World MMA Rankings: November 6, 2011
November will be an event filled month for MMA fans, as there will be fights nearly every week. In the last couple of weeks, we've seen Nick Diaz prove himself and fighters like Mark Munoz and Renan Barao make their cases for contention. Here's how the top 10 breaks down for all 8 weight classes.
Heavyweight (265 pound limit)
1) Cain Velasquez
Next week, the UFC will finally make its network TV debut, and Velasquez will make his return to the Octagon after a 1 year layoff.
2) Alistair Overeem (“Demolition Man”)
Overeem finally steps onto the UFC stage when he takes on Brock Lesnar on December 30.
3) Daniel Cormier
Cormier beat Antonio Silva in the Strikeforce Grand Prix semi-finals after stepping in to replace Alistair Overeem. The finals have been delayed due to Cormier breaking his hand.
4) Antonio Silva (“Bigfoot”)
Silva was upset handily by Daniel Cormier. Will he make it into the UFC?
5) Junior dos Santos (“Cigano”)
JDS has the opportunity of a lifetime when he faces Cain Velasquez on network TV.
6) Brock Lesnar
Whether Lesnar is fully recovered or not, he’ll have at least 1 more fight; this will be good for the UFC box office which has been suffering this year.
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 was unable to use his old tricks to beat Alistair Overeem in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix.
9) Frank Mir
Mir gets a chance to show his win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was not a fluke, as the 2 heavyweights will face each other this winter in a 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”)
If Jones beats Lyoto Machida in December, there is no way he can not be declared the fighter of the year for 2011.
2) Mauricio Rua (“Shogun”)
Recovering from his title loss with a win over Forrest Griffin, Shogun’s next opponent will be Dan Henderson.
3) Rashad Evans
At the rate we are going, Evans vs Jones will take place sometime in 2020.
4) Quinton Jackson (“Rampage”)
Rampage was unable to mount any significant offence against champion Jon Jones. A rematch with Forrest Griffin is expected.