Top 10 MMA Rankings- January 2012

This is the 6th monthly installment of the Ringside Report official Top 10 MMA rankings. Note: These rankings were compiled and debated on the January 6th, 2012 episode of Ringside Report Radio
Brock Lesnar drops from 4th in December to 8th in January following first round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem on December 30. Overeem remains 3rd overall with the victory. With Lesnar’s drop, Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier move up from 5th and 6th last month to 4th and 5th in this month’s rankings. Frank Mir also improves from 9th to 6th with an impressive submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on December 10. Antonio Silva remains inactive with an injury and drops from 8th to 9th this month due to Mir’s upwards movement. Despite the loss, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira remains 10th overall.
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: rumoured to be fighting Antonio Silva in April 2012
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 on March 3, 2012 in Strikeforce HW G.P. finals
5. Daniel Cormier (9-0) Last fight: KO win over Antonio Silva on September 10, 2011. Next fight: versus Josh Barnett on March 3, 2012 in Strikeforce HW G.P. finals
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: rumoured to be fighting Cain Velasquez in April 2012
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
With impressive victories in December, Gegard Mousasi and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira knock the inactive Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Forrest Griffin out of the Top 10 rankings. Mousasi’s victory over Ovince St-Preux  on December 17 for Strikeforce puts him 9th overall. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira scored a first round TKO over Tito Ortiz to place him at 10th. Alexander Gustafsson improves from 10th to 8th with a first round TKO win over Vladimir Matyushenko on December 30. The Top 7 remain the same as last month’s rankings.
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: 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 (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 (16-1-1D) Last fight: TKO win over Tito Ortiz on August 6, 2011. Next fight: versus Phil Davis on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2
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 (9-0) Last fight: UD win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on March 26, 2011 Next fight: versus Rashad Evans on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2
8. Alexander Gustafsson (13-1) Last fight: TKO win over Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011. Next fight: TBA
9. Gegard Mousasi (32-3-2) Last fight: Unanimous Decision win over Ovince St-Preux on December 17, 2011. Next fight: TBA
10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5) Last fight: TKO win over Tito Ortiz on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140
Honourable mentions: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Forrest Griffin
No movement in the middleweight division this month. Very little middleweight action in December but January should be interesting with several big middleweight match-ups.
Middleweights- 185 lbs.
1. Anderson Silva (31-4, UFC Middleweight Champion) Last fight: TKO win over Yushin Okami on August 27, 2011. Next fight: TBA
2. Chael Sonnen (27-11-1D) Last fight: submission win over Brian Stann on October 8, 2011. Next fight: versus Mark Munoz on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2
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: versus Chael Sonnen on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2.
5. Demian Maia (15-3) Last fight: UD win over Jorge Santiago on October 8, 2011. Next fight: versus Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2 on January 28, 2012.
6. Vitor Belfort (20-9) Last fight: KO win over Yoshihiro Akiyama on August 6, 2011. Next fight: versus Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012
7. Michael Bisping (22-3) Last fight: TKO win over Jason “Mayhem” Miller on December 3, 2011. Next fight: versus Demian Maia on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2
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
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.
Johny Hendricks move from an honourable mention in December 2011 to 9th in the world in January 2012 with a KO win over Jon Fitch on December 30. The Hendricks victory shook up the welterweight rankings. Jon Fitch drops from 3rd to 5th. Josh Koscheck bumps up from 4th to 3rd. Carlos Condit moves up from 6th to 4th. BJ Penn bumps up from 7th to 6th while Jake Shields drops from 5th to 7th. Rory MacDonald gets bumped out of the Top 10 with the inclusion of Hendricks.
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.
Despite some action at lightweight in December there is no movement in the rankings. Nate Diaz was ranked 8th overall last month and defeated 9th overall Donald Cerrone on December 30. Shinya Aoki’s victory over Satoru Kitaoka on December 31 does nothing to improve his ranking.
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
8. Nate Diaz (15-7) Last fight: Unanimous Decision win over Donald Cerrone on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: TBA
9. Donald Cerrone (17-4-1) Last Fight: UD loss to Nate Diaz on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Next fight: TBA
10. Jim Miller (20-3) Last Fight: UD loss to Benson Henderson on August 14, 2011. Next Fight: vs. Melvin Guillard on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1.
Honourable mentions: Rafael Dos Anjos, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Terry Etim, Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler.
Mark Hominick’s KO loss to Chan Sung Jung drops him from 4th to 6th in this month’s rankings. Chan Sung Jung aka The Korean Zombie benefits from his win to enter the Top 10 at number 10. Diego Nunes jumps from 6th to 4th with a decision victory over Manvel Gamburyan on December 30. Dustin Poirier moves from 10th to 9th with Chan Sung Jung’s inclusion, also bumping Joe Warren out of the Top 10.
Featherweights-145 lbs.
1.    Jose Aldo (20-1, UFC Featherweight Champion) Last fight: UD win over Kenny Florian to defend UFC FW title on October 8. Next fight: defending title versus Chad Mendes at UFC 142 on January 14, 2012.
 2.    Chad Mendes (11-0) Last fight: UD win over Rani Yahya on August 6, 2011. Next fight: versus Jose Aldo for UFC FW title on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142.
 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: TBA
 5.    Kenny Florian (14-6) Last Fight: UD loss to Jose Aldo on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136. Next fight: TBA
 6.    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 March 24, 2012 at UFC 145. 
 7.    Eric Koch (13-1) Last fight: UD win over Jonathan Brookins on September 17, 2011. 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. Ricardo Lamas 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, Manny Gamburyan, Marlon Sandro, Bart Palaszewski, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Pat Curran.
Previously ranked 2nd overall at bantamweight, Joseph Benavidez drops out of the Top 10 following the announcement that he will compete in a 4-man tournament to determine the first UFC flyweight champion. Demetrious Johnson will also be making the drop to 125 lbs. and exits the Top 10. Johnson was ranked 5th overall in December 2011. With the division’s loss of two of their best, the rest of the division moves up in the rankings: Scott Jorgensen moves up from 3rd to 2nd overall. Urijah Faber bumps up from 4th to 3rd. Brian Bowles goes from 6th to 4th. Miguel Torres from 7th to 5th and Renan Barao from 8th to 6th. Bibiano Fernandes moves up from 10th to 7th with two victories on December 31 to win the DREAM BW Grand Prix. Michael McDonald moves up from 9th to 8th. Brad Pickett moves into the Top 10 at 9 while Eddie Wineland gets in at 10th.
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: TBA
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: TBA
9. Brad Pickett (20-6) Last fight: submission loss to Renan Barao on November 5, 2011. Next fight: TBA
10. Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) Last fight: UD loss to Joseph Benavidez on August 14, 2011 on UFC Live: Hardy v. Lytle. Next fight: TBA
Honourable mentions: Takeya Mizugaki, Antonio Banuelos, Yves Jabouin. John Dodson, Zach Makovsky.
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