World MMA Rankings: December 11, 2011
Last night, Jon Jones cemented his status as the best light heavyweight in the world, and has put his name into contention for the 'best of all time' label. Here's a look at how all 8 weight classes break down in terms of the top 10.
Heavyweight (265 pound limit)
1) Junior dos Santos (“Cigano”)
An injury will delay Cigano’s 1st title defence against the Brock Lesnar-Alistair Overeem winner, but he is the undisputable king of the heavyweight division.
2) Cain Velasquez
Cain is still waiting to be booked for his 1st match after losing the UFC heavyweight championship to Junior dos Satnos
3) Alistair Overeem (“Demolition Man”)
Overeem is to make his long awaited UFC debut at the end of the month against Brock Lesnar. Recently rumours have started swirling that he will not be able to fight.
4) Daniel Cormier
The Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix will wrap up in 2012 with Cormier taking on Josh Barnett.
5) Antonio Silva (“Bigfoot”)
Silva was upset handily by Daniel Cormier. Will he make it into the UFC?
6) Brock Lesnar
The UFC will be looking to Lesnar to finish the year strong in terms of the box office, as 2011 has not been great for the organization.
7) Shane Carwin
Carwin now needs back surgery and will be out until mid-2012. At 36, he may be at the end of his MMA career even though he’s a relative newbie mileage wise.
8) Fabricio Werdum (“Vai Cavalo”)
Werdum will return to the UFC at the end of the year, taking on Brendan Schaub at UFC 141.
9) Frank Mir
Mir proved his 1st win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was not a fluke, as he submitted the legend in their UFC 140 rematch.
10) Roy Nelson (“Big Country”)
Nelson sent the legend Mirko Cro Cop into retirement at UFC 137 to get back on the winning track.
Light heavyweight (205 pound limit)
1) Jon Jones (“Bones”)
Jones is on his way to becoming the best ever after beating Lyoto Machida at UFC 140.
2) Dan Henderson
In an epic fight, Hendo walked away with a 48-47 win over Mauricio Rua.
3) Mauricio Rua (“Shogun”)
Shogun put in a ‘best fight ever’ candidate against Dan Henderson, making fans out of those who were unfamiliar with his body of work
4) Rashad Evans
The UFC has finally put Jones-Evans on hold after multiple injuries to both men. Evans will now have to beat Phil Davis to get his title shot back.