Top 10 MMA Rankings- January 2013

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

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

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

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

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

3. Nick Diaz (26-8-1D) Last fight: UD loss to Carlos Condit on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143 for interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Next fight: versus Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158 for UFC WW title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featherweights-145 lbs.

1. Jose Aldo (21-1, UFC Featherweight Champion) Last fight: KO win over Chad Mendes at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012. Next fight: versus Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 for UFC FW title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bantamweights- 135 lbs.

1. Dominick Cruz (19-1, UFC Bantamweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Demetrious Johnson on October 1, 2011 to defend UFC BW title. Next fight: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flyweights

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

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

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

4. John Dodson (13-5) Last fight: TKO win over Jussier Da Silva on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Next fight: versus Demetrious Johnson for UFC Fly-W title on January 26, 2013 at UFC on FOX 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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