Top 10 MMA Rankings- April 2012

This is the 9th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. Note: These rankings were compiled and debated on the April 5, 2012 episode of Ringside Report Radio.

There were no changes this month in any of the Top 10 rankings as there were no Top 10 fighters in action in March. 

There are currently no Top 10 heavyweights scheduled for competition in April.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Junior Dos Santos (14-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: KO win over Cain Velasquez on November 12, 2011 to win UFC HW title. Next Fight: defending UFC HW title versus Alistair Overeem on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146

2. Cain Velasquez (9-1) Last fight: KO loss to Junior Dos Santos on November 12, 2011. Next Fight: versus Frank Mir on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146.

3.Alistair Overeem (36-11-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next Fight: versus Junior Dos Santos on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146

4. Josh Barnett (31-5) Last fight:  submission win over Sergei Kharitonov on September 10, 2011. Next fight: versus Daniel Cormier on May 19, 2012 for Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale

5. Daniel Cormier (9-0) Last fight: KO win over Antonio Silva on September 10, 2011. Next fight: versus Josh Barnett on May 19, 2012 for Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale

6. Frank Mir (16-5) Last fight: submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next Fight: versus Cain Velasquez on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146.

7. Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1) Last fight: UD win Roy Nelson on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. Next fight: versus Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147

8. Antonio Silva (16-3) Last fight: KO loss to Daniel Cormier on September 10, 2012. Next fight: versus Roy Nelson on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146

9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1-1) Last fight: submission loss to Frank Mir on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next Fight: TBA

10. Shane Carwin (12-2) Last fight: UD loss to Junior Dos Santos on June 11, 2011. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Sergei Kharitonov, Mark Hunt, Fedor Emelianenko, Cheick Kongo, Shane Carwin, Gabriel Gonzaga, Mike Russow

Number 1 ranked UFC LHW champion Jon Jones is scheduled to defend his title against 5th ranked Rashad Evans on the 21st of this month in Atlanta, Georgia. 7th ranked Alexander Gustafsson will headline UFC on Fuel 2 versus a returning Thiago Silva on the 14th in Gustafsson’s home country of Sweden.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (15-1, UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion) Last fight: submission win over Lyoto Machida on December 10, 2011. Next fight: versus Rashad Evans for UFC LHW title at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012.

2. Dan Henderson (29-8) Last fight: UD win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (20-6) Last Fight: UD loss to Dan Henderson on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

4. Lyoto Machida (17-3) Last fight: submission loss to Jon Jones on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next Fight: TBA

5. Rashad Evans (17-1-1D) Last fight: Unanimous Decision win over Phil Davis on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next fight: versus Jon Jones for UFC LHW title at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012.

6. Phil Davis (9-1) Last fight: UD loss to Rashad Evans on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next fight: TBA

7. Alexander Gustafsson (13-1) Last fight: TKO win over Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next fight: versus Thiago Silva on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 2.

8. Gegard Mousasi (32-3-2) Last fight: Unanimous Decision win over Ovince St-Preux on December 17, 2011. Next fight: TBA

9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5) Last fight: TKO win over Tito Ortiz on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next fight: TBA

10. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) Last fight: UD loss to Ryan Bader on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Forrest Griffin, Ryan Bader, Tito Ortiz

8th ranked Brian Stann is the only Top 10 MW scheduled for competition in April. Stann will face Alessio Sakara at UFC on Fuel 2 on April 14.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (31-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Yushin Okami on August 27, 2011. Next fight: versus Chael Sonnen on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147 in Brazil.

2. Chael Sonnen (27-11-1D) Last fight: Unanimous decision win over Michael Bisping on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next Fight: versus Anderson Silva on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147 in Brazil.

3. Mark Munoz (12-2) Last fight: TKO win over Chris Leben on November 5, 2011. Next fight: TBA

4. Vitor Belfort (21-9) Last fight: submission win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Wanderlei Silva on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147 in Brazil.

5. Michael Bisping (22-4) Last fight: UD loss to Chael Sonnen on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next fight: versus Tim Boetsch on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148

6. Yushin Okami (26-7) Last fight: TKO loss to Tim Boetsch on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: TBA

7. Demian Maia (15-4) Last fight: UD loss to Chris Weidman on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next Fight: versus Dong Hyun Kim in first WW fight on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148

8. Brian Stann (11-4) Last fight: submission loss to Chael Sonnen on October 8, 2011. Next fight: versus Alessio Sakara on April 14, 2012 at UFC on FX 2

9. Luke Rockhold (9-1, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Keith Jardine on January 8, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rockhold v. Jardine. Next fight: TBA

10. Hector Lombard (31-2-1-1NC, Bellator MW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Trevor Prangley on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov, Jorge Santiago, Rousimar Palhares, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Wanderlei Silva, Chris Weidman, Tim Boetsch

10th ranked Rory MacDonald is the only Top 10 WW scheduled for competition this month. MacDonald will face Che Mills at UFC 145 on the 21st.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (22-2 UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Jake Shields on April 30, 2011 Next fight: TBA

2. Carlos Condit (28-5) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Next fight: TBA

3. Josh Koscheck (17-5) Last fight: SD win over Mike Pierce on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012.

4. Nick Diaz (26-8-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Carlos Condit on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Next fight: TBA

5. Jon Fitch (23-4-1NC-1D) Last fight: KO loss to Johny Hendricks on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: TBA

6. Jake Shields (27-6-1D) Last fight: UD win over Yoshihiro Akiyama on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: expected to be at MW in August 2012

7. Jake Ellenberger (27-5) Last fight: UD win over Diego Sanchez on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1. Next fight: versus Martin Kampmann on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale

8. B.J. Penn (16-8-2) Last fight: UD loss to Nick Diaz on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137. Next fight: TBA

9. Johny Hendricks (12-1) Last fight: KO win over Jon Fitch on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: versus Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012.

10. Rory MacDonald (12-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Pyle on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133. Next fight: versus Che Mills on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.

Honourable mentions: Martin Kampmann, Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Charlie Brenneman, Thiago Alves, Rick Story, Diego Sanchez, Tyron Woodley.

7th ranked Shinya Aoki is the only Top 10 LW scheduled for competition this month. Aoki will face Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 66 on April 20.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (16-2) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144 for UFC LW title.  Next fight: versus Frankie Edgar in summer 2012

2. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1, UFC Lightweight Champion) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144 to lose UFC LW title. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson in summer 2012

3. Gray Maynard (10-1-1D-1NC) Last fight: KO loss to Frankie Edgar on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136. Next fight: versus Clay Guida on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4

4. Gilbert Melendez (20-2, Strikeforce LW champion) Last fight: UD win over Jorge Masvidal to defend Strikeforce LW title on December 17, 2011. Next fight: TBA

5. Anthony Pettis (15-2) Last fight: KO win over Joe Lauzon on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: TBA

6. Clay Guida (29-12) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on November 12, 2011. Next Fight: versus Gray Maynard on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.

7. Shinya Aoki (30-5-1NC, DREAM LW champion) Last fight: UD win over Satoru Kitaoka to defend DREAM LW title on December 31, 2011 at DREAM New Year’s Eve 2011. Next fight: versus Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 66 on April 20, 2012

8. Nate Diaz (15-7) Last fight: Unanimous Decision win over Donald Cerrone on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: versus Jim Miller on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.

9. Jim Miller (21-3) Last Fight: submission win over Melvin Guillard on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1. Next fight: versus Nate Diaz on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.

 10. Donald Cerrone (17-4-1) Last Fight: UD loss to Nate Diaz on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: versus Jeremy Stephens on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3.

Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler, Takanori Gomi

4th ranked Diego Nunes will face newcomer to the FW division Dennis Siver on April 14 at UFC on Fuel 2. 5th ranked Mark Hominick will fight on April 21 at UFC 145 versus Eddie Yagin.

Featherweights-145 lbs.

1. Jose Aldo (21-1, UFC Featherweight Champion) Last fight: KO win over Chad Mendes at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: versus an opponent TBA on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149

2. Chad Mendes (11-1) Last fight: KO loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: TBA

3. Hatsu Hioki (26-4-2) Last fight: UD win over Bart Palaszewski on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: TBA

4. Diego Nunes (17-2) Last fight: UD win over Manvel Gamburyan on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: versus Dennis Siver at UFC on Fuel TV 2 on April 14, 2012.

5. Mark Hominick (20-10) Last fight: KO loss to Chan Sung Jung on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next fight: versus Eddie Yagin on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145. 

6. Erik Koch (13-1) Last fight: UD win over Jonathan Brookins on September 17, 2011. Next fight: TBA

7. Charles Oliveira (15-2-1) Last Fight: submission win over Eric Wisely on January 28, 2012. Next Fight: TBA

8. Darren Elkins (13-2) Last fight: UD win over Zhang Tiequan on    October 8, 2011 at UFC 136. Next fight: versus Diego Brandao on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146.

9. Dustin Poirier (12-1) Last Fight: submission win over Max Holloway on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. Next fight: versus Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3.

10. Chan Sung Jung (12-3) Last fight: KO win over Mark Hominick on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next fight: versus Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3.

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Pat Curran, Yuri Alcantara, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Jonathan Brookins, Kenny Florian (retired).

9th ranked Brad Pickett will face Damacio Page on April 14 at UFC on Fuel 2. 6th ranked Miguel Torres will face 8th ranked Michael McDonald on April 21 at UFC 145.

Bantamweights- 135 lbs.

1. Dominick Cruz (19-1, UFC Bantamweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Demetrious Johnson on October 1, 2011 to defend UFC BW title. Next fight: versus Urijah Faber for UFC BW title on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.

2. Urijah Faber (26-5) Last fight: submission win over Brian Bowles on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Dominick Cruz for UFC BW title on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.

3. Renan Barao (28-1-1) Last fight:  UD win over Scott Jorgensen on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. Next fight: versus Ivan Menjivar on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.

4. Scott Jorgensen (13-5) Last fight: UD loss to Renan Barao on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. Next fight: versus Eddie Wineland on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3.

5. Brian Bowles (10-2) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

6. Miguel Torres (39-4) Last fight: UD win over Nick Pace on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Michael McDonald on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.

7. Bibiano Fernandes (11-3) Last fight: UD win over Rodolfo Marques and TKO win over Antonio Banuelos to win DREAM BW Grand Prix on December 31, 2011 at DREAM New Year’s Eve 2011. Next fight: TBA

8. Michael McDonald (14-1) Last fight: KO win over Alex Soto on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Miguel Torres on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.

9. Brad Pickett (20-6) Last fight: submission loss to Renan Barao on November 5, 2011. Next fight: versus Damacio Page at UFC on Fuel 2 on April 14, 2012.

10. Ivan Menjivar (24-8) Last fight: submission win over John Albert on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV. Next fight: versus Renan Barao on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.

Honourable mentions: Eddie Wineland Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin. John Dodson, Zach Makovsky, Nick Denis, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, Chris Cariaso, TJ Dillashaw

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