UFC: World MMA Rankings for the Start of May - Page 2
Mauricio Rua (“Shogun”)
Shogun Rua left no doubt in his rematch with Lyoto Machida, knocking Machida out in the 1st round to become the UFC LHW champion. Unfortunately, Shogun couldn’t defend the belt once, as he fell to rising phenom Jon Jones.
Evans finished his TUF obligations by beating Quinton Jackson in the most popular event that did not feature a title match. After a long layoff due to injury, he’ll face up and comer Phil Davis.
Despite a few recent losses, Machida’s unique style makes him a handful for anyone, and his loss to Rampage balances out his karmic gain from the controversial win over Shogun. Machida sent Randy Couture into retirement at the end of April with a Steven Seagal inspired kick.
Quinton Jackson (“Rampage”)
In his fights after filming the A-Team, Rampage was controlled by Rashad Evans and won a very close split decision over Lyoto Machida. Not enough to push him into the top 3.
Griffin returned from a long period of inactivity with a unanimous decision win over Rich Franklin. Now hel’ll get a chance to prove his victory over Shogun was not a fluke as the 2 will meet in Brazil this summer.
Bader jumped into the top 10 with a strong performance over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but lost to Jon Jones.
Phil Davis (“Mr. Wonderful”)
Yet another rising star at 205 pounds, Davis enters the top 10 with a strong showing over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
The 40 year old former 2 division champion knocked out Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante to win the Strikeforce light heavyweight title in March.
Rafael Cavalcante (“Feijao”)
The former Strikeforce champ looks to get back on track after losing his title to Dan Henderson.
Middleweight (185 pound limit)
Anderson Silva (“The Spider”)
Silva now has 8 title defences, with his most recent victim being fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort. He’ll face Yushin Okami in his next title defence. What fans really want to see however, is the Spider to move up to 205 pounds.
After a reduced suspension for drug use and a guilty plea in a money laundering case, the only man to have Anderson Silva on the ropes hopefully will be getting back in the cage sooner rather than later. In the meantime, he continues to troll audiences everywhere with his hilarious remakrs.
Yushin Okami (“Thunder”)
Okami finally gets his shot at the title when he faces Silva in front of a hostile Brazilian crowd this August.
Nate Marquardt (“The Great”)
Marquardt struggled again in his latest #1 contender match against Yushin Okami. He’ll be dropping down to welterweight for his next fight.