Top 10 MMA Rankings- August 2012 – Ringside Report + Wrestling Uncensored

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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