World MMA rankings: August 7, 2011 - Page 3
4) BJ Penn (“The Prodigy”)
Penn’s return to the welterweight division saw him knock out Matt Hughes in a trilogy fight then take Jon Fitch to a draw. A win against Carlos Condit should put him in a favourable position for a title shot.
5) Josh Koscheck
Kos is finally coming back after getting beat up by GSP last year. He’ll move up to middleweight to face Chris Leben in November.
6) Charlie Brenneman (“The Spaniard”)
No one expected Brenneman to win as a last second replacement for Nate Marquardt, but that’s exactly what he did.
7) Rick Story (“The Horror”)
Story’s short turnaround cost him, as his fight with Nate Marquardt fell through. He ended up losing to Charlie Brenneman.
8) Thiago Alves (“Pitbull”)
The Pitbull’s attempt to reclimb the ladder stalled as he was upset by Rick Story.
9) Martin Kampmann (“The Hitman”)
Kampmann gave Shields a tough battle in Shields’ UFC debut. He’s lost 2 in a row, but these were both controversial, very close decisions.
10) Diego Sanchez
Sanchez’s return to welterweight didn’t start off as planned, but he’s come away with wins in his last 2 bouts. He’ll take on the legendary Matt Hughes this fall.
Lightweight (155 pound limit)
1) Frankie Edgar (“The Answer”)
Unfortunately, both Edgar and Gray Maynard were injured, scuttling the UFC 130 main event. Edgar is now 0-1-1 against Gray Maynard, but seeing how he retains the belt with a draw and wasn’t actually beaten, he remains the #1 lightweight.
2) Gray Maynard (“The Bully”)
Maynard came close to solving the Edgar puzzle, but came out empty handed. Unfortunately, the waiting game just gets longer, with injuries to both men pushing everything back in this stacked division.
3) Gilbert Melendez (“El Nino”)
Melendez continues to wait for his next challenger. With Strikeforce fighters starting to fight in the UFC, many are excited for Melendez to face the top UFC lightweights.
4) Eddie Alvarez
Alvarez has been beating everyone put in front of him, remaining Bellator champion. Next up is Michael Chandler, winner of this season’s lightweight tournament.
5) Shinya Aoki (“Tobikan Judan”)
Aoki continued to get back on track, submitting the tough Rich Clementi.
6) Tatsuya Kawajiri (“Crusher”)
Crusher has beaten many great lightweights, but his losses to the elite of the elite keep him from breaking into the top 5.
7) Jim Miller
Miller continues to quietly rise. Next up will be former WEC champ Ben Henderson.
8) Clay Guida (“The Carpenter”)
The new and improved Guida continues to win, costing Anthony Pettis his guaranteed title shot.