World MMA rankings: June 19, 2011 - Page 2
8) 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.
9) Dan Henderson
The next fight in Henderson’s Hall of Fame career will be against fellow Hall of Famer Fedor Emelianenko.
10) Rafael Cavalcante (“Feijao”)
Feijao continues to wait in the wings since his loss to Dan Henderson. He has not been booked for his next fight yet.
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
Unfortunately, it looks like Sonnen’s MMA career is in jeopardy. While he is now allowed to reapply for a license much quicker, it’s clear that the athletic commissions took a dim view of his antics over the last year or so.
3) Yushin Okami (“Thunder”)
Okami finally gets his shot at the title when he faces Silva in front of a hostile Brazilian crowd this August.
4) Nate Marquardt (“The Great”)
Marquardt remains at the top of the middleweight rankings by default. He’ll be moving down to welterweight for his next fight, further opening a gap in the division.
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, dropping his stock.
7) Ronaldo Souza (“Jacare”)
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. With the division experiencing some gaps, Stann is on the cusp of a title shot.
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 than anyone else has been able to manage against GSP. That being said, the match wasn’t a very entertaining one, and a rematch is probably not going to happen. Still, he fared far better than anyone else against GSP.
3) Jon Fitch
Fitch is still out with an injury. His status as perennial #2 man at welterweight was diminished with a draw to BJ Penn and the performance of Jake Shields at UFC 129.
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. Is it time for him to get another shot at GSP and make another trilogy?