World MMA rankings: October 9, 2011
In the last few weeks we've seen shakeups at welterweight, the return of a contender at middleweight, and Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fighting their trilogy match. Here's our view of how each weight class breaks down after the last couple events:
Heavyweight (265 pound limit)
1) Cain Velasquez
Everything is proceeding as planned for the UFC debut on network TV that will feature Velasquez’s 1st title defence.
2) Alistair Overeem (“Demolition Man”)
It’s official: Overeem has signed with the UFC. His 1st fight will be a big money one against Brock Lesnar.
3) Daniel Cormier
Cormier beat Antonio Silva in the Strikeforce Grand Prix semi-finals after stepping in to replace Alistair Overeem. The finals has been delayed due to Cormier breaking his hand.
4) Antonio Silva (“Bigfoot”)
Silva was upset handily by Daniel Cormier.
5) Junior dos Santos (“Cigano”)
JDS has the opportunity of a lifetime when he faces Cain Velasquez on network TV.
6) Brock Lesnar
Lesnar will make his return from diverticulitis to fight Alistair Overeem.
7) Shane Carwin
Carwin has said he is fully healthy, and is waiting for his next fight to be booked.
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 will face Cro Cop this fall.
Light heavyweight (205 pound limit)
1) Jon Jones (“Bones”)
2011 has been the year of Jon Jones. Jones beat up Rampage Jackson in his last fight, and is now going to fight Lyoto Machida.
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
Evans got injured and will not be able to fight Jon Jones as previously scheduled.
4) Quinton Jackson (“Rampage”)
Rampage was unable to mount any significant offence against champion Jon Jones. A rematch with Forrest Griffin is expected.
5) Lyoto Machida (“The Dragon”)
With the injury to Rashad Evans, Lyoto gets a chance to get his title back.
6) Forrest Griffin
Forrest was unable to beat Shogun in their rematch. He’s expected to fight Rampage in Japan.