World MMA rankings: June 19, 2011
With UFC 131 and the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix's quarterfinal behind us, it's time to update the top 10 lists for each weight class. Last night, Alistair Overeem beat Fabricio Werdum, but <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Overeem-beats-Werdum-at-Strikeforce-but-fails-t?urn=mma-wp3695"> was the dull performance enough </a> to push Overeem to the top of the pack?
Heavyweight (265 pound limit)
1) Cain Velasquez
It’s official: Velasquez will face Junior dos Santos this fall for his 1st title defence.
2) Alistair Overeem (“Demolition Man”)
An unimpressive decision win over Fabricio Werdum doesn’t push Overeem into the top spot.
3) Antonio Silva (“Bigfoot”)
After thrashing legend Fedor Emelianenko, Silva will face Alistair Overeem in the semifinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix.
4) Junior dos Santos (“Cigano”)
Cigano’s gamble paid off as he pummelled Shane Carwin at UFC 131. He’ll fight Velasquez in the fall.
5) Brock Lesnar
Unfortunately, Lesnar is suffering the effects of diverticulitis again. His future in MMA is once again uncertain.
6) Shane Carwin
Carwin was badly beaten by Junior dos Santos in Vancouver, but remains a top contender in the UFC heavyweight division.
7) Fabricio Werdum (“Vai Cavalo”)
Werdum was unable to use his old tricks to beat Alistair Overeem in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix.
8) Frank Mir
Mir keeps himself in the title picture with a wide decision win over Roy Nelson.
9) Fedor Emelianenko
The once unbeatable Emperor has lost 2 in a row. His next match will be against light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson this summer.
10) Roy Nelson (“Big Country”)
Nelson was unable to fight his way into the elite of the elite, losing to Frank Mir at UFC 130.
Light heavyweight (205 pound limit)
1) Jon Jones (“Bones”)
Jones firmly established himself as the future of MMA with a dominating performance against Shogun Rua. His 1st title defence will be against Quinton Jackson.
2) Mauricio Rua (“Shogun”)
While Shogun got his revenge against Lyoto Machida, he fell in his 1st title defence, being thoroughly beaten by Jon Jones.
3) Rashad Evans
Evans’ decision to wait ended up costing him, as Jon Jones got injured. Evans will now have to beat Phil Davis to get a title shot.
4) Quinton Jackson (“Rampage”)
It’s official: Rampage will be the 1st challenger for Jon Jones.
5) Lyoto Machida
Machida still poses a difficult riddle to solve for many fighters at 205. Most recently, he sent Randy Couture into retirement with a crane kick. Could he have the style to beat Jon Jones?
6) Forrest Griffin
Griffin returned from a long period of inactivity with a unanimous decision win over Rich Franklin. He’s booked to face Shogun at the Brazil event this summer.
7) Ryan Bader
Bader jumped into the top 10 with a strong performance over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but lost to Jon Jones.