World MMA Rankings: September 25, 2011
September was the start to an eventful last quarter for mixed martial arts. We saw the emergence of Daniel Cormier, big changes in the UFC welterweight division, and the continued emergence of a superstar in Jon Jones. Once again, we've compiled the latest rankings for each weight class in the MMA world.
Heavyweight (265 pound limit)
1) Cain Velasquez
The undefeated heavyweight champ will headline the UFC’s network TV debut on Fox.
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.
4) Antonio Silva (“Bigfoot”)
After losing to upstart Daniel Cormier, Silva drops.
5) Junior dos Santos (“Cigano”)
JDS has the opportunity of a lifetime to win the UFC heavyweight title on Fox this November.
6) Brock Lesnar
Lesnar is set to make his return to fighting this year against Alistair Overeem.
7) Shane Carwin
Carwin’s next fight is still unknown, though he is targeting a return by December or January.
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
A rematch with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is scheduled for the end of 2011 for Mir.
10) Roy Nelson (“Big Country”)
Nelson will face Cro Cop this fall.
Light heavyweight (205 pound limit)
1) Jon Jones (“Bones”)
The Bones era has began, as Jones successfully defended his belt in a strong performance over Rampage Jackson
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 proved that he still continues to be a top light heavyweight with an impressive victory over Tito Ortiz. He will be getting the next shot against Jon Jones in a grudge match of former teammates.
4) Quinton Jackson (“Rampage”)
Rampage was unable to mount any significant offence against champion Jon Jones.
5) Lyoto Machida
The Machida era never came to pass, but Machida still poses a difficult riddle to solve for many fighters at 205.
6) Forrest Griffin
Forrest was unable to beat Shogun in their rematch.
7) Phil Davis (“Mr. Wonderful”)
Unfortunately, Mr. Wonderful’s path to a title shot was stalled as he was forced to pull out of a fight against Rashad Evans due to injury.
8) Dan Henderson
On a 3 fight win streak, Henderson will be making a return to the UFC. His 1st opponent will be Shogun Rua.