MMA World Rankings

MMA World Rankings

April MMA (April, 2009)

UFC Fight Night 18 – April 1

205

Ryan Bader [38] vs. Carmelo Marrero

  • UFC Records: Bader (1-0); Marrero (1-2)
  • MMA Records: Bader (8-0); Marrero (10-2)
  • Result: Bader winner by Unanimous Decision. Bader rises to 35.
  • Bader reminds me of Matt Hamill. That would be a great fight to see.

185

Ricardo Almeida [38] vs. Matt Horwich [67]

  • UFC Records: Almeida (2-3); Horwich (0-1)
  • MMA Records: Almeida (9-3); Horwich (22-11-1)
  • Result: Almeida winner by unanimous decision. Almeida rises to 29. Horwich drops to 69.
  • Improved conditioning for Almeida.

Jorge Rivera [46] vs. Nissen Osterneck [81]

  • UFC Records: Rivera (4-5); Osterneck (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Rivera (15-7); Osterneck (5-1)
  • Result: Rivera winner by split decision.
  • Sloppy fight. Rivera stays at 46. Osterneck stays at 81.

Ryan Jensen [62] vs. Steve Steinbeiss

  • UFC Records: Jensen (0-3); Steinbeiss (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Jensen (13-5); Steinbeiss (4-2)
  • Fight was cancelled.

Tim Credeur [74] vs. Nick Catone [79]

  • UFC Records: Credeur (2-0); Catone (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Credeur (11-2); Catone (6-0)
  • Result: Credeur winner by 2nd round submission (guillotine). Credeur rises to 61. Catone drops to 83.
  • Dominant jiu-jitsu by Credeur.

Rob Kimmons [80] vs. Joe Vedepo

  • UFC Records: Kimmons (1-1); Vedepo (0-1)
  • MMA Records: Kimmons (21-4); Vedepo (7-2)
  • Result: Kimmons winner by 1st round submission (guillotine). Kimmons rises to 65.
  • Deep, deep guillotine.

Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie

  • UFC Records: Simpson (0-0); McKenzie (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Simpson (4-0); McKenzie (12-5)
  • Result: Simpson winner by 1st round TKO. Simpson debuts at 66.
  • Call me crazy but Simpson reminds me of Vitor Belfort [15].

170

Carlos Condit [12] vs. Martin Kampmann [54]

  • UFC Records: Condit (0-0); Kampmann (5-1)
  • MMA Records: Condit (23-4); Kampmann (14-2)
  • Result: Kampmann winner by split decision. Kampmann rises to 11. Condit drops to 13.
  • Condit has a huge heart. He is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. I’d love to see him fight Mike Swick [10].

Brock Larson [23] vs. Jesse Sanders

  • UFC Records: Larson (1-1); Sanders (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Larson (24-2); Sanders (20-4)
  • Result: Larson winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Larson rises to 21.
  • Easy win for Larson. He was far too strong for Sanders.

155

Tyson Griffin [21] vs. Rafael dos Anjos

  • UFC Records: Griffin (5-2); dos Anjos (0-1)
  • MMA Records: Griffin (12-2); dos Anjos (11-3)
  • Reult: Griffin winner by unanimous decision. Griffin rises to 18. dos Anjos debuts at 85.
  • That was a sick, sick kneebar that dos Anjos applied to Griffin. Griffin is one of the toughest guys in a sport full of tough guys.

Gleison Tibau [35] vs. Jeremy Stephens [57]

  • UFC Records: Tibau (4-3); Stephens (3-3)
  • MMA Records: Tibau (16-6); Stephens (14-4)
  • Result: Tibau winner by unanimous decision. Tibau stays at 35. Stephens drops to 58.
  • Stephens has a warrior heart but needs to improve his ground game.

Cole Miller [60] vs. Junie Browning [84]

  • UFC Records: Miller (3-1); Browning (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Miller (14-3); Browning (3-0)
  • Result: Miller winner by 1st round submission (guillotine) . Miller rises to 53. Browning drops to 93.
  • Junie got blown out. Cole is on the rise.

Bellator I – April 4

155

Eddie Alvarez [5] vs. Greg Loughran

  • MMA Records: Alvarez (15-2); Loughran (18-11)
  • Result: Alvarez winner by 1st round submission (guillotine). Alvarez stays at 5.

Jorge Masvidal [33] vs. Nick Agallar

  • MMA Records: Masvidal (16-3); Agallar (21-5)
  • Result: Masvidal winner by 1st round TKO. Masvidal stays at 33.

DREAM 8 – April 5

HVY

Jeff Monson [14] vs. Sergei Kharitonov [15]

  • MMA Records: Monson (28-8); Kharitonov (16-3)
  • Result: Monson winner by 1st round submission (north-south choke). Monson rises to 12. Kharitonov stays at 15.
  • Monson’s 3rd win in 3 weeks on 3 different continents…Amazing!

185

Murilo Rua [31] vs. Riki Fukuda

  • MMA Records: Rua (16-9-1);Fukuda (13-4)
  • Result: Fikuda winner by unanimous decision. Fukuda debuts at 43. Rua drops to 44.
  • What is happening with the Rua brothers?

Andrews Nakahara [72] vs. Shungo Oyama

  • MMA Records: Nakahara (1-1); Oyama (7-11)
  • Result: Nakahara winner by 1st round TKO. Nakahara rises to 70.

170

Shinya Aoki [NR] vs. Hayato Sakurai [35]

  • MMA Records: Aoki (20-3); Sakurai (34-8-2)
  • Result: Sakurai winner by 1st round TKO. Sakurai rises to 29.
  • It looked so easy for Sakurai. He is the heavy favorite to win the tournament.

John Alessio [47] vs. Andre Galvao

  • MMA Records: Alessio (24-12); Galvao (2-0)
  • Result: Galvao winner by 1st round submission (armbar). Galvao debuts at 52. Alessio drops to 54.

Jason High vs. Yuya Shirai

  • MMA Records: High (6-1); Shirai (15-7)
  • Result: High winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). High debuts at 67.
  • High is a fighter to keep an eye on.

Seichi Ikemoto vs. Marius Zaromskis

  • MMA Records: Ikemoto (18-14-5); Zaromskis (8-2)
  • Result: Zaromskis winner by unanimous decision. Zaraomskis debuts at 77.

155

Vitor Ribeiro [16] vs. Katsuhiko Nagata

  • MMA Records: Ribeiro (19-2); Nagata (4-4-1)
  • Result: Ribeiro winner by 1st round TKO. Ribeiro stays at 16.
  • “Shaolin” is back.

135

Daiki Hata vs. Hideo Tokoro

  • MMA Records: Hata (10-5-3); Tokoro (21-15-1)
  • Result: Hata winner by unanimous decision. Hata debuts at 29.

WEC 40 – April 5

155

Bart Palaszewski [69] vs. Anthony Njokuani

  • MMA Records: Palaszewski (30-12); Njokuani (9-2)
  • Result: Njokuani winner by 2nd round TKO. Njokuani debuts at 81. Palaszewski drops to 82.
  • Great striking from Njokuani

Ben Henderson vs. Shane Roller

  • MMA Records: Henderson (8-1); Roller (5-1)
  • Result: Henderson winner by 2nd round TKO. Henderson debuts at 67.

145

Wagnney Fabiano [5] vs. Fredson Paixao [NR]

  • MMA Records: Fabiano (11-1); Paixao (8-2)
  • Result: Fabiano winner by unanimous decision. Fabiano stays at 5.

Rafael Assuncao [12] vs. Jameel Massouh

  • MMA Records: Assuncao (12-1); Massouh (21-4)
  • Result: Assuncao winner by unanimous decision. Assuncao rises to 11.
  • Assuncao is the real deal. He has all the tools necessary to win a title.

Mike Budnik vs. Rafael Dias

  • MMA Records: Budnik (7-2); Dias (11-5-1)
  • Result: Dias winner by unanimous decision

135

Miguel Torres [1] vs. Takeya Mizugaki [5]

  • MMA Records: Torres (36-1); Mizugaki (11-2-2)
  • Result: Torres winner by unanimous decision. Torres stays at 1. Mizugaki stays at 5.
  • Fight of the Year candidate.

Jeff Curran [NR] vs. Joseph Benavidez [22]

  • MMA Records: Curran (29-10-1); Benavidez (9-0)
  • Result: Benavidez winner by unanimous decision. Benavidez rises to 9. Curran debuts at 25.
  • Great Fight.

Rani Yahya [12] vs. Eddie Wineland [16]

  • MMA Records: Yahya (12-4); Wineland (14-5-1)
  • Result: Yahya winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Yahya rises to 10. Wineland drops to 21.

Manny Tapia [17] vs. Akitoshi Tamura [NR]

  • MMA Records: Tapia (10-1-1); Tamura (12-7-2)
  • Result: Tamura winner by unanimous decision. Tamura debuts at 16. Tapia drops to 19.
Dominic Cruz [20] vs. Ivan Lopez
  • MMA Records: Cruz (12-1); Lopez (8-0)
  • Result: Cruz winner by unanimous decision. Cruz rises to 17.

Bellator II – April 10

145

Wilson Reis [31] vs. Henry Martinez

  • MMA Records: Reis (6-0); Martinez (0-1)
  • Result: Reis winner by unanimous decision. Reis rises to 28.

Strikeforce – April 11

HVY

Brett Rogers [31] vs. Ronald Humphrey

  • MMA Records: Rogers (8-0); Humphrey (5-0)
  • Result: Rogers winner by 2nd round TKO. Rogers rises to 29.

185

Benji Radach [24] vs. Scott Smith [26]

  • MMA Records: Radach (19-4); Smith (14-5)
  • Result: Smith winner by 3rd round KO. Smith rises to 19. Radach drops to 29.
  • Fight of the Year Candidate…Incredible. Smith has an iron chin.

Frank Shamrock [37] vs. Nick Diaz [NR]

  • MMA Records: Shamrock (24-9-1); Diaz (18-7)
  • Diaz winner by 2nd round TKO. Diaz debuts at 30. Shamrock drops to 55.
  • Shamrock got real old, real quick.
155
Gilbert Melendez [17] vs. Rodrigo Damm [48]
  • MMA Records: Melendez (14-2); Damm (8-2)
  • Result: Melendez winner by 2nd round KO. Melendez rises to 16. Damm drops to 54.
  • Great all-around game from Melendez.

Bellator III – April 17

185

Hector Lombard [37] vs. Virgil Lozano

  • Lombard (17-2-1); Lozano (6-1-1)

UFC 97 – April 18

HVY

Cheick Kongo [6] vs. Antoni Hardonk [27]

  • UFC Records: Kongo (6-2); Hardonk (4-2)
  • MMA Records: Kongo (12-4-1); Hardonk (8-4)
  • Result: Kongo winner by 2nd round TKO. Kongo stays at 6. Hardonk drops to 29.

205

Chuck Liddell [6] vs. Mauricio Rua [11]

  • UFC Records: Liddell (16-5); Rua (1-1)
  • MMA Records: Liddell (21-6); Rua (17-3)
  • Result: Rua winner by 1st round TKO. Rua rises to 5. Liddell drops to 8.
  • Once you suffer your 1st knockout, its easier to get knocked out again. Liddell had a great career and is a legend. He should retire.

Luis Cane [7] vs. Steve Cantwell [28]

  • UFC Records: Cane (2-1); Cantwell (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Cane (9-1); Cantwell (7-1)
  • Result: Cane winner by unanimous decision. Cane stays at 7. Cantwell rises to 26.
  • Great display of striking. Impressed by both guys.

Brian Stann [32] vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

  • UFC Records: Stann (0-0); Soszynski (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Stann (6-1); Soszynski (16-8-1)
  • Result: Soszynski winner by 1st round submission (kimura). Soszynski debuts at 35. Stann drops to 36.
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Eliot Marshall
  • UFC Records: Magalhaes (0-1); Marshall (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Magalhaes (2-3); Marshall (6-1)
  • Result: Marshall winner by unanimous decision.
  • Striking was nowhere near UFC-caliber.

185

Anderson Silva [1] vs. Thales Leites [8]

  • UFC Records: Silva (8-0); Leites (5-1)
  • MMA Records: Silva (23-4); Leites (14-1)
  • Result: Silva winner by unanimous decision. Silva stays at 1. Leites drops to 15.
  • Silva could have thrown Leites under the bus for the bad performance but didn’t. It was an admirable post fight interview in the face of an angry crowd. As far as the fighting goes, Silva is literally untouchable at 185.

Jason MacDonald [27] vs. Nate Quarry [52]

  • UFC Records: MacDonald (5-4); Quarry (5-2)
  • MMA Records: MacDonald (21-11); Quarry (10-3)
  • Result: Quarry winner by 1st round TKO. Quarry rises to 24. MacDonald drops to 28.
  • Effective use of the elbows for a vicious ground and pound.

Denis Kang [32] vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam

  • UFC Records: Kang (0-1); Foupa-Pokam (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Kang (31-11-1); Foupa-Pokam (20-9)
  • Result: Kang winner by unanimous decision. Kang rises to 30.
  • Foupa-Pokam had no answer on the mat.

Ed Herman [45] vs. David Loiseau [49]

  • UFC Records: Herman (3-4); Loiseau (4-3)
  • MMA Records: Herman (14-7); Loiseau (18-8]
  • Result: Herman winner by unanimous decision. Herman rises to 40. Loiseau drops to 52.
  • Grappling prevails in classic striker vs. grappler matchup.

170

Ryo Chonan [30] vs. TJ Grant [49]

  • UFC Records: Chonan (1-2); Grant (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Chonan (15-9); Grant (13-2)
  • Result: Grant winner by split decision. Grant rises to 31. Chonan drops to 38.
  • Great fight.

155

Matt Wiman [43] vs. Sam Stout [44]

  • UFC Records: Wiman (4-2); Stout (2-4)
  • MMA Records: Wiman (10-4); Stout (13-5-1)
  • Result: Stout winner by unanimous decision. Stout rises to 42. Wiman drops to 44.
  • Great fight by both guys.

Mark Bocek [61] vs. David Bielkheden [80]

  • UFC Records: Bocek (2-2); Bielkheden (1-1)
  • MMA Records: Bocek (6-2); Bielkheden (13-6)
  • Result: Bocek winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Bocek rises to 53. Bielkheden drops to 94.
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March 25, 2009 - Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. nice list, thank you for the ranking updates.

    Comment by MMA Magazine | April 6, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks a lot. I appreciate it.

    Comment by Kevin | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. very solid A- ranking’s, imo
    Tibau deserves a spot in the top 30
    Cane could be no. 7 skill wise, he just hasn’t proven enough yet to merit that spot though. I’d put him at 11-13.
    thoughts Kevin.
    Horwich obv. isn’t a top level fighter but 69? Imo he’s 40th or so. He was robbed out of a victory against Miller and Almeida was just a bad matchup for him.
    Kampmann and Condit are both top 10 no doubt, let’s be realistic bro.
    T. Griffin deserves a spot in the top 15. Lot’s of great lw’s though.
    I’d put Fabiano no. 3 at fw at the lowest.

    Comment by matt quigg | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Great feedback Matt!,

    I will consider your suggestions in the future.

    I think Luis Cane and Carlos Condit are similar. Neither one has ever beaten a top 10 fighter (in the last few years at least) but both are obviously skilled. If you want me to drop Cane but raise Condit, I don’t really see the difference there.

    I just can’t put Horwich above Ryan McGivern right now. McGivern beat him head up and Matt has gone 1-2 since then. He’s too slow to compete with the up-and-comers.

    I got no problem w/ Griffin in the top 15. At lightweight, there is so much competition in the top 40 or so. It’s BJ Penn on top and then 40 or so guys chasing him.

    I wouldn’t argue w/ you about Fabiano. We’ll see how Kid does in the DREAM tournament. That is at 135 so he may drop at 145.

    Tibau is a beast but he is too one-dimensional. 155 is so even after BJ that it really is splitting hairs from numbers 20-50.

    Comment by Kevin | April 10, 2009 | Reply

  5. Skill wise Cane and Condit are very similar. However Condit is highly well proven against close to and top competition. Cane has only fought the most overrated lhw of all time in Sokoudjou. Cane could possibly be no. 7 skill wise, I just haven’nt seen enough to warrant a no. 7 ranking in the toughtest division in all of mma. If anything have both guy’s top ten lol.

    Personally I’d def. pick Tyson Griffin to beat Uno, Edgar(rematch I know, Griffin has improved leaps and bounds since their first encounter), Melendez (debatable), Shaolin, Kitaoka(debatable, Uno.

    U’ve got Noon’s ranked awful high.

    Fabiano is so underrated it is not even funny. Fabiano would be too big for Kid. Fabiano vs. Mishima for the no. 3 spot would be a barnburner. I’d actually pick both Fabiano to beat Faber btw.

    Kid’s fight vs. Joe Warren is at 138.6 (dream BW/FW weight limit).

    Tibau has improving standup as he just owned Clementi on the feet. He as well just thoroughly dominated Stephens. He should be the betting favorite against ufc lw’s Franca, Guida, Neer, Fisher (you have these lw’s ranked ahead of him).

    Comment by matt quigg | April 11, 2009 | Reply

  6. Im not sure i agree with you on the level of competition Condit has faced. Since losing to Pat Healy in 2006, his biggest wins have been against John Alessio, Carlo Prater and Brock Larson. He struggled mightily vs. Hiromitsu Miura. Cane has beaten Jason Lambert and Sokoudjou…and also was handling James Irvin before being DQ’d. I’d say those 3 wins are similar.

    I think Edgar and Melendez would beat Tyson. But he can hang with anyone. There’s no doubt about that.

    Noons beat Nick Diaz and Yves Edwards pretty convincingly. Those are huge wins.

    I agree that Fabiano vs. Mishima would be a great fight. I don’t think having him #5 is underrating him that bad.

    I think Tibau would lose vs. all of the guys you mentioned. I would definately take those bets.

    Kid will definately drop at 145 and debut at 135 if and when he wins.

    Comment by Kevin | April 14, 2009 | Reply


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