UFC (Unofficial) Rankings #6

March 10, 2010

Ultimate Fighting Championship (Unofficial) Rankings
February, 26, 2010

February was a very exciting month in the UFC with some big fights and big announcements, including an interim title bout for the Heavyweight division and the next opponent for Anderson Silva.
Rk   Fighter        Record    (Last 3)Prev
1    B.J. Penn      15-5-1    (3-0)    #1
2    Frank Edgar    11-1      (3-0)    #2
3    Gray Maynard   10-0      (3-0)    #3
4    Kenny Florian  14-4      (2-1)    #4

5    Diego Sanchez  23-3      (2-1)    HM
HM   George Sotiropoulos 
OTW  Melvin Guillard

A devastating loss for Joe "Daddy" Stevenson to Australian fighter George Sotiropoulos drops him out of the top five, possibly for good. On the flip side, the huge victory for Sotiropoulos shows that he's ready for more prime fights.

Recent Lightweight Results

UFC 109 (Feb 6)
Mac Danzig def. Justin Buchholz via Unanimous Decision - Round 3     
Melvin Guillard def. Ronys Torres via Unanimous Decision - Round 3    
Rob Emerson def. Phillipe Nover via Unanimous Decision - Round 3     

UFC 110 (Feb 20)

George Sotiropoulos def. Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision - Round 3     

Upcoming Lightweight Fights:
Clay Guida vs. Shannon Gugerty         UFC on Versus (Mar 21)  
Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek              UFC 111 (Mar 27) 
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes    UFC 111 (Mar 27) 

Rk    Fighter            Record  (Last 3)Prev
1    Georges St. Pierre  19-2    (3-0)    #1
2    Dan Hardy           23-6    (3-0)    #2
3    Jon Fitch           23-3    (2-1)    #3
4    Thiago Alves        22-5    (2-1)    #4
5    Matt Hughes         44-7    (1-2)    #5
HM   Paul Daley
OTW  Amir Sadollah

Not much happened at the top of the welterweight division again this month, but the return of Matt Serra could make some waves very soon. Next month will be huge for this division with the top four fighters all going after each other.

Recent Welterweight Results:
UFC 109 (Feb 6)
Matt Serra def. Frank Trigg via Knock Out - Round 1     

UFC 110 (Feb 20)
Chris Lytle def. Brian Foster via Submission (Leg Lock) - Round 1     

Upcoming Welterweight Fights:
Mike Pierce vs. Julio Paulino     UFC on Versus (Mar 21) 
Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy   UFC 111 (Mar 27)
Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves        UFC 111 (Mar 27)
Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham        UFC 111 (Mar 27)
Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger UFC 111 (Mar 27)
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown    UFC 111 (Mar 27)
Matthew Riddle vs. Greg Soto      UFC 111 (Mar 27)

Rk    Fighter            Record    (Last 3)Prev
1    Anderson Silva      25-4      (3-0)    #1
2    Demian Maia         12-1      (3-0)    #3
3    Chael Sonnen        26-10-1   (2-1)    #5
4    Vitor Belfort       18-8      (1-0)    #2
5    Wanderlei Silva     33-10-1   (1-2)    NA
HM   Michael Bisping     
OTW  Paulo Thiago

Lots of movement in the Middleweight division this month as Damian Maia is announced to get the next shot at Silva even though Chael Sonnen is right on his heels thanks to his win against Marquardt. Belfort slips due to lingering shoulder problems, and the "Ax Murderer" Wanderlei Silva joins the top five thanks to his decision victory over Michael Bisping.

Recent Middleweight Results:
UFC 109 (Feb 6)
Paulo Thiago def. Mike Swick via Submission (Choke) - Round 2     
Demian Maia def. Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision - Round 3 
Chael Sonnen def. Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision - Round 3  

UFC 110 (Feb 20)
Wanderlei Silva def. Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision - Round 3     
CB Dollaway def. Goran Reljic via Unanimous Decision - Round 3     

Upcoming Middleweight Fights:
Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal    UFC 111 (Mar 27) 

Rk    Fighter         Record  (Last 3)Prev           
1    Lyoto Machida    16-0    (3-0)    #1
2    Mauricio Rua     18-4    (2-1)    #2
3    Rashad Evans     19-1-1  (2-1)    #3
4    Randy Couture    16-10   (2-1)    #5
5    Thiago Silva     14-2    (2-1)    #4

HM   Jon Jones
OTW  Ryan Bader

The top of the Light Heavyweight division is gridlocked until the Machida/Rua rematch and the Rashad/Rampage grudge match are settled. Meanwhile, Randy Couture is slowly creeping up on what many see as his inevitable title shot.

Recent Light Heavyweight Results

UFC 109 (Feb 6)

Randy Couture def. Mark Coleman via Submission (Choke) - Round 2     
Phil Davis def. Brian Stann via Unanimous Decision - Round 3     

UFC 110 (Feb 20)
Ryan Bader def. Keith Jardine via Knock Out - Round 3     
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Stephan Bonnar via TKO Stoppage (Cut) - Round 3     
James Te Huna def. Igor Pokrajac via Technical Knock Out - Round 3     

Upcoming Light Heavyweight Fights:
Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones                  UFC on Versus (Mar 21)
Alessio Sakara vs. James Irvin              UFC on Versus (Mar 21) 
Eliot Marshall vs. Vladimir Matyushenko     UFC on Versus (Mar 21) 
Eric Schafer vs. Jason Brilz                UFC on Versus (Mar 21) 
Rodney Wallace vs. Jared Hamman             UFC 111 (Mar 27) 

Rk    Fighter             Record   (Last 3)Prev
1    Brock Lesnar          4-1     (3-0)    #1
2    Shane Carwin          11-0    (3-0)    #2
3    Frank Mir             13-4    (2-1)    #4
4    Cain Velasquez        8-0     (3-0)    #5
5    Junior dos Santos     11-1    (2-1)    HM
HM   Gabriel Gonzaga
OTW  Mirko Cro Cop

One big announcement and one big punch changed the landscape of the Heavyweight division this month. First, was the announcement of an interim title bout between top challenger Shane Carwin and rejuvenated veteran Frank Mir, due to Brock Lesnar's unfortunate illness that could see the current champ sidelined for the rest of the year. Then came the big fist of Cain Valasquez that floored Big Nog and announced to the world that Cain is a serious title contender.

Recent Heavyweight Results:
UFC 109 (Feb 6)
Chris Tuchscherer def. Tim Hague via Majority Decision - Round 3     
Joey Beltran def. Rolles Gracie via Technical Knock Out - Round 2     

UFC 110 (Feb 20)
Cain Velasquez def. Minotauro Nogueira via Knock Out - Round 1     
Mirko Cro Cop def. Anthony Perosh via TKO Stoppage (Cut) - Round 2    

Upcoming Heavyweight Fights:
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga     UFC on Versus (Mar 21)  
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello           UFC on Versus (Mar 21)  
Brendan Schaub vs. Chase Gormley          UFC on Versus (Mar 21)  
Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin                UFC 111 (Mar 27) 

*Rk: Fighters are ranked by their proximity to the division title and not necessarily by fighting ability.

*HM: Honorable Mention denotes a fighter who is just on the verge of the top 5.

*OTW: One To Watch is either an up and coming fighter or a fighter on the comeback who may get into the top five soon.