MMA World Rankings

MMA World Rankings

UFC 88 Preview

205 lbs. – Chuck Liddell [4] vs. Rashad Evans [15]

Chuck Liddell (21-5) should win this fight because he is the more skilled fighter. The 2 ways in which Evans (11-0-1)  can overcome that are by using his intelligence and/or his KO power. He can either execute the perfect gamelan for 3 rounds like his training partner Keith Jardine [8] did last year or he can catch Chuck with a well-placed strike for the KO. I think Liddell will pick apart Evans until he eventually gets the TKO or KO victory.

205 lbs. – Rich Franklin [NR] vs. Matt Hamill [23]

In Franklin’s (23-3) return bout at Light-Heavyweight, he must keep Matt Hamill (4-1) from grounding and pounding him. Franklin is the better striker and is the quicker fighter. He is also one of the smartest fighters in the sport. Hamill, on the other hand, has one of the best ground and pound games in the sport. He doens’t have the KO power or the technique to catch Franklin when they’re on their feet, so he must get the fight to the ground to have any shot at winning. I just think there are too many ways for Franklin to win this fight. He is hungry to reclaim his spot as one of the elite fighters in MMA. Franklin by TKO in round 2 or 3.

170 lbs. – Karo Parisyan [8] vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida [17] [Cancelled due to an Injury to Karo]

Yoshida (10-2) needs a breakthrough win in order to make a name for himself. Karo (18-5) needs a win to bounce back from a devastating KO loss at the hands of Thiago Alves [2]. Both guys are world class in Judo. Both guys are extremely tough and both are hungry for victory. This has the potential to be one of the better fights of the year. It’s a toss up. My guess is that Yoshida will get a hard fought decision victory.

185 lbs. – Dan Henderson [3] vs. Rousimar Palhares [46]

This is a nightmare matchup for Rousimar (8-1). I don’t know why the UFC would sacrifice one of their bright prospects to what looks like a sure loss. Palhares has world-class submission ability and has the skills to be a top 20 fighter. The only problem is, he’s going to have to get Henderson (22-7) to the mat to execute those skills. I don’t see that happening. Henderson is a world-class wrestler and has beaten some of the legends of the sport like Wanderlei Silva and Rodrigo Nogueira. This looks like a mismatch to me. Hendo by 1st round TKO.

185 lbs. – Nathan Marquardt [7] vs. Martin Kampmann [16]

This is an excellent matchup. Both guys are skilled in all areas and both have the heart of a champion. The one thing that may seperate them is Marquardt’s (26-8-2) strength. I think he is stronger than Kampmann (16-2). Neither fighter has KO power but Kampmann is the more technically sound striker. Marquardt may have a slight edge in wrestling and submissions. The fight will most likely go to a decision. I give the very slight edge to Marquardt. I wouldn’t be money on it though.

155 lbs. – Kurt Pellegrino [36] vs. Thiago Tavares [42]

This should be a very competitive fight. Both fighters have elite level skills but they differ in one area. Kurt (11-4) has shown a lot more toughness and determination. Thiago (13-2) has all the skills to be a great fighter but he may lack a champion’s heart. He reminds me of Vitor Belfort. He underacheives. If he does come out blazing, we could have a fight of the night. I would put my money on Kurt though. He always brings his A-game and I think he will out-tough Thiago.

170 lbs. – Dong Hyun Kim [47] vs. Matt Brown

Matt Brown (7-6) is a tough-as-nails brawler. Dong Hyun Kim (10-0-1) is a giant Welterweight with a tremendous ground-and-pound game. Kim appears to have the talent to be a legit contender but he has not beaten an elite fighter yet. Beating Matt Brown would put him one step closer to a fight on the main-card. I just think Kim has too much talent for Matt Brown (despite his toughness) to handle. It will probably end in the 2nd round by TKO from Kim’s ground and pound.

170 lbs. – Ryo Chonan [19] vs. Roan Carneiro [23]

Ryo Chonan [14-8] is the last person to defeat the great Anderson Silva. He is skilled both on the ground and on his feet. Roan Carneiro (12-7) is a blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but that didn’t help him in his last fight when he lost by submission to Kevin Burns [20]. I would bet he comes out with renewed aggression to erase that loss from memory. This is another toss-up fight. Chonan is coming off a bit of a layoff so I think ring-rust may be a factor. I would give the slight edge to Carneiro.

185 lbs. – Jason MacDonald [31] vs. Jason Lambert [NR]

In his loss to Demian Maia [17], Jason MacDonald (20-10) impressed me more in defeat than he had in all his previous victories. He withstood the submission attempts of arguably the best submission fighter in the world (Maia). Jason Lambert [23-8] is moving down from 205 lbs. for his first fight at Middleweight. He is known for his word-class ground and pound. The x-factor in this fight will be how Lambert deals with the 20 lbs. weight cut. If he handles it well, I can see him pounding out MacDonald on the mat. If he struggles, he could lose stamina quickly and MacDonald would go for the finish. I actually think Lambert will struggle with the cut. I’m picking MacDonald to win by TKO in the 2nd or 3rd round.

205 lbs. – Tim Boetsch [30] vs. Mike Patt

Tim Boetsch (7-2) Mike Patt (12-2)

August 31, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , | 3 Comments

HVY Rankings (September, 2008)

 

1 Fedor Emelianenko 28~1 Stary Oskol, Russia
2 Rodrigo Nogueira 31~4~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil UFC Interim Champion
3 Randy Couture 16~8 Las Vegas, NV UFC Champion
4 Josh Barnett 23~5 Seattle, WA
5 Andrei Arlovski 13~5 Minsk, Belarus
6 Fabricio Werdum 11~3~1 Porto Alegre, Brazil ADCC Champion
7 Tim Sylvia 24~5 Davenport, IA
8 Gabriel Gonzaga 9~3 Ludlow, MA
9 Cheick Kongo 12~4~1 Paris, France
10 Alistair Overeem 28~11 Utrecht, Netherlands Strikeforce Champion
11 Aleksander Emelianenko 13~3 St. Petersburg, Russia
12 Sergei Kharitonov 16~3 Moscow, Russia
13 Mirko Filipovic 23~6~2 Zagreb, Croatia
14 Antonio Silva 11~1 Brasilia, Brazil EliteXC Champion
15 Frank Mir 11~3 Las Vegas, NV
16 Brock Lesnar 2~1 Webster, SD
17 Heath Herring 28~14 Las Vegas, NV
18 Cain Velasquez 4~0 San Jose, CA
19 Pedro Rizzo 16~8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20 Jeff Monson 24~8 Olympia, WA
21 Marcio Cruz 4~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22 Hidehiko Yoshida 8~6~1 Obu, Japan
23 Ben Rothwell 29~6 Davenport, IA
24 Roy Nelson 13~2 Las Vegas, NV
25 Paul Buentello 24~10 Amarillo, TX
26 Travis Wiuff 53~11 Rochester, MN
27 Dave Herman 11~0 Bloomington, IN
28 Jake O’Brien 10~2 Indianapolis, IN
29 Mark Hunt 5~4 New Zealand
30 Ricco Rodriguez 28~9 Phoenix, AZ
31 Semmy Schilt 25~14~1 Zuidlaren, Netherlands K-1 Champion
32 Justin McCully 8~4~2 Huntington Beach, CA
33 Yoshihiro Nakao 7~1 Japan
34 Antoni Hardonk 7~4 Weesp, Netherlands
35 Eddie Sanchez 8~2 Temecula, CA
36 Roger Gracie 2~0 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
37 Michael Russow 10~1 Chicago, IL
38 Ron Waterman 15~6~2 Greeley, CO
39 Kazuyuki Fujita 15~7 Funabashi, Japan
40 Kevin Randleman 17~12 Columbus, OH
41 Mario Rinaldi 6~3 Port St. Lucie, FL
42 Brett Rogers 7~0 Minneapolis, MN
43 Todd Duffee 3~0 Coconut Creek, FL
44 Shane Carwin 9~0 Denver, CO
45 Sang Soo Lee 9~4 South Korea
46 Assuerio Silva 14~7 Parana, Brazil
47 Kimbo Slice 3~0 Miami, FL  

August 31, 2008 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , | Leave a comment

205 Rankings (September, 2008)

 

1 Forrest Griffin 16~4 Athens, GA UFC Champion
2 Quinton Jackson 29~7 Irvine, CA
3 Lyoto Machida 13~0 Belem, Brazil
4 Rashad Evans 12~0~1 Albuquerque, NM
5 Chuck Liddell 21~6 San Luis Obispo, CA
6 Mauricio Rua 16~3 Curitiba, Brazil
7 Dan Henderson 23~7 Temecula, CA
8 Wanderlei Silva 32~8~1 Las Vegas, NV
9 Keith Jardine 13~4~1 Albuquerque, NM
10 Sokoudjou 5~2 Temecula, CA
11 Thiago Silva 13~0 Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 Rogerio Nogueira 14~3 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
13 Anderson Silva 22~4 Curitiba, Brazil
14 Renato Sobral 30~7 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15 Tito Ortiz 15~6~1 Huntington Beach, CA
16 Ricardo Arona 13~5 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17 Vitor Belfort 17~8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Cage Rage Champion
18 Stephan Bonnar 11~4 Chicago, IL
19 Luis Cane 8~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20 Goran Reljic 8~0 Zadar, Croatia
21 Rich Franklin 24~3 Cincinnatti, OH
22 Wilson Gouveia 11~5 Coconut Creek, FL
23 James Irvin 14~5 Sacramento, CA
24 Vladimir Matyushenko 21~3 Retchisa, Belarus
25 Matt Hamill 4~2 Utica, NY
26 Brandon Vera 9~2 San Diego, CA
27 Eric Schafer 10~3~2 Milwaukee, WI
28 Jason Lambert 23~9 Long Beach, CA
29 Mike Whitehead 20~6 Salt Lake City, UT
30 Tim Boetsch 8~2 Sunbury, PA
31 Houston Alexander 8~4 Omaha, NE
32 Kazuhiro Nakamura 11~8 Tokyo, Japan
33 Rafael Cavalcante 7~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
34 David Heath 7~3 Tulsa, OK
35 Steve Cantwell 6~1 Las Vegas, NV WEC Champion
36 Brian Stann 6~1 Scranton, PA
37 Doug Marshall 8~3 Visalia, CA
38 Glover TeixeIra 6~2 Arroyo Grande, CA
39 Jon Jones 6~0 Endicott, NY
40 Jason Brilz 16~1~1 Omaha, NE
41 Reese Andy 7~2 Renton, WA
42 Andre Gusmao 5~1 Goiania, Brazil
43 Jamal Patterson 4~2 Hoboken, NJ  

August 31, 2008 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , | 5 Comments

185 Rankings (September, 2008)

 

1 Anderson Silva 22~4 Curitiba, Brazil UFC Champion
2 Paulo Filho 16~0 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil WEC Champion
3 Dan Henderson 23~7 Tecmecula, CA
4 Rich Franklin 24~3 Cincinnatti, OH
5 Robbie Lawler 18~4 Granite City, IL EliteXC Champion
6 Thales Leites 13~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
7 Nathan Marquardt 27~8~2 Denver, CO
8 Gegard Mousasi 24~2~1 Armenia DREAM GP Champion
9 Kazuo Misaki 21~8~2 Chiba, Japan
10 Yoshihiro Akiyama 12~1 Osaka, Japan
11 Yushin Okami 22~4 Kanagawa, Japan
12 Frank Trigg 17~6 Rochester, NY
13 Ronaldo Souza 10~2 Manaus, Brazil
14 Patrick Cote 13~4 Quebec City, Canada
15 Jason Miller 21~6 Las Vegas, NV
16 Demian Maia 8~0 Sao Paulo, Brazil ADCC Champion
17 Matt Lindland 21~5 Eagle Creek, OR
18 Joey Villasenor 26~6 Albuqurque, NM
19 Denis Kang 30~10~1 Vancouver, Canada
20 Michael Bisping 16~1 Manchester, England
21 Murilo Rua 16~8~1 Curitiba, Brazil
22 Chael Sonnen 20~9~1 West Linn, OR
23 Jason MacDonald 21~10 Edmonton, Canada
24 Cung Le 6~0 San Jose, CA Strikeforce Champion
25 Martin Kampmann 16~3 Las Vegas, NV
26 Frank Shamrock 24~9~1 Santa Monica, CA
27 Ricardo Almeida 9~3 Hamilton, NJ
28 Jorge Santiago 17~7 Coconut Creek, FL
29 Trevor Prangley 18~5 Cape Town, South Africa
30 Amar Suloev 24~7 Kalinin City, Armenia
31 Travis Lutter 9~5 Fort Worth, TX
32 Kendall Grove 9~5 Maui, HI
33 Vitor Belfort 17~8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
34 Dean Lister 11~5 San Diego, CA
35 Jeremy Horn 79~18~5 Salt Lake City, UT
36 Chris Leben 18~4 Oahu, HI
37 Melvin Manhoef 22~5~1 Amsterdam, Netherlands
38 Scott Smith 13~5 Elk Grove, CA
39 Rousimar Palhares 8~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
40 Alan Belcher 13~5 Biloxi, MS
41 Mike Massenzio 11~2 Paterson, NJ
42 Terry Martin 18~5 Chicago, IL
43 Drew McFedries 7~4 Bettendorf, IA
44 Ed Herman 14~7 Portland, OR
45 Marvin Eastman 15~8~1 Las Vegas, NV
46 Jorge Rivera 15~7 Milford, MA
47 Jason Day 17~6 Lethbridge, Canada
48 David Loiseau 18~8 Montreal, Canada
49 Wilson Gouveia 11~5 Coconut Creek, FL
50 Joe Doerksen 39~12 Winnipeg, Canada
51 Phil Baroni 12~10 Long Island, NY
52 Yuki Kondo 49~22~6 Niigata, Japan Pancrase Champion
53 Sanae Kikuta 27~6~3 Tokyo, Japan
54 Falaniko Vitale 26~8 Honolulu, HI
55 Nate Quarry 10~2 Gresham, OR
56 Dan Miller 9~1 Whippany, NJ
57 Cory DeVela 9~2 Bonney Lake, WA
58 Joe Riggs 28~11 Pheonix, AZ
59 Ryan Jensen 13~5 Omaha, NE
60 Kazushi Sakuraba 24~11~1 Katagami, Japan
61 Keiichiro Yamamiya 34~22~9 Kanagawa, Japan
62 Zelg Galesic 9~4 Pula, Croatia
63 Taiei Kin  3~3 Amagasaki, Japan
64 Andrews Nakahara 1~1 Brazil
65 Dong Sik Yoon 4~6 Seoul, South Korea
66 Kiyoshi Tamura 32~13~2 Okayama, Japan
67 Ivan Salaverry 12~6 Seattle, WA
68 Tim Kennedy 9~2 San Luis Obispo, CA
69 Ryan McGivern 12~6 Bettendorf, IA
70 Matt Horwich 23~10~1 Gresham, OR
71 Benji Radach 17~4 Castlerock, WA
72 Amir Sadolloh 1~0 Richmond, VA
73 Fabio Negao 8~4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
74 Kala Hose 7~2 Waianae, Hawaii Icon Sport Champion
75 Pete Sell 7~4 Westbury, NY
76 Alessio Sakara 13~7 Miami, FL
77 Rob Kimmons 21~4 Liberty, MO
78 Nissen Osterneck 5~0 Myrtle Beach, SC
79 Bryan Baker 7~1 Victorville, CA
80 Kalib Starnes 8~3~1 Surrey, Canada  

August 31, 2008 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , | 1 Comment

170 Rankings (September, 2008)

 

1 Georges St-Pierre 17~2 Montreal, Canada UFC Champion
2 Thiago Alves 15~3 Coconut Creek, FL
3 Josh Koscheck 11~2 San Jose, CA
4 Jon Fitch 17~3 San Jose, CA
5 Diego Sanchez 19~2 San Diego, CA
6 Jake Shields 21~4~1 San Jose, CA EliteXC Champion
7 Matt Hughes 42~7 Hillsboro, IL
8 Karo Parisyan 18~5 North Hollywood, CA
9 Matt Serra 9~5 Long Island, NY
10 Carlos Condit 23~4 Alburqurque, NM WEC Champion
11 Mike Swick 12~2 San Jose, CA
12 Dustin Hazelett 11~4 Cincinnati, OH
13 Nick Thompson 36~10~1 Minneapolis, MN MFC Champion
14 Akihiro Gono 28~12~7 Tokyo, Japan
15 Chris Lytle 25~16~5 Indianapolis, IN
16 Marcus Davis 14~4 Bangor, ME
17 Yoshiyuki Yoshida 10~2 Tokyo, Japan
18 Josh Burkman 9~6 Salt Lake City, UT
19 Kevin Burns 7~1 Des Moines, IA
20 Anthony Johnson 5~2 Los Angeles, CA
21 Brad Blackburn 13~9~1 Olympia, WA
22 Ryo Chonan 15~8 Yamagata, Japan
23 Hector Lombard 17~2~1 Sydney, Australia
24 Roan Carneiro 12~8 Atlanta, GA
25 Drew Fickett 34~6 Tuscan, AZ
26 Jay Hieron 15~4 Long Island, NY
27 Jonathan Goulet 22~9 Victoriaville, Canada
28 Brock Larson 23~2 Costa Mesa, CA
29 Chris Wilson 14~4 Portland, OR
30 Nathan Coy 5~0 Sportfight Champion
31 Mike Pierce 5~1
32 Delson Heleno 13~5 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
33 Forrest Petz 14~5 Cleveland, OH
34 Luigi Fioravanti 12~4 Orlando, FL
35 David Baron  16~2 France
36 Hayato Sakurai 33~8~2 Tokyo, Japan
37 Antonio McKee 21~3~2 Lakewood, CA
38 Akira Kikuchi 16~4 Tokyo, Japan
39 Mark Miller 8~4 Chicago, IL
40 Kuniyoshi Hironaka 12~5 Tokyo, Japan
41 Tony DeSouza 10~4 Lima, Peru
42 Paul Kelly 7~0 Liverpool, England
43 Paul Taylor 9~3~1 Walsall, England
44 Tamdan McCrory 9~1 Cortland, NY
45 Daniel Acacio 14~6 Brazil
46 John Alessio 23~11 Vancouver, Canada
47 Jess Liaudin 12~10 London, England
48 Paul Daley 18~6~2 Nottingham, England Cage Rage Champion
49 George Sotiropoulos 9~2 Long Island, NY
50 Alex Serdyukov 8~4 Moscow, Russia
51 Luis Sapo 10~2 Belem, Brazil
52 Dan Hardy 19~6 Nottingham, England
53 Rory Markham 16~4 Bettendorf, IA
54 Pat Healy 18~14 St. Louis, MS
55 Richard Villes 4~2
56 Hiromitsu Miura 9~5 Tokyo, Japan
57 Dong Hyun Kim 11~0~1 Busan, South Korea
58 Carlo Prater 23~6~1 Houston, TX
59 Ryan Ford 6~1 Edmonton, Canada
60 Renato Verissimo 7~5 Hilo, HI
61 Dennis Hallman 38~12~2 Yelm, WA
62 Jeremy Jackson 9~5 Port Hueneme, CA
63 Luke Cummo 6~6 Long Island, NY
64 Tom Speer 9~3 Elgin, MN  

August 31, 2008 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , | 3 Comments

155 Rankings (September, 2008)

 

1 B.J. Penn 13~4~1 Hilo, HI UFC Champion
2 Eddie Alvarez 15~1 Philadelphia, PA
3 Joachim Hansen 19~7~1 Oslo, Norway DREAM GP Champion
4 Shinya Aoki 17~3 Japan
5 Takanori Gomi 27~3 Tokyo, Japan
6 Gesias Calvancanti 14~2~1 Coconut Creek, FL
7 Sean Sherk 32~3~1 Oak Grove, MN
8 Kenny Florian 10~3 Boston, MA
9 Josh Thomson 15~2 San Jose, CA Strikeforce Champion
10 Joe Stevenson 29~8 Victoriaville, CA
11 Tyson Griffin 12~1 Las Vegas, NV
12 Tatsuya Kawajiri 22~5~2 Inashiki, Japan
13 Caol Uno 25~11~4 Kanagawa, Japan
14 Gray Maynard 5~0 Las Vegas, NV
15 Frank Edgar 9~1 Tom Rivers, NJ
16 Vitor Ribeiro 19~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17 Mitsuhiro Ishida 16~4~1 Tsukuba, Japan
18 Gilbert Melendez 14~2 San Francisco, CA
19 KJ Noons 7~2 San Diego, CA EliteXC Champion
20 Nick Diaz 18~7 Stockton, CA
21 Roger Huerta 20~2~1 Minneapolis, MN
22 Hermes Franca 18~7 Orlando, FL
23 Spencer Fisher 21~4 Bettendorf, IA
24 Clay Guida 24~9 Johnsburg, IL
25 Nate Diaz 10~2 Stockton, CA
26 Josh Neer 24~7~1 Bettendorf, IA
27 Din Thomas 20~8 Port St. Lucie, CA
28 Takashi Nakakura 10~2~1 Japan Shooto Champion
29 Yusuke Endo 12~2~1 Japan
30 Marcus Aurelio 16~6 Coconut Creek, FL
31 Rich Clementi 32~12~1 Sidell, LA
32 Matt Wiman 10~3 Dallas, TX
33 Eiji Mitsuoka 14~5~2 Japan
34 Joe Lauzon 17~4 Bridgewater, MA
35 Hayato Sakurai 32~8~2 Tokyo, Japan
36 Yves Edwards 34~14~1 Woodlands, TX
37 Kurt Pellegrino 12~4 Jupiter, FL
38 Sam Stout 13~4~1 London, Canada
39 Andre Amade 6~3~1 Brazil
40 Rodrigo Damm 8~2 Brazil
41 Jorge Masvidal 13~3 Miami, FL
42 Thiago Tavares 13~3 Florianopolis, Brazil
43 Koutetsu Boku 13~5~1 Japan
44 Gleison Tibau 15~6 Coconut Creek, FL
45 Jamie Varner 15~2 Mesa, AZ WEC Champion
46 Mac Danzig 18~5~1 Los Angeles, CA
47 Ganjo Tentsuku 9~3~2 Japan
48 Mizuto Hirota 10~2 Japan
49 Luiz Firmino 12~4 Brazil
50 Terry Etim 10~2 Liverpool, England
51 Rob McCullough 16~4 Huntington Beach, CA
52 Rob Emerson 8~6 Irvine, CA
53 Ryan Schultz 20~10~1 Gresham, OR
54 Chris Horodecki 10~1 London, Canada
55 Roni Torres 13~1 Brazil
56 Luiz Azeredo 12~7 Brazil
57 Deividas Taurosevicius 9~3 Lithuania
58 Jim Miller 11~1 Whippany, NJ
59 Bart Palaszewski 29~11 Crystal Lakes, IL
60 Manny Gamburyan 8~3 Hollywood, CA
61 Jeremy Stephens 13~3 Des Moines, IA
62 Cole Miller 13~3 Coconut Creek, FL
63 Melvin Guillard 21~7~2 New Orleans, LA
64 Matt Grice 9~1 Harrah, OK
65 Jason Black 23~4~1 Bettendorf, IA
66 Rich Crunkilton 16~2 New Smyrna Beach, FL
67 John Gunderson 16~6 Medford, OR
68 Marcus Hicks 8~1 Dallas, TX
69 Mark Bocek 5~2 Woodbridge, Canada
70 Donald Cerrone 8~0 Brownfield, CO
71 Alberto Crane 9~2 Glendale, CA
72 Seung Hwan Bang 5~2 South Korea DEEP Champion
73 Kyle Bradley 13~6
74 Muhsin Corbbrey 8~3~0
75 Charles Bennett 21~14~2 Ocala, FL
76 Edson Berto 13~5~1 Orlando, FL
77 Sergio Gomez 7~2 Racine, WI
78 Keith Wilson 6~3 Denver, CO  

August 31, 2008 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , | Leave a comment

145 Rankings (September, 2008)

1 Urijah Faber 21~1 Davis, CA WEC Champion
2 Dokonjonsuke Mishima 18~6~2 Osaka, Japan DEEP Champion
3 Jens Pulver 22~9~1 Bettendorf, IA
4 Kid Yamamoto 17~1 Tokyo, Japan
5 Hideki Kadowaki 13~7~2 Chiba, Japan Shooto Champion
6 Masakazu Imanari 15~6~1 Kanagawa, Japan Cage Rage Champion
7 Akitoshi Tamura 12~6~2 Japan
8 Mike Brown 17~4 Portland, ME
9 Jeff Curran 30~10~1 Island Lake, IL
10 Rafael Assuncao 11~1 Smyrna, GA
11 Leonard Garcia 11~3 Lubbock, TX
12 Wagnney Fabiano 10~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
13 Hiroyuki Takaya 9~5~1 Japan
14 Yuji Hoshino 14~7~7 Tokyo, Japan
15 Antonio Carvalho 10~4 Toronto, Canada
16 Hatsu Hioki 15~3~1 Nagoya, Japan TKO Champion
17 Bao Quach 15~8~1 Irvine, CA
18 Takeshi Inoue 14~3 Japan
19 Jose Aldo 10~1 Brazil
20 Akiyo Nishiura 8~2~1 Japan
21 Josh Grispi 9~1 Boston, MA
22 Mark Hominick 16~8 London, Canada
23 Savant Young 9~8 Los Angeles, CA
24 Ivan Menjivar 20~7 Montreal, Canada
25 Pequeno Nogueira 13~5~2 Brazil
26 Rani Yahya 11~4 Brasilia, Brazil ADCC Champion
27 Cub Swanson 12~2 Palm Springs, CA
28 Hiroshi Nakamura 5~3~3 Japan
29 Tenkei Fujimiya 7~3~2 Japan
30 Rumina Sato 24~12~2 Tokyo, Japan
31 Marlon Sandro 11~0 Brazil
32 Micah Miller 9~2 Athens, GA
33 Fredson Paixao 8~2 Brazil  

August 31, 2008 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , | Leave a comment

135 Rankings (September, 2008)

1 Miguel Torres 34~1 East Chicago, IN WEC Champion
2 Masakatsu Ueda 8~0~1 Japan Shooto Champion
3 Yoshiro Maeda 23~5~2 Japan Pancrase Champion
4 Koetsu Okazaki 5~1~1 Japan
5 Brian Bowles 6~0 Athens, GA
6 Atsushi Yamamoto 11~5~1 Japan
7 Marcos Galvao 6~2 Brazil
8 Will Ribeiro  9~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9 Chase Beebe 11~3 Chicago, IL
10 Takeya Mizugaki 9~2~2 Japan
11 Eddie Wineland 12~5~1 Portage, IN
12 Daniel Lima 8~3~2 Queensland, Austraila
13 Matt Fiordirosa 11~1 Illinois
14 Rani Yahya 11~4 Brasilia, Brazil ADCC Champion
15 Damacio Page 10~4 Albuquerque, NM
16 Manny Tapia 11~0~1 California
17 Scott Jorgensen 5~2 Boise, ID
18 Chris Manuel 6~0~2 Coconut Creek, FL
19 Kenji Osawa 13~8~2 Tokyo, Japan
20 Dominic Cruz 11~1 Tucson, Arizona
21 Abel Cullum 11~1
22 Jarrod Card 6~3~1
23 Charlie Valencia 9~5 Los Angeles, CA
24 Jeff Bedard 9~2 Duluth, GA  

August 31, 2008 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , | Leave a comment

Sengoku 4 Analysis (August, 2008)

155 lbs. – Takanori Gomi [5] vs. Seung Hwan Bang

Gomi looked rather mediocre against an opponent he should have ran through. For his part, Bang was very game in the loss and because of his ability to compete with one of the elite fighters in the weight class, the current DEEP lightweight champion debuts in the rankings. Gomi stays at 5. Bang debuts at 72.

155 lbs – Rodrigo Damm [34] vs. Eiji Mitsuoka [43]

After an average start to his MMA career, Mitsuoka is starting to make his move up the rankings. Damm takes a slight step back. Mitsuoka rises to 34. Damm drops to 40.

155 lbs. – Ryan Schultz [50] vs. Mizuto Hirota

Hirota gets a much needed win over an established opponent to put him in the rankings. His only 2 losses have come to Takashi Nakakura [28] and Ganjo Tentsuku [46]. Schultz must regroup after this slight setback. Hirota debuts at 45. Schultz drops to 52.

HVY – Pawel Nastula [NR] vs. Yang Dong Yi

In his return from retirement, Nasutla did not do anything to merit being ranked. Either did Yi in this lackluster fight.

185 lbs. – Frank Trigg [11] vs. Makoto Takimoto 

 

 

 

Clay French vs. Satoru Kitaoka

Kazunori Yokota vs. Bojan Kosednar

August 25, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , | Leave a comment

UFC 87 Analysis (August, 2008)

170 lbs. Title – Georges St. Pierre [1] vs. Jon Fitch [2]

GSP shows once again that he is the most talented and best welterweight fighter in the world. Fitch was all heart but he simply didn’t have the tools to beat GSP. St. Pierre stays at 1. Fitch drops to 4.

155 lbs. – Kenny Florian [10] vs. Roger Huerta [14]

Florian executed a smart fightplan and dominated Huerta from start to finish. He kept Roger at bay with his jab and mixed in a few takedowns for good measure. A very solid win for a solid veteran. Huerta will learn a lot from this loss. He should now understand what it takes to compete at the top level. Florian rises to 8. Huerta drops to 21.

HVY – Heath Herring [10] vs. Brock Lesnar [43]

WOW! Lesnar is a silverback gorilla. He flat out manhandled the rugged Heath Herring. After landing a face-smashing right cross, he used his wrestling skills to control Heath on the mat and administer some hammer fists while he was at it. This shows that Lesnar has the stamina to go 3 rounds and it shows that he has a very, very dangerous right hand. Move over Bob Sapp, there is a new monster in town. Lesnar rises to 17. Herring drops to 18. (Re-adjusted Frank Mir to 16 as a result of Lesnar’s performance.)

155 lbs. – Manny Gamburyan [37] vs. Rob Emerson [65]

Emerson continues his rapid improvement as a fighter. Manny came rushing in while Emerson calmly sat in the pocket and touched him on the chin for the KO. Manny is going to have to think about moving down to 145 after this loss. His reach is going to be a handicap every time he fights good strikers. Emerson rises to 51. Manny drops to 58.

185 lbs. – Jason MacDonald [30] vs. Demian Maia [31]

I’m almost more impressed with MacDonald than I am with Maia…but not quite. Demian continues his rapid ascent up the rankings with a victory over an extremely tough and game Jason MacDonald. Another win or two and Anderson Silva may have a very dangerous fighter looking to take his title. Maia rises to 17. Macdonald drops to 31.

170 lbs. – Tamden McCrory [44] vs. Luke Cummo [59]

 

HVY – Cheick Kongo [11] vs. Dan Evensen

Easy win for Kongo. He probably wanted to keep busy while waiting for an opponent in the thin UFC heavyweight division. Kongo rises to 10 (as a result of Herring’s loss)

205 lbs. – Andre Gusmao [38] vs. Jon Jones

I have a feeling Jon Jones will be become an elite fighter in a few years. He’s only 21-years-old and is a former all-american in Greco-Roman wrestling. Add to that an unbelievable reach advantage (85 inches) and you have a tremedous potential for growth. Gusmao didn’t look like himself. I’m guessing it was the adrenaline shock that sometimes accompanies a fighter’s 1st appearence on the big show. Jones debuts at 38. Gusmao drops to 40. 

170 lbs. – Chris Wilson [38] vs. Steve Bruno

Nice dominant performance by Chris Wilson. After giving Jon Fitch a very competitive fight, he gets back on the winning track with a victory over Steve Bruno. He has very sharp striking and great takedown defense. He could become a solid contender. Wilson rises to 29. 

170 lbs. – Ben Saunders vs. Ryan Thomas

Ben Saunders is a pretty big welterweight. He trains at one of the best camps in the world in American Top Team (ATT) and looks pretty solid on his feet and on the mat. I rarely debut a fighter in the rankings if they haven’t yet beaten a ranked guy. Hopefully Saunders will get that shot next time around because he seems like he’ll put on some exciting fights in the future.

August 11, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , | 3 Comments