World MMA Rankings: May 29, 2011
May was a good month for MMA fans, with the top flyweights in action, Bellator wrapping up its 4th season and UFC 130 shaking up rankings in more than 1 weight class. Here's our breakdown of the 8 weight classes for the end of the month:
Heavyweight (265 pound limit)
1) Fabricio Werdum (“Vai Cavalo”)
Werdum was the man who finally put an end to Fedor Emelianenko’s run. Now, Werdum is set to take on Alistair Overeem in the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament quarterfinals in a couple of weeks.
2) Cain Velasquez
A dominating win over Brock Lesnar puts Velasquez into the #2 spot. As he gets closer to returning from injury, his opponent is still yet to be determined.
3) Antonio Silva (“Bigfoot”)
Silva continues to wait for the next round of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament after dominating Fedor Emelianenko in their quarterfinal matchup.
4) Brock Lesnar
Unfortunately, Lesnar is suffering the effects of diverticulitis again. His future in MMA is once again uncertain.
5) Junior dos Santos (“Cigano”)
JDS decided not to wait for his title shot. Instead, he coached a season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and was set to fight Brock Lesnar. With Lesnar’s illness, JDS will now face Shane Carwin in Vancouver.
6) Shane Carwin
Carwin has stepped in to fill the void left by Brock Lesnar’s illness.
7) Alistair Overeem (“Demolition Man”)
The triple world champion gets to put allegations of overratedness to bed when he takes on Fabricio Werdum on June 18.
8) Frank Mir
Mir keeps himself in the title picture with a wide decision win over Roy Nelson.
9) Fedor Emelianenko
Fedor has lost his last 2 matches and now is probably going to be fighting Dan Henderson next. Details such as weight have yet to be worked out.
10) Roy Nelson (“Big Country”)
Nelson was unable to fight his way into the elite of the elite, losing to Frank Mir at UFC 130.
Light heavyweight (205 pound limit)
1) Jon Jones (“Bones”)
Jones firmly established himself as the future of MMA with a dominating performance against Shogun Rua. Unfortunately, it will be some time before we see him defend his belt as he is out of a match against former teammate Rashad Evans due to injury.
2) Mauricio Rua (“Shogun”)
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While Shogun got his revenge against Lyoto Machida, he fell in his 1st title defence, being thoroughly beaten by Jon Jones/