UFC: World MMA Rankings for the Start of May - Page 4
Carlos Condit (“The Natural Born Killer”)
The last WEC welterweight champion hadn’t looked too good in the UFC, losing a close decision to Martin Kampmann, than nearly losing to Rory Macdonald before finding his offence and getting a somewhat controversial stoppage. Condit firmly entered the top 10 with a knockout over Dan Hardy, and faces up and comer Dong Hyun Kim next.
The heavy handed Daley was on the path to UFC title contention before being controlled by Josh Koscheck and losing his temper after the bell, leading to his release from the UFC. Daley dropped Nick Diaz twice in their fight, but was unable to come away with the win.
Lightweight (155 pound limit)
Frankie Edgar (“The Answer”)
Edgar is now 0-1-1 against Gray Maynard, but seeing how he retains the belt with a draw, you can’t really drop him from the #1 spot.
Gray Maynard (“The Bully”)
Maynard came close to solving the Edgar puzzle, but came out empty handed. He’ll get another chance this summer.
Gilbert Melendez (“El Nino”)
With impressive wins over Tatsuya Kawajiri, Shinya Aoki, Josh Thomson, and Mitsuhiro Ishida, Melendez has established himself as a top lightweight. With the purchase of Strikeforce, Melendez will eventually get a chance to prove his hype against the top 155ers in the world.
Alvarez thrashed SI cover boy Roger Huerta at Bellator 34. He followed that up with a dominant title defence over Pat Curran. Alvarez is now one of the only fighters now under the Zuffa banner after the purchase of Strikeforce.
Shinya Aoki (“Tobikan Judan”)
After embarrassing himself in an exhibition match, Aoki got back on track with a win on US soil over Lyle Beerbohm.
Tatsuya Kawajiri (“Crusher”)
Crusher has beaten many great lightweights, but his losses to the elite of the elite keep him from breaking into the top 5.
Kenny Florian (“Kenflo”)
Recovering from injury, Florian has announced his intention to drop to 145 pounds.
Miller continues to climb the ladder, handing Kamal Shalorus his 1st loss.
Anthony Pettis (“Showtime”)
Pettis beat Ben Henderson, giving him a shot at unifying the UFC and WEC belts and giving audiences an unforgettable highlight. He decided not to wait for the rematch between Edgar and Maynard, and instead will be facing Clay Guida.
Clay Guida (“The Carpenter”)
After a couple of tough losses, Guida reeled off some strong wins, and will look to move closer to title contention by facing Anthony Pettis.
Featherweight (145 pound limit)
Jose Aldo (“Junior”)
Aldo looked weary in his title defence against Mark Hominick, but still won a unanimous decision. Perhaps it is time for Aldo to consider moving up.