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411 MMA Rankings 02.18.14: Middleweight Division
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 02.18.2014






Happy belated President's Day to those of you in the United States and especially worth noting last week's 214th birthday of Abraham Lincoln who famously was some kind of a successful wrestler in his youth. Imagine that, the 6'4 beanpole's frame (while we may never know his exact weight, he said he was 180 pounds at 50-years-old) would have made for an intriguing MMA prospect. Though, I suppose Roger Gracie is of a similar body form and we know he's best and meanest in the world of submission grappling.

Enough about the 19th century, how about that crazy Lyoto Machida? He threw nearly every awkward strike he could at Gegard Mousasi on Saturday in Brazil and walked away the clear winner. Could a title fight be in his future? Probably. It's certainly the more appealing match-up, business wise, than a fight involving Jacare Souza and the Chris Weidman/Vitor Belfort winner. With all these Brazilians trying to topple Chris Weidman, is there anyone you believe has the tools to actually pull it off?

A particular match-up that may be sneaking up on some is set for Canada next month when Michael Bisping returns to action to take on Tim Kennedy. These two have been trading barbs in the media and on Twitter for several months and we'll finally be able to see whether Kennedy's strong desire to take on Bisping backfires or not. The Brit, more than any other middleweight, has the biggest target on his back for a variety of reasons (his mouth, the feeling he's not as talented as his place in the division, his sometimes childish antics) but it's been a long time since he dropped a fight to anyone other than the elite at 185.

If Kennedy can make good on all his talk leading up to this fight, he takes a big step up in the eyes of many and you may be able to argue it's immediately the biggest win of his career.





RANKINGS FROM ONE YEAR AGO

(01.22.13)


1. Anderson Silva

2. Chris Weidman

3. Luke Rockhold

4. Vitor Belfort

5. Jacare Souza

6. Costa Philippou

7. Michael Bisping

8. Yushin Okami

9. Hector Lombard

10. Brian Stann

11. Tim Kennedy

12. Tim Boetsch

13. Mark Munoz

14. Cung Le

15*. Alan Belcher

15*. Mamed Khalidov



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.





411's Official MMA Rankings: Middleweight Division


Middleweight Division (185 pounds)




1) Chris Weidman (11-0)


Height: 6'2

Birthday: June 17, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Anderson Silva - Win via TKO (injury) - UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 - December 28, 2013

- vs. Anderson Silva - Win via KO (punches) - UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - July 6, 2013

- vs. Mark Munoz - Win via KO (elbow and punches) - UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman - July 11, 2012

- vs. Demian Maia - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis - January 28, 2012

- vs. Tom Lawlor - Win via technical submission (D'arce choke) - UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson - November 19, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Vitor Belfort - UFC 173: Weidman vs. Belfort - May 24, 2014





2) Anderson Silva (33-6)


Height: 6'2

Birthday: April 14, 1975

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Chris Weidman - Loss via TKO (injury) - UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 - December 28, 2013

- vs. Chris Weidman - Loss via KO (punches) - UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - July 6, 2013

- vs. Stephan Bonnar - Win via TKO (knee and punches) - UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar - October 13, 2012

- vs. Chael Sonnen - Win via TKO (knee and punches) - UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen - July 7, 2012

- vs. Yushin Okami - Win via TKO (punches) - UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami - August 27, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





3) Lyoto Machida (21-4)


Height: 6'1

Birthday: May 3, 1978

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Gegard Mousasi - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi - February 15, 2014

- vs. Mark Munoz - WIn via KO (head kick) - UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz - October 26, 2013

- vs. Phil Davis - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie - August 3, 2013

- vs. Dan Henderson - Win via decision (split) - UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche - February 23, 2013

- vs. Ryan Bader - Win via KO (punch) - UFC on Fox 4: Shogun vs. Vera - August 4, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: You cannot say anything other than the guy looks great at 185-pounds. Great physical shape, fast, endurance, power, there is not much to dislike about the move down in weight so far. Add to the fact he's likely getting the next title fight in the fall and it's paying off in the wallet, too.




4) Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (20-3, 1 No Contest)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: December 7, 1979

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Francis Carmont - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi - February 15, 2014

- vs. Yushin Okami - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader - September 4, 2013

- vs. Chris Camozzi - Win via submission (arm triangle choke) - UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold - May 18, 2013

- vs. Ed Herman - Win via submission (Kimura) - Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine - January 12, 2013

- vs. Derek Brunson - Win via KO (punch) - Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman - August 18, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Following the win over Carmont, it appears Souza's next step will be to undergo the knife to repair his left arm. He sustained an injury in camp which left bone fragments that forced him to train his lower body exclusively over the past month. As for his next fight, while it's unlikely he'll leapfrog Lyoto Machida into next title fight, that may mean a rematch with Luke Rockhold.



5) Vitor Belfort (24-10)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: January 4, 1977

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Dan Henderson - Win via KO (head kick) - UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson - November 9, 2013

- vs. Luke Rockhold - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold - May 18, 2013

- vs. Michael Bisping - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping - January 19, 2013

- vs. Jon Jones - Loss via submission (americana) - UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort - September 22, 2012

- vs. Anthony Johnson - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes - January 14, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Chris Weidman - UFC 173: Weidman vs. Belfort - May 24, 2014





6) Luke Rockhold (10-2)


Height: 6'3

Birthday: October 17, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Costa Philippou - Win via KO (body kick) - UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou - January 15, 2014

- vs. Vitor Belfort - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold - May 18, 2013

- vs. Tim Kennedy - Win via decision (unanimous) - Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy - July 14, 2012

- vs. Keith Jardine - Win via TKO (strikes) - Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine - January 7, 2012

- vs. Jacare Souza - Win via decision (unanimous) - Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov - September 10, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





7) Michael Bisping (24-5)


Height: 6'2

Birthday: February 28, 1979

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Alan Belcher - Win via technical decision (unanimous) - UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen - April 27, 2013

- vs. Vitor Belfort - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping - January 19, 2013

- vs. Brian Stann - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort - September 22, 2012

- vs. Chael Sonnen - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis - January 28, 2012

- vs. Jason Miller - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC TUF 14 Finale - December 3, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Tim Kennedy - UFC FIght Night: Bisping vs. Kennedy - April 16, 2014





8) Tim Kennedy (17-4)


Height: 5'10

Birthday: September 1, 1979

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Rafael Natal - Win via KO (punch) - UFC Fight For The Troops 3 - November 6, 2013

- vs. Roger Gracie - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - July 6, 2013

- vs. Trevor Smith - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine - January 12, 2013

- vs. Luke Rockhold - Loss via decision (unanimous) - Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy - July 14, 2012

- vs. Robbie Lawler - Win via decision (unanimous) - Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson - July 30, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Michael Bisping - UFC FIght Night: Bisping vs. Kennedy - April 16, 2014





9) Yushin Okami (29-8)


Height: 6'2

Birthday: July 21, 1981

Currently Fighting With: World Series of Fighting

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Jacare Souza - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader - September 4, 2013

- vs. Hector Lombard - Win via decision (split) - UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs. Stann - March 3, 2013

- vs. Alan Belcher - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez - December 29, 2012

- vs. Buddy Roberts - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2 - August 11, 2012

- vs. Tim Boetsch - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson - February 25, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. TBA - WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares - March 29, 2014





10) Gegard Mousasi (34-4-2)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: August 1, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Lyoto Machida - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi - February 15, 2013

- vs. Ilir Latifi - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fuel: Mousasi vs. Latifi - April 6, 2013

- vs. Mike Kyle - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine - January 12, 2013

- vs. Ovince St. Preux - Win via decision (unanimous) - Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal - December 17, 2011

- vs. Hiroshi Izumi - Win via TKO (strikes) - DREAM 17 - July 16, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





11) Mark Munoz (13-3)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: February 19, 1978

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Lyoto Machida - Loss via KO (head kick) - UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz - October 26, 2013

- vs. Tim Boetsch - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - July 6, 2013

- vs. Chris Weidman - Loss via KO (elbow and punches) - UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman - July 11, 2012

- vs. Chris Leben - Win via TKO (corner stoppage) - UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz - November 5, 2011

- vs. Demian Maia - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 131: dos Santos vs. Carwin - June 11, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown




Bellator 109 Alexander Shlemenko vs. Doug Marshall

12) Alexander Shlemenko (49-7)


Height: 5'11

Birthday: May 20, 1984

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Doug Marshall - Win via KO (body punch) - Bellator 109 - November 22, 2013

- vs. Brett Cooper - Win via decision (unanimous) - Bellator 98 - September 7, 2013

- vs. Maiquel Falcao - Win via KO (strikes) - Bellator 88 - February 7, 2013

- vs. Anthony Ruiz - Win via decision (unanimous) - League S-70: Russian Championship Final - August 11, 2012

- vs. Minowaman - Win via TKO (strikes) - SFL 2 - April 7, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Brennan Ward - Bellator 114 - March 28, 2014

Comment Shlemenko is in the middle of a training camp for his latest title defense, against the 25-year-old American, Brennan "The Irish Bad Boy" Ward next month. In Ward's 10-fight pro career, he has only gone to a decision on one occasion and finished his past four fights to earn this opportunity. Of course, the Bellator champion will make this his 57th professional fight (while we can suspect the factual number is higher when considering non-sanctioned fights in Europe).




13) Francis "Limitless" Carmont (22-8)


Height: 6'3

Birthday: October 11, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Ronaldo Souza - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi - February 15, 2014

- vs. Costa Philippou - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson - September 21, 2013

- vs. Lorenz Larkin - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez - April 20, 2013

- vs. Tom Lawlor - Win via decision (split) - UFC 154 - November 17, 2012

- vs. Karlos Vermola - Win via submission (rear naked choke) - UFC on Fuel - July 11, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown




14) Mamed Khalidov (28-4-2)


Height: 6'0

Birthday: July 17, 1980

Currently Fighting With: KSW

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Ryuta Sakurai - Win via submission (triangle choke) - KSW 25 - December 7, 2013

- vs. Melvin Manhoef - Win via submission (guillotine choke) - KSW 23 - June 8, 2013

- vs. Kendall Grove - Win via submission (achilles lock) - KSW 21 - December 1, 2012

- vs. Rodney Wallace - Win via KO (punch) - KSW 19 - May 12, 2012

- vs. Jesse Taylor - Win via submission (kneebar) - KSW 17 - November 26, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





15) Constantinos "Costa" Philippou (12-4, 1 No Contest)


Height: 5'11

Birthday: November 29, 1979

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Luke Rockhold - Loss via KO (body kick) - UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou - January 15, 2014

- vs. Francis Carmont - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson - September 21, 2013

- vs. Tim Boetsch - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2 - December 29, 2012

- vs. Riki Fukuda - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 - July 7, 2012

- vs. Court McGee - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann - March 3, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown









Closing Comments: Tim Boetsch, Brad Tavares, Yoel Romero and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky received additional votes.





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