Top 10 MMA Rankings- February 2012

This is the 7th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. Note: These rankings were compiled and debated on the February 1, 2012 episode of Ringside Report Radio.

No movement in the Heavyweight division this month. We have given Brock Lesnar a month to remain inactive for his retirement to become official and remove him from the top 10 rankings. 7th ranked Fabricio Werdum will be in action this month against honorable mention Roy Nelson.

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

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

2. Cain Velasquez (9-1) Last fight: KO loss to Junior Dos Santos on November 12, 2011. 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 Junior Dos Santos in summer 2012

4. Josh Barnett (31-5) Last fight:  submission win over Sergei Kharitonov on September 10, 2011. Next fight: versus Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce HW G.P. finals in 2012

5. Daniel Cormier (9-0) Last fight: KO win over Antonio Silva on September 10, 2011. Next fight: versus Josh Barnett in Strikeforce HW G.P. finals in 2012

6. Frank Mir (16-5) Last fight: submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next Fight: TBA

7. Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1) Last fight: UD loss to Alistair Overeem on June 18. Next fight: versus Roy Nelson on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143

8. Brock Lesnar (5-3) Last fight: TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next Fight: TBA, Lesnar announced retirement following last fight.

9. Antonio Silva (16-3) Last fight: KO loss to Daniel Cormier on September 10. Next fight: TBA

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

Honourable mentions: Sergei Kharitonov, Roy Nelson, Fedor Emelianenko, Cheick Kongo, Shane Carwin, Gabriel Gonzaga

No movement in the light-heavyweight division despite 5th ranked Rashad Evans victory over 7th ranked Phil Davis. Only 6th ranked Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be in action this month, taking on Ryan Bader in Saitama, Japan.

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

6.Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-9) Last fight: submission loss to Jon Jones on September 24, 2011. Next fight: vs. Ryan Bader on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144.

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

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

9. Gegard Mousasi (32-3-2) Last fight: Unanimous Decision win over Ovince St-Preux on December 17, 2011. Next fight: versus Mike Kyle on March 3, 2012 at Strikeforce: Tate v. Rousey.

10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5) Last fight: TKO win over Tito Ortiz on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next fight: versus Alexander Gustafsson on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel 2.

Honourable mentions: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Forrest Griffin

Demian Maia’s decision loss to Chris Weidman drops him from 5th to 7th overall. Vitor Belfort moves up from 6th in January to 5th in February. Despite Michael Bisping’s loss, his impressive performance against 2nd ranked Chael Sonnen was enough to bump him from 7th to 6th.

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

1. Anderson Silva (31-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Yushin Okami on August 27, 2011. Next fight: versus Chael Sonnen rumoured for June 2, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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

3. Yushin Okami (26-6) Last fight: TKO loss to Anderson Silva on August 27, 2011. Next fight: vs. Tim Boetsch on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144

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

5. Vitor Belfort (21-9) Last fight: submission win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Wanderlei Silva rumoured for June 2, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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

7. Demian Maia (15-4) Last fight: UD loss to Chris Weidman on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. Next Fight: TBA

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

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

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

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

No movement in the welterweight division this month as no Top 10 welterweight competed in January 2012. February will see 2nd ranked Nick Diaz face 4th ranked Carlos Condit for the UFC interim title. 3rd ranked Josh Koscheck will face Mike Pierce and 7th ranked Jake Shields will fight Yoshihiro Akiyama. 8th ranked Jake Ellenberger will face 10th ranked Diego Sanchez on February 15 in a month of February that should be very interesting in the welterweight division.

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

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

2. Nick Diaz (26-7-1D) Last fight: UD win over BJ Penn on October 29, 2011. Next fight: versus Carlos Condit on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship

3. Josh Koscheck (16-5) Last fight: KO win over Matt Hughes on September 24, 2011. Next fight: vs. Mike Pierce on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143

4. Carlos Condit (27-5) Last fight: KO win over Dong Hyun Kim on July 2, 2011. Next fight: vs. Nick Diaz on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship

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

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

7. Jake Shields (26-6-1D) Last fight: KO loss to Jake Ellenberger on September 17, 2011. Next fight: vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144.

8. Jake Ellenberger (26-5) Last fight: KO win over Jake Shields on September 17, 2011. Next fight: vs. Diego Sanchez on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.

9. Johny Hendricks (12-1) Last fight: KO win over Jon Fitch on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: TBA

10. Diego Sanchez (23-4) Last Fight: UD win over Martin Kampmann on March 3, 2011. Next Fight: vs. Jake Ellenberger on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.

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

Jim Miller’s impressive victory over Melvin Guillard on January 20 bumps him from 10th to 9th, moving Donald Cerrone down from 9th to 10th. Number 1 ranked Frankie Edgar is set to defend his UFC Lightweight title versus 4th ranked Benson Henderson this month while 6th ranked Anthony Pettis is set to face Joe Lauzon on the same card.

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

 1.Frankie Edgar (14-1-1, UFC Lightweight Champion) Last fight: KO win over Gray Maynard on October 8, 2011 to defend UFC LW title. Next fight: vs. Benson Henderson on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144 for UFC LW title.

 2.Gray Maynard (10-1-1D-1NC) Last fight: KO loss to Frankie Edgar on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136. Next fight: TBA

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

 4. Benson Henderson (15-2) Last fight: UD win over Clay Guida on November 12, 2011. Next Fight: vs. Frankie Edgar on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144 for UFC LW title.  

 5. Clay Guida (29-12) Last fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on November 12, 2011. Next Fight: TBA

 6. Anthony Pettis (14-2) Last fight: SD win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 136 on October 8, 2011. Next fight: vs. Joe Lauzon on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144.

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

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

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

10. Donald Cerrone (17-4-1) Last Fight: UD loss to Nate Diaz on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: TBA

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

Previously 5th ranked Kenny Florian is removed from this month’s list due to inactivity and an announcement that he will go back to the lightweight division or possibly retire. Previously 6th ranked Mark Hominick benefits from Florian’s departure and bumps up to 5th overall. Erik Koch bumps up from 7th to 6th. Charles Oliveira’s first fight at featherweight with a submission of the night victory over Eric Wisely on January 28 puts him in the Top 10 at number 7. 3rd ranked Hatsu Hioki is set to face honorable mention Bart Palaszewski this month in his home country of Japan. 9th ranked Dustin Poirier is scheduled to fight Max Holloway on February 4.

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: TBA

 3.Hatsu Hioki (25-4-2) Last fight: SD win over George Roop on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137. Next fight: vs. Bart Palaszewski on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144.

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

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

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

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

8. Darren Elkins (13-2) Last fight: UD win over Zhang Tiequan on    October 8, 2011 at UFC 136. Next fight: TBA

9. Dustin Poirier (11-1) Last Fight: submission win over Pablo Garza on November 12, 2011. Next Fight: vs. Max Holloway on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.

10. Chan Sung Jung (12-3) Last fight: KO win over Mark Hominick on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Next fight: TBA

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

Takeya Mizugaki enters the Top 10 at number 10 after an injury bumps Eddie Wineland out due to inactivity. 2nd ranked Scott Jorgensen is set to face 6th ranked Renan Barao on February 4 while Takeya Mizugaki will be in action on the 25th against Chris Cariaso.

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: expected to face Urijah Faber for UFC BW title in 2012

2. Scott Jorgensen (13-4) Last fight: UD win over Jeff Curran on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137. Next fight: versus Renan Barao on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143

3. Urijah Faber (26-5) Last fight: submission win over Brian Bowles on November 19, 2011. Next Fight: expected to face Dominick Cruz for UFC BW title in 2012.

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

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

6. Renan Barao (27-1-1) Last fight: submission win over Brad Pickett on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137. Next fight: versus Scott Jorgensen on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143

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

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

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

10. Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) Last fight: TKO win over Cole Escovedo on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135. Next fight: versus Chris Cariaso on February 25, 2012 at UFC 144.

Honourable mentions: Eddie Wineland Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin. John Dodson, Zach Makovsky, Nick Denis, Mike Easton.

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