MMA World Rankings

MMA World Rankings

UFC Fight Night 15 (September, 2008)

155 lbs. – Josh Neer [26] vs. Nate Diaz [31]

Great fight. Very close but Diaz looked a little bit slicker with his jiu-jitsu. Neer once again showed why he is one of the most respected fighters in the sport. He came to fight for 15 minutes and gave Diaz everything he had. Nate take a big step forward in the title hunt. Diaz rises to 25. Neer stays at 26.

155 lbs. – Clay Guida [25] vs. Mac Danzig [61]

Guida may not have been the better technician but his tornado-like pressure won him this fight. He overwhelmed Danzig from start to finish. Mac has nothing to be ashamed about. He showed that he can hang with the top fighters at 155. Guida rises to 24. Mac rises to 46.

205 lbs. – Houston Alexander [28] vs. Eric Schafer [34]

Everyone knows the book on Houston. He comes out on fire for 3 minutes and then wears down. He rocked Schafer but could not close the deal. Schafer eventually took him down and exposed Houston’s subpar groundgame by securing an arm-triangle. Houston is a dangerous opponent for anyone but he must improve his groundgame if plan A, or his initial onslaught, doesn’t work. Schafer rises to 27. Houston drops to 31.

185 lbs. – Drew McFedries [33] vs. Mike Massenzio

McFedries is the Houston Alexander of the Middleweight division. He’s a little bit more adept on the ground game but he is still relies too much on his explosive striking. Massenzio used Drew’s aggression to his advantage as he took down his off-balance opponent. From there, he escaped a triangle and secured a fight-ending kimura. His striking is still unproven at this level. Massenzio debuts at 41. McFedries drops to 42.

185 lbs. – Ed Herman [37] vs. Alan Belcher [52]

Belcher came in very determined and looked extremely sharp with his muay thai. I was surprised Herman didn’t go for the takedown more often. Herman is a game opponent but may not have the physical tools to ever break into the elite. Belcher is explosive but must improve his groundgame. Belcher rises to 40. Herman drops to 43.

155 lbs. – Joe Lauzon [37] vs. Kyle Bradley

This was truly a great fight. I was very impressed by Kyle Bradley but he couldn’t stop Lauzon’s pitbull-like aggression. Joe was all over him. He almost ended the fight early with a flying-scissor heel-hook. Bradly escaped and dropped Joe with a punch. Lauzon recovered and was relentless for the remainder of the fight, getting the TKO in the 2nd round. Lauzon rises to 34. Bradley debuts at 73.

185 lbs. – Dan Miller [64] vs. Rob Kimmons [73]

I was extremely impressed with Dan Miller’s jiu-jitsu. Kimmons is no slouch at all when it comes to the submission game, but he was owned by Miller. Dan looked very athletic and aggresive in locking on a very tight standing-guillotine for the finish. Miller rises to 58. Kimmons drops to 76.

185 lbs. – Ryan Jensen [72] vs. Wilson Gouveia [NR]

Ryan Jensen is 0-3 in the octagon but he is much, much better than that indicates. He’s lost to 3 of the most talented fighters at Middleweight: Thales Leites [6], Demian Maia [16] and now Wilson Gouveia. This was Gouveia’s first fight at 185 and he seemed a bit fatigued from the weight cut. Jensen controlled the whole fight up until a lighting quick armbar by Gouveia to finish the fight. Jensen will be back and Wilson is going to make some noise at 185. Gouveia debuts at 49. Jensen rises to 59.

185 lbs. – Alessio Sakara vs. Joe Vedepo

Sakara is very well-versed in striking. He showed much improved takedown defense against Vedepo who is primarily a wrestler. Training at American Top Team will only improve Sakara’s game. His chin is a bit suspect and that may hurt his chances of rising up in the rankings. Sakara debuts at 75.

 205 – Brad Morris vs. Jason Brilz

Brilz dominated this fight with his power and superior grappling, getting the TKO stoppage in the 2nd round. He appears to be the real deal. Brilz debuts at 40.

Next fights I’d like to see from these fighters:

205

Eric Schafer [27] vs. James Irvin [23]

Houston Alexander [31] vs. Tim Boetsch [30]

Jason Brilz [40] vs. Reese Andy [41]

185

Alan Belcher [40] vs. Loser of Michael Bisping [20] vs. Chris Leben [36]

Mike Massenzio [41] vs. Loser of Ricardo Almeida [27] vs. Matt Horwich [69]

Drew McFedries [42] vs. Amir Sadolloh [71]

Ed Herman [43] vs. Ryan Jensen [59]

Wilson Gouveia [49] vs. Jason MacDonald [23]

Dan Miller [58] vs. Jeremy Horn [35]

Alessio Sakara [75] vs. Benji Radach [70]

Rob Kimmons [76] vs. Joe Doerksen [50]

155

Clay Guida [24] vs. Frank Edgar [15]

Nate Diaz [25] vs. Loser of Kenny Florian [8] vs. Joe Stevenson [10]

Josh Neer [26] vs. Jeremy Stephens [61]

Joe Lauzon [34] vs. Roger Huerta [21]

Mac Danzig [46] vs. Rob Emerson [52]

Kyle Bradley [73] vs. Thiago Tavares [42]

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