Top 10 MMA Rankings- April 2013

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

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

Heavyweights- 207-265 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Light-Heavyweights- 205 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Middleweights- 185 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welterweights- 170 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lightweights- 155 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featherweights-145 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bantamweights- 135 lbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flyweights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women (135 lbs.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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