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155 Rankings (May, 2009)

1 B.J. Penn 13-5-1 Hilo, HI UFC Champion
2 Joachim Hansen 19-7-1 Oslo, Norway DREAM GP Champion
3 Shinya Aoki 20-3 Tokyo, Japan
4 Kenny Florian 11~3 Boston, MA
5 Eddie Alvarez 16-2 Philadelphia, PA
6 Tatsuya Kawajiri 24-5-2 Ibaraki, Japan
7 Josh Thomson 16-2 San Jose, CA Strikeforce Champion
8 Gray Maynard 7~0 Las Vegas, NV
9 Frank Edgar 10~1 Tom Rivers, NJ
10 Sean Sherk 33-3-1 Oak Grove, MN





11 Satoru Kitaoka 24-8-9 Nari, Japan Sengoku Champion
12 Gesias Calvancanti 14-3-1 Coconut Creek, FL
13 Caol Uno 25-11-4 Kanagawa, Japan
14 Diego Sanchez 20-2 San Diego, CA
15 Gilbert Melendez 15-2 San Francisco, CA
16 Vitor Ribeiro 20-2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17 Tyson Griffin 13-2 Las Vegas, NV
18 KJ Noons 7~2 San Diego, CA
19 Hermes Franca 19-7 Jupiter, FL
20 Eiji Mitsuoka 15-6-2 Saitama, Japan
21 Clay Guida 25-9 Johnsburg, IL
22 Josh Neer 25-7-1 Bettendorf, IA
23 Sergey Golyaev 12~7 Russia
24 Joe Stevenson 29-10 Victoriaville, CA
25 Takanori Gomi 30-5 Tokyo, Japan
26 Mizuto Hirota 11~3~1 Japan
27 Mitsuhiro Ishida 18-5-1 Ibaraki, Japan
28 Roger Huerta 20-2-1 Minneapolis, MN
29 Spencer Fisher 22-4 Bettendorf, IA
30 Nate Diaz 10~3 Stockton, CA
31 Jamie Varner 16-2 Mesa, AZ WEC Champion
32 Takashi Nakakura 11~3~1 Osaka, Japan Shooto Champion
33 Gleison Tibau 17-6 Coconut Creek, FL
34 Joe Lauzon 18-4 Bridgewater, MA
35 Kurt Pellegrino 13-4 Point Pleasant, NJ
36 Jim Miller 13-2 Whippany, NJ
37 Marcus Aurelio 17-7 Coconut Creek, FL
38 Rich Clementi 32-14-1 Sidell, LA
39 Terry Etim 12~2 Liverpool, England
40 Sam Stout 14-5-1 London, Canada
41 Toby Imada 22-12 Los Angeles, CA
42 Jorge Masvidal 17-4 Miami, FL
43 Yves Edwards 34-15-1 Woodlands, TX
44 Matt Wiman 10~5 Dallas, TX
45 Thiago Tavares 14-3 Florianopolis, Brazil
46 Mac Danzig 18-5-1 Los Angeles, CA
47 Willamy Chiquerim 13-1 Brazil
48 Yusuke Endo 12~3~2 Japan
49 Koutetsu Boku 14-5-2 Japan
50 Andre Amade 6~3~1 Brazil
51 Donald Cerrone 9~1 Albuquerque, NM
52 Kazunori Yokota 9~2~3 Japan
53 Cole Miller 15-3 Coconut Creek, FL
54 Mark Bocek 6~2 Woodbridge, Canada
55 Rodrigo Damm 8~3 Sao Paulo, Brazil
56 Ronnys Torres 14-1 Brazil
57 Kenichiro Togashi 9~6~5 Japan
58 Chris Horodecki 10~1 London, Canada
59 Rob McCullough 17-5 Huntington Beach, CA
60 Jeremy Stephens 14-5 Des Moines, IA
61 Rob Emerson 8~7 Irvine, CA
62 Ryan Schultz 20-11-1 Gresham, OR
63 Efrain Escudero 11~0 Tempe, AZ
64 Matt Veach 11~0 Granite City, IL
65 Yoshihiro Koyama 12~2~1 Japan
66 Ricardo Lamas 6~0 Chicago, IL
67 Alberto Crane 12~3 Glendale, CA
68 Ben Henderson 9~1 Glendale, AZ
69 Luiz Azeredo 12~8 Curitiba, Brazil
70 Ganjo Tentsuku 9~4~2 Japan
71 Luiz Firmino 12~4 Brazil
72 Melvin Guillard 21-7-2 New Orleans, LA
73 Matt Grice 9~2 Harrah, OK
74 Kyle Bradley 14-6 Baton Rouge, LA
75 Deividas Taurosevicius 10~3 Lithuania
76 Rich Crunkilton 16-2 New Smyrna Beach, FL
77 Seung Hwan Bang 6~5 South Korea
78 Antonio McKee 22-3-2 Lakewood, CA Maximum FC Champion
79 Anthony Njokuani 10~2 Las Vegas, NV
80 Katsunori Kikuno 11~1~1 Japan DEEP Champion
81 Bart Palaszewski 30-13 Wonder Lake, IL
82 Conor Heun 8~2 Boulder, CO
83 Evan Dunham 8~0 Las Vegas, NV
84 Rafael dos Anjos 11~4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
85 Phillipe Nover 5~2~1 Brooklyn, NY
86 Hacran Dias 11~0~1

87 Brian Cobb 15~5 Bakersfield, CA
88 Marcus Hicks 8~2 Dallas, TX
89 Muhsin Corbbrey 8~3~0 Hilton Head, SC
90 Sergio Gomez 8~2 Racine, WI
91 Nick Janowitz 3~0

92 Ryan Machan 8~2 Sylvan Lake, Canada
93 Simon Marini 6~2 Hamilton, Canada
94 David Bielkheden 13-7 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
95 Per Eklund 14-4-1 Stockholm, Sweden
96 Junie Browning 3~1 Las Vegas, NV
97 Daisuke Nakamura 19-10 Tokyo, Japan
98 Edson Berto 15-6-1 Orlando, FL
99 Jess Liaudin 12~11 London, England
100 Dan Lauzon 12~2 East Bridgewater, MA
101 Dennis Siver 13-6 Mannheim, Germany
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April 23, 2009 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , , , , | Leave a comment

155 Rankings (February, 2009)

 

1 B.J. Penn 13~5~1 Hilo, HI UFC Champion
2 Joachim Hansen 19~7~1 Oslo, Norway DREAM GP Champion
3 Shinya Aoki 19~3 Japan
4 Kenny Florian 11~3 Boston, MA
5 Eddie Alvarez 15~2 Philadelphia, PA
6 Sean Sherk 33~3~1 Oak Grove, MN
7 Gesias Calvancanti 14~2~1 Coconut Creek, FL
8 Josh Thomson 16~2 San Jose, CA Strikeforce Champion
9 Satoru Kitaoka 24~8~9 Nari, Japan Sengoku Champion
10 Gray Maynard 6~0 Las Vegas, NV
11 Tatsuya Kawajiri 22~5~2 Inashiki, Japan
12 Caol Uno 25~11~4 Kanagawa, Japan
13 Diego Sanchez 20~2 San Diego, CA
14 Frank Edgar 9~1 Tom Rivers, NJ
15 Mitsuhiro Ishida 17~4~1 Tsukuba, Japan
16 Vitor Ribeiro 19~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17 Gilbert Melendez 14~2 San Francisco, CA
18 KJ Noons 7~2 San Diego, CA
19 Hermes Franca 19~7 Jupiter, FL
20 Eiji Mitsuoka 15~6~2 Japan
21 Tyson Griffin 12~2 Las Vegas, NV
22 Clay Guida 25~9 Johnsburg, IL
23 Nick Diaz 18~7 Stockton, CA
24 Josh Neer 25~7~1 Bettendorf, IA
25 Sergey Golyaev 12~7 Russia
26 Joe Stevenson 29~10 Victoriaville, CA
27 Takanori Gomi 29~5 Tokyo, Japan
28 Roger Huerta 20~2~1 Minneapolis, MN
29 Spencer Fisher 22~4 Bettendorf, IA
30 Nate Diaz 10~3 Stockton, CA
31 Din Thomas 20~8 Port St. Lucie, CA
32 Takashi Nakakura 10~2~1 Japan Shooto Champion
33 Yusuke Endo 12~2~2 Japan
34 Jorge Masvidal 15~3 Miami, FL
35 Jim Miller 13~1 Whippany, NJ
36 Jamie Varner 16~2 Mesa, AZ WEC Champion
37 Gleison Tibau 16~6 Coconut Creek, FL
38 Joe Lauzon 18~4 Bridgewater, MA
39 Kurt Pellegrino 13~4 Point Pleasant, NJ
40 Marcus Aurelio 17~7 Coconut Creek, FL
41 Rich Clementi 32~14~1 Sidell, LA
42 Yves Edwards 34~15~1 Woodlands, TX
43 Terry Etim 12~2 Liverpool, England
44 Matt Wiman 10~4 Dallas, TX
45 Sam Stout 13~5~1 London, Canada
46 Thiago Tavares 14~3 Florianopolis, Brazil
47 Mac Danzig 18~5~1 Los Angeles, CA
48 Andre Amade 6~3~1 Brazil
49 Rodrigo Damm 8~2 Brazil
50 Koutetsu Boku 13~5~2 Japan
51 Donald Cerrone 9~1 Albuquerque, NM
52 Kazunori Yokota 8~2~3 Japan
53 Ganjo Tentsuku 9~3~2 Japan
54 Mizuto Hirota 10~3 Japan
55 Luiz Firmino 12~4 Brazil
56 Chris Horodecki 10~1 London, Canada
57 Ronnys Torres 14~1 Brazil
58 Jeremy Stephens 14~4 Des Moines, IA
59 Rob Emerson 8~7 Irvine, CA
60 Ryan Schultz 20~11~1 Gresham, OR
61 Bart Palaszewski 30~11 Crystal Lakes, IL
62 Luiz Azeredo 12~8 Brazil
63 Deividas Taurosevicius 9~3 Lithuania
64 Cole Miller 13~3 Coconut Creek, FL
65 Mark Bocek 6~2 Woodbridge, Canada
66 Efrain Escudero 11~0 Tempe, AZ
67 Matt Veach 11~0 Granite City, IL
68 Rob McCullough 16~5 Huntington Beach, CA
69 Manny Gamburyan 8~4 Hollywood, CA
70 Melvin Guillard 21~7~2 New Orleans, LA
71 Matt Grice 9~2 Harrah, OK
72 Jason Black 23~4~1 Bettendorf, IA
73 Rich Crunkilton 16~2 New Smyrna Beach, FL
74 John Gunderson 16~6 Medford, OR
75 Marcus Hicks 8~1 Dallas, TX
76 Yoshihiro Koyama 11~2~1 Japan
77 Alberto Crane 11~3 Glendale, CA
78 Seung Hwan Bang 5~2 South Korea DEEP Champion
79 Antonio McKee 22~3~2 Lakewood, CA Maximum FC Champion
80 David Bielkheden  13~6 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
81 Kyle Bradley 13~6 Baton Rouge, LA
82 Conor Heun 8~2
83 Phillipe Nover 5~1~1 Brooklyn, NY
84 Junie Browning 3~0 Las Vegas, NV
85 Evan Dunham 8~0 Las Vegas, NV
86 Muhsin Corbbrey 8~3~0
87 Sergio Gomez 8~2 Racine, WI
88 Nick Janowitz 3~0
89 Simon Marini 6~1 Hamilton, Canada
90 Per Eklund 14~4~1 Stockholm, Sweden
91 Jess Liaudin 12~11 London, England
92 Dan Lauzon 12~2 East Bridgewater, MA
93 Dennis Siver 13~6 Mannheim, Germany
94 Edson Berto 14~6~1 Orlando, FL  

February 3, 2009 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , | 2 Comments

UFC 94 (January, 2009)

January 31 – Las Vegas, Nevada

170 lbs. Title Fight – Georges St. Pierre [1] vs. B.J. Penn [NR]

  • MMA Records: St. Pierre (17-2); Penn (13-4-1)
  • Preview: Of all the great fights this month, this is the greatest. Both Penn and St. Pierre are among the handful of fighters that everyone in the world respects. They are masters of the craft. They are both boiling hot right now. Their minds are right and their games are tight. St. Pierre has the best takedowns in the game. Penn has the best takedown defense. Both have great jabs. Penn’s submissions are legendary. St. Pierre’s elbows are the best in the world. If you’re an MMA fan, you cannot miss this fight. It will go down in the history books. Both men will be judged by it. It could easily go either way. I’m taking St. Pierre by Split Decision.
  • Result: St. Pierre winner by 4th roudn TKO.
  • GSP’s skill level is in another galaxy. He is so far beyond everyone else it is frightening. Penn got smashed. He must stay at 155 where he is the king. It wasn’t too long ago that Welterweight was considered the most talented along with Light-Heavyweight. The fact that GSP cleaned out the division is incredible. He won the Canadian athlete of the year in 2008. In 2009, he may become recognized as the best athlete in the world. GSP stays at 1.

205 lbs. – Lyoto Machida [4] vs. Thiago Silva [8]

  • MMA Records: Machida (13-0); Silva (13-0)
  • Preview: Speaking of hot. Whoever wins this fight is the next MMA superstar. The winner will more than likely take on Rashad Evans [1] for the belt. Both guys possess similar skills but with a glaring difference in style. Lyoto is very methodical (8 of 13 wins by decision) Thiago is a hyper-aggressive (12 of 13 wins by stoppage)  A match between Yin and Yang. It could be special. Or it could be one sided. It would seem Thiago is tailor-made for Lyoto’s counter striking. Then again, Thiago could put enough pressure on Lyoto to fluster him. All that being said, I just don’t see Machida losing to anyone (including Rashad) right now. Machida by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Machida winner by 1st round KO.
  • Machida’s performance was his most dominating yet. He owned Silva. People criticized his patient style but he showed he can end things violently. Noone can touch him right now….including Rashad Evans. Machida rises to 2. Silva drops to 17.

170 lbs. – Karo Parisyan [8] vs. Dong Hyun Kim [58]

  • MMA Records: Parisyan (18-5); Kim (11-0-1)
  • Preview: This is great Judo-player vs. great Judo-player. They may cancel eachother out. It may come down to striking. Kim is the taller fighter but Karo is way more experienced. I would be very surprised if Karo were to lose. Karo by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Parisyan winner by Split Decision.
  • Karo got the win but Kim was the one who impressed me. I didn’t think he had a chance but he nearly got the win. Kim dominated Karo in the 1st round but was edged out in the latter 2. Karo did not look like a top 10 fighter.

205 lbs. – Stephan Bonnar [18] vs. Jon Jones [38]

  • MMA Records: Bonnar (11-4); Jones (6-0)
  • Preview: Jon Jones is a very promising young fighter. Stephan Bonnar is a grizzled veteran. Jones will have his day in the sun but not right now and not against Bonnar. It could be a close fight but Bonnar will find a way to win. Bonnar by Split Decision.
  • Result: Jones winner by Unanimous Decision
  • If Jones gets his cardio up to par then he will be contending for the belt in a couple years. He looked amazing in the first 2 rounds. It was one of the most dynamic MMA displays I have ever seen. Jones landed some crazy strikes and sick takedowns. Bonnar’s heart and chin kept him from getting KO’d. He just ran into a rising star. Jones rises to 13. Bonnar stays at 18.

155 lbs. – Clay Guida [27] vs. Nate Diaz [28]

  • MMA Records: Guida (24-9); Diaz (10-2)
  • Preview: Clay Guida wins his fights by setting a pace which his opponents can’t match. He’s relentless and overwhelming. Nate Diaz submits people. He’s hot right now and watch out for his triangle choke. I’m sure Guida will be. I think Diaz has the better boxing so Guida will probably take him to the mat. From there, it will either be Guida’s ground and pound or Diaz’s submissions that win the contest. I think Guida is savvy enough to avoid Nate’s submissions. Guida by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Guida winner by Split Decision.
  • Nate did more damage but Guida got the win because of his wrestling. It wasn’t exciting. Guida literally spent 90% of the fight bear-huggin Diaz. He didn’t land hardly any strikes but he maintained control. Diaz wasn’t strong enough to escape. Guida rises to 21. Diaz stays at 28.

170 lbs. – Jon Fitch [3] vs. Akihiro Gono [22]

  • MMA Records: Fitch (17-3); Gono (28-13-7)
  • Preview: Jon Fitch has been relegated to undercard status due to contractual disputes with Dana White. You don’t want to get on Dana’s bad side. Just ask Matt Lindland. As for the fight, I think it will be a good one. Fitch will get the takedowns and Gono will try to land a submission. Fitch is an animal on the ground and Gono is one of the smartest fighters in the world. It should be interesing to watch it play out. I doubt Fitch will finish Gono but he will get the Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Fitch winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Fitch dominated from start to finish with takedowns and ground and pound. It took all of Gono’s craftiness to survive. Fitch stays at 3. Gono drops to 27.

155 lbs. – Thiago Tavares [46] vs. Manny Gamburyan [64]

  • MMA Records: Tavares (13-3); Gamburyan (8-3)
  • Result: Tavares winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Thiago’s takedowns and slightly more effective striking get him the win in a relatively lackluster fight. Tavares rises to 44. Gamburyan drops to 68.

205 lbs. – Jake O’Brien [NR] vs. Christian Wellisch

  • MMA Records: O’Brien (10-2); Wellisch (8-4)
  • Result: O’Brien winner by Split Decision
  • O’Brien gassed big-time in the 3rd round but put enough takedowns in the bank to eak out the win.
  • O’Brien debuts at 45.

170 lbs. – Chris Wilson [25] vs. John Howard

  • MMA Records: Wilson (14-4); Howard (10-4)
  • Result: Howard winner by Split Decision
  • This was a really good fight. Back and forth they went trading strikes and takedowns but Howard had the slight edge. He had back control in the 3rd round which pretty much sealed it for him. Howard debuts at 25. Wilson drops to 28.

170 lbs. – Matt Arroyo vs. Dan Cramer

  • MMA Records: Arroyo (3-2); Cramer (0-0)
  • Result: Cramer winner by Split Decision
  • Pretty unimpressive fight. Cramer must improve his finishing instincts to become ranked.

Future Fights that make sense

205

Lyoto Machida [2] vs. Rashad Evans [1]

Jon Jones [13] vs. Eric Shaefer [19]

Thiago Silva [17] vs. Stephan Bonnar [18]

170

Georges St. Pierre [1] vs. Thiago Alves [2]

155

BJ Penn [1] vs. Kenny Florian [4]

Clay Guida [21] vs. winner of Gray Maynard [10] vs. Jim Miller [35]

Nate Diaz [28] vs. loser of Diego Sanchez [NR] vs. Joe Stevenson [22]

January 5, 2009 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments