Top 10 MMA Rankings- October 2012

This is the 15th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. These rankings were compiled and debated on the October 3, 2012 episode of Ringside Report Radio.

No changes in the heavyweight division this month. No Top 10 heavyweights were in action in September 2012. 8th ranked Antonio Silva is scheduled to fight Travis Browne on October 5 at UFC on FX 5. 10th ranked Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is scheduled to fight Dave Herman on October 13 at UFC 153.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Junior Dos Santos (15-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Frank Mir on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155

2. Cain Velasquez (10-1) Last fight: TKO win over Antonio Silva on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155

3.Alistair Overeem (36-11-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

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 TBA for Strikeforce on November 3, 2012

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: 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: TBA

7. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: TBA

8. Antonio Silva (16-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Cain Velasquez on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Travis Browne on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1-1) Last fight: submission loss to Frank Mir on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next Fight: versus Dave Herman on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

10. Shane Carwin (12-2) Last fight: UD loss to Junior Dos Santos on June 11, 2011. Next fight: versus Roy Nelson at TUF 16 finale on December 1, 2012

Honourable mentions: Mark Hunt, Cheick Kongo, Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Ben Rothwell, Stefan Struve.

No changes in the Light-Heavyweight rankings this month. 1st ranked Jon Jones defended his UFC LHW title versus 4th ranked middleweight Vitor Belfort on September 22, 2012. Jones was the only Top 10 LHW to compete in September 2012. 6th ranked Phil Davis is scheduled to fight Wagner Prado on October 13 at UFC 153.

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: TBA

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

3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-6) Last Fight: TKO win over Brandon Vera on August 4 at UFC on FOX 4. Next fight: versus Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5

4. Lyoto Machida (18-3) Last fight: KO win over Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 on August 4, 2012. Next fight: TBA

5. 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: TBA

6. Phil Davis (9-1) Last fight: No Contest with Wagner Prado on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4. Next fight: versus Wagner Prado on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

7. Alexander Gustafsson (14-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Thiago Silva on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5.

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

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

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

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

No movement in the middleweight rankings this month. 4th ranked Vitor Belfort remains in his position after suffering a submission loss to top ranked LHW Jon Jones on September 22, 2012. 5th ranked Michael Bisping retains his position after a decision victory over 7th ranked Brian Stann on September 22. Stann’s ranking is also unchanged. 1st ranked Anderson Silva will fight at LHW versus Stephan Bonnar on October 13 at UFC 153. Silva is the only Top 10 middleweight scheduled for competition in October 2012.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (32-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Chael Sonnen on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: versus Stephan Bonnar on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

2. Chael Sonnen (27-12-1D) Last fight: TKO loss to Anderson Silva on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: versus Forrest Griffin on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.

3. Chris Weidman (8-0) Last Fight: KO win over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: versus Tim Boetsch on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155

4. Vitor Belfort (21-9) Last fight: submission loss to Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: TBA

5. Michael Bisping (23-4) Last fight: UD win over Brian Stann on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: TBA

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

7. Brian Stann (12-5) Last fight: UD loss to Michael Bisping on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: TBA

8. Yushin Okami (27-7) Last fight: TKO win over Buddy Roberts on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. Next fight: versus Alan Belcher on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155

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 Lorenz Larkin on November 3, 2012 for Strikeforce.

10. Tim Boetsch (16-4) Last Fight: SD win over Hector Lombard on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: versus Chris Weidman on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Wanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher, Jake Shields

No changes in the welterweight rankings this month. No Top 10 welterweights competed in September 2012. 6th ranked Jon Fitch is scheduled to fight Erick Silva on October 13 at UFC 153.  9th ranked Jake Ellenberger is scheduled to fight Jay Hieron on October 5 at UFC on FX 5.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (22-2 UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Jake Shields on April 30, 2011 Next fight: versus Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012.

2. Carlos Condit (28-5, interim UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012.

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: TBA

4. Johny Hendricks (13-1) Last fight: SD win over Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.

5. Josh Koscheck (17-6) Last fight: SD loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: TBA

6. Jon Fitch (23-4-1NC-1D) Last fight: KO loss to Johny Hendricks on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: versus Erick Silva on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

7. Martin Kampmann (20-5) KO win over Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.

8. Rory MacDonald (12-1) Last fight: TKO win over Che Mills on April 21, 2012. Next fight: versus B.J. Penn on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5.

9. Jake Ellenberger (27-6) Last fight: KO loss to Martin Kampmann on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Jay Hieron on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.

10. 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: TBA

Honourable mentions: B.J. Penn, Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story, Diego Sanchez, Demian Maia.

No Top 10 lightweights competed in September 2012. No changes in the rankings. No Top 10 lightweights are scheduled for competition in October 2012.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (17-2, UFC Lightweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. Next fight: versus Nate Diaz on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5.

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, date TBA

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: versus Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012 at UFC

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. Nate Diaz (16-7) Last fight: submission win over Jim Miller on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5 for UFC LW title.

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

8. Jim Miller (21-4) Last Fight: submission loss to Nate Diaz on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. 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: TBA

 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, date TBA

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

Cub Swanson moves from an honorable mention in September 2012 to 6th overall in October 2012 with a TKO win over previously 5th ranked Charles Oliveira on September 22, 2012. Ricardo Lamas improves from an honorable mention in September 2012 to 5th overall in October. Hatsu Hioki drops from 6th to 7th. Darren Elkins drops from 7th to 8th. 9th ranked Diego Nunes is scheduled to fight Bart Palszewski on October 5 at UFC on FX 5.

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, date TBA

2. Chad Mendes (12-1) Last fight: KO win over Cody McKenzie on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: TBA

3. Erik Koch (13-1) Last fight: UD win over Jonathan Brookins on September 17, 2011. 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. Ricardo Lamas (12-2) Last fight: UD win over Hatsu Hioki on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

6. Cub Swanson (18-5) Last fight: TKO win over Charles Oliveira on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: TBA

7. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2) Last fight: UD loss to Ricardo Lamas on June 22, 2012 for UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

8. Darren Elkins (14-2) Last fight: UD win over Diego Brandao on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Steven Siler rumored for UFC 154 on November 17

9. Diego Nunes (17-3) Last fight: UD loss to Dennis Siver at UFC on Fuel TV 2 on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Bart Palaszewski on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

10. 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, date TBA

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Yuri Alcantara, Dennis Siver, Hacran Dias, Mark Hominick, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira

Previously 8th ranked Brad Pickett jumps to 6th overall with a KO win over Yves Jabouin on September 29, 2012. Previously 6th ranked Scott Jorgensen drops to 8th overall. There are no Top 10 bantamweights scheduled for competition in October 2012.

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: TBA

3. Urijah Faber (26-6) Last fight: UD loss to Renan Barao on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: TBA

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: TBA

6. Brad Pickett (22-6) Last fight: KO win over Yves Jabouin on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 5. Next fight: TBA

7. Ivan Menjivar (24-9) Last fight: UD loss to Mike Easton on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: versus Azamat Gashimov on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154

8. Scott Jorgensen (13-6) Last fight: KO loss to Eddie Wineland on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus John Albert on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5.

9. Eddie Wineland (19-8-1D) Last fight: KO win over Scott Jorgensen on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

10. Bibiano Fernandes (12-3) Last fight: UD win over Gustavo Falciroli on August 31, 2012 for ONE FC. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin, Nick Denis, Mike Easton, Takeya Mizugaki, Chris Cariaso, TJ Dillashaw, Tyson Nam

Previously 2nd ranked Demetrious Johnson becomes the number 1 ranked flyweight in the world with a decision win over previously 1st Joseph Benavidez on September 22 at UFC 152. 5th ranked John Dodson is scheduled to face Jussier Formiga Da Silva on October 5 at UFC on FX 5. 7th ranked Darren Uyenoyama is scheduled to fight Phil Harris on October 5.

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: TBA

2. Joseph Benavidez (16-3) Last fight: SD loss to Demetrious Johnson on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Next fight: TBA

3. Ian McCall (11-3-1) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

4. Chris Cariaso (14-3) Last fight: UD win over Josh Ferguson on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: TBA

5. John Dodson (13-5) Last fight: UD win over Tim Elliott on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Jussier Da Silva on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

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

7. Darren Uyenoyama (7-3) Last fight: UD win over Norifumi Yamamoto on November 12, 2011 at UFC on FOX 1. Next fight: versus Phil Harris on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.

8. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6) Last fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on March 3 at UFC on FX 2 in semi-finals of UFC Flyweight championship. Next fight: versus John Lineker on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.

9. Josh Ferguson (8-5) Last fight: UD loss to Chris Cariaso on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: TBA

10. John Lineker (19-6) Last fight: submission loss to Louis Gaudinot on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: versus Yasuhiro Urushitani on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Jussier Da Silva, Phil Harris

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Top 10 MMA Rankings- September 2012

This is the 14th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. These rankings were compiled and debated on the August 31, 2012 episode of Ringside Report Radio.

There was no change in the HW rankings this month. No Heavyweights competed in August and none are expected to compete in September.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Junior Dos Santos (15-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Frank Mir on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155

2. Cain Velasquez (10-1) Last fight: TKO win over Antonio Silva on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155

3.Alistair Overeem (36-11-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

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 Frank Mir for Strikeforce on November 3, 2012

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: 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 November 3, 2012 for Strikeforce

7. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: TBA

8. Antonio Silva (16-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Cain Velasquez on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Travis Browne on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

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

10. Shane Carwin (12-2) Last fight: UD loss to Junior Dos Santos on June 11, 2011. Next fight: versus Roy Nelson at TUF 16 finale on December 1, 2012

Honourable mentions: Sergei Kharitonov, Mark Hunt, Cheick Kongo, Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Ben Rothwell, Stefan Struve.

No change in the light-heavyweight division this month. Jon Jones (1) is scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort (4 MW) on September 22 at UFC 152. No Top 10 LHW fighter competed in August and only Jones is expected to compete in September.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (16-1, UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over versus Rashad Evans to retain UFC LHW title on April 21, 2012. Next fight: defending UFC LHW title versus Vitor Belfort on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

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

3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-6) Last Fight: TKO win over Brandon Vera on August 4 at UFC on FOX 4. Next fight: versus Alexander Gustafsson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5

4. Lyoto Machida (18-3) Last fight: KO win over Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 on August 4, 2012. Next fight: TBA

5. 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: TBA

6. Phil Davis (9-1) Last fight: No Contest with Wagner Prado on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4. Next fight: versus Wagner Prado on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

7. Alexander Gustafsson (14-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Thiago Silva on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5.

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

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

10. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) Last fight: UD loss to Ryan Bader on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Glover Teixeira on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

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

No movement in the MW rankings this month. No Top 10 middleweights competed in August 2012. 4th ranked Vitor Belfort is expected to fight Jon Jones on September 22. 5th ranked Michael Bisping will fight 7th ranked Brian Stann on September 22 at UFC 152. Jake Shields enters as an  honorable mention.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (32-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Chael Sonnen on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. 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 Forrest Griffin on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.

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 win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.

5. Michael Bisping (22-4) Last fight: UD loss to Chael Sonnen on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next fight: versus Brian Stann on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

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

7. Brian Stann (12-4) Last fight: KO win over Alessio Sakara on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Michael Bisping on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

8. Yushin Okami (27-7) Last fight: TKO win over Buddy Roberts on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. Next fight: TBA

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. Tim Boetsch (16-4) Last Fight: SD win over Hector Lombard on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov,Rousimar Palhares, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Wanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher, Jake Shields

Previously 7th ranked WW Jake Shields is removed from the WW rankings after making a successful UFC debut at middleweight. Martin Kampmann takes his spot, improving from 8th ranked in August 2012 to 7th in September. Rory MacDonald moves up from 9th to 8th and Jake Ellenberger goes from 10th to 9th. Strikeforce Weltwerweight champion Nate Marquardt improves from an honorable mention last month to 10th ranked in September 2012. No Top 10 welterweights are expected to compete this month.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (22-2 UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Jake Shields on April 30, 2011 Next fight: versus Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012.

2. Carlos Condit (28-5, interim UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012.

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: TBA

4. Johny Hendricks (13-1) Last fight: SD win over Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.

5. Josh Koscheck (17-6) Last fight: SD loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: TBA

6. Jon Fitch (23-4-1NC-1D) Last fight: KO loss to Johny Hendricks on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: versus Erick Silva on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

7. Martin Kampmann (20-5) KO win over Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.

8. Rory MacDonald (12-1) Last fight: TKO win over Che Mills on April 21, 2012. Next fight: versus B.J. Penn on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5.

9. Jake Ellenberger (27-6) Last fight: KO loss to Martin Kampmann on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Jay Hieron on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.

10. 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: TBA

Honourable mentions: B.J. Penn, Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story, Diego Sanchez, Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia.

Benson Henderson’s decision victory over Frankie Edgar on August 11 keeps him 1st overall and Edgar in 2nd. 4th ranked Gilbert Melendez is expected to defend his Strikeforce LW title versus Pat Healy on September 29. Melendez is the only Top 10 LW scheduled for competition in September 2012.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (17-2, UFC Lightweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. Next fight: versus Nate Diaz on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5.

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 October 13, 2012 at UFC 153 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: versus Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012 at UFC

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 Pat Healy for Strikeforce on September 29, 2012

5. Nate Diaz (16-7) Last fight: submission win over Jim Miller on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5 for UFC LW title.

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

8. Jim Miller (21-4) Last Fight: submission loss to Nate Diaz on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. 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: TBA

 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: TBA

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

No movement in the FW rankings this month. No Top 10 featherweights competed in August and none are expected to compete in September 2012.

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 October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

2. Chad Mendes (12-1) Last fight: KO win over Cody McKenzie on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: TBA

3. Erik Koch (13-1) Last fight: UD win over Jonathan Brookins on September 17, 2011. 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. Charles Oliveira (16-2-1) Last Fight: submission win over Jonathan Brookins on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Cub Swanson on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.

6. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2) Last fight: UD loss to Ricardo Lamas on June 22, 2012 for UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

7. Darren Elkins (14-2) Last fight: UD win over Diego Brandao on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: TBA

8. Dustin Poirier (12-2) Last Fight: submission loss to Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: TBA

9. Diego Nunes (17-3) Last fight: UD loss to Dennis Siver at UFC on Fuel TV 2 on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Bart Palaszewski on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

10. Pat Curran (17-4, Bellator champion) Last fight: KO win over Joe Warren on March 9, 2012 to win Bellator FW title. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Yuri Alcantara, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Dennis Siver, Hacran Dias, Mark Hominick

Bibiano Fernandes remains 10th ranked BW in the world with a decision victory over Gustavo Falciroli on August 31, 2012 for ONE FC. There is no movement in the BW division as Fernandes was the only BW to compete in August 2012. 8th ranked Brad Pickett is the only Top 10 BW scheduled to fight in September 2012. Pickett will face Yves Jabouin on September 29 at UFC on FUEL TV 5.

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: TBA

3. Urijah Faber (26-6) Last fight: UD loss to Renan Barao on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: TBA

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: TBA

6. Scott Jorgensen (13-6) Last fight: KO loss to Eddie Wineland on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus John Albert on December 8, 2012 at UFC on FOX 5.

7. Ivan Menjivar (24-9) Last fight: UD loss to Mike Easton on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: TBA

8. Brad Pickett (21-6) Last fight: submission win over Damacio Page at UFC on Fuel 2 on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Yves Jabouin on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 5.

9. Eddie Wineland (19-8-1D) Last fight: KO win over Scott Jorgensen on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

10. Bibiano Fernandes (12-3) Last fight: UD win over Gustavo Falciroli on August 31, 2012 for ONE FC. Next fight: TBA

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

No movement in the Fly-W division as no Top 10 flyweights competed in August 2012. 1st ranked Joseph Benavidez will fight 2nd ranked Demetrious Johnson on September 22 at UFC 152 to determine the first ever UFC Flyweight champion. They are the only flyweights scheduled to compete in September 2012.

Flyweights

 1. Joseph Benavidez (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Yasuhiro Urushitani on March 3 at UFC on FX 2 in semi-finals of UFC Flyweight championship tournament. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

2. Demetrious Johnson (11-2-1) Last fight: UD win over Ian McCall on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus Joseph Benavidez for UFC Fly-W title on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

3. Ian McCall (11-3-1) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

4. Chris Cariaso (14-3) Last fight: UD win over Josh Ferguson on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: TBA

5. John Dodson (13-5) Last fight: UD win over Tim Elliott on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Jussier Da Silva on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

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

7. Darren Uyenoyama (7-3) Last fight: UD win over Norifumi Yamamoto on November 12, 2011 at UFC on FOX 1. Next fight: versus Phil Harris on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.

8. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6) Last fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on March 3 at UFC on FX 2 in semi-finals of UFC Flyweight championship. Next fight: versus John Lineker on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.

9. Josh Ferguson (8-5) Last fight: UD loss to Chris Cariaso on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: TBA

10. John Lineker (19-6) Last fight: submission loss to Louis Gaudinot on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: versus Yasuhiro Urushitani on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Jussier Da Silva, Phil Harris

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Top 10 MMA Rankings- August 2012

This is the 13th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. These rankings were compiled and debated on the August 1 episode of Ringside Report Radio.

There was no change in the HW rankings this month. No Top 10 Heavyweights competed in July and none are expected to compete in August.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Junior Dos Santos (15-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Frank Mir on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez, date and location TBA

2. Cain Velasquez (10-1) Last fight: TKO win over Antonio Silva on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos, date and location TBA

3.Alistair Overeem (36-11-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

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 Frank Mir for Strikeforce on October 27, 2012

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: 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 October 27, 2012 for Strikeforce

7. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: TBA

8. Antonio Silva (16-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Cain Velasquez on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Travis Browne on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

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

10. Shane Carwin (12-2) Last fight: UD loss to Junior Dos Santos on June 11, 2011. Next fight: versus Roy Nelson at TUF 16 finale on December 1, 2012

Honourable mentions: Sergei Kharitonov, Mark Hunt, Fedor Emelianenko (retired), Cheick Kongo, Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Ben Rothwell

There is no movement in the light-heavyweight division this month. No Top 10 light-heavyweights competed in July. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (3rd) is scheduled to face Brandon Vera on August 4. Lyoto Machida (4th) is scheduled to fight Ryan Bader on August 4. Phil Davis (6th) will fight Wagner Prado on August 4.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (16-1, UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over versus Rashad Evans to retain UFC LHW title on April 21, 2012. Next fight: defending UFC LHW title versus Dan Henderson on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.

2. Dan Henderson (29-8) Last fight: UD win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Jon Jones for UFC LHW title on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.

3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (20-6) Last Fight: UD loss to Dan Henderson on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Brandon Vera on August 4 at UFC on FOX 4

4. Lyoto Machida (17-3) Last fight: submission loss to Jon Jones on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next Fight: versus Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 on August 4, 2012

5. 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: TBA

6. Phil Davis (9-1) Last fight: UD loss to Rashad Evans on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next fight: versus Wagner Prado on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4.

7. Alexander Gustafsson (14-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Thiago Silva on April 14, 2012. Next fight: TBA

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

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

10. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) Last fight: UD loss to Ryan Bader on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Glover Teixeira on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

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

Anderson Silva remains the number 1 middleweight in the world with a second round TKO win over 2nd ranked Chael Sonnen on July 7. Sonnen remains the 2nd ranked middleweight. Chris Weidman jumps from an honorable mention in July to 3rd overall with his KO win over Mark Munoz on July 11. Munoz was previously ranked 3rd and drops to 6th overall. Previously 7th ranked Demian Maia’s debut at welterweight takes him out of the middleweight rankings. Brian Stann takes his place and improves from 8th to 7th. Tim Boetsch improves from an honorable mention in the July 2012 rankings to 10th overall this month due to his victory over previously 10th ranked Hector Lombard on July 21. Yushin Okami drops from 6th to 8th.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (32-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Chael Sonnen on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. 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: TBA

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 win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Alan Belcher on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

5. Michael Bisping (22-4) Last fight: UD loss to Chael Sonnen on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next fight: versus Brian Stann on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

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

7. Brian Stann (12-4) Last fight: KO win over Alessio Sakara on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Michael Bisping on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

8. Yushin Okami (26-7) Last fight: TKO loss to Tim Boetsch on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Buddy Roberts on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150

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. Tim Boetsch (16-4) Last Fight: SD win over Hector Lombard on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: Mamed Khalidov, Jorge Santiago, Rousimar Palhares, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Wanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher.

No movement in the welterweight rankings. No Top 10 welterweights competed in July. 7th ranked Jake Shields is expected to make his UFC middleweight debut versus Ed Herman on August 11. Previously ranked middleweights Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia get honorable mentions after victories in their welterweight debuts in July.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (22-2 UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Jake Shields on April 30, 2011 Next fight: versus Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012.

2. Carlos Condit (28-5, interim UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012.

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: TBA

4. Johny Hendricks (13-1) Last fight: SD win over Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.

5. Josh Koscheck (17-6) Last fight: SD loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Jake Ellenberger on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151

6. Jon Fitch (23-4-1NC-1D) Last fight: KO loss to Johny Hendricks on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: versus Erick Silva on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

7. Jake Shields (27-6-1D) Last fight: UD win over Yoshihiro Akiyama on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Ed Herman at on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.  

8. Martin Kampmann (20-5) KO win over Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.

9. Rory MacDonald (12-1) Last fight: TKO win over Che Mills on April 21, 2012. Next fight: versus B.J. Penn on September 22 at UFC 152.

10. Jake Ellenberger (27-6) Last fight: KO loss to Martin Kampmann on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Josh Koscheck on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151

Honourable mentions: B.J. Penn, Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story, Diego Sanchez, Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia, Nate Marquardt

No changes in the lightweight rankings this month. Number 1 ranked Benson Henderson will face 2nd ranked Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight championship on August 11. 9th ranked Donald Cerrone is scheduled to fight Melvin Guillard on August 11.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (16-2, UFC Lightweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144 for UFC LW title.  Next fight: defending UFC LW title versus Frankie Edgar on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150

2. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144 to lose UFC LW title. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150 for UFC LW 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 Pat Healy for Strikeforce on September 29, 2012

5. Nate Diaz (16-7) Last fight: submission win over Jim Miller on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. Next fight: expected to face winner of Edgar- Henderson title match at a date TBA.

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

8. Jim Miller (21-4) Last Fight: submission loss to Nate Diaz on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. Next fight: TBA

9. Donald Cerrone (18-4-1) Last Fight: UD win over Jeremy Stephens on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: versus Melvin Guillard on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150

 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: TBA

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

No movement in the featherweight division this month. 2nd ranked Chad Mendes scored a KO win over Cody McKenzie on July 7. 10th ranked Pat Curran is scheduled to defend his Bellator FW title versus Patricio “Pitbull” Freire on August 24 at Bellator 73.

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 Erik Koch on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

2. Chad Mendes (12-1) Last fight: KO win over Cody McKenzie on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: TBA

3. Erik Koch (13-1) Last fight: UD win over Jonathan Brookins on September 17, 2011. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153

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. Charles Oliveira (16-2-1) Last Fight: submission win over Jonathan Brookins on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Cub Swanson on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.

6. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2) Last fight: UD loss to Ricardo Lamas on June 22, 2012 for UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

7. Darren Elkins (14-2) Last fight: UD win over Diego Brandao on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: TBA

8. Dustin Poirier (12-2) Last Fight: submission loss to Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: TBA

9. Diego Nunes (17-3) Last fight: UD loss to Dennis Siver at UFC on Fuel TV 2 on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Bart Palaszewski on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

10. Pat Curran (17-4, Bellator champion) Last fight: KO win over Joe Warren on March 9, 2012 to win Bellator FW title. Next fight: versus Patricio “Pitbull” Freire on August 24 at Bellator 73.

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Yuri Alcantara, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Dennis Siver, Hacran Dias, Mark Hominick

Previously 3rd ranked Renan Barao’s victory over Urijah Faber on July 21 improves him to 2nd overall. Faber drops from 2nd to 3rd. Ivan Menjivar’s decision loss on July 7 to Mike Easton does not effect his ranking. 10th ranked Bibiano Fernandes is scheduled to make his ONE FC debut on August 31 versus Gustavo Falciroli in the Philippines.

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: TBA

3. Urijah Faber (26-6) Last fight: UD loss to Renan Barao on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Next Fight: TBA

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: TBA

6. Scott Jorgensen (13-6) Last fight: KO loss to Eddie Wineland on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

7. Ivan Menjivar (24-9) Last fight: UD loss to Mike Easton on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Next Fight: TBA

8. Brad Pickett (21-6) Last fight: submission win over Damacio Page at UFC on Fuel 2 on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Yves Jabouin on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 5.

9. Eddie Wineland (19-8-1D) Last fight: KO win over Scott Jorgensen on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

10. Bibiano Fernandes (11-3) Last fight: UD win over Rodolfo Marques and TKO win over Antonio Banuelos to win DREAM BW Grand Prix on December 31, 2011 at DREAM New Year’s Eve 2011. Next fight: versus Gustavo Falciroli on August 31 for ONE FC in the Philippines

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

No movement in the flyweight rankings. 4th ranked Chris Cariaso defeated 9th ranked Josh Ferguson on July 11. No Top 10 flyweights are scheduled for competition in August 2012.

Flyweights

 1. Joseph Benavidez (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Yasuhiro Urushitani on March 3 at UFC on FX 2 in semi-finals of UFC Flyweight championship tournament. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC FLY-W title on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

2. Demetrious Johnson (11-2-1) Last fight: UD win over Ian McCall on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus Joseph Benavidez for UFC FLY-W title on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152

3. Ian McCall (11-3-1) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

4. Chris Cariaso (14-3) Last fight: UD win over Josh Ferguson on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: TBA

5. John Dodson (13-5) Last fight: UD win over Tim Elliott on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Jussier Da Silva on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5

6. Louis Gaudinot (6-2) Last fight: submission win over John Lineker on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: versus Darren Uyenoyama on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.

7. Darren Uyenoyama (7-3) Last fight: UD win over Norifumi Yamamoto on November 12, 2011 at UFC on FOX 1. Next fight: versus Louis Gaudinot on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.

8. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6) Last fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on March 3 at UFC on FX 2 in semi-finals of UFC Flyweight championship. Next fight: versus John Lineker on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151

9. Josh Ferguson (8-5) Last fight: UD loss to Chris Cariaso on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4. Next Fight: TBA

10. John Lineker (19-6) Last fight: submission loss to Louis Gaudinot on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: TBA

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott, Jussier Da Silva

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Weekend in Fights! July 14th Edition

This Weekend in Fights (July 14th, 2012) began on Wednesday night with UFC on FUEL TV 4 and continued on Friday with Legacy Fighting Championship 12, BAMMA USA, Matrix Fights 6, and  Saturday with STRIKEFORCE: Rockhold vs. Kennedy, United Combat Sports 6, Anarchy 1, and Victory MMA 7.

UFC on FUEL TV 4 began our weekend from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Wednesday night. The main event featured the Middleweight title eliminator bout between the “Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz and the undefeated Chris Weidman. Weidman dominated from the get go, taking down Munoz with easy controlling the first round from various positions with the fight on the mat. A little under 90-seconds in the second round, Weidman connected with a beautiful uppercut elbow, busting Munoz’s forehead and sending him crashing to the mat. Weidman pounced on Munoz with a flurry of ground and pound strikes to end the bout. Referee John Rosenthal made a poor judgement call by not stopping the fight earlier, as Munoz was victim to many unnecessary strikes. Weidman improves to 5-0 in the UFC and undefeated as a mixed martial artist.

Also on this card, Aaron Simpson made a successful drop to Welterweight with a dominate three round decision over Kenny Robertson. Tristar fighter Francis Carmont improved to 3-0 in the UFC with a second round rear-naked choke stoppage of Karlos Vemola, handing him his first loss at Middleweight. T.J. Dillashaw weathered the striking storm of Vaughan Lee with wrestling and a quick  submission midway through the first round. Dropping from Bantamweight to Flyweight Chris Cariaso out struck Josh Ferguson, winning all three rounds. (Full UFC on FUEL TV 4 event results below.)

On Friday night Legacy Fighting Championship held their 12th event at the Arena Theater in Houston, Texas. The main card was broadcast on the new AXS TV, which is the former HDNet. LFC had orginally planned on crowning their first Flyweight champion for the main event with Will Campuzano versus Chad Robichaux. Robichaux pulled out last minute due to medical reasons, and the bout was scrapped entirely. Former IFL Welterweight champion, UFC, WEC, STRIKEFORCE and Bellator Season 4 Welterweight tournament winner Jay Hieron stepped up to the plate to serve as the evenings main event. Hieron squared off against Romario Da Silva. Hieron choked out Da Silva with an arm-triangle choke early in the second round.

Jiu-Jitsu coach to many top MMA fighters Robert Drysdale displayed his grappling prowess with a 90-second arm bar submission of Isaac Villanueva. Drysdale continues to remain undefeated with four first round submissions to his credit.

Current Cage Warriors Heavyweight champion D.J. Linderman a veteran of Bellator and Instinct MMA squared off against Bellator veteran Dale Mitchell. Linderman picked a second round TKO over Mitchell, improving his win streak to three. (Full Legacy Fighting Championship 12 event results below.)

BAMMA USA Bad Beat 6 featured former UFC competitor Mike Guymon taking on Mike Dizak at Commerce Casino in Commerce, California. Guymon picked a unanimous decision over Dizak after three rounds. Guymon is now riding a two fight win streak since “retiring” after losing to DeMarques Johnson in January of 2011. (Full BAMMA USA Bad Beat 6 event results below.)

Also on Friday night,  Matrix Fights 6 took place at Sheet Metal Union Workers Hall in Philadephia. In the main event of the card Bellator veteran Wilson Reis got the judges nod after three rounds with Cody Stevens. Guest of July 11th Episode of Ringside Report Radio, Munah Holland knocked out Carina Damm mid way through the second round. Holland landed a huge right hand that dropped Damm, rendering her unconscious. (Full Matrix Fights 6 event results below.)

On Saturday night Strikeforce Rockhold vs. Kennedy aired on Showtime from the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Two championship bouts took place at STRIKEFORCE Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold squared off against Tim Kennedy in his second title defense. Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley battle for the vacant STRIKEFORCE Welterweight title. Luke Rockhold and Tim Kennedy battled for five round with Rockhold winning four of five to get the unanimous decision to retain middleweight title.

After a year of absence Nate Marquardt returned to MMA. Marquardt made his STRIKEFORCE and Welterweight debut in impressive fashion by capturing the STRIKEFORCE Welterweight. Marquardt handed Tyron Woodley his first loss with a beautiful punch, elbow combination against the cage to knockout Woddley in the fourth. (Full STRIKEFORCE: Rockhold vs. Kennedy event results below.)

A second event took place in Oregon on Saturday night with United Combat Sports’ Caged Combat 6 at the Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde. Current ShoFight Welterweight champion but Lightweight fighter John Gunderson headlined the event with David Castillo. Gunderson who came off the biggest win of his career against Karo Parisyan last month looked to improve his win streak to three, but was unable to. His opponent Castillo forced him to tap in the fourth round with a rear-naked choke, retaining his title and extending his win streak to five. (Full UCS – Caged Combat 6 event results below.)

Vermont based Anarchy held their inaugural event at Collins Perley Complex in Saint Albans, Vermont on Saturday night.  Four championship bout took place as well as 9 other bouts. UFC Flyweight Chris Cariaso was on hand as a guest judge and Ringside Report Radio’s Kevin McKough manned the ring announcing duties. In the main event Featherweight champion Matt Durling retained his championship in the most peculiar way. Connect with a few soft strikes Durling was transitioning to take Christopher Johnson’s back, and Johnson tapped out.

The co-main event featured the crowning of the Lightweight title with Tyler Jacques versus Brett Trahan. In what was a very even match up, Jacques and Trahan went back and forth with take downs and strikeing combinations. After getting tagged a few times, Trahan looked to be a wobbly legs. Aware of his opponents condition, Jacques came rushing in with a flurry of punches to the head. Jacques connected with a big right hand that sent Trahan crashing to the mat to captured the title.

Alex Laush captured the Anarchy Middleweight title with a complete destruction of Burlington Brawl champion Eric Bruno. Laush connected with some powerful strikes through the first two rounds, busting Bruno over his right eye. Uncharacteristic of the kickboxer, Laush ended the bout with a arm-triangle submission against the crafty grappler. With his proficiency in Jiu-Jitsu Bruno held on to thinking he could fight through it, but was put to sleep.

North East Assassin’s Jay McLean captured the Bantamweight title by defeated “King” James McMillan via unanimous decision after five round. McLean controlled the bout with takedown attempts, he was unsuccessful in the majority of his attempts because McMillan repeatedly held on to the ropes. McMillan was deducted two points during the bout for holding the ropes.

Local favorite Connor McKenna made short work of Todd Duvall when he took Duvall down and proceeded to pound away until the referee was forced to step in.

In the most controversial moment of the night, Jiu-Jitsu Nation’s Jake Bohn was kicked in the face by Chris Rooney while he was down, and the referee didn’t call the illegal strike as it wasn’t visible to his vantage point. Bohn coach Marc Stevens freaked out and jumped on the ring apron yelling at the referee. Commissioners attempted to get Stevens down while the bout continued. Rooney connected with a punch that sent Bohn’s mouthpiece out of the ring. The referee continued to call the action and not halt the bout while many people searched for the month piece. This amplified Stevens rage who continued to throw a fit at ringside. Bohn continued into the second round without a mouth piece, but received a pep talk from Stevens that motivated his to end the bout in the second round by choking out Rooney with an arm-triangle. Marc Stevens and his Jiu-Jitsu Nation camp celebrated in poor sportsmanship manner, which cause Rooney’s Mad Coalition camp to get upset. The combination of the illegal kick to Bohn, and Bohn choking out Rooney the two camps began to argue in the crowd in a riot like manner, which cause security to split them apart and force them to exit the venue through separate exits.

The fight of the night goes to David Castro-Munoz and Jason Torres. The two fighters fought for three rounds of with Castro-Munoz picking up the unanimous decision, but from bell to bell this bout was a display of great striking, ground work, and overall skills from both competitors.

Scott and Dakota Gigure made Vermont MMA history by being the first father and son to compete on the same card. Dakota made his father proud when he forced the referee to step in during the first round to end his bout with Derek Chadwell. Scott however, was not a lucky as his son. Scott’s opponent Patrick Reardon rushed him immediately, busting him up and ending the bout in 55-seconds. (Full Anarchy 1: Exile event results below.)

Victory MMA 7 took place at the CEDA Community Centre in Montreal on Saturday night. In the main event Victory MMA Featherweight Champion Xavier Aloui successfully made his first title defense by submitting Kevin Walker with one second left in the fourth round.

Victory MMA Welterweight Champion Alex Fecteau retained his title and snapped Stephen Oppong’s six-fight win streak with an arm bar submission in the third round. Also on the card, Joe Elliott played spoiler for the returning Rob Rivest by edging him out with a split decision. Samuel Moisan was able to avenge his arm bar submission loss to Olivier Carrier by knocking him out in the third round. (Full Victory MMA 7 event results below.)

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Wednesday Night Fights -

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UFC on FUEL TV 4 – Munoz vs. Weidman results:

Chris Weidman def. Mark Munoz via TKO (elbow and punches) – 1:27, Round 2

James Te Huna def. Joey Beltran via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Aaron Simpson def. Kenny Robertson via unanimous decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Francis Carmont def. Karlos Vemola via submission (rear-naked choke) – 1:39, Round 2

T.J. Dillashaw def. Vaughan Lee via submission (rear-naked choke) – 2:33, Round 1

Facebook prelims:

Alex Caceres def. Damacio Page via submission (triangle choke) – 1:27, Round 2

Chris Cariaso def. Josh Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Andrew Craig def. Rafael Natal via knockout (head kick) – 4:52, Round 2

Marcelo Guimaraes def. Dan Stittgen via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Raphael Assuncao def. Issei Tamura via TKO (strikes) – 0:25, Round 2

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Friday Night Fights -

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Legacy Fighting Championship 12 results:

Jay Hieron def. Romario Da Silva via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:04

Robert Drysdale def. Isaac Villanueva via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:29

Noel Ligon def. Artenas Young via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

D.J. Linderman def. Dale Mitchell via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:29

Alan Nascimento def. Terry Acker via submission (kneebar) – Round 3, 3:19

Justin Reiswerg def. Cris Rucker via Technical Submission (Triangle Choke) – Round 2

Ray Blodgett def. Scotty Juarez via Split Decision

Jared Chaffee def. Jason Carter via TKO (Punches) – Round 2

Jeremy Morris def. Levi West via Submission (Shoulder Choke) – Round 2

Charles Ontiveros def. Mark Garcia via TKO (Knee & Punches) – Round 2

Lester Batres vs. Danny Rodriguez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke – Round 3

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BAMMA USA – Bad Beat 6 results:

Mike Guymon def. Mike Dizak via Unanimous Decision

Chris Beal def. Kana Hyatt via Unanimous Decision

Steve Magdeleno def. Tom Gloudeman via TKO (Punches & Elbows) – 2:24 – Round 1

Mike Jasper def. Manny Murillo via Split Decision

Lew Polley def. Mike Smith via Split Decision

Chris Culley def. Vince Ortiz via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 4:15 – Round 3

Eric Brown def. Josh Thornburg via KO (Punch) – 0:13 – Round 1

Max Ceniceros def. Eric Winston via TKO (Punches) – 4:31 – Round 1

Jason Manly def. Jorge Valdez via Split Decision

Tony Stewart def. Teshawn Walls via KO (Strikes) – 0:12 – Round 1

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Matrix Fights 6 results:

Wilson Reis def. Cody Stevens via Unanimous Decision

Munah Holland def. Carina Damm via KO (Punch) – 2:20 – Round 2

Ben Reiter def. Tyson Triplett Sr. via TKO (Elbows) – 2:00 – Round 1

Julio Arce def. Kenneth Nagle via KO (Punch) – 1:46 – Round 1

Michael Micitelli def. Eddie Hardison via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 1

Amateur bouts:

Cassie Crisano def Jamie Driver via Unanimous Decision

Anthony Pipole def. Michael Roberts via Split Decision

Ocie Blackman def. Ryan Beck via Unanimous Decision

Alec Hooben def. Arien Clinton via TKO (Body Punches) – 0:55 – Round 1

Bek Baktybek def. Maurice Fleming via Submission (Arm Bar) – Round 1

Cheston Bulgin def. Robert Fitzgerald via Unanimous Decision

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Saturday Night Fights -

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STRIKEFORCE: Rockhold vs. Kennedy results:

Champ Luke Rockhold def. Tim Kennedy via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) – to retain middleweight title

Nate Marquardt def. Tyron Woodley via knockout (elbows, punches) – Round 4, 1:39 – to claim vacant welterweight title

Roger Gracie def. Keith Jardine via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Lorenz Larkin def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Showtime Extreme prelims:

Pat Healy def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Ryan Couture def. Joe Duarte via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jorge Masvidal def. Justin Wilcox via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Jordan Mein def. Tyler Stinson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jason High def. Nate Moore, submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:26

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UCS Caged Combat 6 results:

David Castillo def. John Gunderson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 3:30 – Round 4

Lisa Ellis def. Amy Davis via Submission (Arm Bar) – 2:14 – Round 1

Matt Slosser def. Delane Lemere via Split Decision

Emmanuel Sanchez def. Travis Johnson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:51 – Round 2

Amateur bouts:

David Converse def. Jesse Lane via Submission (Guillotine) – 2:32 – Round 1

Mike Savage def. Shane Sargent via Submission (Arm Bar) – 2:47 – Round 1

Luis Lopez def. Zach Henderson via Unanimous Decision

Scott Philip def. Cody Ferrando via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:15 – Round 1

Dean Walters def. Dakota Kamna via TKO (Strikes) – 2:16 – Round 1

Brian Sanchez def. Stephen Wing via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 1:42 – Round 1

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Anarchy 1: Exile results:

Featherweight Champion Matt Durling def Christopher Johnson via Tap out (Due to strikes) – 0:26 – Round 4 - retains title

Tyler Jacques def. Brett Trahan via KO (Punch) – 2:00 – Round 3 – capture Anarchy Lightweight title

Alex Laush def. Eric Bruno via Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) – 1:02 – Round 3 - capture Anarchy Middleweight title

Jay McLean def. “King” James McMillan via Unanimous Decision – capture Bantamweight title

Connor McKenna def. Todd Duvall via TKO (Referee Stoppage/GNP) – 2:33 – Round 1

Patrick Reardon def. Scott Giguere via TKO (Referee Stoppage) – 0:55 – Round 1

Jake Bohn def. Chris Rooney via Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) – 1:20 – Round 2

David Castro-Munoz def. Jason Torres via Unanimous Decision

Domenic Ruccolo def. Montoyia Swilling via TKO (Referee Stoppage/GNP) – 2:17 – Round 1

Dakota Gigure def. Derek Chadwell via TKO (Referee Stoppage/GNP) – 1:41 – Round 1

Gary Cameron def. Paul Morse via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2:31 – Round 1

Austin Pilotte def. Ed Bressette via Submission (Arm Bar) – 1:52 – Round 2

Roderick Russell vs. Zachary Finn via Submission – 2:10 – Round 1

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Victory MMA 7 results:

Victory MMA Featherweight Champion Xavier Aloui def.  Kevin Walker via Submission (Arm Bar) – 2:59 – Round 4 - retains Featherweight title

Welterweight Champion Alex Fecteau def. Stephen Oppong via Submission (Arm Bar) – 2:01 – Round 3

175 lbs Low-Kick Bout – Mark Mao def.  Maxim Fortin via Unanimous Decision

Joe Elliott def. Rob Rivest via Split Decision

Samuel Moisan def. Olivier Carrier via KO (Punch) – 1:20 – Round 3

Nicolas Ghantous def. Matthew Rusniak via Unanimous Decision

145 lbs Low-Kick Bout – Simon Armary def. Russel Miller via KO (Punch) – 1:20 – Round 1

Gabe Sagman def. Josh Harley via Submission (Guillotine) – 0:26 – Round 1

Dwayne Durel def. Michael Curtis via Unanimous Decision

Alex Codeau def. Stefan Hosko via Submission (Guillotine Choke) 0:36 – Round 2

Rob Santos def. Giovanni Corado via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – 0:51 – Round 1

Mike Meade def.  Gary Pearson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 0:51 – Round 2

Indraget def. Ouallid Timoult via Split Decision
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Ringside Report Radio July 6.UFC 148 and UFC on Fuel TV 4 previews

This is the July 6, 2012 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin “Big Tuna” McKough.

UFC Flyweight Chris Cariaso appeared on this episode to discuss his bout on July 11 at UFC on Fuel TV 4 versus Josh Ferguson.

Dave and Kevin previewed and gave their predictions for every fight at UFC on Fuel TV 4 including all Facebook preliminary bouts and the main televised card featuring a main event of Mark Munoz versus Chris Weidman.

Dave and Kevin also previewed and gave their predictions for UFC 148 on July 7 including all preliminary bouts and the main event of Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.

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

Tune in Alert! UFC on FUEL TV 4’s Chris Cariaso – Previews of UFC 148 & UFC on FUEL TV 4 on Ringside Report Radio Tonight!

Be sure to tune into Ringside Report Radio at 10pm ET on TSN Radio  990 tonight as UFC Flyweight Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (@chriscariasomma) joins the panel.

UFC’s Chris Cariaso (13-3,  3-1 UFC, 1-1 WEC, 3-1 SF) is riding a 2-fight win streak at Bantamweight, but now with the addition of Flyweights to the UFC he’s making the drop down to 125lbs.  Cariaso is fighting Josh Ferguson (8-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 4 on Wednesday July 11th at HP  Pavilion in San Jose, California. After his bout, Cariaso will be traveling to Vermont where he will appear at Anarchy 1: Exile. With the event being the largest in Vermont MMA history, Cariaso will be appearing for a meet & greet at 5:30om prior to the event and will serve as a special guest judge. The following day Cariaso will also be doing a seminar at UFAI 1891 Williston Rd, South Burlington on Sunday, July 15th from 3:30pm-6:30pm $75 per person. Hear Cariaso’s thoughts on his upcoming fight, his Ringside Report Top 10 Ranking in the Flyweight division, his venture to Vermont and much more.

Dave & Kevin will also be previewing each bout from UFC 148 which takes place on Saturday July 7th and UFC on FUEL TV 4 which takes place on Wednesday July 11th. All this and much more in 2-Hours of MMAgic.

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UFC 148 – Silva vs. Sonnen II card:

Champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen (for middleweight title)

Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz

Patrick Cote vs. Cung Le

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia

Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie

Mike Easton vs. Ivan Menjivar

FX prelims:

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Gleison Tibau

Fabricio Camoes vs. Melvin Guillard

Riki Fukuda vs. Constantinos Philippou

John Alessio vs. Shane Roller

Facebook prelim:

Yoislandy Izquierdo vs. Rafaello Oliveira

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UFC on FUEL TV 4 card:

Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman

Joey Beltran vs. James Te Huna

Kenny Robertson vs. Aaron Simpson

Francis Carmont vs. Karlos Vemola

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Vaughan Lee

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Anthony Njokuani

Facebook prelims:

Alex Caceres vs. Damacio Page

Chris Cariaso vs. Josh Ferguson

Andrew Craig vs. Rafael Natal

Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Dan Stittgen

Raphael Assuncao vs. Issei Tamura

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Top 10 MMA Rankings- July 2012

This is the 12th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. These rankings were compiled and debated on the July 4 episode of Ringside Report Radio.

No movement this month in the Heavyweight division. Fabricio Werdum was the only Top 10 HW who competed in June 2012. Werdum’s win over Mike Russow does not improve his ranking. There are no Top 10 heavyweights scheduled for competition in July 2012.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

1. Junior Dos Santos (15-1, UFC HW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Frank Mir on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Cain Velasquez, date and location TBA

2. Cain Velasquez (10-1) Last fight: TKO win over Antonio Silva on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: versus Junior Dos Santos, date and location TBA

3.Alistair Overeem (36-11-1) Last fight: TKO win over Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

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: TBA

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: 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: TBA

7. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1) Last fight: TKO win over Mike Russow on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Next fight: TBA

8. Antonio Silva (16-4) Last fight: TKO loss to Cain Velasquez on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: TBA

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

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

Honourable mentions: Sergei Kharitonov, Mark Hunt, Fedor Emelianenko (retired), Cheick Kongo, Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Travis Browne, Ben Rothwell

No movement in the light-heavyweight division this month. There are no Top 10 light-heavyweights scheduled for competition in July 2012.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

1. Jon Jones (16-1, UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over versus Rashad Evans to retain UFC LHW title on April 21, 2012. Next fight: defending UFC LHW title versus Dan Henderson on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.

2. Dan Henderson (29-8) Last fight: UD win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Jon Jones for UFC LHW title on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.

3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (20-6) Last Fight: UD loss to Dan Henderson on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Brandon Vera on August 4 at UFC on FOX 4

4. Lyoto Machida (17-3) Last fight: submission loss to Jon Jones on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next Fight: versus Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 on August 4, 2012

5. 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: TBA

6. Phil Davis (9-1) Last fight: UD loss to Rashad Evans on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next fight: versus Wagner Prado on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4.

7. Alexander Gustafsson (14-1) Last fight: unanimous decision win over Thiago Silva on April 14, 2012. Next fight: TBA

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

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

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

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

No movement in the middleweight division this month. Number 1 ranked Anderson Silva will fight number 2 ranked Chael Sonnen on July 7. 3rd ranked Mark Munoz will face honorable mention Chris Weidman on July 11th. 9th ranked Luke Rockhold will fight Tim Kennedy on July 14. 10th ranked Hector Lombard is scheduled to fight honorable mention Tim Boetsch on July 21. 7th ranked Demian Maia is scheduled to make his welterweight debut on July 7 versus Dong Hyun Kim. Maia will be removed from the middleweight rankings in August 2012.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (31-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Yushin Okami on August 27, 2011. Next fight: defending UFC MW title versus Chael Sonnen on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.

2. Chael Sonnen (27-11-1D) Last fight: Unanimous decision win over Michael Bisping on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next Fight: versus Anderson Silva on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 for UFC MW title

3. Mark Munoz (12-2) Last fight: TKO win over Chris Leben on November 5, 2011. Next fight: versus Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4 on July 11, 2012

4. Vitor Belfort (21-9) Last fight: submission win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: TBA

5. Michael Bisping (22-4) Last fight: UD loss to Chael Sonnen on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next fight: TBA

6. Yushin Okami (26-7) Last fight: TKO loss to Tim Boetsch on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Rousimar Palhares on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150

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

8. Brian Stann (12-4) Last fight: KO win over Alessio Sakara on April 14, 2012. Next fight: TBA

9. Luke Rockhold (9-1, Strikeforce MW champion) Last fight: TKO win over Keith Jardine on January 8, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rockhold v. Jardine. Next fight: versus Tim Kennedy on July 14, 2012 for Strikeforce: Rockhold v. Kennedy.

10. Hector Lombard (31-2-1-1NC) Last fight: TKO win over Trevor Prangley on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Tim Boetsch on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.

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

Previously 10th ranked Martin Kampmann jumps to 8th overall with his win over Jake Ellenberger on June 1. Ellenberger was previously ranked 8th and drops to 10th overall. There are no Top 10 welterweights scheduled for competition in July 2012.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

1. Georges St-Pierre (22-2 UFC Welterweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Jake Shields on April 30, 2011 Next fight: versus Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012.

2. Carlos Condit (28-5) Last fight: UD win over Nick Diaz on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012.

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: TBA

4. Johny Hendricks (13-1) Last fight: SD win over Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: versus Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.

5. Josh Koscheck (17-6) Last fight: SD loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Next fight: TBA

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

7. Jake Shields (27-6-1D) Last fight: UD win over Yoshihiro Akiyama on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Ed Herman at on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.  

8. Martin Kampmann (20-5) KO win over Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: versus Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.

9. Rory MacDonald (12-1) Last fight: TKO win over Che Mills on April 21, 2012. Next fight: versus B.J. Penn on September 22 at UFC 152.

10. Jake Ellenberger (27-6) Last fight: KO loss to Martin Kampmann on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: TBA

Honourable mentions: B.J. Penn, Dong Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, Erick Silva, Thiago Alves, Rick Story, Diego Sanchez, Tyron Woodley.

No movement in the lightweight division this month. 3rd ranked Gray Maynard won a split-decision over 7th ranked Clay Guida on June 22. Neither Maynard nor Guida’s rankings are affected by the bout. There are no Top 10 lightweights scheduled for competition in July 2012.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

1. Benson Henderson (16-2, UFC Lightweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Frankie Edgar on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144 for UFC LW title.  Next fight: defending UFC LW title versus Frankie Edgar on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150

2. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144 to lose UFC LW title. Next fight: versus Benson Henderson on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150 for UFC LW title

3. Gray Maynard (10-1-1D-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. Nate Diaz (16-7) Last fight: submission win over Jim Miller on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. Next fight: expected to face winner of Edgar- Henderson title match at a date TBA.

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

8. Jim Miller (21-4) Last Fight: submission loss to Nate Diaz on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. Next fight: TBA

9. Donald Cerrone (18-4-1) Last Fight: UD win over Jeremy Stephens on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: TBA

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: TBA

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

Previously 3rd ranked Hatsu Hioki’s unanimous decision loss to Ricardo Lamas on June 22 drops him to 6th overall in this month’s rankings. Erik Koch jumps from 4th to 3rd, Chan Sung Jung goes from 5th to 4th and Charles Oliveira from 6th to 5th.  Bellator champion Pat Curran enters the Top 10 at number 10, knocking Mark Hominick down to the honorable mentions.

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: TBA

2. Chad Mendes (11-1) Last fight: KO loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Cody McKenzie on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148

3. Erik Koch (13-1) Last fight: UD win over Jonathan Brookins on September 17, 2011. 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. Charles Oliveira (16-2-1) Last Fight: submission win over Jonathan Brookins on June 1, 2012 at TUF 15 finale. Next fight: TBA

6. Hatsu Hioki (26-4-2) Last fight: UD loss to Ricardo Lamas on June 22, 2012 for UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

7. Darren Elkins (14-2) Last fight: UD win over Diego Brandao on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. Next fight: TBA

8. Dustin Poirier (12-2) Last Fight: submission loss to Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 3. Next fight: TBA

9. Diego Nunes (17-3) Last fight: UD loss to Dennis Siver at UFC on Fuel TV 2 on April 14, 2012. Next fight: TBA

10. Pat Curran (17-4, Bellator champion) Last fight: KO win over Joe Warren on March 9, 2012 to win Bellator FW title. Next fight: versus Patricio “Pitbull” Freire on August 24 at Bellator 73.

Honourable mentions: Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Yuri Alcantara, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Dennis Siver, Hacran Dias, Mark Hominick

Previously 4th ranked Scott Jorgensen drops to 6th overall after his KO loss to Eddie Wineland on June 8. Wineland re-enters the Top 10 at number 9. Brian Bowles jumps from 5th to 4th. Bibiano Fernandes drops from 7th to 10th following his decision to face unranked competition outside the UFC. Ivan Menjivar jumps from 10th to 7th, Brad Pickett improves from 9th to 8th and Miguel Torres gets bumped out of the Top 10. 2nd ranked Urijah Faber will face 3rd ranked Renan Barao for the UFC interim title on July 21. 7th ranked Ivan Menjivar will face Mike Easton on July 7.

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. Urijah Faber (26-5) Last fight: submission win over Brian Bowles on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: versus Renan Barao for UFC interim BW title on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.

3. Renan Barao (28-1-1) Last fight:  UD win over Scott Jorgensen on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. Next fight: versus Urijah Faber for UFC interim BW title on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.

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: TBA

6. Scott Jorgensen (13-6) Last fight: KO loss to Eddie Wineland on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

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

8. Brad Pickett (21-6) Last fight: submission win over Damacio Page at UFC on Fuel 2 on April 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Yves Jabouin on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 5.

9. Eddie Wineland (19-8-1D) Last fight: KO win over Scott Jorgensen on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

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

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

This is the first installment of the flyweight rankings. 4th ranked Chris Cariaso is scheduled to face 9th ranked Josh Ferguson on July 11.

Flyweights

 1. Joseph Benavidez (16-2) Last fight: TKO win over Yasuhiro Urushitani on March 3 at UFC on FX 2 in semi-finals of UFC Flyweight championship tournament. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC BW title at a date TBA.

2. Demetrious Johnson (11-2-1) Last fight: UD win over Ian McCall on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: versus Joseph Benavidez for UFC BW title at a date TBA.

3. Ian McCall (11-3-1) Last fight: UD loss to Demetrious Johnson on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3. Next fight: TBA

4. Chris Cariaso (13-3) Last fight: UD win over Takeya Mizugaki on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144. Next fight: versus Josh Ferguson on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4.

5. John Dodson (13-5) Last fight: UD win over Tim Elliott on May 5, 2012. Next fight: TBA

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

7. Darren Uyenoyama (7-3) Last fight: UD win over Norifumi Yamamoto on November 12, 2011 at UFC on FOX 1. Next fight: TBA

8. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6) Last fight: TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez on March 3 at UFC on FX 2 in semi-finals of UFC Flyweight championship. Next fight: TBA

9. Josh Ferguson (8-4) Last fight: submission loss to Roland Delorme on December 3, 2011 at TUF 14 finale. Next fight: versus Chris Cariaso on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 4.

10. John Lineker (19-6) Last fight: submission loss to Louis Gaudinot on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: TBA

Honorable mentions: Tim Elliott (8-3-1D) Last fight: UD loss to John Dodson on May 5, 2012 at UFC on FOX 3. Next fight: TBA

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