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April MMA Rankings

This is an introduction of MMA ranking here at cagedinsider.com. The original set will not have comments of the fighters, but subsequent editions will have comments on fighters as they shift through the rankings. Also, at the bottom of the article it will list matches that could have an affect on the ranking before the next edition comes out. Usually, this introductory paragraph will not be in the article, but as this is the first edition there has to be a little bit of substance.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)*

1. Junior Dos Santos(14-1-0)

2. Alistair Overeem(36-11-0-1)

3. Cain Velasquez(9-1-0)

4. Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1)

5.  Frank Mir(16-5-0)

6. Josh Barnett(31-5-0)

7. Daniel Cormier(9-0-0)

8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira(33-7-1-1)

9. Antonio Silva(16-3-0)

10. Mike Russow(15-1-0-1)

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)

1. Jon Jones(15-1-0)

2. Rashad Evans(17-1-1)

3. Dan Henderson(29-8-0)

4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (20-6-0)

5. Ryan Bader(14-2-0)

6. Phil Davis(9-1-0)

7. Forrest Griffin(18-7-0)

8. Alexander Gustafsson(13-1-0)

9. Lyoto Machida(17-3-0)

10. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson(32-10-0)

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)

1. Anderson Silva(31-4-0)

2. Chael Sonnen(27-11-1)

3. Hector Lombard(31-2-1-1)

4. Tim Boestch(15-4-0)

5. Luke Rockhold(9-1-0)

6. Mark Munoz(12-2-0)

7. Vitor Belfort(21-9-0)

8. Michael Bisping(22-4-0)

9. Yushin Okami(26-7-0)

10. Chris Weidman(8-0-0)

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)

1. Georges St-Pierre(22-2-0)

2. Josh Koscheck(17-5-0)

3. Carlos Condit(28-5-0)

4. Johny Hendricks(12-1-0)

5. Jake Ellenberger(27-5-0)

6. Jon Fitch(23-4-1-1)

7. Martin Kampmann(19-5-0)

8. Jake Shields(27-6-1)

9. Ben Askren(10-0-0)

10. Nick Diaz(26-8-0-1)

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)

1. Benson Henderson(16-2-0)

2. Frankie Edgar(14-2-1)

3. Gilbert Melendez(20-2-0)

4. Gray Maynard(10-1-1-1)

5. Jim Miller(21-3-0)

6. Shinya Aoki(30-5-0-1)

7. Michael Chandler(9-0-0)

8. Clay Guida(29-12-0)

9. Eddie Alvarez(22-3-0)

10. Anthony Pettis(15-2-0)

FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 pound-limit)

1. Jose Aldo(21-1-0)

2. Hatsu Hioki (26-4-2)

3. Chad Mendes(11-1-0)

4. Pat Curran(17-4-0)

5. Dustin Poierer(12-1-0)

6. Marlon Sandro(21-3-0)

7. Diego Nunes(17-2-0)

8. Erik Koch(13-1-0)

9. Chang Sung Jung(12-3-0)

10. Yuri Alcantra(27-3-0)

BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)

1. Dominick Cruz(19-1-0)

2. Uriah Faber(26-5-0)

3. Renan “Barao” Pegado(28-1-0-1)

4. Brian Bowles(10-2-0)

5. Scott Jorgensen(13-5-0)

6. Miguel Torres(40-4-0)

7. Bibiano Fernandes(11-3-0)

8. Zach Makovsky(14-2-0)

9. Brad Pickett(20-6-0)

10. Michael McDonald(14-1-0)

Flyweight (125 pounds or less)

1. Ian Mccall (11-2-1)

2. Jussier Da Silva(12-1-0)

3. Joseph Benavidez(16-2-0)

4. Demetrious Johnson(14-2-1)

5. Yasuhiro Urushitani(19-5-6)

 

Bellator 65 April 13th, 2012

Zach Makovsky(#8 Bantamweight) vs. Eduardo Dantas

 

UFC on FUEL TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva April 14th, 2012

Alexander Gustafsson(#8 Light-Heavyweight) vs. Thiago Silva

Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann

Diego Nunes(#7 Featherweight) vs. Dennis Siver

Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett(#9 Bantamweight)

 

Bellator 66 April 20th, 2012

Eddie Alvarez(#9 Lightweight) vs. Shinya Aoki(#6 Lightweight)

 

UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans April 21st, 2012

Jon Jones(#1 Light-Heavyweight) vs. Rashad Evans(#2 Light-Heavyweight)

Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills

Michael McDonald(#10 Bantamweight) vs. Miguel Torres(#6 Bantamweight)

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26 COMMENTS
  • Captain Obvious says:

    Man, a Lombard-Silva matchup would so awesome.

  • Why is forrest above Machida?
    How is Koscheck 2 and condit 3?
    And why is Ian McCall 1st lol

  • If Hector lombard signs with daa ufc, he should get an immediate title shot with Anderson Silva since his ranked 3

  • Ben Bieker says:

    Discussion on ranking is completely open. Forrest is above Machida for the fact that Machida is 1-3 in his last four fights and has not beaten anyone but Randy Couture for almost three years. Forrest has at least bested Rich Franklin and Tito Ortiz in that time frame while they both got smeared by Shogun Rua.

    Koscheck is at 2 because he has beaten everyone except GSP int he last three years and with the lost of koscheck moved up. Condit only great win is over Nick Diaz because beating Dan Hardy has proved to not be that hard.

    Ian Mccall is undefeated with the most fights at 125 right now. Depending on the result of his match with Mighty Mouse that could change things.

  • How come Bisping is so low??? When in his last fight against Sonnen he was cheated out of a win by the judges! Another reason why im getting bored with UFC for!

  • It’s a dangerous game making rankings lol, everyone always finds a fault somewhere

  • Ben Bieker says:

    Hard to say with Bisping he has some quality wins, but some tough losses especially to Wanderlei. Yes, in the fans eyes he basically beat Sonnen, but on his record it is counted as a loss. that is what we must go off of. Same for Martin Kampmann he basically beat Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez…

    We must make rankings though because it breads debate and what is sports without debates about who is the best. Whether it is GSP or the spider, or it is Lebron or Kobe.

  • Worse than Sherdogs. Really makes me question the reputation of caged insider.

  • Worse than Sherdogs. Really makes me question the reputation of caged insider.

  • John Walsh says:

    Koscheck way to hi frank Mir to low and Dan Henderson is to high bisping should also be lot higher

  • John Walsh says:

    Koscheck way to hi frank Mir to low and Dan Henderson is to high bisping should also be lot higher

  • Ygor Cruz says:

    I do not agree with lyoto and koscheck position

  • Joe S says:

    HW – Fedor should be on there before Mike Russow or Nogueira clearly. Travis Browne should be on HW over them too. Or even Shane Del Rosario or Shane Carwin–Don’t forget how easily he ran through Frank Mir.

    MW – I like that Hector Lombard is #3, first time I’ve seen him ranked so accurately, but having Tim Boetsch so high is a joke. Munoz and Belfort should be 4 and 5. Even Weidman or Brian Stann would beat Boetsch. Rousimar Palhares will be on there soon enough.

    WW- I would put Diaz easily in the top 5, probably at 4, even though I think he bet Condit. I also don’t see how BJ isn’t on the list somewhere.

    LW – I like the lightweight list a lot, but expect to see Edson Barboza on the list soon, though the division is stacked.

    FW – The biggest joke of all is the fact that Charles Oliveira is not listed. The man has so much talents and potential it is unbelievable. He will either be the champion or the Gray Maynard of the division by 2013. Jimy Hettes will also be on the list soon enough.

    Flyweight – Mike Easton would be a beast at 125.

  • Don’t agree with lombard on the list , he’s a good fighter but who’s he beat ???? Agree with ygor n john

  • Gustaffson ahead of Forrest
    6-7-8 ahead of 3-4-5 in middleweight.

  • Na Na Na Na Rasha da da da.. Hey hey Good Bye…. And dont cha come back no mo… Kick his but JJ!

  • Ehem says:

    Where’s Rory McDonald and Edson Barboza ? Bader,Davis and Forrest ahead of Machida ? Tim Boetsch ahead of Belfort,Okami,Mark Munoz and Bisping ? Koscheck 2nd and Condit 3rd ?

  • Ben Bieker says:

    hard to rank barboza without him having beat a top tier fighter. With a win over Dunham he would def catapult himself into it with 5 straight in the ufc as well. Same for MacDonald Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle are not top ten wins…

    Boestch of course he is ranked above Okami he knocked him out. who has bisping beat at Okami’s level same goes for Munoz and Belfort. I am pretty sure Munoz lost to Okami. When you beat someone who has beat everyone except the champion, the consensus number one contender, and a former champion your stock rises a lot.

  • Joe S says:

    Come on man, you cannot compare Vitor Belfort to Tim Boetsch like that. Boetsch has faced two top tier (or top 10) opponents in recent years, or arguably ever. One submitted him with one hand (Davis). The other, Okami, dominated him for 90% of the fight and then got rocked or gassed and just stood in front of him for the ko. That fight was a fluke, and strange, b/c Okami never shot on Boetsch after getting rocked. 9/10 times Okami wins that fight I’d like to think. Kendall Grove got released from the UFC for losing to Boetsch. You don’t get kicked out for losing to a top 3 or even top 10 fighter, and other than that he beat a guy a half a year removed from The Ultimate Fighter.

    Vitor Belfort is a guy who has faced and beaten top tier opponents consistently throughout his entire 16 year fighting career. His last 4 wins were 1st round stoppages. He doesn’t need desperation wins. Being consistent against top tier guys is better than one fluke win in a fight you were clearly outclassed and dominated in. You don’t jump from mid 20’s to #3 in the rankings, and that is being generous (mid 20’s).

    And as for Munoz, he has beat four very legit opponents in his last four fights, decisively. He’s won 7 of his last 8, all in the UFC. His only loss was a SPLIT decision to Okami.

  • Ben Bieker says:

    You have to remember that Vito belfort only has five fights at middleweight. His win against Rich Franklin does not come into play because it was at 195 not 185. In those 5 fights he beat Anthony Johnson a fighter coming up from 170, Yoshihiro Akiyama a fighter on a two fight losing streak that dropped down to 170 afterward, a loss to Anderson Silva in the first round, A decent win over Matt Lindland, and a win over terry Martin. Given Tim only has three wins at 185 and the kendall grove win is not that big, he also gave a 12-0 fighter his first loss in Nick Ring, and beat the consensus top 3 fighter at 185 for the last couple years. That is why fighters like Tim boestch take fights where they are heavy underdogs for big rewards look at him now he is fighting Bisping and if he wins that fight who knows where he could go from there.

    As for Munzo, yes he has beat some quality opponents in his last four fights, but excluding the ranking of Tim Boestch who else could he be ranked over that is above him? Not Anderson, Sonnen or Lombard because Andeson and Sonnen obviously are the consensus number 1 and 2 in the division. Lomabrd himself is on a 24 fight winning streak on of the longest in active mma fighters. Luke Rockhold while ranked high is a chamion and has finished all but one of his opponents. He beat Jacare who is almost a beater version of Demian Maia which is Munoz’s biggest win.

  • UnBreakaBull says:

    I took the liberty of “CORRECTING” the April rankings to give a more accurate assessment of the who’s who of MMA. No offense Ben, but leaving out guys like Carwin, Belcher, Stann, Nate Diaz, KenFlo??.. This begged to be “adjusted”.. Please feel free to copy and paste this as needed for this months rankings, lol.

    HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (over 205 pounds)*
    1. Junior Dos Santos(14-1-0)
    2. Alistair Overeem(36-11-0-1)
    3. Cain Velasquez(9-1-0)
    4. Josh Barnett(31-5-0)
    5. Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1)
    6. Frank Mir(16-5-0)
    7. Shane Carwin (12-2-0)
    8. Antonio Silva(16-3-0)
    9. Fedor Emelianenko
    10. Mike Russow (15-1-0)

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)
    1. Jon Jones(15-1-0)
    2. Rashad Evans(17-1-1)
    3. Dan Henderson(29-8-0)
    4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (20-6-0)
    5. Lyoto Machida(17-3-0)
    6. Ryan Bader(14-2-0)
    7. Alexander Gustafsson(13-1-0)
    8. Phil Davis(9-1-0)
    9. Forrest Griffin(18-7-0)
    10. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson(32-10-0)

    MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)
    1. Anderson Silva(31-4-0)
    2. Chael Sonnen(27-11-1)
    3. Michael Bisping(22-4-0)
    4. Mark Munoz(12-2-0)
    5. Vitor Belfort(21-9-0)
    6. Tim Boestch(15-4-0)
    7. Brian Stann
    8. Alan Belcher
    9. Luke Rockhold(9-1-0)
    10. Chris Weidman(8-0-0)

    WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)
    1. Georges St-Pierre(22-2-0)
    2. Carlos Condit(28-5-0)
    3. Johny Hendricks(12-1-0)
    4. Josh Koscheck(17-5-0)
    5. Jake Ellenberger(27-5-0)
    6. Jon Fitch (23-4-1-1)
    7. Nick Diaz(26-8-0-1)
    8. Martin Kampmann(19-5-0)
    9. Brian Ebersole (49-14-1)
    10. Rory MacDonald (12-1-1)
    .

    LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit)
    1. Benson Henderson(16-2-0)
    2. Gilbert Melendez(20-2-0)
    3. Frankie Edgar(14-2-1)
    4. Anthony Pettis(15-2-0)
    5. Gray Maynard(10-1-1-1)
    6. Jim Miller(21-3-0)
    7. Nate Diaz (17-7-0)
    8. Eddie Alvarez(22-3-0)
    9. Shinya Aoki(30-5-0-1)
    10. Clay Guida(29-12-0)

    FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (145 pound-limit)
    1. Jose Aldo(21-1-0)
    2. Chad Mendes(11-1-0)
    3. Hatsu Hioki (26-4-2)
    4. Pat Curran(17-4-0)
    5. Kenny Florian (16-6-0)
    6. Dustin Poierer(12-1-0)
    7. Marlon Sandro(21-3-0)
    8. Diego Nunes(17-2-0)
    9. Erik Koch(13-1-0)
    10. Chang Sung Jung(12-3-0)

    BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (135 pounds or less)
    1. Dominick Cruz(19-1-0)
    2. Uriah Faber(26-5-0)
    3. Renan “Barao” Pegado(28-1-0-1)
    4. Brian Bowles(10-2-0)
    5. Scott Jorgensen(13-5-0)
    6. Mike Easton (12-1-0)
    7. Miguel Torres(40-4-0)
    8. Bibiano Fernandes(11-3-0)
    9. Zach Makovsky(14-2-0)
    10. Michael McDonald(14-1-0)

    Flyweight (125 pounds or less)
    Does it matter?

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