Top 10 MMA Rankings- July 2013

weidmanwinsThis is the 24th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings.

No movement in the Heavyweight rankings this month. 6th ranked Josh Barnett is scheduled to fight 9th ranked Frank Mir on August 31. 5th ranked Alistair Overeem is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Travis Browne on August 17.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Cain Velasquez (12-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Antonio Silva on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166

2. Junior Dos Santos (16-2) Last fight: KO win over Mark Hunt on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166

3. Daniel Cormier (12-0) Last fight: UD win over Frank Mir on April 20, 2013 for UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Roy Nelson on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166

4. Antonio Silva (18-5) Last fight: TKO loss to Velasquez on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

5. Alistair Overeem (36-12-1) Last fight: TKO loss to Antonio Silva on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Travis Browne on August 17 at UFC Fight Night 26

6. Josh Barnett (32-6) Last fight:  unanimous decision win over Nandor Guelmino on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: versus Frank Mir on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

7. Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) Last fight: submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. Next fight: TBA

8. Mark Hunt (9-8) Last fight: KO loss to Junior Dos Santos on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.  Next fight: TBA

9. Frank Mir (16-7) Last fight: UD loss to Daniel Cormier on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Josh Barnett on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

10. Stipe Miocic (10-1) Last fight: UD win over Roy Nelson on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Stefan Struve, Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Shawn Jordan, Roy Nelson

No movement in the Light-Heavyweight rankings this month. 2nd ranked Lyoto Machida is scheduled to fight 7th ranked Phil Davis on august 3. 8th ranked Shogun Rua is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Chael Sonnen on August 17.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (18-1, UFC LHW Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Chael Sonnen on April 27, 2013. Next fight: versus Alexander Gustafsson on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

2. Lyoto Machida (19-3) Last fight: SD win over Dan Henderson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus Phil Davis on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

3. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Jon Jones on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

4. Rashad Evans (18-3-1D) Last fight: SD win over Dan Henderson on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight:TBA

5. Dan Henderson (29-10) Last fight: SD loss to Rashad Evans on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: TBA

6. Gegard Mousasi (34-3-2) Last fight: UD win over Ilir Latifi on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Next fight: TBA

7. Phil Davis (11-1-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Vinny Magalhaes on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: versus Lyoto Machida on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

8. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) Last Fight: UD loss to Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Chael Sonnen on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26

9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5) Last fight: UD win over Rashad Evans on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

10. Glover Teixeira (21-2) Last fight: submission win over James Te-Huna on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Ryan Bader on at UFC Fight Night 28 on September 4, 2013

Honourable mentions: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Jimi Manuwa, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Attila Vegh, James Te-Huna, Wanderlei Silva, Fabio Maldonado, Chael Sonnen, Ryan Bader, Thiago Silva, Ryan Jimmo

Chris Weidman’s KO win over Anderson Silva on July 6 moves him from 2nd in last month’s rankings to 1st overall this month. Anderson Silva drops from to 2nd in this month’s rankings. Mark Munoz’ decision win over Tim Boetsch on July 6 bumps him from 9th in June 2013 to 8th overall in July. Costa Philippou drops from 8th to 9th. There are no Top 10 Middleweights scheduled to compete in August 2013.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Chris Weidman (10-0, UFC MW champion) Last Fight: KO win over Anderson Silva on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. Next fight: versus Anderson Silva on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168

2. Anderson Silva (33-5) Last fight: KO loss to Chris Weidman on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. Next fight: versus Chris Weidman on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168

3. Vitor Belfort (23-10) Last fight: KO win over Luke Rockhold on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: versus Tim Kennedy, date TBA

4. Yushin Okami (29-7) Last fight: SD win over Hector Lombard on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Next fight: versus Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28

5. Michael Bisping (24-5) Last fight: technical unanimous decision win over Alan Belcher on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: versus Mark Munoz on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night in Manchester

6. Luke Rockhold (10-2, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: KO loss to Vitor Belfort on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: versus Tim Boetsch on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166

7. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (18-3-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Camozzi on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: versus Yushin Okami on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28

8. Mark Munoz (13-3) Last fight: UD win over Tim Boetsch on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. Next fight: versus Michael Bisping on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night in Manchester

9. Costa Philippou (12-2-1) Last fight: TKO win over Tim Boetsch on December 29 2013 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

10. Tim Boetsch (16-6) Last fight: UD loss to Mark Munoz on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. Next fight: versus Luke Rockhold on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares, Alan Belcher, Hector Lombard, Ronny Markes, Tom Watson, Alexander Shlemenko, Francis Carmont, Tim Kennedy

Rory MacDonald’s decision win over Jake Ellenberger on July 27 moves him from 6th overall in June 2013 to 5th in this month’s rankings. Demian Maia goes from 5th to 4th as Nick Diaz drops from 4th to 6th as he remains retired. Jake Ellenberger drops from 7th to 8th and Martin Kampmann jumps from 8th in last month’s rankings to 7th overall in July 2013. 3rd ranked Carlos Condit is scheduled to fight 7th ranked Martin Kampmann on August 28. 9th ranked Ben Askren is scheduled to fight Andrey Koreshkov on July 31.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (24-2 UFC WW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167

2. Johny Hendricks (14-1) Last fight: UD win over Carlos Condit on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167

3. Carlos Condit (28-7) Last fight: UD loss to Johny Hendricks on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Martin Kampmann on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27

4. Demian Maia (18-4) Last fight: UD win over Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: rumored to be fighting Jake Shields, date TBA

5. Rory MacDonald (15-1) Last fight: UD win over Jake Ellenberger on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8. Next fight: TBA

6. Nick Diaz (26-9-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: TBA

7. Martin Kampmann (20-6) KO loss to Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Carlos Condit on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27

8. Jake Ellenberger (29-7) Last fight: UD loss to Rory MacDonald on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8. Next fight: TBA

9. Ben Askren (11-0, Bellator WW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Karl Amoussou on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86. Next fight: versus Andrey Koreshkov on July 31, 2013 at Bellator 97

10. Jake Shields (28-6-1D-1NC) Last fight: SD win over Tyron Woodley on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: rumored to be fighting Demian Maia, date TBA

Honourable mentions: Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story,Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler, Andrey Koreshkov, Josh Koscheck, Matt Brown, Josh Burkman, Robbie Lawler, Mike Pierce, Jon Fitch

No movement in the Lightweight division rankings this month. 1st ranked Benson Henderson is scheduled to fight 4th ranked Anthony Pettis on August 31. 8th ranked Michael Chandler is scheduled to fight David Rickels on July 31.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (19-2, UFC LW Champion) Last fight: SD win over Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Anthony Pettis on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

2. TJ Grant (21-5) Last fight: KO win over Gray Maynard on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

3. Gilbert Melendez (21-3) Last fight: SD loss to Benson Henderson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title. Next fight: versus Diego Sanchez, date TBA

4. Anthony Pettis (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Donald Cerrone on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Benson Henderon for UFC LW title on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

5. Josh Thomson (20-5-1NC) Last fight: TKO win over Nate Diaz on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

6. Gray Maynard (11-2-1D-1NC) Last fight: KO loss to TJ Grant on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

7. Nate Diaz (16-9) Last fight: TKO loss Josh Thomson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

8. Michael Chandler (11-0, Bellator LW champion) Last fight: submission win over Rick Hawn on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. Next fight: versus David Rickels on July 31, 2013 at Bellator 97.  

9. Pat Healy (29-16-1) Last fight: No Contest (submission win, overt-tuned after Healy tested positive for marijuana metabolites). Next fight: versus Khabib Nurmagomedov on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

 10. Jim Miller (21-4-1) Last Fight: No Contest (submission loss, over-tuned after opponent tested positive for marijuana metabolites) with Pat Healy on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Rustam Khabilov, Jamie Varner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone, Eddie Alvarez, Melvin Guillard

No movement in the Featherweight rankings this month. 1st ranked Jose Aldo is scheduled to fight 5th ranked Chan Sung Jung on August 3. 3rd ranked Chad Mendes is scheduled to fight 10th ranked Clay Guida on August 31. 7th ranked Erik Koch is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Dustin Poirier on August 31. 9th ranked Darren Elkins is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Hatsu Hioki on August 31.

Featherweights-145 lbs.

1. Jose Aldo (22-1, UFC FW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: versus Chan Sung Jung on August 3, 2013 for UFC FW title at UFC 163

2. Frankie Edgar (16-4-1) Last fight: UD win over Charles Oliveira on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. Next fight: TBA

3. Chad Mendes (14-1) Last fight: KO win over Darren Elkins on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Clay Guida on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

4. Ricardo Lamas (13-2) Last fight: TKO win over Erik Koch on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. Chan Sung Jung (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

6. Cub Swanson (20-5) Last fight: TKO win over Dennis Siver on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. Next fight: TBA

7. Erik Koch (13-2) Last fight: TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Dustin Poirier on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

8. Pat Curran (19-4, Bellator FW champion) Last fight: submission win over Shahbulat Shamhalaev on April 4, 2013 at Bellator 95 for Bellator FW title. Next fight: TBA

9. Darren Elkins (16-3) Last fight: TKO loss to Chad Mendes on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Hatsu Hioki on August 28, 2013 at UFC on Fight Night 27

10. Clay Guida (30-13) Last fight: SD win over Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Chad Mendes on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Nik Lentz, Pablo Garza, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Diego Nunes, Hatsu Hioki, Dennis Siver, Diego Brandao, Conor McGregor, Dennis Bermudez, Rony “Jason” Mariano

No movement in the bantamweight rankings this month. 3rd ranked Urijah Faber is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Yuri Alcantara on August 17. 6th ranked Michael McDonald is scheduled to fight 8th ranked Brad Pickett on August 17.

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: TBA

2. Renan Barao (30-1-1, UFC interim BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Michael McDonald on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: versus Eddie Wineland on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

3. Urijah Faber (28-6) Last fight: submission win over Scott Jorgensen on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: versus Yuri Alcantara on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26

4. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1D) Last fight: SD win over Brad Pickett on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Renan Barao on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

5. George Roop (14-9-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brian Bowles on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

6. Michael McDonald (15-2) Last fight: submission loss to Renan Barao on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: versus Brad Pickett on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26

7. Brian Bowles (10-3) Last fight: TKO loss to George Roop on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

8. Brad Pickett (23-7) Last fight: SD win over Mike Easton on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Next fight: versus Michael McDonald on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26

9. Scott Jorgensen (14-7) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

10. Ivan Menjivar (25-10) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

Honourable mentions: Yves Jabouin, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw, Tyson Nam, Hugo “Wolverine” Viana, Edwin Figueroa, Erik Perez, Yuri Alcantara, Bibiano Fernandes, Raphael Assuncao

No movement in the Flyweight rankings this month. 3rd ranked Ian McCall is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Iliarde Santos on August 3. 7th ranked John Lineker is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Phil Harris on August 3. 10th ranked Louis Gaudinot is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Tim Elliott on August 31.

Flyweights

 1. Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1, UFC Fly-W champion) Last fight: submission win over John Moraga on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8. Next fight: TBA

2. Joseph Benavidez (18-3) Last fight: TKO win over Darren Uyenoyama on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Jussier Formiga on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28

3. Ian McCall (11-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Joseph Benavidez on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Iliarde Santos on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

4. John Dodson (14-6) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. John Moraga (12-2) Last fight: submission loss to Demetrious Johnson on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8. Next fight: TBA

6. Jussier Da Silva Formiga (15-2) Last fight: UD win over Chris Cariaso on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: versus Joseph Benavidez on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28

7. John Lineker (21-6) Last fight: TKO win over Azamat Gashimov on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: versus Phil Harris on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

8. Darren Uyenoyama (8-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

9. Chris Cariaso (14-5) Last fight: UD loss to Jussier Da Silva Formiga on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

10. Louis Gaudinot (6-2) Last fight: submission win over John Lineker on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: versus Tim Elliott on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Josh Ferguson, Phil Harris, Ulysses Gomez, Yasuhiro Urushitani, Azamat Gashimov, Iliarde Santos

Germaine De Randamie moves from an honorable mention in June 2013 to 8th overall in July 2013 after a split-decision win over Julie Kedzie on July 27. Lauren Taylor drops from 8th to 9th and Shayna Baszler from 9th to 10th. Leslie Smith leave the Women’s Bantamweight Rankings after making a successful debut in the Flyweight division on July 13. 2nd ranked Sarah Kaufman is scheduled to fight 5th ranked Sara McMann on August 28 in the only Top 10 WBW bout scheduled for August 2013.

Women (135 lbs.)

1. Ronda Rousey (7-0, UFC Women’s BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus winner of Miesha Tate on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168

2. Sarah Kaufman (16-2) Last fight: SD win over Leslie Smith on April 5, 2013 for Invicta FC 5. Next fight: versus Sara McMann on August 28, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 2

3. Cat Zingano (8-0) Last fight: TKO win over Miesha Tate on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

4. Miesha Tate (13-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Cat Zingano on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: versus Ronda Rousey on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168

5. Sara McMann (7-0) Last fight: TKO win over Sheila Gaff on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: versus Sarah Kaufman on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27

6. Liz Carmouche (9-3) Last fight: TKO win over Jessica Andrade on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8. Next fight: TBA

7. Alexis Davis (14-5) Last fight: UD win over Rosi Sexton on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: TBA

8. Germaine De Randamie (4-2) Last fight: SD win over Julie Kedzie on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8. Next fight: TBA

9. Lauren Taylor (7-0) Last fight: UD win over Sarah D’Alelio on July 13, 2013 at Invicta FC 6. Next fight: TBA

10. Shayna Baszler (15-8) Last fight: submission loss to Alexis Davis on January 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 4. Next fight: TBA

Honorable mentions: Rosi Sexton, Julie Kedzie, Sarah D’Alelio, Hitomi Akano , Holly Holm, Amanda Nunes, Kaitlin Young, Jessamyn Duke, Rin Nakai, Sheila Gaff, Raquel Pennington, Miriam Nakamoto, Jan Finney, Jessica Andrade

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Top 10 MMA Rankings- June 2013

georgesstpierre1This is the 23rd monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings.

Stipe Miocic’s win over Roy Nelson on June 15 moves him from an honorable mention in May 2013 to 10th overall in the June rankings. Roy Nelson gets bumped from 10th to an honorable mention this month. Fabricio Werdum’s submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8 improves his ranking from 9th last month to 7th in June 2013. Mark Hunt drops from 7th to 8th and Frank Mir moves from 8th to 9th. There are no Top 10 Heavyweights scheduled to compete in July 2013.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Cain Velasquez (12-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Antonio Silva on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166

2. Junior Dos Santos (16-2) Last fight: KO win over Mark Hunt on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166

3. Daniel Cormier (12-0) Last fight: UD win over Frank Mir on April 20, 2013 for UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

4. Antonio Silva (18-5) Last fight: TKO loss to Velasquez on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

5. Alistair Overeem (36-12-1) Last fight: TKO loss to Antonio Silva on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Travis Browne on August 17 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 1

6. Josh Barnett (32-6) Last fight:  unanimous decision win over Nandor Guelmino on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: versus Frank Mir on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

7. Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) Last fight: submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. Next fight: TBA

8. Mark Hunt (9-8) Last fight: KO loss to Junior Dos Santos on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.  Next fight: TBA

9. Frank Mir (16-7) Last fight: UD loss to Daniel Cormier on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Josh Barnett on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

10. Stipe Miocic (10-1) Last fight: UD win over Roy Nelson on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Stefan Struve, Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Shawn Jordan, Roy Nelson

Dan Henderson’s decision loss to Rashad Evans on June 15 drops him from 3rd overall in the May 2013 rankings to 5th this month. Rashad Evans improves from 6th to 4th and Alexander Gustafsson goes from 4th to 3rd. Gegard Mousasi drops from 5th to 6th. There are no Top 10 Light-Heavyweights scheduled to compete in July 2013.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (18-1, UFC LHW Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Chael Sonnen on April 27, 2013. Next fight: versus Alexander Gustafsson on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

2. Lyoto Machida (19-3) Last fight: SD win over Dan Henderson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus Phil Davis on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

3. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Jon Jones on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

4. Rashad Evans (18-3-1D) Last fight: SD win over Dan Henderson on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: TBA

5. Dan Henderson (29-10) Last fight: SD loss to Rashad Evans on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: TBA

6. Gegard Mousasi (34-3-2) Last fight: UD win over Ilir Latifi on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Next fight: TBA

7. Phil Davis (11-1-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Vinny Magalhaes on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: versus Lyoto Machida on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

8. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) Last Fight: UD loss to Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Chael Sonnen on August 17, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 1

9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5) Last fight: UD win over Rashad Evans on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

10. Glover Teixeira (21-2) Last fight: submission win over James Te-Huna on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 3

Honourable mentions: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Jimi Manuwa, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Attila Vegh, James Te-Huna, Wanderlei Silva, Fabio Maldonado, Chael Sonnen, Ryan Bader, Thiago Silva, Ryan Jimmo

No movement in the June 2013 Middleweight Rankings. Number 1 ranked Anderson Silva will fight 2nd ranked Chris Weidman on July 6. 9th ranked Mark Munoz will fight 10th ranked Tim Boetsch also on July 6 at UFC 162.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (33-4, UFC MW Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Stephan Bonnar on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Chris Weidman on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

2. Chris Weidman (8-0) Last Fight: KO win over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: versus Anderson Silva on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

3. Vitor Belfort (23-10) Last fight: KO win over Luke Rockhold on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

4. Yushin Okami (29-7) Last fight: SD win over Hector Lombard on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Next fight: versus Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on September 4, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 3

5. Michael Bisping (24-5) Last fight: technical unanimous decision win over Alan Belcher on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: TBA

6. Luke Rockhold (10-2, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: KO loss to Vitor Belfort on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

7. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (18-3-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Camozzi on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: versus Yushin Okami on September 4, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 3

8. Costa Philippou (12-2-1) Last fight: TKO win over Tim Boetsch on December 29 2013 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

9. Mark Munoz (12-3) Last fight: KO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4 on July 11, 2012. Next Fight: versus Tim Boetsch on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

10. Tim Boetsch (16-5) Last fight: TKO loss to Costa Philippou on December 29, 2013 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Mark Munoz on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares, Alan Belcher, Hector Lombard, Ronny Markes, Tom Watson, Alexander Shlemenko, Francis Carmont, Derek Brunson, Brian Stann

Jon Fitch’s submission loss to Josh Burkman on June 14 bumps him from 10th last month to an honorable mention in the June 2013 rankings. Jake Shields decision win over Tyron Woodley moves him from an honorable mention in May 2013 to 10th overall in June. 6th ranked Rory MacDonald is scheduled to fight 7th ranked Jake Ellenberger on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8. 9th ranked Ben Askren is scheduled to defend his Bellator WW title versus (honorable mention) Andrey Koreshkov on July 31.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (24-2 UFC WW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167

2. Johny Hendricks (14-1) Last fight: UD win over Carlos Condit on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167

3. Carlos Condit (28-7) Last fight: UD loss to Johny Hendricks on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Martin Kampmann on August 28, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 2

4. Nick Diaz (26-9-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: TBA

5. Demian Maia (18-4) Last fight: UD win over Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Josh Koscheck on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

6. Rory MacDonald (14-1) Last fight: UD win over B.J. Penn on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Jake Ellenberger on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

7. Jake Ellenberger (29-6) Last fight: KO win over Nate Marquardt on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Rory MacDonald on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

8. Martin Kampmann (20-6) KO loss to Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Carlos Condit on August 28, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 2

9. Ben Askren (11-0, Bellator WW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Karl Amoussou on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86. Next fight: versus Andrey Koreshkov on July 31, 2013 at Bellator 97

10. Jake Shields (28-6-1D-1NC) Last fight: SD win over Tyron Woodley on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story,Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler, Andrey Koreshkov, Josh Koscheck, Matt Brown, Josh Burkman, Jon Fitch

No movement in the June 2013 Lightweight Rankings. 8th ranked Michael Chandler is scheduled to defend his Bellator LW title versus David Rickels on July 31, 2013.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (19-2, UFC LW Champion) Last fight: SD win over Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title. Next fight: versus TJ Grant on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

2. TJ Grant (21-5) Last fight: KO win over Gray Maynard on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

3. Gilbert Melendez (21-3) Last fight: SD loss to Benson Henderson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title. Next fight: versus Diego Sanchez, date TBA

4. Anthony Pettis (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Donald Cerrone on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. Josh Thomson (20-5-1NC) Last fight: TKO win over Nate Diaz on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

6. Gray Maynard (11-2-1D-1NC) Last fight: KO loss to TJ Grant on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

7. Nate Diaz (16-9) Last fight: TKO loss Josh Thomson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

8. Michael Chandler (11-0, Bellator LW champion) Last fight: submission win over Rick Hawn on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. Next fight: versus David Rickels on July 31, 2013 at Bellator 97.  

9. Pat Healy (29-16-1) Last fight: No Contest (submission win, overt-tuned after Healy tested positive for marijuana metabolites). Next fight: TBA

 10. Jim Miller (21-4-1) Last Fight: No Contest (submission loss, over-tuned after opponent tested positive for marijuana metabolites) with Pat Healy on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Rustam Khabilov, Jamie Varner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone, Eddie Alvarez

No movement in the June 2013 Featherweight Rankings. 2ndranked Frankie Edgar will fight (honorable mention) Charles Oliveira on July 6. 6th ranked Cub Swanson will fight (honorable mention) Dennis Siver also on July 6.

Featherweights-145 lbs.

1. Jose Aldo (22-1, UFC FW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: versus Chan Sung Jung on August 3, 2013 for UFC FW title at UFC 163

2. Frankie Edgar (15-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Jose Aldo on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: versus Charles Oliveira on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

3. Chad Mendes (14-1) Last fight: KO win over Darren Elkins on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Clay Guida on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

4. Ricardo Lamas (13-2) Last fight: TKO win over Erik Koch on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. Chan Sung Jung (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

6. Cub Swanson (19-5) Last fight: UD win over Dustin Poirier on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: versus Dennis Siver on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

7. Erik Koch (13-2) Last fight: TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Dustin Poirier on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

8. Pat Curran (19-4, Bellator FW champion) Last fight: submission win over Shahbulat Shamhalaev on April 4, 2013 at Bellator 95 for Bellator FW title. Next fight: TBA

9. Darren Elkins (16-3) Last fight: TKO loss to Chad Mendes on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Hatsu Hioki on August 28, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 2

10. Clay Guida (30-13) Last fight: SD win over Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Chad Mendes on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Nik Lentz, Pablo Garza, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Diego Nunes, Hatsu Hioki, Dennis Siver, Diego Brandao, Conor McGregor, Dennis Bermudez, Rony “Jason” Mariano

No movement in the June 2013 Bantamweight rankings. There are no Top 10 Bantamweights scheduled to compete in July 2013.

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: TBA

2. Renan Barao (30-1-1, UFC interim BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Michael McDonald on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: versus Eddie Wineland, date TBA

3. Urijah Faber (28-6) Last fight: submission win over Scott Jorgensen on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: versus Yuri Alcantara on August 17, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 1

4. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1D) Last fight: SD win over Brad Pickett on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Renan Barao, date TBA

5. George Roop (14-9-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brian Bowles on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

6. Michael McDonald (15-2) Last fight: submission loss to Renan Barao on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7.  Next fight: versus Brad Pickett on August 17, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 1

7. Brian Bowles (10-3) Last fight: TKO loss to George Roop on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

8. Brad Pickett (23-7) Last fight: SD win over Mike Easton on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Next fight: versus Michael McDonald on August 17, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 1

9. Scott Jorgensen (14-7) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

10. Ivan Menjivar (25-10) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165

Honourable mentions: Yves Jabouin, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw, Tyson Nam, Hugo “Wolverine” Viana, Edwin Figueroa, Erik Perez, Yuri Alcantara, Bibiano Fernandes, Raphael Assuncao

No movement in the June 2013 Flyweight rankings. Number 1 ranked Demetrious Johnson will fight 5th ranked John Moraga on July 27 for the UFC Flyweight Championship.

Flyweights

 1. Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1, UFC Fly-W champion) Last fight: UD win over John Dodson on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus John Moraga for UFC Fly-W title on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

2. Joseph Benavidez (18-3) Last fight: TKO win over Darren Uyenoyama on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Jussier Formiga on September 4, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 3

3. Ian McCall (11-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Joseph Benavidez on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Iliarde Santos on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

4. John Dodson (14-6) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. John Moraga (12-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Cariaso on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

6. Jussier Da Silva Formiga (15-2) Last fight: UD win over Chris Cariaso on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: versus Joseph Benavidez on September 4, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 3

7. John Lineker (21-6) Last fight: TKO win over Azamat Gashimov on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: versus Phil Harris on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

8. Darren Uyenoyama (8-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

9. Chris Cariaso (14-5) Last fight: UD loss to Jussier Da Silva Formiga on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

10. Louis Gaudinot (6-2) Last fight: submission win over John Lineker on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: versus Tim Elliott on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Josh Ferguson, Phil Harris, Ulysses Gomez, Yasuhiro Urushitani, Azamat Gashimov, Iliarde Santos

No movement in the June 2013 Women’s Bantamweight rankings. 6th ranked Liz Carmouche is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Jessica Andrade on July 27 for UFC on FOX 8. 8th ranked Lauren Taylor is scheduled to fight (honorable mention) Sarah D’Alelio on July 13 at Invicta FC 6. 10th ranked Leslie Smith is scheduled to make her flyweight debut for Invicta FC on July 13 versus Jennifer Maia.

Women (135 lbs.)

1. Ronda Rousey (7-0, UFC Women’s BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus winner of Miesha Tate, date TBA

2. Sarah Kaufman (16-2) Last fight: SD win over Leslie Smith on April 5, 2013 for Invicta FC 5. Next fight: versus Sara McMann on August 28, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 2

3. Cat Zingano (8-0) Last fight: TKO win over Miesha Tate on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

4. Miesha Tate (13-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Cat Zingano on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: versus Ronda Rousey, date TBA

5. Sara McMann (7-0) Last fight: TKO win over Sheila Gaff on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: versus Sarah Kaufman on August 28, 2013 at UFC on FOX Sports 1: 2

6. Liz Carmouche (8-3) Last fight: submission loss to Ronda Rousey on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus Jessica Andrade on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

7. Alexis Davis (14-5) Last fight: UD win over Rosi Sexton on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. Next fight: TBA

8. Lauren Taylor (6-0) Last fight: UD win over Kaitlyn Young on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5. Next fight: versus Sarah D’Alelio on July 13, 2013 at Invicta FC 6

9. Shayna Baszler (15-8) Last fight: submission loss to Alexis Davis on January 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 4. Next fight: TBA

10. Leslie Smith (5-3) Last fight: SD loss to Sarah Kaufman on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5. Next fight: dropping to 125 lbs. to face Jennifer Maia at Invicta FC 6 on July 13, 2013

Honorable mentions: Rosi Sexton, Julie Kedzie, Sarah D’Alelio, Hitomi Akano , Holly Holm, Amanda Nunes, Kaitlin Young, Jessamyn Duke, Rin Nakai, Sheila Gaff, Raquel Pennington, Germaine De Randamie, Miriam Nakamoto, Jan Finney, Jessica Andrade

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Top 10 MMA Rankings- May 2013

cainwinsufc160This is the 22nd monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. The list was revealed on the May 29, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio.

Roy Nelson’s KO win over Cheick Kongo moves him from an honorable mention in April 2013 to the tenth spot in May. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira moves from tenth into the honorable mention category and will fight 9th ranked Fabricio Werdum on June 8.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Cain Velasquez (12-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Antonio Silva on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos, date TBA

2. Junior Dos Santos (16-2) Last fight: KO win over Mark Hunt on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez for UFC HW title, date TBA

3. Daniel Cormier (12-0) Last fight: UD win over Frank Mir on April 20, 2013 for UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

4. Antonio Silva (18-5) Last fight: TKO loss to Velasquez on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

5. Alistair Overeem (36-12-1) Last fight: TKO loss to Antonio Silva on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Travis Browne on August 17 at UFC on FOX Sports 1

6. Josh Barnett (32-6) Last fight:  unanimous decision win over Nandor Guelmino on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: TBA

7. Mark Hunt (9-8) Last fight: KO loss to Junior Dos Santos on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.  Next fight: TBA

8. Frank Mir (16-7) Last fight: UD loss to Daniel Cormier on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

9. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10

10. Roy Nelson (19-7) Last fight: KO win over Cheick Kongo on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: versus Stipe Miocic on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

Honourable mentions: Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Stefan Struve, Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione, Stipe Miocic, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Glover Teixeira’s win over James Te-Huna on May 25 moves him from an honorable mention in April 2013 to the tenth ranked LHW fighter in May. Ryan Bader goes from tenth into the honorable mention category. 3rd ranked Dan Henderson is scheduled to fight 6th ranked Rashad Evans on June 15. 8th ranked Shogun Rua is scheduled to fight 9th ranked Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on June 15.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (18-1, UFC LHW Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Chael Sonnen on April 27, 2013. Next fight: TBA

2. Lyoto Machida (19-3) Last fight: SD win over Dan Henderson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

3. Dan Henderson (29-9) Last fight: SD loss to Lyoto Machida on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus Rashad Evans on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

4. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

5. Gegard Mousasi (34-3-2) Last fight: UD win over Ilir Latifi on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Next fight: TBA

6. Rashad Evans (17-3-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Dan Henderson on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

7. Phil Davis (11-1-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Vinny Magalhaes on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: TBA

8. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) Last Fight: UD loss to Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5) Last fight: UD win over Rashad Evans on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

10. Glover Teixeira (21-2) Last fight: submission win over James Te-Huna on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Jimi Manuwa, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Attila Vegh, James Te-Huna, Wanderlei Silva, Fabio Maldonado, Chael Sonnen, Ryan Bader

Previously 2nd ranked Chael Sonnen’s LHW debut on April 27 moves him out of the middleweight rankings in May 2013. Chris Weidman goes from 3rd to 2nd, Vitor Belfort moves from 4th to 3rd, Yushin Okami goes from 5th to 4th, Michael Bisping from 6th to 5th, Luke Rockhold from 7th to 6th ad Jacare Souza from 8th to 7th. Costa Philippou goes from an honorable mention in April 2013 to the 8th position. Brian Stann goes from 9th into the honorable mention category. Mark Munoz goes from 10th to 9th and Tim Boetsch re-enters the Top 10 in the tenth position. There are no Top 10 middleweights scheduled to compete in June 2013.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (33-4, UFC MW Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Stephan Bonnar on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Chris Weidman on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

2. Chris Weidman (8-0) Last Fight: KO win over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: versus Anderson Silva on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

3. Vitor Belfort (23-10) Last fight: KO win over Luke Rockhold on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

4. Yushin Okami (29-7) Last fight: SD win over Hector Lombard on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Next fight: TBA

5. Michael Bisping (24-5) Last fight: technical unanimous decision win over Alan Belcher on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: TBA

6. Luke Rockhold (10-2, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: KO loss to Vitor Belfort on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

7. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (18-3-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Camozzi on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

8. Costa Philippou (12-2-1) Last fight: TKO win over Tim Boetsch on December 29 2013 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

9. Mark Munoz (12-3) Last fight: KO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4 on July 11, 2012. Next Fight: versus Tim Boetsch on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

10. Tim Boetsch (16-5) Last fight: TKO loss to Costa Philippou on December 29, 2013 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Mark Munoz on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares, Alan Belcher, Hector Lombard, Ronny Markes, Tom Watson, Alexander Shlemenko, Francis Carmont, Derek Brunson, Brian Stann

No movement in the welterweight rankings this month. 10th ranked Jon Fitch is scheduled to make his World Series of Fighting debut versus Josh Burkamn on June 14.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (24-2 UFC WW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks, date TBA

2. Johny Hendricks (14-1) Last fight: UD win over Carlos Condit on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre, date TBA

3. Carlos Condit (28-7) Last fight: UD loss to Johny Hendricks on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: TBA

4. Nick Diaz (26-9-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: TBA

5. Demian Maia (18-4) Last fight: UD win over Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Josh Koscheck on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163

6. Rory MacDonald (14-1) Last fight: UD win over B.J. Penn on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Jake Ellenberger on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

7. Jake Ellenberger (29-6) Last fight: KO win over Nate Marquardt on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Rory MacDonald on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

8. Martin Kampmann (20-6) KO loss to Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: TBA

9. Ben Askren (11-0, Bellator WW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Karl Amoussou on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86. Next fight: versus Andrey Koreshkov on July 31, 2013 at Bellator 97

10. Jon Fitch (24-5-1NC-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Demian Maia on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Josh Burkman at World Series of Fighting 3 on June 14, 2013

Honourable mentions: Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story,Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler, Andrey Koreshkov, Josh Koscheck, Jake Shields

TJ Grant’s KO win over Gray Maynard on May 25 moves him from 7th overall in April 2013 to 2nd in the May rankings. Gilbert Melendez moves from 2nd to 3rd, Anthony Pettis drops from 3rd to 4th and Gray Maynard from 4th to 6th. Nate Diaz drops from 6th to 7th and Michael Chandler bumps up from 9th into the 8th position. Pat Healy’s submission win that was over-turned into a no contest with Jim Miller on April 27 moves him from an honorable mention into the 9th position in the May 2013 rankings. Jim Miller drops from 8th to 10th overall. Eddie Alvarez gets bumped out of the Top 10 into the honorable mention category. 8th ranked Michael Chandler is scheduled to defend his Bellator LW title versus Dave Jensen on June 19.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (19-2, UFC LW Champion) Last fight: SD win over Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title. Next fight: versus TJ Grant, date TBA

2. TJ Grant (21-5) Last fight: KO win over Gray Maynard on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson for UFC LW title, date TBA

3. Gilbert Melendez (21-3) Last fight: SD loss to Benson Henderson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title. Next fight: TBA

4. Anthony Pettis (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Donald Cerrone on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo on August 3, 2013 for UFC FW title at UFC 163

5. Josh Thomson (20-5-1NC) Last fight: TKO win over Nate Diaz on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

6. Gray Maynard (11-2-1D-1NC) Last fight: KO loss to TJ Grant on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

7. Nate Diaz (16-9) Last fight: TKO loss Josh Thomson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

8. Michael Chandler (11-0, Bellator LW champion) Last fight: submission win over Rick Hawn on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. Next fight: versus Dave Jansen on June 19, 2013 at Bellator 96

9. Pat Healy (29-16-1) Last fight: No Contest (submission win, overt-tuned after Healy tested positive for marijuana metabolites). Next fight: TBA

 10. Jim Miller (21-4-1) Last Fight: No Contest (submission loss, overt-tuned after opponent tested positive for marijuana metabolites) with Pat Healy on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Rustam Khabilov, Jamie Varner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone, Eddie Alvarez

No movement in the featherweight rankings this month. There are no Top 10 featherweights scheduled to compete in June 2013.

Featherweights-145 lbs.

1. Jose Aldo (22-1, UFC FW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: versus Anthony Pettis on August 3, 2013 for UFC FW title at UFC 163

2. Frankie Edgar (15-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Jose Aldo on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: versus Charles Oliveira on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

3. Chad Mendes (14-1) Last fight: KO win over Darren Elkins on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: versus Clay Guida on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

4. Ricardo Lamas (13-2) Last fight: TKO win over Erik Koch on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Chan Sung Jung on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

5. Chan Sung Jung (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: versus Ricardo Lamas on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

6. Cub Swanson (19-5) Last fight: UD win over Dustin Poirier on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: versus Dennis Siver on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

7. Erik Koch (13-2) Last fight: TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Dustin Poirier on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

8. Pat Curran (19-4, Bellator FW champion) Last fight: submission win over Shahbulat Shamhalaev on April 4, 2013 at Bellator 95 for Bellator FW title. Next fight: TBA

9. Darren Elkins (16-3) Last fight: KO loss to Chad Mendes on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

10. Clay Guida (30-13) Last fight: SD win over Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Chad Mendes on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Nik Lentz, Pablo Garza, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Diego Nunes, Hatsu Hioki, Dennis Siver, Diego Brandao, Conor McGregor, Dennis Bermudez

Brian Bowles’ loss to George Roop on May 25 moves him from 4th overall in April 2013 to 7th in this month’s rankings. George Roop goes from an honorable mention into the 5th position with the victory. Eddie Wineland improves from 6th to 4th overall. Michael McDonald drops from 5th to 6th, Brad Pickett from 7th to 8th, Scott Jorgensen from 8th to 9th and Ivan Menjivar from 9th to 10th. Bibiano Fernandes is bumped out of the Top 10 into the honorable mention category. There are no Top 10 bantamweights scheduled to compete in June 2013.

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: TBA

2. Renan Barao (30-1-1, UFC interim BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Michael McDonald on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: versus Eddie Wineland, date TBA

3. Urijah Faber (28-6) Last fight: submission win over Scott Jorgensen on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

4. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1D) Last fight: SD win over Brad Pickett on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Renan Barao, date TBA

5. George Roop (14-9-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brian Bowles on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

6. Michael McDonald (15-2) Last fight: submission loss to Renan Barao on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: TBA

7. Brian Bowles (10-3) Last fight: TKO loss to George Roop on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Next fight: TBA

8. Brad Pickett (23-7) Last fight: SD win over Mike Easton on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Next fight: TBA

9. Scott Jorgensen (14-7) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

10. Ivan Menjivar (25-10) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw, Tyson Nam, Hugo “Wolverine” Viana, Edwin Figueroa, Erik Perez, Yuri Alcantara, Bibiano Fernandes

Jussier Da Silva Formiga’s win over Chris Cariaso on May 18 moves him from 7th in April 2013 to 6th in this month’s rankings. Cariaso drops from 6th to 9th and John Lineker goes from 9th to 7th. There are no Top 10 flyweights scheduled to compete in June 2013.

Flyweights

 1. Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1, UFC Fly-W champion) Last fight: UD win over John Dodson on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus John Moraga for UFC Fly-W title on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

2. Joseph Benavidez (18-3) Last fight: TKO win over Darren Uyenoyama on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

3. Ian McCall (11-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Joseph Benavidez on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

4. John Dodson (14-6) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. John Moraga (12-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Cariaso on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

6. Jussier Da Silva Formiga (15-2) Last fight: UD win over Chris Cariaso on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

7. John Lineker (21-6) Last fight: TKO win over Azamat Gashimov on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

8. Darren Uyenoyama (8-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

9. Chris Cariaso (14-5) Last fight: UD loss to Jussier Da Silva Formiga on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. Next fight: TBA

10. Louis Gaudinot (6-2) Last fight: submission win over John Lineker on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: TBA

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Josh Ferguson, Phil Harris, Ulysses Gomez, Yasuhiro Urushitani, Azamat Gashimov

Sara McMann’s TKO win over Sheila Gaff on April 27 improves her position from 6th in April 2013 to 5th overall in this month’s rankings. Liz Carmouche drops from 5th to 6th. There are no Top 10 women’s bantamweights scheduled to compete in June 2013.

Women (135 lbs.)

1. Ronda Rousey (7-0, UFC Women’s BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus winner of Miesha Tate, date TBA

2. Sarah Kaufman (16-2) Last fight: SD win over Leslie Smith on April 5, 2013 for Invicta FC 5

3. Cat Zingano (8-0) Last fight: TKO win over Miesha Tate on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

4. Miesha Tate (13-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Cat Zingano on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: versus Ronda Rousey, date TBA

5. Sara McMann (7-0) Last fight: TKO win over Sheila Gaff on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Next fight: TBA

6. Liz Carmouche (8-3) Last fight: submission loss to Ronda Rousey on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

7. Alexis Davis (13-5) Last fight: submission win over Shayna Baszler on January 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 4. Next fight: versus Rosi Sexton on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

8. Lauren Taylor (6-0) Last fight: UD win over Kaitlyn Young on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5. Next fight: TBA

9. Shayna Baszler (15-8) Last fight: submission loss to Alexis Davis on January 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 4. Next fight: TBA

10. Leslie Smith (5-3) Last fight: SD loss to Sarah Kaufman on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5. Next fight: dropping to 125 lbs. to face Jennifer Maia at Invicta FC 6 on July 13, 2013

Honorable mentions: Rosi Sexton, Julie Kedzie, Sarah D’Alelio, Hitomi Akano , Holly Holm, Amanda Nunes, Kaitlin Young, Jessamyn Duke, Rin Nakai, Sheila Gaff, Raquel Pennington, Germaine De Randamie, Miriam Nakamoto, Jan Finney

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Top 10 MMA Rankings- April 2013

benson-hendersonThis is the 21st monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings.

Frank Mir drops from 7th to 8th overall after a unanimous decision loss to Daniel Cormier on April 20. Mark Hunt enters the Top 10 at 7th overall.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Cain Velasquez (11-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: UD win over Junior Dos Santos on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Antonio Silva on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160 for UFC HW title

2. Junior Dos Santos (15-2) Last fight: UD loss to Cain Velasquez on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Mark Hunt on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

3. Daniel Cormier (12-0) Last fight: UD win over Frank Mir on April 20, 2013 for UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

4. Antonio Silva (18-4) Last fight: TKO win over Alistair Overeem on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160 for UFC HW title

5. Alistair Overeem (36-12-1) Last fight: TKO loss to Antonio Silva on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

6. Josh Barnett (32-6) Last fight:  unanimous decision win over Nandor Guelmino on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: TBA

7. Mark Hunt (9-7) Last fight: TKO win over Stefan Struve on March 3, 2013. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.

8. Frank Mir (16-7) Last fight: UD loss to Daniel Cormier on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

9. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10

10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1-1) Last fight: submission win over Dave Herman on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Fabricio Werdum on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10

Honourable mentions: Roy Nelson, Cheick Kongo, Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Stefan Struve, Pat Barry, Shane Carwin, Matt Mitrione

Gegard Mousasi moves from 8th to 5th overall after a successful UFC debut on April 6. Rashad Evans drops from 5th to 6th, Phil Davis from 6th to 7th, Shogun from 7th to 8th.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (17-1, UFC LHW Champion) Last fight: submission win over Vitor Belfort on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Chael Sonnen on April 27, 2013 for UFC LHW title

2. Lyoto Machida (19-3) Last fight: SD win over Dan Henderson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

3. Dan Henderson (29-9) Last fight: SD loss to Lyoto Machida on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

4. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

5. Gegard Mousasi (34-3-2) Last fight: UD win over Ilir Latifi on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Next fight: TBA

6. Rashad Evans (17-3-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Dan Henderson on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

7. Phil Davis (10-1) Last fight: submission win over Wagner Prado on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Vinny Magalhaes on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

8. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) Last Fight: UD loss to Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5) Last fight: UD win over Rashad Evans on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

10. Ryan Bader (15-3) Last fight: submission win over Vladimir Matyushenko on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Forrest Griffin, Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Attila Vegh

Brian Stann’s loss to Wanderlei Silva on March 3 drops him from 8th to 9th overall. Luke Rockhold moves from 9th to 7th. Jacare Souza goes from 10th to 8th and Mark Munoz drops from 7th to 10th overall due to inactivity.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (33-4, UFC MW Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Stephan Bonnar on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Chris Weidman on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

2. Chael Sonnen (27-12-1D) Last fight: TKO loss to Anderson Silva on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: versus Jon Jones for UFC LHW title on April 27, 2013 for UFC LHW title

3. Chris Weidman (8-0) Last Fight: KO win over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: versus Anderson Silva on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

4. Vitor Belfort (22-10) Last fight: TKO win over Michael Bisping on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7. Next fight: versus Luke Rockhold on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

5. Yushin Okami (29-7) Last fight: SD win over Hector Lombard on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Next fight: TBA

6. Michael Bisping (23-5) Last fight: TKO loss to Vitor Belfort n January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7. Next fight: versus Alan Belcher on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

7. Luke Rockhold (10-1, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: UD win over Tim Kennedy on July 14, 2012 for Strikeforce: Rockhold v. Kennedy. Next Fight: versus Vitor Belfort on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

8. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (17-3-1) Last fight: submission win over Ed Herman on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: versus Costa Philippou on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

9. Brian Stann (12-6) Last fight: KO loss to Wanderlei Silva at LHW on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Next fight: TBA

10. Mark Munoz (12-3) Last fight: KO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4 on July 11, 2012. Next Fight: versus Tim Boetsch on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares,Wanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher, Hector Lombard, Costa Philippou, Tim Boetsch, Ronny Markes, Tom Watson, Alexander Shlemenko

Johny Hendricks UD win over Carlos Condit on March 16 moves him from 4th to 2nd overall. Carlos Condit drops from 2nd to 3rd and Nick Diaz from 3rd to 4th. Jake Ellenberger’s KO win over Nate Marquardt moves him from an honorable mention into 7th overall. Jon Fitch drops form 7th to 10th. Martin Kampmann goes from 9th to 8th, Ben Askren from 10th to 9th, and Josh Koscheck goes from 8th into the honorable mention category.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (24-2 UFC WW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title. Next fight: TBA

2. Johny Hendricks (14-1) Last fight: UD win over Carlos Condit on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre, date TBA

3. Carlos Condit (28-7) Last fight: UD loss to Johny Hendricks on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: TBA

4. Nick Diaz (26-9-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: TBA

5. Demian Maia (18-4) Last fight: UD win over Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

6. Rory MacDonald (14-1) Last fight: UD win over B.J. Penn on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Jake Ellenberger on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

7. Jake Ellenberger (29-6) Last fight: KO win over Nate Marquardt on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Next fight: versus Rory MacDonald on July 27, 2013 at UFC on FOX 8

8. Martin Kampmann (20-6) KO loss to Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: TBA

9. Ben Askren (11-0, Bellator WW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Karl Amoussou on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86. Next fight: versus Andrey Koreshkov, date TBA

10. Jon Fitch (24-5-1NC-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Demian Maia on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Josh Burkman at World Series of Fighting 3 on June 14, 2013

Honourable mentions: Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story,Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler, Andrey Koreshkov, Josh Koscheck, Jake Shields

Benson Henderson remains the number one ranked lightweight in the world after a split-decision win over Gilbert Melendez on April 20. Melendez remains ranked the number two lightweight. Josh Thomson’s TKO win over Nate Diaz moves him from an honorable mention to 5th overall. Nate Diaz drops from 5th to 6th overall. Jim Miller from 6th to 8th. Eddie Alvarez from 8th to 10th and Michael Chandler from 7th to 9th. Donald Cerrone goes from 10th overall into an honorable mention and TJ Grant jumps from 9th to 7th overall.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (19-2, UFC LW Champion) Last fight: SD win over Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title. Next fight: vs. winner of TJ Grant v. Gray Maynard, date TBA

2. Gilbert Melendez (21-3) Last fight: SD loss to Benson Henderson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title. Next fight: TBA

3. Anthony Pettis (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Donald Cerrone on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo on August 3, 2013 for UFC FW title at UFC 163

4. Gray Maynard (11-1-1D-1NC) Last fight: SD win over Clay Guida on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4. Next fight: versus TJ Grant on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

5. Josh Thomson (20-5-1NC) Last fight: TKO win over Nate Diaz on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

6. Nate Diaz (16-9) Last fight: TKO loss Josh Thomson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

7. TJ Grant (20-5) Last fight: KO win over Matt Wiman on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Gray Maynard on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

8. Jim Miller (21-4) Last Fight: UD win over Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Pat Healy on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

9. Michael Chandler (11-0, Bellator LW champion) Last fight: submission win over Rick Hawn on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. Next fight: TBA

 10. Eddie Alvarez (24-3) Last fight: KO win over Patricky Freire on October 12, 2012 at Bellator 76. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Rustam Khabilov, Jamie Varner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Pat Healy, Donald Cerrone

Darren Elkins KO loss to Chad Mendes on April 20 drops him from 8th to 9th overall. Pat Curran goes from 9th to 8th and Chad Mendes remains ranked 3rd overall at featherweight.

Featherweights-145 lbs.

1. Jose Aldo (22-1, UFC FW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: versus Anthony Pettis on August 3, 2013 for UFC FW title at UFC 163

2. Frankie Edgar (15-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Jose Aldo on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: versus Charles Oliveira on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

3. Chad Mendes (14-1) Last fight: KO win over Darren Elkins on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

4. Ricardo Lamas (13-2) Last fight: TKO win over Erik Koch on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Chan Sung Jung on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

5. Chan Sung Jung (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: versus Ricardo Lamas on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

6. Cub Swanson (19-5) Last fight: UD win over Dustin Poirier on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: versus Dennis Siver on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162

7. Erik Koch (13-2) Last fight: TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

8. Pat Curran (19-4, Bellator FW champion) Last fight: submission win over Shahbulat Shamhalaev on April 4, 2013 at Bellator 95 for Bellator FW title. Next fight: TBA

9. Darren Elkins (16-3) Last fight: KO loss to Chad Mendes on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

10. Clay Guida (30-13) Last fight: SD win over Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Yuri Alcantara, Hacran Dias, Pablo Garza, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Diego Nunes, Hatsu Hioki, Dennis Siver, Diego Brandao, Conor McGregor

No movement in this month’s bantamweight rankings since our previous installment.

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: TBA

2. Renan Barao (30-1-1, UFC interim BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Michael McDonald on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: versus Eddie Wineland on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

3. Urijah Faber (28-6) Last fight: submission win over Scott Jorgensen on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

4. Brian Bowles (10-2) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus George Roop on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

5. Michael McDonald (15-2) Last fight: submission loss to Renan Barao on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: TBA

6. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1D) Last fight: SD win over Brad Pickett on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Renan Barao on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161 for interim UFC BW title

7. Brad Pickett (23-7) Last fight: SD win over Mike Easton on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Next fight: TBA

8. Scott Jorgensen (14-6) Last fight: submission win over John Albert on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Urijah Faber on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale

9. Ivan Menjivar (25-10) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

10. Bibiano Fernandes (13-3, DREAM BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Yoshiro Maeda on December 31, 2012 at DREAM 18. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw, Tyson Nam, Hugo “Wolverine” Viana, Edwin Figueroa, Erik Perez, Yuri Alcantara, George Roop

Louis Gaudinot drops from 8th to 10th overall. John Lineker improves from 10th to 9th and Darren Uyenoyama improves from 9th to 8th despite a TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on April 20. Benavidez remains 2nd overall in the flyweight division.

Flyweights

 1. Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1, UFC Fly-W champion) Last fight: UD win over John Dodson on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus John Moraga for UFC Fly-W title, date TBA

2. Joseph Benavidez (18-3) Last fight: TKO win over Darren Uyenoyama on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

3. Ian McCall (11-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Joseph Benavidez on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

4. John Dodson (14-6) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. John Moraga (12-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Cariaso on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title, date TBA

6. Chris Cariaso (14-4) Last fight: submission loss to John Moraga on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Jussier Da Silva Formiga on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

7. Jussier Da Silva Formiga (14-2) Last fight: TKO loss to John Dodson on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: versus Chris Cariaso on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

8. Darren Uyenoyama (8-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. Next fight: TBA

9. John Lineker (20-6) Last fight: UD win over Yasuhiro Urushitani on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. Next fight: versus Azamat Gashimov on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

10. Louis Gaudinot (6-2) Last fight: submission win over John Lineker on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: TBA

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Josh Ferguson, Phil Harris, Ulysses Gomez, Yasuhiro Urushitani

Cat Zingano’s TKO win over Miesha Tate on April 13 moves her from 6th to 3rd overall in the women’s bantamweight division. Miesha Tate drops from 3rd to 4th, Liz Carmouche from 4th to 5th and Sara McMann from 5th to 6th.

Women (135 lbs.)

1. Ronda Rousey (7-0, UFC Women’s BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus winner of Miesha Tate- Cat Zingano

2. Sarah Kaufman (16-2) Last fight: SD win over Leslie Smith on April 5, 2013 for Invicta FC 5

3. Cat Zingano (8-0) Last fight: TKO win over Miesha Tate on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: versus Ronda Rousey for UFC WBW title, date TBA

4. Miesha Tate (13-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Cat Zingano on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Next fight: TBA

5. Liz Carmouche (8-3) Last fight: submission loss to Ronda Rousey on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

6. Sara McMann (6-0) Last fight: UD win over Shayna Baszler on July 28, 2012 at Invicta FC 2. Next fight: versus Sheila Gaff on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

7. Alexis Davis (13-5) Last fight: submission win over Shayna Baszler on January 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 4. Next fight: versus Rosi Sexton on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161

8. Lauren Taylor (6-0) Last fight: UD win over Kaitlyn Young on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5. Next fight: TBA

9. Shayna Baszler (15-8) Last fight: submission loss to Alexis Davis on January 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 4. Next fight: TBA

10. Leslie Smith (5-3) Last fight: SD loss to Sarah Kaufman on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5. Next fight: TBA

Honorable mentions: Rosi Sexton, Julie Kedzie, Sarah D’Alelio, Hitomi Akano , Holly Holm, Amanda Nunes, Kaitlin Young, Jessamyn Duke, Rin Nakai, Sheila Gaff, Raquel Pennington, Germaine De Randamie, Miriam Nakamoto, Jan Finney

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Ringside Report Radio. March 22, 2013- WSOF 2 preview now online

This is the March 22, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Fred Garcia of MMAnouvelles.com

Simon and Garcia discussed potential opponents for Nick Diaz and the likelihood of his retirement from MMA.

Simon and Garcia discussed results from Bellator 93 including Dave Jansen’s UD win over Marcin Held and the no contest between Marcus Davis and Waachim Spiritwolf.

Simon and Garcia previewed the main card of World Series of Fighting 2 including Marlon Moraes versus Tyson Nam and the heavyweight main event featuring Andrei Arlovski versus Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

All this and much more MMA on this 2-hour episode.

Top 10 MMA Rankings – March 2013

jose aldoThis is the 20th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. These rankings were revealed on the March 1, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. NOTE: Results from UFC on Fuel 8 and all other events in March 2013 will be reflected in the April 2013 rankings

Alistair Overeem’s loss to Antonio Silva on February 2 drops him from 3rd overall to 5th on this month’s rankings. Antonio Silva jumps from 8th to 4th overall in this month’s rankings after the victory. Daniel Cormier moves from 4th to 3rd overall. Josh Barnett drops from 5th to 6th, Frank Mir from 6th to 7th and Fabricio Werdum drops from 7th to 8th. There are no Top 10 Heavyweights scheduled to compete in March 2013.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Cain Velasquez (11-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: UD win over Junior Dos Santos on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Antonio Silva on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160 for UFC HW title

2. Junior Dos Santos (15-2) Last fight: UD loss to Cain Velasquez on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Alistair Overeem on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

3. Daniel Cormier (11-0) Last fight: TKO win over Dion Staring on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: versus Frank Mir on April 20, 2013 for UFC on FOX 7

4. Antonio Silva (18-4) Last fight: TKO win over Alistair Overeem on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160 for UFC HW title

5. Alistair Overeem (36-12-1) Last fight: TKO loss to Antonio Silva on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

6. Josh Barnett (32-6) Last fight:  unanimous decision win over Nandor Guelmino on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: TBA

7. Frank Mir (16-6) Last fight: TKO loss to Junior Dos Santos for UFC HW title on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Daniel Cormier on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7

8. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8, 2013

9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1-1) Last fight: submission win over Dave Herman on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Fabricio Werdum on June 8, 2013

10. Roy Nelson (18-7) Last fight: TKO win over Matt Mitrione on December 15, 2012. Next fight: versus Cheick Kongo on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

Honourable mentions: Mark Hunt, Cheick Kongo, Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Stefan Struve, Pat Barry, Shane Carwin

Lyoto Machida’s win over Dan Henderson on February 23 moves him from 3rd to 2nd in this month’s rankings. Henderson drops from 2nd to 3rd overall. Rashad Evans’ loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira drops him from 4th to 5th overall. Alexander Gustafsson jumps from 6th to 4th. Phil Davis drops from 5th to 6th overall. No Top 10 Light-Heavyweights are scheduled to compete in March 2013.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (17-1, UFC LHW Champion) Last fight: submission win over Vitor Belfort on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Chael Sonnen on April 27, 2013 for UFC LHW title

2. Lyoto Machida (19-3) Last fight: SD win over Dan Henderson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

3. Dan Henderson (29-9) Last fight: SD loss to Lyoto Machida on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

4. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Gegard Mousasi on April 6, 2013 for UFC on Fuel TV 9

5. Rashad Evans (17-3-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

6. Phil Davis (10-1) Last fight: submission win over Wagner Prado on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Vinny Magalhaes on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

7. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) Last Fight: UD loss to Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

8. Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2) Last fight: submission win over Mike Kyle on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: versus Alexander Gustafsson on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9

9. Ryan Bader (15-3) Last fight: submission win over Vladimir Matyushenko on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Glover Teixeira on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5) Last fight: UD win over Rashad Evans on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Forrest Griffin, Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Attila Vegh

No movement in the Middleweight rankings this month. 8th ranked Brian Stann will fight Wanderlei Silva on March 3. 5th ranked Yushin Okami will fight Hector Lombard on March 3.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (33-4, UFC MW Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Stephan Bonnar on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: rumored to be defending UFC title versus Chris Weidman on July 6, 2013

2. Chael Sonnen (27-12-1D) Last fight: TKO loss to Anderson Silva on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: versus Jon Jones for UFC LHW title on April 27, 2013 for UFC LHW title

3. Chris Weidman (8-0) Last Fight: KO win over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: rumored to be fighting Anderson Silva on July 7, 2013

4. Vitor Belfort (22-10) Last fight: TKO win over Michael Bisping on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7. Next fight: versus Luke Rockhold on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

5. Yushin Okami (28-7) Last fight: UD win over Alan Belcher on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Hector Lombard on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8

6. Michael Bisping (23-5) Last fight: TKO loss to Vitor Belfort n January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7. Next fight: versus Alan Belcher on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

7. Mark Munoz (12-3) Last fight: KO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4 on July 11, 2012. Next Fight: TBA

8. Brian Stann (12-5) Last fight: UD loss to Michael Bisping on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Wanderlei Silva at LHW on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8

9. Luke Rockhold (10-1, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: UD win over Tim Kennedy on July 14, 2012 for Strikeforce: Rockhold v. Kennedy. Next Fight: versus Vitor Belfort on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

10. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (17-3-1) Last fight: submission win over Ed Herman on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: versus Costa Philippou on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares,Wanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher, Jake Shields, Hector Lombard, Costa Philippou, Tim Boetsch, Ronny Markes, Tom Watson, Alexander Shlemenko

Josh Koscheck’s loss to Robbie Lawler on February 23 drops him from 5th overall in February 2013 to 8th in March. Demian Maia’s win over Jon Fitch on February 2 improves Maia’s rankings from 9th in  February to 5th overall this month. Jon Fitch drops from 6th to 7th. Rory MacDonald moves from 7th to 6th.  Martin Kampmann drops from 8th to 9th. Number 1 ranked Georges St-Pierre is scheduled to fight 3rd ranked Nick Diaz on March 16. 2nd ranked Carlos Condit is scheduled to fight 4th ranked Johny Hendricks on March 16.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (23-2 UFC WW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012. Next fight: versus Nick Diaz on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title

2. Carlos Condit (28-6) Last fight: UD loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158

3. 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: versus Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title

4. Johny Hendricks (13-1) Last fight: KO win over Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Carlos Condit on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158

5. Demian Maia (18-4) Last fight: UD win over Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

6. Rory MacDonald (13-1) Last fight: UD win over B.J. Penn on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

7. Jon Fitch (24-5-1NC-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Demian Maia on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

8. Josh Koscheck (17-7) Last fight: TKO loss to Robbie Lawler on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

9. Martin Kampmann (20-6) KO loss to Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: TBA

10. Ben Askren (11-0, Bellator WW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Karl Amoussou on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86. Next fight: versus Andrey Koreshkov, date TBA

Honourable mentions: Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story, Diego Sanchez, Jake Ellenberger, Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler

Previously 2nd ranked Frankie Edgar dropped down to Featherweight in February 2013 and exits the Lightweight rankings. Gilbert Melendez goes from 3rd in February to 2nd overall in March 2013. Anthony Pettis moves from 5th to 3rd overall. Gray Maynard drops from 3rd to 4th. Nate Diaz goes from 6th to 5th. Jim Miller from 7th to 6th. Michael Chandler from 8th to 7th. Eddie Alvarez from 9th to 8th. TJ Grant enters the Top 10 from an honorable mention in February into 9th overall this month. No Top 10 Lightweights are scheduled to compete in March 2013.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (18-2, UFC LW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nate Diaz on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title

2. Gilbert Melendez (21-2) Last fight: SD win over Josh Thomson on May 19, 2012 at Strikeforce: Barnett v. Cormier. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7 for UFC LW title

3. Anthony Pettis (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Donald Cerrone on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo on August 3, 2013 for UFC FW title

4. Gray Maynard (11-1-1D-1NC) Last fight: SD win over Clay Guida on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4. Next fight: versus TJ Grant on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

5. Nate Diaz (16-8) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5 for UFC LW title.  Next fight: versus Josh Thomson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7

6. Jim Miller (21-4) Last Fight: UD win over Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Pat Healy on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

7. Michael Chandler (11-0, Bellator LW champion) Last fight: submission win over Rick Hawn on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. Next fight: TBA

8. Eddie Alvarez (24-3) Last fight: KO win over Patricky Freire on October 12, 2012 at Bellator 76. Next fight: TBA

9. TJ Grant (20-5) Last fight: KO win over Matt Wiman on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

 10. Donald Cerrone (19-5-1NC) Last Fight: TKO loss to Anthony Pettis on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus KJ Noons on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160

Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Rustam Khabilov, Jamie Varner, Khabib Nurmagomedov

After an impressive performance versus Jose Aldo in his 145 lbs. debut on February 2, Frankie Edgar enters the Featherweight Top 10 at 2nd overall. Chad Mendes drops from 2nd to 3rd. Ricardo Lamas from 3rd to 4th. Chan Sung Jung from 4th to 5th. Erik Koch drops from 5th to 7th. Darren Elkins goes fro 7th to 8th and Pat Curran drops from 8th to 9th. Dennis Siver falls out of the Top 10 into the honorable mention category after his UD loss to 6th ranked Cub Swanson on February 16. 8th ranked Darren Elkins is scheduled to fight Antonio Carvalho on March 16. Elkins is the only Top 10 FW scheduled to compete in March 2013.

Featherweights-145 lbs.

1. Jose Aldo (22-1, UFC FW Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: versus Anthony Pettis on August 3, 2013 for UFC FW title

2. Frankie Edgar (15-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Jose Aldo on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title. Next fight: TBA

3. Chad Mendes (13-1) Last fight: KO win over Yaotzin Meza December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6. Next fight: versus Clay Guida on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7

4. Ricardo Lamas (13-2) Last fight: TKO win over Erik Koch on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. Chan Sung Jung (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: TBA

6. Cub Swanson (19-5) Last fight: UD win over Dennis Siver on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: TBA

7. Erik Koch (13-2) Last fight: TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

8. Darren Elkins (15-2) Last fight: UD win over Steven Siler on November 17 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Antonio Carvalho on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158

9. Pat Curran (18-4, Bellator FW champion) Last fight: SD win over Patrcio Freire on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. Next fight: versus Shahbulat Shamhalaev on April 4, 2013 at Bellator 95 for Bellator FW title

10. Clay Guida (30-13) Last fight: SD win over Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus Chad Mendes on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Yuri Alcantara, Hacran Dias, Pablo Garza, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Diego Nunes, Hatsu Hioki, Dennis Siver, Shahbulat Shamhalaev

Following a submission loss to Urijah Faber on February 23, Ivan Menjivar drops from 8th to 9th overall in the BW rankings. Scott Jorgensen moves from 9th to 8th. There are no Top 10 bantamweights scheduled to compete in March 2013.

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: TBA

2. Renan Barao (30-1-1, UFC interim BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Michael McDonald on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: TBA

3. Urijah Faber (27-6) Last fight:submission win over Ivan Menjivar on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: versus Scott Jorgensen on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale

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

5. Michael McDonald (15-2) Last fight: submission loss to Renan Barao on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7. Next fight: TBA

6. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1D) Last fight: SD win over Brad Pickett on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

7. Brad Pickett (22-7) Last fight: SD loss to Eddie Wineland on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Mike Easton on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9

8. Scott Jorgensen (14-6) Last fight: submission win over John Albert on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Urijah Faber on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale

9. Ivan Menjivar (25-10) Last fight: submission loss to Urijah Faber on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Next fight: TBA

10. Bibiano Fernandes (13-3, DREAM BW champion) Last fight: submission win over Yoshiro Maeda on December 31, 2012 at DREAM 18. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw, Tyson Nam, Hugo “Wolverine” Viana, Edwin Figueroa, Erik Perez, Yuri Alcantara

No movement in the Flyweight rankings this month. There are no Top 10 Flyweights scheduled to compete in March 2013.

Flyweights

 1. Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1, UFC Fly-W champion) Last fight: UD win over John Dodson on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: versus John Moraga for UFC Fly-W title, date TBA

2. Joseph Benavidez (17-3) Last fight: UD win over Ian McCall on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

3. Ian McCall (11-4-1) Last fight: UD loss to Joseph Benavidez on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Next fight: TBA

4. John Dodson (14-6) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. John Moraga (12-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Cariaso on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title, date TBA

6. Chris Cariaso (14-4) Last fight: submission loss to John Moraga on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

7. Jussier Da Silva Formiga (14-2) Last fight: TKO loss to John Dodson on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: TBA

8. Louis Gaudinot (6-2) Last fight: submission win over John Lineker on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: TBA

9. Darren Uyenoyama (8-3) Last fight: submission win over Phil Harris on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: TBA

10. John Lineker (20-6) Last fight: UD win over Yasuhiro Urushitani on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. Next fight: versus Azamat Gashimov on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Josh Ferguson, Phil Harris, Ulysses Gomez, Yasuhiro Urushitani

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Top 10 MMA Rankings- February 2013

Demetrious-JohnsonThis is the 19th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. These rankings were revealed on the February 1, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. NOTE: Results from UFC 156 and all other events in February 2013 will be reflected in the March 2013 rankings.

No movement in the heavyweight division this month. 4th ranked Daniel Cormier defeated Dion Staring on January 12. 5th ranked Josh Barnett defeated Nandor Guelmino on January 12. No other Top 10 heavyweights competed in January 2013. 3rd ranked Alistair Overeem will fight 8th ranked Antonio Silva on February 2. 

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Cain Velasquez (11-1) Last fight: UD win over Junior Dos Santos on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

2. Junior Dos Santos (15-2) Last fight: UD loss to Cain Velasquez on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

3.Alistair Overeem (36-11-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next Fight: versus Antonio Silva on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

4. Daniel Cormier (11-0) Last fight: TKO win over Dion Staring on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: versus Frank Mir on April 20, 2013 for UFC on FOX 7

5. Josh Barnett (32-6) Last fight:  unanimous decision win over Nandor Guelmino on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: TBA

6. Frank Mir (16-6) Last fight: TKO loss to Junior Dos Santos for UFC HW title on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Daniel Cormier on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7

7. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8, 2013

8. Antonio Silva (17-4) Last fight: TKO win over Travis Browne October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: versus Alistair Overeem on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1-1) Last fight: submission win over Dave Herman on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Fabricio Werdum on June 8, 2013

10. Roy Nelson (18-7) Last fight: TKO win over Matt Mitrione on December 15, 2012. Next fight: versus Cheick Kongo on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

Honourable mentions: Mark Hunt, Cheick Kongo, Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Stefan Struve, Pat Barry, Shane Carwin

Formerly an honorable mention, Ryan Bader jumps into the Top 10 at 9th overall with a submission win over Vladimir Matyushenko on January 26. Previously 10th ranked Quinton “Rampage” Jackson drops out of the Top 10 into an honorable mention after losing to Glover Teixeira on January 26. Previously 9th ranked Antonio Rogerio Nogueira drops to 10th overall. 4th ranked Rashad Evans is scheduled to fight 10th ranked Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on February 2. 2nd ranked Dan Henderson will fight 3rd ranked Lyoto Machida on February 23.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (17-1, UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion) Last fight: submission win over Vitor Belfort on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Chael Sonnen on April 27, 2013 for UFC LHW title

2. Dan Henderson (29-8) Last fight: UD win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Lyoto Machida on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

3. Lyoto Machida (18-3) Last fight: KO win over Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 on August 4, 2012. Next fight: versus Dan Henderson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

4. Rashad Evans (17-2-1D) Last fight: Unanimous Decision loss to Jon Jones for UFC LHW title at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012.  Next fight: versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156

5. Phil Davis (10-1) Last fight: submission win over Wagner Prado on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Vinny Magalhaes on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

6. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Gegard Mousasi on April 6, 2013 for UFC on Fuel TV 9

7. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) Last Fight: UD loss to Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

8. Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2) Last fight: submission win over Mike Kyle on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: versus Alexander Gustafsson on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9

9. Ryan Bader (15-3) Last fight: submission win over Vladimir Matyushenko on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5) Last fight: TKO win over Tito Ortiz on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next fight: versus Rashad Evans on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156

Honourable mentions: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Forrest Griffin, Glover Teixeira, Ryan Jimmo, Jimi Manuwa, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

Michael Bisping’s loss to 4th ranked Vitor Belfort drops him from 5th in January to 6th in February 2013. Yushin Okami jumps from 6th to 5th overall. There was no other movement in the middleweight division this month. There are no Top 10 middleweights scheduled for competition in February 2013.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (33-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Stephan Bonnar on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: TBA

2. Chael Sonnen (27-12-1D) Last fight: TKO loss to Anderson Silva on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: versus Jon Jones for UFC LHW title on April 27, 2013 for UFC LHW title

3. Chris Weidman (8-0) Last Fight: KO win over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: TBA

4. Vitor Belfort (22-10) Last fight: TKO win over Michael Bisping on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7. Next fight: TBA

5. Yushin Okami (28-7) Last fight: UD win over Alan Belcher on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: versus Hector Lombard on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8

6. Michael Bisping (23-5) Last fight: TKO loss to Vitor Belfort n January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7. Next fight: versus Alan Belcher on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159

7. Mark Munoz (12-3) Last fight: KO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4 on July 11, 2012. Next Fight: TBA

8. Brian Stann (12-5) Last fight: UD loss to Michael Bisping on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Wanderlei Silva at LHW on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8

9. Luke Rockhold (10-1, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: UD win over Tim Kennedy on July 14, 2012 for Strikeforce: Rockhold v. Kennedy. Next Fight: TBA

10. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (17-3-1) Last fight: submission win over Ed Herman on January 12 for Strikeforce. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares,Wanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher, Jake Shields, Hector Lombard, Costa Philippou, Tim Boetsch, Ronny Markes

Previously 9th ranked Nate Marquardt drops into the honorable mention category this month after a decision loss to Tarec Saffiedine on January 12. Bellator champion Ben Askren enters the Top 10 at 10th overall with a TKO win over Karl Amoussou on January 24.. Demian Maia jumps from 10th to 9th overall and will fight 6th ranked Jon Fitch on February 2. 5th ranked Josh Koscheck is scheduled to fight Robbie Lawler on February 23 at UFC 157.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (23-2 UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012. Next fight: versus Nick Diaz on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title

2. Carlos Condit (28-6) Last fight: UD loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012. Next fight: versus Rory MacDonald on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158

3. 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: versus Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title

4. Johny Hendricks (13-1) Last fight: KO win over Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Jake Ellenberger on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158

5. Josh Koscheck (17-6) Last fight: SD loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Robbie Lawler on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

6. Jon Fitch (24-4-1NC-1D) Last fight: UD win over Erick Silva on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Demian Maia on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

7. Rory MacDonald (13-1) Last fight: UD win over B.J. Penn on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Carlos Condit on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158.

8. Martin Kampmann (20-6) KO loss to Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: TBA

9. Demian Maia (17-4) Last fight: submission win over Rick Story on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

10. Ben Askren (11-0, Bellator WW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Karl Amoussou on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86. Next fight: versus Andrey Koreshkov, date TBA

Honourable mentions: Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story, Diego Sanchez, Jake Ellenberger, Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyron Woodley.

Previously 7th ranked Clay Guida made a successful debut in the featherweight division with a win over Hatsu Hioki on January 26. Guida’s drop to featherweight puts him out of the lightweight rankings. Previously 8th ranked Jim Miller jumps to 7th overall. Michael Chandler jumps from 10th to 8th with a win over Rick Hawn on January 17. Eddie Alvarez enters the Top 10 at 9th overall. 5th ranked Anthony Pettis’ win over 10th ranked Donald Cerrone on January 26 does not affect their rankings. 2nd ranked Frankie Edgar will drop to featherweight on February 2 to fight Jose Aldo for the UFC FW title. There are no other Top 10 lightweights scheduled for competition in February 2013.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (18-2, UFC Lightweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nate Diaz on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7

2. Frankie Edgar (15-3-1) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150 for UFC LW title. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title

3. Gray Maynard (11-1-1D-1NC) Last fight: SD win over Clay Guida on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4. Next fight: TBA

4. Gilbert Melendez (21-2, Strikeforce LW champion) Last fight: SD win over Josh Thomson on May 19, 2012 at Strikeforce: Barnett v. Cormier. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7

5. Anthony Pettis (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Donald Cerrone on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

6. Nate Diaz (16-8) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5 for UFC LW title.  Next fight: versus Josh Thomson on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7

7. Jim Miller (21-4) Last Fight: UD win over Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

8. Michael Chandler (11-0, Bellator LW champion) Last fight: submission win over Rick Hawn on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. Next fight: TBA

9. Eddie Alvarez (24-3) Last fight: KO win over Patricky Freire on October 12, 2012 at Bellator 76. Next fight: TBA

 10. Donald Cerrone (19-5-1NC) Last Fight: TKO loss to Anthony Pettis on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Rustam Khabilov, Jamie Varner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, TJ Grant

Ricardo Lamas’ win over Erik Koch on January 26 bumps him from 5th in January to 3rd overall in February 2013. Koch drops from 3rd to 5th. Previously 7th ranked Hatsu Hioki lost to Clay Guida on January 26 and drops into the honorable mention category. Clay Guida enters the featherweight Top 10 at 10th overall. Darren Elkins improves from 8th to 7th. Pat Curran jumps from 9th to 8th and Dennis Siver from 10th to 9th. 1st ranked Jose Aldo will fight Frankie Edgar on February 2. 2nd ranked Chad Mendes will fight Manny Gamburyan on February 23. 6th ranked Cub Swanson will fight 9th ranked Dennis Siver on February 16.

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 Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title

2. Chad Mendes (13-1) Last fight: KO win over Yaotzin Meza December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6. Next fight: versus Manny Gamburyan on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

3. Ricardo Lamas (13-2) Last fight: TKO win over Erik Koch on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

4. Chan Sung Jung (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: TBA

5. Erik Koch (13-2) Last fight: TKO los to Ricardo Lamas on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

6. Cub Swanson (18-5) Last fight: TKO win over Charles Oliveira on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Dennis Siver on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7

7. Darren Elkins (15-2) Last fight: UD win over Steven Siler on November 17 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Antonio Carvalho on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158

8. Pat Curran (18-4, Bellator champion) Last fight: SD win over Patrcio Freire on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. Next fight: TBA

9. Dennis Siver (21-8) Last fight: UD win over Nam Phan on December 8, 2012. Next fight: versus Cub Swanson on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV

10. Clay Guida (30-13) Last fight: SD win over Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Yuri Alcantara, Hacran Dias, Pablo Garza, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Diego Nunes, Hatsu Hioki

There was no movement in the bantamweight rankings this month. No Top 10 bantamweights competed in February 2013. 2nd ranked Renan Barao is scheduled to fight 5th ranked Michael McDonald on February 16 for the UFC interim BW title. 3rd ranked Urijah Faber is scheduled to fight 8th ranked Ivan Menjivar on February 23.

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: TBA

2. Renan Barao (29-1-1, UFC interim BW champion) Last fight:  UD win over Urijah Faber on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: versus Michael McDonald on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7 for UFC interim BW title

3. Urijah Faber (26-6) Last fight: UD loss to Renan Barao on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: versus Ivan Menjivar on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

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

5. Michael McDonald (15-1) Last fight: KO win over Miguel Torres on April 21, 2012. Next fight: versus Renan Barao on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7 for UFC interim BW title

6. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1D) Last fight: SD win over Brad Pickett on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

7. Brad Pickett (22-7) Last fight: SD loss to Eddie Wineland on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

8. Ivan Menjivar (25-9) Last fight: submission win over Azamat Gashimov on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Urijah Faber on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

9. Scott Jorgensen (14-6) Last fight: submission win over John Albert on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

10. Bibiano Fernandes (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Yoshiro Maeda on December 31, 2012 at DREAM 18. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw, Tyson Nam, Hugo “Wolverine” Viana, Edwin Figueroa, Erik Perez, Yuri Alcantara

There was no movement in the flyweight rankings this month. 1st ranked Demetrious Johnson’s UFC title defense versus 4th ranked John Dodson does not affect their rankings. No other Top 10 flyweights competed in Janaury 2013. 2nd ranked Joseph Benavidez is scheduled to fight 3rd ranked Ian McCall on February 2. No other Top 10 flyweights are scheduled to compete in February 2013.

Flyweights

 1. Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1, UFC Flyweight champion) Last fight: UD win over John Dodson on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

2. Joseph Benavidez (16-3) Last fight: SD loss to Demetrious Johnson on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Ian McCall on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156.

3. Ian McCall (11-3-1) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus Joseph Benavidez on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156.

4. John Dodson (14-6) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6. Next fight: TBA

5. John Moraga (12-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Cariaso on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

6. Chris Cariaso (14-4) Last fight: submission loss to John Moraga on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

7. Jussier Da Silva Formiga (14-2) Last fight: TKO loss to John Dodson on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: TBA

8. Louis Gaudinot (6-2) Last fight: submission win over John Lineker on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: TBA

9. Darren Uyenoyama (8-3) Last fight: submission win over Phil Harris on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: TBA

10. John Lineker (20-6) Last fight: UD win over Yasuhiro Urushitani on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. Next fight: TBA

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Josh Ferguson, Phil Harris, Ulysses Gomez, Yasuhiro Urushitani

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Weekend in Fights! January 19th Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (January 19th, 2013) featured the only two major WIF Jan 19North American based MMA promotions in Bellator and UFC, now that STRIKEFORCE is officially over. The weekend also featured TUF Alumni, Bellator, STRIKEFORCE, PRIDE, DREAM, and WEC veterans at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 6 in Missouri and Championship Fighting Alliance 4 in Florida.

Bellator will now be featured every Thursday night on Spike TV. Their debut episode kicked off this weekend with Bellator 85 from Bren Center in Irvine, California. The card featured two title bouts, including Lightweight champion Michael Chandler making his first defense against season 7 tournament winner Rick Hawn, and Featherweight champion Pat Curran defending his title against season 5 tournament winner Patricio Freire. The card also featured three of four season 8 Light Heavyweight tournament opening round bouts.

To open up the televised portion of the card was the Featherweight championship but. Pat Curran and Patricio Freire went the distance in a back-and-forth striking bout that saw Curran walk away with his title in a split decision. Curran and Friere landed a lot of single punches throughout the round, with few multi-strike combinations connecting. Curran threw a lot of head kicks that were mainly blocked, as Friere worked inside leg kicks. In the end, Friere’s face was swollen and damaged with  a cut under his left eye and a bloody nose. Two judges saw the bout 48-47 for Curran, while the other saw it 48-47 for Friere, for the split decision.

Michael Chandler made his first Lightweight title defense in the main event against former Welterweight Rick Hawn. Chandler took Hawn down in the first round and controlled the pace of the fight, even though Hawn was never in any real trouble. Hawn did make it to his feet near the end of the round and attempted to use judo unsuccessfully. In the second round, the two battled against the cage, where Chandler secured a takedown. Once on the ground Chandler began to throw elbows from Hawn’s guard. In an attempt to improve his position Hawn used the cage to wall walk, but with the opening Chandler took his back and sunk in the rear-naked choke for the win. Chandler is now 8-o in Bellator with six stoppages.

The third Light Heavyweight tournament quarterfinal matchup between M-1 Global veteran Mikhail Zayats and journeyman Renato “Babalu” Sobral.  In the closing minute of the first frame, Zayats landed a huge spinning back fist that damaged Sobral. Zayats attempted to take him down, and landed shots in close distance. Those shots sent Sobral crashing to the round, where Zayats pounded him out with hammerfists with 11-seconds remaining in the round to win the fight and advance into the semifinals.

The other two Light Heavyweight tournament quarterfinals saw Jacob Noe TKO Seth Petruzelli mid way through the first round, after Petruzelli got the better of him until a takedown attempt saw Noe land on top and end the bout when Petruzelli wasn’t intelligently defending himself. Noe advances into the semifinals. Emanuel Newton submitted Atanas Djambazov with a rear-naked choke  submission in the second round to snap Djambazov’s 10-fight win streak and advance. UFC veterans Mike Guymon and Jamie Yager were both unsuccessful in their Bellator debuts. Guymon was knocked out by Savant Young, and Yager suffered a TKO loss to Joe Williams. (Full Bellator 85 event results below.)

The Friday night fights were aired on AXS TV with Resurrection Fighting Alliance  6 from the Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The card featured UFC, Bellator, STRIKEFORCE, WEC, and M-1 Global veterans and TUF Alumni. The main event featured a Bellator 14 rematch between James Krause and Toby Imada. Unlike the first matchup which Imada submitted Krause in the second round with an armbar, the bout went to the judges score cards. Also different from their first bout Krause’s hand was raised. The three time Bellator tournament finalist was dominated for three rounds to lose a unanimous decision to Krause. Krause used a simple game plan of continuous jabs to keep his distance from Imada, winning 30-27 on all three judges score cards.

UFC and WEC veteran Brock Larson picked a third consecutive victory with a unanimous decision over M-1 Global and STRIKEFORCE veteran Eduardo Pamplona. The Minnesota Martial Arts team member used wrestling to keep Pamplona on the ground where he grinded his way to victory with ground and pound. With two rounds in the bag, Larson found himself almost losing the fight when he was on his back in the third and on the receiving end of ground and pound. Larson was able to tough it out and pick the decision 29-28 on all three judges score cards.

In another Bellator rematch Kevin Croom and Brian Davidson squared off once again. In their first bout at Bellator 26 Croom submitted Davidson in the second round. In this bout Croom knocked him out in 42-seconds. Croom is now 2-0 against Davidson.

TUF Alumni and gay porn star Dakota Cochrane picked up his third straight RFA victory with a third round TKO over Deivison Ribeiro. Cochrane withstood two low blows during the bout, but he’s use to that and finished the fight using his  elbows with only 28-seconds remaining in the round. (Full RFA 6 – Krause vs. Imada 2 event results below.)

On Saturday night the UFC return to Brazil with UFC on FX 7 from the Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo. Stacked with Brazilian talent the main event featured Vitor Belfort versus Michael Bisping. Vitor Belfort only loses to the best fighters in the world, and that list doesn’t include  Michael Bisping. Belfort and Bisping really felt each other for the majority of first round until Victor landed a kick and rushed in cause Bisping to back pedal. In the second round Belfort rushed in with another high kick which rocked Bisping sending him reeling. Belfort pounced on Bisping and pounded him out.

The co-main event featured the UFC debut TUF Brazil alumni Daniel Sarafian who squared off in Middleweight action against C.B. Dollaway. Sarafian controlled the pace of the first round with impressive standup and takedown defense. Mid way through  second round Dolloway turn the tide of the bout  and landed a huge strike that hurt Sarafian but he was saved by the bell. In the third round Sarafian looked visibly fatigued and Dolloway took him down with ease. Sarafian was able to escape tough positions, but didn’t do enough to convince the judges. Dolloway wins a split decision 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

In the Heavyweight bout of the night Gabriel Gonzaga submitted Ben Rothwell with a guillotine choke in the second round. The first round was very even feeling out process and clinching against the cage. To start the second round Gonzaga landed 3 flush punches to Rothwell’s face. Following the third strie the two to clinch, where Gonzaga slapped on a guillotine choke and pulled guard. After a few seconds of attempting to pull out of the submission Rothwell tapped. Gonzaga is now 2-0 since returning to the UFC in January of 2012.

Khabib Nurmagomedov destroyed Thiago Tavares with a first round TKO. Nurmagomedov landed a leaping uppercut that sent Taveres crashing to the mat. Nurmagomedov pounced on Tavares and pounded him out cold with a 17 ground and pound elbows. Referee Dan Miragliotta was very late on the stoppage, the second mistake he made tonight.  Nurmagomedov improves to 19-0, and 3-0 in the UFC, while Tavares’ 2-fight win streak is snapped, and he loses for the first time in Brazil.

On the FUEL TV prelims Godofredo “Pepey” Castro picked a split decision over  Milton Vieira in controversial fashion. Vieira decisively won the first round with wrestling. In the second Pepey landed a huge kimura sweep and connected with some ground and pound from full mount. As Vieira attempted to improve position Pepey took his back  and lock a body triangle. Pepey dominated the rest of the round with punches and rear-naked choke attempts. Vieira then connected with more strikes and takedowns in the third round, “winning” the round. However, the judges saw it differently and award Pepey his first UFC victory.

Ronny Markes handed Andrew Craig his first ever loss with a unanimous decision. Markes wrestling Craig to the ground and held him their for the first two rounds. Craig rebounded in the third round when he was in half guard landing a series of short elbows. Craig was unable to finish Markes before the bell, and lost the bout 1 round to 2. Markes remains undefeated in the UFC.

Nik Lentz picked up a unanimous decision over Diego Nunes by smothering him with his superior wrestling skills. Lentz hugged Nunes for the first round, sat on him for the second, and did both in the third while getting hit. Lentz threw the occasional punch in order to stay active and not be separated by the ref. He walks away with his second victory at Featherweight.

Edson Barboza made short work of the undefeated Lucas Martins with a first round submission due to strikes. Barboza landed a huge jab as Martins was rushing in, which caused his knees to buckle. Seeing his opponent was hurt Barboza pounced on him and rained down punches until Martins tapped out.

Yuri Alcantara was on his way to win his Bantamweight debut against the debuting Pedro Nobre. Alcantara was handling Nobre with a takedown into a kimura submission, which Nobre impressively escaped after his hand touched the back of his head. Alcantara transitioned in a back mount and was raining down punches until referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the action due to illegal strikes. All the strikes hit Nobre in the ear and not the back of the head. Nobre was unable to continue therefore the bout was declared a no contest. Alcantara’s brother Ildemar made his UFC debut prior to Yuri’s bout. Idlemar submitted Wagner Prado in the second round with an impressive knee lock.

In the only Facebook prelim, Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo ended his bout in impressive fashion with a belly to back suplex in an arm triangle choke submission, to submit C.J. Keith in under two minutes of the second round. (Full UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping event results below.)

CFA 9 Saturday (Luis Palomino, Alexis Vila) – BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Florida. The card featured the crowning of four championships, a Cage Fighting Alliance crowned inaugural champions in the Welterweight, Lightweight, Featherweight and Flyweight divisions. In the Lightweight title bout Pride & Dream veteran Luiz Buscape battled Bellator Luis Palomino for five rounds. The member of the Blackzillians camp Buscape the vacant CFA Lightweight championship title 49-46 on all three judges score cards. Another Blackzillian member became a CFA champion by decision as Sean Soriano won the interim Featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Victor Delgado. In the Welterweight Bellator and M-1 Global veteran Marcelo Alfaya knocked out Valdir Araujo in 25-seconds to win the vacant CFA Welterweight championship title. Josh Sampo won the inaugural CFA Flyweight title when he submitted Bellator veteran and Olympian Alexis Vila with a guillotine choke in the fifth round. (Full CFA 9 – Night of Champions event results below.)

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Bellator 85 results:Bellator 85

Michael Chandler def. Rick Hawn via submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:07 – Round 2  – to retain lightweight title

Mikhail Zayats def. Renato Sobral via TKO (strikes) – 4:49 – Round 1

Pat Curran def. Patricio Freire via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – to retain featherweight title

Prelims:

Jacob Noe def. Seth Petruzelli via TKO (strikes) – 2:51 – Round 1

Aaron Miller def. Joe Camacho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jason Lambert def. Hector Ramirez via submission (armbar) – 3:59 – Round 1

J.J. Ambrose def. Brian Warren via submission (guillotine choke) – 0:50 – Round 2

Emanuel Newton def. Atanas Djambazov via submission (rear-naked choke) – 2:21 – Round 2

Savant Young def. Mike Guymon via KO (punch) – 0:48 – Round 2

Joe Williams def. Jamie Yager via TKO (strikes) – 4:02 – Round 1

Cleber Luciano def. Mario Navarro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Resurrection Fighting Alliance 6 results:RFA 6

James Krause def. Toby Imada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Brock Larson def. Eduardo Pamplona via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Kevin Croom def. Brian Davidson via TKO (strikes) – 0:42 – Round 1

Dustin Ortiz def. Aaron Ely via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Dakota Cochrane def. Deivison Ribeiro via TKO (strikes) – 4:32 – Round 3

Mark Dickman def. Aaron Derrow via TKO (strikes) – 4:35 – Round 2

Bobby Cooper def. Nick Compton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cody Peterson def. Tyler Stokes via submission (armbar) – 2:06 – Round 2

Trey Johnson def. Marques Jackson via TKO (strikes) – 0:57 – Round 3

Michael Waverek def. Dusty Spaulding via submission (triangle choke) – 2:04 – Round 2

Matt Waters def. Joey Estrada via submission (triangle choke) – 2:45 – Round 2

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UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping results:UFC on FX 7

Vitor Belfort def. Michael Bisping via TKO (punches) – 1:26 – Round 2

C.B. Dollaway def.  Daniel Sarafian  via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell via submission (guillotine choke) – 1:01 – Round 2

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares via KO (elbows) – 1:55 – Round 1

FUEL TV prelims:

Godofredo Castro def. Milton Vieira  via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28 x3) b

Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-26)

Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins via submission (punches) – 2:38 – Round 1

Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre ruled No Contest (Nobre can’t continue after being hit in the ear)

Ildemar Alcatara def. Wagner Pradio via submission (knee lock) – 2:39 – Round 2

Facebook prelim:

Francisco Trinaldo def. C.J. Keith via submission (arm-triangle choke) – 1:50 – Round 2

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CFA 9 – Night of Champions results: CFA 9 NOC
Sean Soriano def. Victor Delgado via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to win the CFA Interim Featherweight Championship

Marcelo Alfaya def. Valdir Araujo via KO – 0:25 – Round 1 – to win the CFA Welterweight Championship

Josh Sampo def. Alexis Vila via submission (Guillotine choke) – 2:26 – Round 5  – to win the CFA Flyweight Championship

Luiz Buscape def. Luis Palomino via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) – to win the CFA Lightweight Championship

Elvin Brito def. Patrick Cenoble via
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Pablo Alfonso def. Shah Bobonis via submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:24 – Round 1
Yosdenis Cedeno def. Ryan DeRocher via TKO (Head kick & follow up punches) Round 2 0:37

Michael King def. Billy Garris via submission (Strikes) – 2:05 – Round 1

Socrates Pierre def. Michael Lilly via submission (Anaconda choke) – 3:52 – Round 2
Charles Rosa def. Jayson Jones via TKO (Strikes) – 3:52 – Round 1
Shaun Dillon def. Jose Caceres via disqualification (illegal knee to downed opponent)
Trent McCown def. Michael Trujillo via submission (guillotine choke) – 1:01 – Round 1
Jean Bellefleur def. Carlos Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gleidson De Jesus def. Luis Hernandez via unanimous decision.

 

 

Weekend in Fights! January 12th Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (January 12th, 2013) marked Jan 12 WIFa sad day in MMA history, with final STRIKEFORCE event ever.

STRIKEFORCE was founded by Scott Coker in 1985 as a kickboxing promotion. In 2006 STRIKEFORCE transitioned into an MMA company with the featured bout between Frank Shamrock versus Cesar Gracie in the main event. Since that event they have produced 63 events since; 43 major cards and 20 challengers series. Crowning 25 champions or 26 if you count the World Heavyweight Grand Prix title during the last six years. One Heavyweight champion in Alistair Overeem. Six Light Heavyweight champions in Bobby Southworth, Renato Sobral, Gegard Mousasi, Monhammed Lawal, Rafael Cavalcante, and Dan Henderson. Five Middleweight champions in Frank Shamrock, Cung Le, Jake Shields, Ronaldo Souza, and Luke Rockhold. Two Welterweight champions in Nick Diaz and Nate Marquardt. Three Strikeforce logo 2006-2013Lightweight champions in Clay Guida, Josh Thompson, and Gilbert Melendez twice. One Women’s Featherweight champion in Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, and STRIKEFORCE 1-63four Women’s Bantamweight champions in Sarah Kaufman, Marloes Coenen, Miesha Tate, and Ronda Rousey. Josh Thompson is the only holder of both defunct U.S. Welterweight and U.S. Lightweight championships, and Daniel Cormier is the only STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Grand Prix champion. STRIKEFORCE held three MMA tournaments including the Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2011 through to 2012, the one night four fighters Women’s Bantamweight tournament in 2010, and the “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” Middleweight tournament in 2007. STRIKEFORCE was a pioneer in MMA history for giving Women the opportunity to fight on the grand stage. With co-promotion with M-1 Global, the talent sharing deals with DREAM and the signing of MMA stars such as Fedor Emelianenko, Dan Henderson, Alistair Overeem, Gegard Mousasi and others, STRIKEFORCE was the number two promotion in the world to fight. In March of 2011 the promotion was bought out by the parent company of the UFC, Zuffa LLC, and continued to run as an independent organization, but with many of STRIKEFORCE’s top stars and champions  jumping ship and divisions dissolving it was evident that the company would eventually fold. Forced to cancel two cards during that final quarter of 2012, UFC officials officially announced that the January 12th, 2013 card was indeed the final event for the promotion.

The 63rd and final STRIKEFORCE event took place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Saturday night. The main event featured the crowning of the last and final STRIKEFORCE Welterweight champion as Tarec Saffiedine defeated then champion Nate Marquardt in a five round affair. The bout had a slow start, but Saffiedine landed  a counter jab that buckled Marquardt’s knees, but he remained up fazed. Saffiedine picked Marquardt’s right leg apart throughout every round rendering a dark red from bruising. A lot of clinching and exchanging from both, but after three round Marquardt looked visibly winded, but carried on for the remaining two rounds, however, Saffiedine clearly controlled the pace. In the end Saffiedine would win a unanimous decision(48-47, 49-46, 49-46 to be capture the welterweight title.

STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier continued his undefeated streak on his path to the UFC with a second round TKO win over Dion Staring. A heavy favorite Cormier wasn’t looking past his final STRIKEFORCE opponent who came in swinging early. Initially Cormier struggled for the takedown but it wasn’t long before the fight was on the ground and he was raining down heavy shots. Surprising to many Staring made through the first frame, but the end would come in the near the end of the second round with ground and pound strikes from Cormier in full mount forced referee “Big” John McCarthy to call a stop to the action. In his post fight interview Cormier revealed that his UFC debut will be on April 20th at UFC on FOX 7 where he will be taking on Frank Mir, and the said he wants Jon Jones to beat Chael Sonnen so he can: “Kick his ass in the fall.”

Josh Barnett had two fights as he was battling the flu and  Nandor Guelmino. Guelmino was no match for Barnett as he took him down with ease right into a full mount and slapped on his signature arm-triangle choke to force the tap just over two minutes into the very first round. Barnett cut an awesome pro wrestling style promo at the end of the bout which was very entertaining.

After a 13-month lay off Gegard Mousasi returned to the STRIKEFORCE cage as a man possessed. Mousasi would pikced up his 33rd career victory by destroying Mike Kyle with a first round  rear-naked choke submission.  Mousasi took Kyle down and would proceed to transition from guard to, half guard, to mount with a flurry a devastating elbows. From that position Mousasi rained down punches, forcing Kyle to give up his back where Mousasi would cinch in the choke.

Ronaldo “Jacare”Souza made short work of UFC Middleweight import Ed Herman with a beautiful kimura submission in the first round. The dangerous submissions expert had Herman on the ground early but an illegal up kick baffling brought the fight back standing. Souza takes Herman down and is in side control where he quickly slaps on the kimura forcing the tap.

In the most baffling decision of the night Ryan Couture picked up a split decision victory over  K.J. Noons in a fight that one judge was clearly not watching. Couture and Noons measured each other up in the first round, but it wasn’t until the end of the round when Couture landed a spin kick, then tripped and was illegally kneed by Noons which was called. Noons the picked apart Couture in the second round, but failed to finish him of. The third round saw Noons counter strike a wobbly, yet aggressive Couture. In the end two judges saw the bout 29-28 for Couture and the other 30-27 for Noons. Noons was visibly upset post fight as he was robbed of a victory.

Also on the card war hero Tim Kennedy submitted Trevor Smith with a guillotine choke in the third round. Pat Healy earned his 29th career victory and sixth in a row by defeating a very game Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision after three rounds. Roger Gracie defeated Anthony Smith in the second round Gracie-Style with an arm-triangle choke submission. (Full STRIKEFORCE: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine event results below.) 

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STRIKEFORCE: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine results:StrikeforcePosterMarquardtSaffiedine

Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) – for final Strikeforce welterweight title

Daniel Cormier def. Dion Staring via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:02

Josh Barnett def. Nandor Guelmino via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:11

Gegard Mousasi def. Mike Kyle via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:09

Ronaldo Souza def. Ed Herman via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 3:10

Showtime Extreme prelims:

Ryan Couture def. K.J. Noons via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Smith via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:36

Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:16

Prelims:

Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Estevan Payan def. Michael Bravo via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:01

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Top 10 MMA Rankings- January 2013

velascainThis is the 18th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. These rankings were revealed on the January 2, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio.

Cain Velasquez’ victory over Junior Dos Santos on December 29 moves him from second last month to first overall at heavyweight in January 2013. Junior Dos Santos drops from first in December to second in this month’s rankings. Roy Nelson’s victory over Matt Mitrione on December 15 moves him into the tenth spot in January from an honorable mention in December 2012. Shane Carwin’s inactivity and inability to compete on December 15 drops him out of the Top 10. 4th ranked Daniel Cormier is scheduled to fight Dion Staring on January 12. 5th ranked Josh Barnett is scheduled to face Nandor Guelmino on January 12. No other Top 10 heavyweights are scheduled to compete in January 2013.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Cain Velasquez (11-1) Last fight: UD win over Junior Dos Santos on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

2. Junior Dos Santos (15-2) Last fight: UD loss to Cain Velasquez on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

3.Alistair Overeem (36-11-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next Fight: versus Antonio Silva on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

4. Daniel Cormier (10-0) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Josh Barnett on May 19, 2012 in Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale. Next fight: versus Dion Staring on January 12 for Strikeforce

5. Josh Barnett (31-6) Last fight:  unanimous decision loss to Daniel Cormier on May 19, 2012 in Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale. Next fight: versus Nandor Guelmino on January 12 for Strikeforce

6. Frank Mir (16-6) Last fight: TKO loss to Junior Dos Santos for UFC HW title on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: TBA

7. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8, 2013

8. Antonio Silva (17-4) Last fight: TKO win over Travis Browne October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: versus Alistair Overeem on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1-1) Last fight: submission win over Dave Herman on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Fabricio Werdum on June 8, 2013

10. Roy Nelson (18-7) Last fight: TKO win over Matt Mitrione on December 15, 2012. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Mark Hunt, Cheick Kongo, Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Ben Rothwell, Stefan Struve, Pat Barry, Shane Carwin

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua dropped from 3rd in December 2012 to 7th in January 2013 after a unanimous decision loss to Alexander Gustafsson on December 8. Gustafsson bumps up from 7th last month to 6th overall in this month’s rankings. Lyoto Machida bumps up from 4th to 3rd, Rashad Evans goes from 5th to 6th and Phil Davis from 6th to 5th overall. 8th ranked Gegard Mousasi is scheduled to fight Mike Kyle on January 12. 10th ranked Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira on January 26.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (17-1, UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion) Last fight: submission win over Vitor Belfort on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Chael Sonnen on April 27, 2013 for UFC LHW title

2. Dan Henderson (29-8) Last fight: UD win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Lyoto Machida on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

3. Lyoto Machida (18-3) Last fight: KO win over Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 on August 4, 2012. Next fight: versus Dan Henderson on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

4. Rashad Evans (17-2-1D) Last fight: Unanimous Decision loss to Jon Jones for UFC LHW title at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012.  Next fight: versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156

5. Phil Davis (10-1) Last fight: submission win over Wagner Prado on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Forrest Griffin on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.

6. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

7. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) Last Fight: UD loss to Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

8. Gegard Mousasi (32-3-2) Last fight: Unanimous Decision win over Ovince St-Preux on December 17, 2011. Next fight: versus Mike Kyle on January 12 for Strikeforce

9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5) Last fight: TKO win over Tito Ortiz on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next fight: versus Rashad Evans on February 2, 2012 at UFC 156

10. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) Last fight: UD loss to Ryan Bader on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Glover Teixeira on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

Honourable mentions: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Forrest Griffin, Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira, Ryan Jimmo, Jimi Manuwa

Yushin Okami jumps from 8th in December 2012 to 6th in January 2013 after a victory over Alan Belcher on December 29. Mark Munoz drops from 6th to 7th and Brian Stann from 7th to 8th. Previously 10th ranked Tim Boetsch’s loss to Constantinos Philippou on December 29 bumps him out of the Top 10 and allows Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to re-enter the list at number 10. 4th ranked Vitor Belfort is scheduled to fight 5th ranked Michael Bisping on January 19. 10th ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is scheduled to fight Ed Herman on January 12.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (33-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Stephan Bonnar on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: TBA

2. Chael Sonnen (27-12-1D) Last fight: TKO loss to Anderson Silva on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: versus Jon Jones for UFC LHW title on April 27, 2013 for UFC LHW title

3. Chris Weidman (8-0) Last Fight: KO win over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: TBA

4. Vitor Belfort (21-9) Last fight: submission loss to Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus fight Michael Bisping on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7

5. Michael Bisping (23-4) Last fight: UD win over Brian Stann on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Vitor Belfort n January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7

6. Yushin Okami (28-7) Last fight: UD win over Alan Belcher on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

7. Mark Munoz (12-3) Last fight: KO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4 on July 11, 2012. Next Fight: TBA

8. Brian Stann (12-5) Last fight: UD loss to Michael Bisping on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Wanderlei Silva at LHW on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8

9. Luke Rockhold (10-1, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: UD win over Tim Kennedy on July 14, 2012 for Strikeforce: Rockhold v. Kennedy. Next Fight: TBA

10. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (16-3-1) Last fight: KO win over Derek Brunson on August 18, 2012. Next fight: versus Ed Herman on January 12 for Strikeforce

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares,Wanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher, Jake Shields, Hector Lombard, Costa Philippou, Tim Boetsch.

Previously 8th ranked Rory MacDonald bumps up to 7th overall with a victory over B.J. Penn on December 8. Martin Kampmann drops from 7th to 8th. 9th ranked Nate Marquardt is scheduled to fight Tarec Saffiedine on January 12. There are no other Top 10 welterweights scheduled for competition in January 2013.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (23-2 UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012. Next fight: versus Nick Diaz on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title

2. Carlos Condit (28-6) Last fight: UD loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012. Next fight: versus Rory MacDonald on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158

3. 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: versus Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title

4. Johny Hendricks (13-1) Last fight: KO win over Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Jake Ellenberger on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158

5. Josh Koscheck (17-6) Last fight: SD loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Robbie Lawler on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

6. Jon Fitch (24-4-1NC-1D) Last fight: UD win over Erick Silva on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Demian Maia on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

7. Rory MacDonald (13-1) Last fight: UD win over B.J. Penn on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: versus Carlos Condit on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158.

8. Martin Kampmann (20-6) KO loss to Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: TBA

9. Nate Marquardt (32-10-2D, Strikeforce WW champion) Last fight: KO win over Tyron Woodley on July 14, 2012 to win Strikeforce WW title. Next fight: versus Tarec Saffiedine on January 12 for Strikeforce WW title

10. Demian Maia (17-4) Last fight: submission win over Rick Story on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. Next fight: versus Jon Fitch on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

Honourable mentions: B.J. Penn, Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story, Diego Sanchez, Jake Ellenberger, Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Ben Askren.

Previously 5th ranked Nate Diaz drops to 6th overall after a loss to number one ranked Benson Henderson on December 8. Anthony Pettis jumps from 6th to 5th in this month’s rankings. 8th ranked Jim Miller scored a win over Joe Lauzon on December 29 but did not improve in the rankings. 5th ranked Anthony Pettis is scheuled to fight 9th ranked Donald Cerrone on January 26. 7th ranked Clay Guida is scheduled to move to the featherweight division and fight Hatsu Hioki on January 26. 10th ranked Michael Chandler is scheduled to fight Rick Hawn on January 17.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (18-2, UFC Lightweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Diaz on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

2. Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150 for UFC LW title. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title

3. Gray Maynard (11-1-1D-1NC) Last fight: SD win over Clay Guida on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4. Next fight: TBA

4. Gilbert Melendez (21-2, Strikeforce LW champion) Last fight: SD win over Josh Thomson on May 19, 2012 at Strikeforce: Barnett v. Cormier. Next fight:  TBA

5. Anthony Pettis (15-2) Last fight: KO win over Joe Lauzon on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Donald Cerrone on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

6. Nate Diaz (16-8) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5 for UFC LW title.  Next fight: TBA

7. Clay Guida (29-13) Last fight: SD loss to Gray Maynard on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4. Next fight: versus Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

8. Jim Miller (21-4) Last Fight: UD win over Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

9. Donald Cerrone (19-4-1NC) Last Fight: KO win over Melvin Guillard on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. Next fight: versus Anthony Pettis on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

 10.  Michael Chandler (10-0, Bellator LW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Akihiro Gono on May 4, 2012 at Bellator 67 in non-title bout. Next fight: versus Rick Hawn on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85 for Bellator LW title

Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Eddie Alvarez, Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Rustam Khabilov, Jamie Varner, Khabib Nurmagomedov

Dennis Siver’s victory over Nam Phan on December on December 8 moves him from an honorable mention in December 2012 to 10th overall in January 2013. Siver holds a victory over Diego Nunes and is now 2-0 at FW. Previously 9th ranked Diego Nunes falls out of the Top 10 and previously 10th ranked Pat Curran takes his place at 9th overall. 3rd ranked Erik Koch is scheduled to fight 5th ranked Ricardo Lamas on January 26. 7th ranked Hatsu Hioki is scheduled to fight Clay Guida on January 26. 9th ranked Pat Curran is scheduled to fight Patricio “Pitbull” Freire on January 17.

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 Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title

2. Chad Mendes (13-1) Last fight: KO win over Yaotzin Meza December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6. Next fight: versus Manny Gamburyan on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157

3. Erik Koch (13-1) Last fight: UD win over Jonathan Brookins on September 17, 2011. Next fight: versus Ricardo Lamas on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

4. Chan Sung Jung (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Dustin Poirier on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: TBA

5. Ricardo Lamas (12-2) Last fight: UD win over Hatsu Hioki on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus Erik Koch on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

6. Cub Swanson (18-5) Last fight: TKO win over Charles Oliveira on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Dennis Siver on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7

7. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2) Last fight: UD loss to Ricardo Lamas on June 22, 2012 for UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus Clay Guida on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

8. Darren Elkins (15-2) Last fight: UD win over Steven Siler on November 17 at UFC 154. Next fight: TBA

9. Pat Curran (17-4, Bellator champion) Last fight: KO win over Joe Warren on March 9, 2012 to win Bellator FW title. Next fight: v. Patrcio Freire on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85 for Bellator FW title

10. Dennis Siver (21-8) Last fight: UD win over Nam Phan on December 8, 2012. Next fight: versus Cub Swanson on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Yuri Alcantara, Hacran Dias, Pablo Garza, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Diego Nunes.

Previously 9th ranked Eddie Wineland moves into 6th overall with a win over Brad Pickett on December 29. Pickett was previously ranked 6th overall and drops to 7th. This pushes Ivan Menjivar from 7th to 8th and Scott Jorgensen from 8th to 9th overall in January 2013. No Top 10 bantamweights are scheduled to compete in January 2013.

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: TBA

2. Renan Barao (29-1-1, UFC interim BW champion) Last fight:  UD win over Urijah Faber on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: versus Michael McDonald on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7 for UFC interim BW title

3. Urijah Faber (26-6) Last fight: UD loss to Renan Barao on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: versus Ivan Menjivar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

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

5. Michael McDonald (15-1) Last fight: KO win over Miguel Torres on April 21, 2012. Next fight: versus Renan Barao on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 7 for UFC interim BW title

6. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1D) Last fight: SD win over Brad Pickett on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

7. Brad Pickett (22-7) Last fight: SD loss to Eddie Wineland on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

8. Ivan Menjivar (25-9) Last fight: submission win over Azamat Gashimov on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. Next fight: versus Urijah Faber on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156

9. Scott Jorgensen (14-6) Last fight: submission win over John Albert on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5. Next fight: TBA

10. Bibiano Fernandes (13-3) Last fight: submission win over Yoshiro Maeda on December 31, 2012 at DREAM 18. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw, Tyson Nam, Hugo “Wolverine” Viana, Edwin Figueroa, Erik Perez

Previously 4th ranked Chris Cariaso’s loss to John Moraga on December 29 drops him to 6th overall in this month’s rankings. John Dodson moves up from 5th in December 2012 to 4th overall in January 2013. Louis Gaudinot drops from 6th to 8th, Darren Uyenoyama goes from 8th to 9th and John Lineker from 7th to 10th overall. Jussier Da Silva Formiga jumps from 9th to 7th in this month’s Fly-W rankings.

Flyweights

 1. Demetrious Johnson (12-2-1, UFC Flyweight champion) Last fight: SD win over Joseph Benavidez for UFC Fly-W title on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus John Dodson on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

2. Joseph Benavidez (16-3) Last fight: SD loss to Demetrious Johnson on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: versus Ian McCall on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156.

3. Ian McCall (11-3-1) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus Joseph Benavidez on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156.

4. John Dodson (13-5) Last fight: TKO win over Jussier Da Silva on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

5. John Moraga (12-1) Last fight: submission win over Chris Cariaso on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

6. Chris Cariaso (14-4) Last fight: submission loss to John Moraga on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Next fight: TBA

7. Jussier Da Silva Formiga (14-2) Last fight: TKO loss to John Dodson on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: TBA

8. Louis Gaudinot (6-2) Last fight: submission win over John Lineker on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: TBA

9. Darren Uyenoyama (8-3) Last fight: submission win over Phil Harris on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: TBA

10. John Lineker (20-6) Last fight: UD win over Yasuhiro Urushitani on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. Next fight: TBA

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Josh Ferguson, Phil Harris, Ulysses Gomez, Yasuhiro Urushitani

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