MMA World Rankings: July 2011 - Page 2
5) Lyoto Machida
The Machida era never came to pass, Machida still poses a difficult riddle to solve for many fighters at 205.
6) Forrest Griffin
Griffin returned from a long period of inactivity with a unanimous decision win over Rich Franklin. Next up is a rematch with Shogun where Forrest will look to prove his win was not a fluke.
7) Phil Davis (“Mr. Wonderful”)
Davis will get a chance to vault into the elite of the light heavyweight division when he takes on Rashad Evans this summer.
8) Dan Henderson
The next fight in Henderson’s Hall of Fame career will be against fellow Hall of Famer Fedor Emelianenko.
9) Tito Ortiz (“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy”)
It’s no secret that Dana White has been trying to set Tito up to lose and retire, but Ortiz was able to derail these plans when he won for the 1st time since 2006 against Ryan Bader.
10) Ryan Bader
Bader’s stock drops after losing to Tito Ortiz.
Middleweight (185 pound limit)
1) Anderson Silva (“The Spider”)
Silva gets a chance to avenge his last “loss” when he faces Yushin Okami in Brazil this summer for title defence #9.
2) Chael Sonnen
Sonnen’s future in the sport remains murky, as it’s still unknown when he can fight again.
3) Yushin Okami (“Thunder”)
Okami is the last major contender that Silva has not beaten, and they will fight in Brazil this August.
4) Nate Marquardt (“The Great”)
Unless we’ve all been punked, Marquardt is in serious trouble after getting fired from the UFC for testosterone treatments. His future remains unknown.
5) Mark Munoz
Munoz enters the rankings with a strong performance against Demian Maia.
6) Demian Maia
The jiujitsu ace lost to Mark Munoz at UFC 131.
7) Ronaldo Souza (“Jacare”)
The Alligator still awaits his next matchup as Strikeforce middleweight champion.
8) Brian Stann (“The All American”)
Stann welcomed Jorge Santiago back to the UFC by knocking him out. One more win should get him very close to title shot territory.
9) Jorge Santiago
Santiago’s return to the UFC didn’t go as planned, as he was stopped by Brian Stann.
10) Michael Bisping (“The Count”)
Bisping has expressed displeasure at being paired with Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the next season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ This should ensure maximum drama and hostility during the tapings.
Welterweight (170 pound limit)
1) Georges St. Pierre (“Rush”)
GSP walked away with a 6th title defence on April 30th, but his shutout streak came to an end. Who will he face next?
2) Jake Shields
Shields did better against GSP than anyone else so far. Thus, he gets the #2 spot.