) great battler, lots of holes standing, has embarrassing pictures of judges

MMA Rankings - Bantamweights:

  1. Dominick Cruz UFC Champion unique skills frustrate opponents, bring on the next guy.
  2. Urijah Faber (+100) Best fighting of his career, putting everything together.
  3. Renan Barão (+140) looked awesome against Pickett & Jorgensen.
  4. Joseph Benavidez (+140) constantly improving, but hard to see him beating Cruz.
  5. Miguel Torres (+140) nice win over Pace, but he needs to be fighting the top guys.
  6. Demetrious Johnson (+140) good effort against Cruz, "squeaked" by McCall.
  7. Brian Bowles (+140) allowed Faber to dictate the fight.
  8. Scott Jorgensen (+200) No answers for Barao or Dom's standup.
  9. Bibiano Fernandes +(200) Fights as FW too. Dream Champion
  10. Mike Easton (+260) needs another win before he's ready for a top BW.
  11. Jared Papazian (+260) tough loss to Easton, but probably moves forward.
  12. Brad Pickett (+360) loss to Barao slows his progess.
  13. Antonio Banuelos (+400) never challenged Miggy, runner up in Dream GP.
  14. Eddie Wineland (+400) rounding into a polished standup fighter, outworked by Benavidez.
  15. Darren Uyenoyama (+400)big win over Kid Yamamoto.
  16. Raphael Assunção (+400) solid BW debut, got to prove he can earn quality wins.
  17. Ivan Menjivar (+400) good to see him fighting well, but can he compete vs the top 10 guys? nope.
  18. Yoshiro Maeda (+400) Much better since going back to Japan
  19. Hideo Tokoro (+400) reached Dream BW Grand Prix Finals, tough loss to Banuelos.
  20. John Dodson (+400) not many easy fights at 135, we'll see how good he is quickly.
  21. Masakatsu Ueda (+400) no longer unbeaten
  22. Vaughan Lee (+400) arm-barred the legendary Kid.
  23. Takaya Mizugaki (+400) Controversial loss at 144, still earned a win bonus.
  24. Chris Cariaso (+400) "beat" Mizugaki at UFC 144?
  25. Masakazu Imanari (+460) reached Dream BW Grand Prix Finals, recent win over Cullum
  26. Damacio Page (+460) capable but inconsistent
  27. TJ Dillashaw (+460) picked up his first UFC win against Watson
  28. Alex Caceres (+540) solid win over Escovedo, strange loss to Figueroa
  29. Jeff Curran (+540) good showing against Jorgy
  30. Zach Makovsky (+540) Bellator Champion
  31. Nick Pace (+600) put up a good fight in loss to Menjivar, outclassed by Miggy.
  32. Koetsu Okazaki (+600) Shooto Champion
  33. Nick Denis (+620) Nice UFC debut.
  34. Wagnney Fabianno (+650) former contender at FW, off his game.

MMA Rankings - Bantamweights:

  1. Joeseph Benavidez
  2. Demetrious Johnson (even) "squeaked" by McCall in opening tourney round.
  3. Ian McCall (+60) lost controversial decision to Mighty Mouse

MMA Rankings Notes

  1. Update includes UFC on FX2, Bellator 60, "Tate vs Rousey".
  2. Leaving Benavidez and Mighty Mouse in both divisions for now.