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411 MMA Rankings 01.08.13: Welterweight Division
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 01.08.2013





Welcome to the latest 411 MMA Rankings on this, the first regular Tuesday of 2013. There's a lot to get to because it's been about two months since we last updated our welterweight rankings and plenty of fights have taken place to impact them.

It was the spring of 2011, the last time Georges St. Pierre fought and now the calendar reads 2013. Times certainly change but at least at 170-pounds, the king of the division does not. GSP perhaps looked physically stronger in his November fight which saw him retain the gold by decision against Carlos Condit. He did not show a single sign of weakness from the time off or from his repaired ACL which bodes well for his future because there was plenty of doubt as to whether he could return at such a high level. His prime may have included a long break but his prime continues nonetheless.

With the champion's return, there are plenty of contenders around and whether you're talking Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz or the likes of Jon Fitch, Demian Maia or Nate Marquardt, this is as deep a welterweight class as I can remember in quite some time. Of course, that doesn't prevent the UFC from wanting Georges to move up and fight middleweight Anderson Silva, but who would claim this business of being 100% logical 100% of the time?

Speaking of Hendricks, the one-punch KO king? Martin Kampmann didn't even have a chance before he was knocked out in November, just like Jon Fitch experienced at the end of 2011. He may be fighting Jake Ellenberger next, but he is still this close to getting his first UFC title shot. Who knows? Perhaps Nick Diaz no shows a press conference next month, it's happened before. It will be imperative for Hendricks to not get caught in a lull for this fight because he could easily find himself knocked right back down the ladder with someone else taking his place. Although it's not for a belt, his fight at UFC 158 is easily going to be the most pressurized of his professional career.

One last name I'll bring up is that of Afghanistan's SIYAR BAHADURZADA! The powerful striker returns for his second bout in the octagon in less than two months against Stun Gun Kim. Siyar has not fought since April when he knocked out Paulo Thiago in spectacular fashion and thanks to injuries, he has not fought since. Can he build on that memorable debut all this time after, because I can see him being a tough out for plenty of the fighters listed below in the top 10.





Feedback to Last Week's Heavyweight Rankings

From Doctor Who:
"you're feeling better on this fine day than Junior dos Santos did Saturday night. Did you see his face turned into mush? That's what happens when Cain Velasquez is healthy"
And the list of Velasquez nuthuggers keeps growing. As always, the columnist here tells us "I told you so ! I Knew Cain would DESTROY JDS".
But where were you be when JDS DESTROYED Velasquez and FINISHED Him , something Cain SHOULD Have done for a legit "destruction" of another figher doesn't he ?
Of course Solomon had to use the bogus excuse of "when he is healthy" to tarnish what happened in the first fight.
When he wins Velasquez is healthy but when he loses, of course, he is injured !
Forgetting tons of fighters do fight throught injuries on most cards and never complain about it. Again when I remember Franklin showing Dana that his arm was dead after KO'ing Liddell with the other one, I'm laughing at this lame excuse.
Cain LOST CLEAN in the first fight. Just show some respect to JDS instead of laughing at "his face turned into a mush" (go tell it to him , face to face Jonathan and yours will turned into a red tomato at the sight of his eyes on you).
Nobody is tarnishing the first fight. It's simply stating a fact that both men went into the November 2011 fight with knee injuries (Cain's a torn ACL and Junior's a torn meniscus). To say the ACL injury had no impact would force you to be a bit aloof, no? I'm not saying the ONLY reason JDS won was because of it, let's face it, the punch to the back of Cain's head knocked him down.

Cain Velasquez has never complained about the injury and was actually pissed when others began talking about it.

JDS won the first fight in no uncertain terms. However, the rematch was a decidedly different outcome and all things being equal, do you think Junior's stamina improves long enough for him to defend takedowns and knock Cain out if they were to fight again? Right now, I wouldn't be too confident saying that.


From Bryan:
I think Mir should be above Barnett, and theres an argument to be made that he should be above Werdum.
Other then that good rankings.
It's an understandable though. While Barnett beat Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov in 2011, Mir won against Roy Nelson and Nogueira who are both considered top 15 heavyweights.

From Brian:
Good list. It really showcases how HW needs more depth.
Look for Fabricio Werdum to drop in 2013 in the rankings. He has never impressed me when fighting top level guys. There is a reason why he got the boot from the UFC a few years ago.
Overeem is the big question out there now. Will being of the juice reduce his performance? Will he be the new HW champ by year end? I am not a big Overeem fan, but I cannot wait to see him fight in the UFC again!
While Cormier has looked really impressive, I don't think he has the size (height or weight when you factor in his extra padding) to be the HW champ. I say that though some extra padding on Big Country doesn't seem to hurt him much....
Lastly, I am really curious to see how Barneet would do in the UFC. Does he have what it takes to be top 5? IDK but I hope we can find out! Personally I would like to see Cain give him a beating.
He got the boot in part because he was making too much money, I believe, coming off the upset loss to Junior dos Santos. Getting knocked out by the guy isn't evidence Werdum is not a worthy contender. As for his future this year, I like him against Nogeuira and who knows where he'll line up afterwards (I doubt he'll get a title shot immediately if he does beat Minotauro, but who knows).

Ha, what did Barnett ever do to you? Cain probably would smash him but most are bad stylistic match-ups against Cain.

I wouldn't count Cormier out because he's a stockier heavyweight. His wrestling is elite and his striking has always improved, making him dangerous because he can dictate where the fight takes place.


From JusticeBringer:
Overeem won't be off the juice. He's attempted to duck testing for both of the UFC fights he's been scheduled for. After being given a probationary license after running out before testing for his fight with Lesnar, he was still using when they had to demand he turn his car around and come back leading to his title fight. There's a reason Strikeforce kept booking him in states without real athletic commissions and opted for "independent testing".
He'll be off the juice or else he won't get a license to fight. To get that license, he must pass a drug test and you can bet he'll need to pass additional tests after the fight and beyond. Hopefully, he won't try to cycle anything but it wouldn't be the first time a fighter failed a drug test twice.

From armchair theologian:
Travis Browne should be ahead of Mark Hunt. He suffered a random injury that was not caused by his opponent.
True, but it's still a loss. Meanwhile, Hunt's three-fight winning streak remains active.

From BusterWolf:
That kinda makes it worse, Hunt was injured in combat, Browne probably got unjured playing a random game of flag football, i dunno...
Well, Browne was injured when his hamstring gave out. Whether it was caused by his useless dancing earlier in the fight with Bigfoot, I'm no doctor.

From Jeyh:
One request, list everybodys birthday. You have Reems, but nobody elses listed. I know I could go to wikipedia or something to look at everybodys age, buts nice having them listed or not listed at all instead of a few guys. 
Its something to look at, with fights and age. I mean we always think of Big Nog as being the most senior guy, but Reem has more fights and wins than him, kinda crazy.
DC should go do what Cain did to his next oppenent and but finish the guy, and if he doesn't I really think his stock will fall. Will be interesting to see if he does drop down though, but I think he has a few fights at HW first. Said he wants Mir when does get to the UFC because thats what was planned. Who knows after that, a few more fights before he is the number one contender and then drops down?
Not a problem Jeyh. I'm pretty sure the birthday info was included in the past and somewhere along the line, it was deleted by me for a reason I fail to understand now.

A fight with Mir makes sense from multiple perspectives. Cormier matches up extremely well against Mir who's boxing leaves plenty to be desired and Daniel obviously is confident he can avoid being caught in a submission. Plus, Mir is a name UFC fighter so Cormier's introduction to the new audience could have some oomph to it.

I'll assume now that Cormier will fight 2-3 times at heavyweight before he makes the cut down to 205 and starts gearing up for Jon Jones.



Thank you for all the comments, questions, hate, dirt and everything in between. It is always appreciated.




Rankings From One Year Ago
12.20.11


1. Georges St. Pierre

2. Jon Fitch

3. Nick Diaz

4. Carlos Condit

5. Jake Ellenberger

6. Josh Koscheck

7. Jake Shields

8. Diego Sanchez

9. Martin Kampmann

10. Johny Hendricks

11. Thiago Alves

12. Ben Askren

13. Tyron Woodley

14. Rory MacDonald

15. Rick Story






411's MMA Ranking Rules

- Which fighters are eligible for these rankings? They must meet the following qualifications: fight at least once in the past 365 days or if they have not, be officially scheduled for an upcoming fight.

- A fighter serving a disciplinary suspension will not be ranked. They can return when they have served their suspension or in the event it is rescinded. This includes fighters who may disregard their suspension locally to fight overseas.

- If a fighter appears on just one single ballot, and in the top ten, five points will be deducted to balance between other fighters who may be ranked lower, but appear on a greater amount of ballots.

- Want to complain about a fighter's ranking in the comments section? Please include an objective reason why you despise the list, and try your best to bring the rest of us to your way of thinking.

* denotes statistical tie




411's Official MMA Rankings


Welterweight Division




1) Georges St. Pierre (23-2)


Height: 5'10

Birthday: May 19, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Carlos Condit - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit - November 17, 2012

- vs. Jake Shields - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields - April 30, 2011

- vs. Josh Koscheck - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2 - December 11, 2010

- vs. Dan Hardy - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy - March 27, 2010

- vs. Thiago Alves - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 100 - July 11, 2009

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Nick Diaz - UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz - March 16, 2013

Comment: In his first fight in 18 months, Georges showed absolutely no signs of rust as he earned yet another successful title defense as welterweight champion. He was nearly knocked out by a head kick (see pic above Condit's post), but he regained his composure and sailed to victory after five rounds.

Anderson Silva wanted to fight GSP next, but Canada's favorite fighter decided to stick at 170-pounds, for now. Plus, instead of taking on Johny Hendricks as a challenger, he went for the most profitable fight in this division, and that's against Nick Diaz.




2) Johny Hendricks (14-1)


Height: 5'9

Birthday: September 12, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Martin Kampmann - Win via KO (punch) - UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit - November 17, 2012

- vs. Josh Koscheck - Win via decision (split) - UFC on Fox 3: Diaz vs. Miller - May 5, 2012

- vs. Jon Fitch - Win via KO (punches) - UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem - December 30, 2011

- vs. Mike Pierce - Win via decision (split) - UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz - August 6, 2011

- vs. TJ Waldburger - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis - March 26, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Jake Ellenberger - UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz - March 16, 2013

Comment: Wow. Hendricks has some legit power in his hands, no? He finished Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann in under two minutes, combined. Nobody else in this weight class has put together a more impressive string of wins, St. Pierre included. After he was denied the opportunity to challenge for the championship, Hendricks went on his own PR battle to drum up support, but he ends up with a scheduled fight in March against Jake Ellenberger.

The UFC and GSP can find plenty of excuses not to give the former Oklahoma State wrestling star his shot in the sun, but if he has another impressive win at UFC 158, enough is enough I would surmise.




3) Carlos Condit (28-6)


Height: 6'1

Birthday: April 26, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Georges St. Pierre - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit - November 17, 2012

- vs. Nick Diaz - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit - February 4, 2012

- vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Win via KO (flying knee) - UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber - July 2, 2011

- vs. Dan Hardy - Win via KO (punches) - UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama - October 16, 2010

- vs. Rory MacDonald - Win via TKO (punches) - UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin - June 12, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Rory MacDonald - UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz - March 16, 2013

Comment: So close, yet so far. Condit came closest to beating GSP since the last time the star lost (at the hands of Matt Serra) and although he was not garnering much support from the judges, he walked away with even more respect from anyone watching than he had before. Sure, he's disappointed he was not able to win the belt, but Condit remains one of the toughest fighters in the sport.

Up next for "The Natural Born Killer" will be a rematch of his 2010 victory against Rory MacDonald. Carlos will have to fight off the inclination that he's just another stepping stone for Canada's OTHER favorite fighter.




4) Rory MacDonald (14-1)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: July 22, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. B.J. Penn - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz - December 8, 2012

- vs. Che Mills - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans - April 21, 2012

- vs. Mike Pyle - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz - August 6, 2011

- vs. Nate Diaz - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields - April 30, 2011

- vs. Carlos Condit - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin - June 12, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Carlos Condit - UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz - March 16, 2013

Comment: Is Rory dressing like a 1950s marketing executive? Perhaps. Don't let that fool you, he's a ferocious competitor in the cage and B.J. Penn found that out exactly one month ago. MacDonald battered the legend, found time to shuffle his feet (although he claims he was not taunting Penn) and the fact he could not finish the fight should not be a sign of weakness.

Although (for now) Rory and GSP insist they won't fight each other, unless the former is willing to move up to middleweight sooner than expected, something may have to give down the line. Let's assume GSP topples Nick Diaz and Rory beats Condit. GSP may fight Hendricks next but after him, it's all Rory MacDonald (and NOT Nate Marquardt), assuming Georges is still not enthralled with the idea of fighting Anderson Silva.




5*) Jon Fitch (24-4-1)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: February 24, 1978

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Erick Silva - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar - October 13, 2012

- vs. Johny Hendricks - Loss via KO (punches) - UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem - December 30, 2011

- vs. B.J. Penn - DRAW - UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch - February 27, 2011

- vs. Thiago Alves - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen - August 7, 2010

- vs. Ben Saunders - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy - March 27, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Demian Maia - UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar - February 2, 2013

Comment: Is Fitch the comeback kid? You may have to start referring to him as such if he defeats Demian Maia next month. Who would have though at the end of 2011 that Jon could actually turn himself back into a viable title contender? I know I did not.




5*) Martin Kampmann (20-6)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: April 17, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Johny Hendricks - Loss via KO (punch) - UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit - November 17, 2012

- vs. Jake Ellenberger - Win via KO (knees) - TUF 15 Finale - June 1, 2012

- vs. Thiago Alves - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann - March 3, 2012

- vs. Rick Story - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - November 19, 2011

- vs. Diego Sanchez - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann - March 3, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Kampmann could not get over the hump as his 2012 ended with a fizzle after being knocked out by Hendricks. His three-fight win streak came to a sudden halt and he's back where he was after his loss to Diego Sanchez.




7) Nick Diaz (26-8)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: August 2, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Carlos Condit - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit - February 4, 2012

- vs. B.J. Penn - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - October 29, 2011

- vs. Paul Daley - Win via TKO (punches) - Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley - April 9, 2011

- vs. Evangelista Santos - Win via submission (armbar) - Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg - January 29, 2011

- vs. K.J. Noons - Win via decision (unanimous) - Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 - October 9, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Georges St. Pierre - UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz - March 16, 2013

Comment: Diaz is preparing for his return in two months after his suspension ends next month. He's already been named the next championship contender by the UFC and essentially, Georges personally chose him. Do they have a beef? Not a legit one as far as I'm concerned. Diaz will push the fight like only he can and GSP will play the role of bully beatdown (as he did against Josh Koscheck).

Of course, Diaz has to get to March 16 without angering UFC brass so badly they scrap the fight. Hopefully, history does not repeat itself on that front.




8) Jake Ellenberger (28-6)


Height: 5'11

Birthday: March 28, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Jay Hieron - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot - October 5, 2012

- vs. Martin Kampmann - Loss via KO (knees) - TUF 15 Finale - June 1, 2012

- vs. Diego Sanchez - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fuel: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger - February 15, 2012

- vs. Jake Shields - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger - September 17, 2011

- vs. Sean Pierson - Win via KO (punch) - UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields - April 30, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Johny Hendricks - UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz - March 16, 2013

Comment: Ellenberger handed Jay Hieron a loss in his UFC return in October and he's taking a big step up at UFC 158. He'll fight a pissed off Johny Hendricks but on the bright side, Jake has the ability to launch himself into the mix with an impressive win of his own. Most, if not all, will pick against Ellenberger here, so what does he have to lose?




9) Demian Maia (17-4)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: November 6, 1977

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Rick Story - Win via submission (neck crank) - UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar - October 13, 2012

- vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Win via TKO (injury) - UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 - July 7, 2012

- vs. Chris Weidman - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis - January 28, 2012

- vs. Jorge Santiago - Win vía decisión (unanimous) - UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 - October 8, 2011

- vs. Mark Munoz - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 131: dos Santos vs. Carwin - June 11, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Jon Fitch - UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar - February 2, 2013

Comment: 2012 proved to be the best year of Maia's UFC career since he won all those fights to challenge Anderson Silva in 2010. At welterweight, he's proved to be an even better fighter with more power and a size advantage he lacked at 185-pounds. At UFC 156, we'll see Maia's expert level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu against Jon Fitch's outstanding wrestling background and something will have to give. It may sound funny because, on paper, this fight seems like it could turn into a stinker, but I can't wait to see which style wins out.




10) Nate Marquardt (32-10-2)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: April 20, 1979

Currently Fighting With: Strikeforce

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Tyron Woodley - Win via KO (elbows) - Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy - July 14, 2012

- vs. Dan Miller - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones - March 19, 2011

- vs. Yushin Okami - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami - November 13, 2010

- vs. Rousimar Palhares - Win via TKO (punches) - UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares - September 15, 2010

- vs. Chael Sonnen - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 109: Couture vs. Coleman - February 6, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Tarec Saffiedine - Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine - January 12, 2013

Comment: This weekend brings us the end of Strikeforce after they run their final show on Saturday. In the main event on Showtime, champion Nate Marquardt makes his first title defense against Tarec Saffiedine. The winner will move over to the UFC with plenty of momentum although I don't believe either man will find themselves in the immediate UFC title mix.

Marquardt is the overwhelming favorite this weekend and quite frankly, I don't see how Tarec can pull out a win.




11) Josh Koscheck (17-6)


Height: 5'10

Birthday: November 30, 1977

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Johny Hendricks - Loss via decision (split) - UFC on Fox 3: Diaz vs. Miller - May 5, 2012

- vs. Mike Pierce - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit - February 4, 2012

- vs. Matt Hughes - Win via KO (strikes) - UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - September 24, 2011

- vs. Georges St. Pierre - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2 - December 11, 2010

- vs. Paul Daley - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2 - May 8, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Robbie Lawler - UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche - February 23, 2012

Comment: The UFC goes old-school? Both Josh Koscheck and Robbie Lawler are old names in the UFC and they'll try to establish themselves in this deep weight class at UFC 157 in Anaheim. Lawler is back in the UFC after a long stretch of time fighting elsewhere including Elite-XC and Strikeforce at middleweight. Koscheck in full gatekeeper status is not even considered a top 10 fighter anymore and I cannot recall a time that was ever the case until now.




12) Ben Askren (10-0)


Height: 5'10

Birthday: July 18, 1984

Currently Fighting With: Bellator

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Douglas Lima - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 64 - April 7, 2012

- vs. Jay Hieron - Win via decision (split) - Bellator 56 - October 29, 2011

- vs. Nick Thompson - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 40 - April 9, 2011

- vs. Lyman Good - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 33 - October 21, 2010

- vs. Dan Hornbuckle - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 22 - June 17, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Karl Amoussou - Bellator - January 24, 2013

Comment: Bellator's move to Spike begins with their first live show on January 17 and the week after will see champion Ben Askren defend the gold against tournament winner "Killer" Karl Amoussou. Ben has routinely beaten everyone thanks to his outstanding wrestling pedigree, although he did run into some trouble against Jay Hieron (he won a split decision although many believed Hieron deserved the 'W').

Amoussou is a good grappler with some power in his hands but it won't do him much good if he's fighting off his back as everyone can expect.




13) Siyar Bahardurzada (21-4-1))


Height: 5'11

Birthday: April 17, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Paulo Thiago - Win via KO (punch) - UFC on Fuel: Gustafsson vs. Silva - April 14, 2012

- vs. Tommy Depret - Win via TKO (strikes) - UGlory 14 - May 28, 2011

- vs. John Alessio - Win via TKO (strikes) - UGlory 13 - March 19, 2011

- vs. Derrick Noble - Win via TKO (strikes) - UGlory 12 - October 16, 2010

- vs. Carlos Pereira - Win via KO (punch) - Shooto 17 - August 6, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Dong Hyun Kim - UFC on Fuel: Silva vs. Stann - March 3, 2013





14) Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim (16-2-1, 1 NC)


Height: 6'1

Birthday: November 17, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Paulo Thiago - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC in China: Franklin vs. Le - November 10, 2012

- vs. Demian Maia - Loss via TKO (injury) - UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 - July 7, 2012

- vs. Sean Pierson - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem - December 30, 2011

- vs. Carlos Condit - Loss via KO (knee) - UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber - July 2, 2011

- vs. Nate Diaz - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 125: Edgar vs. Maynard 2 - January 1, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Siyar Bahadurzada - UFC on Fuel: Silva vs. Stann - March 3, 2013





15) Erick Silva (14-3, 1 No Contest)


Height: 5'11

Birthday:June 2, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Jon Fitch - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar - October 13, 2012

- vs. Charlie Brenneman - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall 2 - June 8, 2012

- vs. Carlo Prater - Loss via disqualification (punches to the back of the head) - UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes - January 14, 2012

- vs. Luis Ramos - Win via KO (punches) - UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami - August 27, 2011

- vs. Francisco Ayon - Win via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Jungle Fight 23 - October 30, 2010

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Silva was set to return to the cage at UFC 156 to fight Jay Hieron but pulled out this past week due to an unspecified injury. The UFC confirmed his replacement will be former Strikeforce contender Tyron Woodley.




Final Notes: Karl Amoussou and Tyron Woodley received additional votes.

Although Nick Diaz is still technically serving his suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (it will expire in February), since he has already been booked in the main event title fight for March, I made the decision to reinstate him one month early.

Kazuo Misaki has retired, so he will no longer be ranked.






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