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411 MMA Rankings 04.29.14: Pound for Pound
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 04.29.2014





As April is about to go in the history books, this week is all about Jon "Bones" Jones, the reigning king of MMA and UFC light heavyweight champion. Yes, this is the week we here in the 411 MMA zone rank the best fighters in the world, regardless of sex or weight. If you saw UFC 172 this past weekend, there's no debate to be had as to who is atop that list right now, none whatsoever.

On the night Jones earned his 20th pro victory, he dominated a man in Glover Teixeira who was 20-0 over the past nine years. A violent variety of strikes, elbows, punches, kicks, knees (and eye pokes!) all with the aid of the champion's unique range advantage saw Glover a mess after five rounds. The challenger's shoulder was at least party afflicted due to a hold early on in the action and all together, it was a fine example of why many believe Jones will stay champion for as long as he can remain healthy. Whether Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson or any other light heavyweight can actually dethrone him or not, we should all recognize that we're witnessing feats that are not easily duplicated, even by great champions.

Meanwhile, there is one new face -- a heavily bearded face -- holding gold in the UFC. Johny Hendricks outlasted Robbie Lawler to win their fight by decision, becoming the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. He joins the likes of fellow titleholders Demetrious Johnson, Chris Weidman, Jones and Cain Velasquez as American wrestlers who have developed their skill sets to reach the MMA mountaintop.

For Weidman, he'll be on tap next month to take on his first non-Anderson Silva opponent in nearly two years when he's matched against Lyoto Machida. The middleweight champion underwent knee surgery earlier this month to repair ligaments in each leg and may actually be the healthiest for this fight than ever before. Machida has looked strong and rejuvenated with his drop to 185-pounds, knocking out Mark Munoz and topping Gegard Mousasi in a decision, but can he be the man to hand the champion the first pro loss of his career?


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Rankings From One Year Ago
2.26.13


1. Anderson Silva

2. Jon Jones

3. Georges St. Pierre

4. Jose Aldo

5. Benson Henderson

6. Cain Velasquez

7. Demetrious Johnson

8. Renan Barao

9. Ronda Rousey

10. Junior dos Santos

11. Lyoto Machida

12. Frankie Edgar

13. Gilbert Melendez

14. Carlos Condit

15. Daniel Cormier






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 MMA Rankings


Pound For Pound



1) Jon "Bones" Jones (20-1)


Height: 6'4

Birthday: July 19, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Glover Teixeira - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira - April 26, 2014

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

- vs. Chael Sonnen - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen - April 27, 2013

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

- vs. Rashad Evans - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans - April 21, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





2) Jose Aldo (24-1)


Height: 5'7

Birthday: September 9, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Ricardo Lamas - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2 - February 1, 2014

- vs. Chan Sung Jung - WIn via TKO (strikes) - UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie - August 3, 2013

- vs. Frankie Edgar - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar - February 2, 2013

- vs. Chad Mendes - Win via KO (knee) - UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes - January 14, 2012

- vs. Kenny Florian - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 - October 8, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





3) Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson (19-2-1)


Height: 5'3

Birthday: August 13, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Joseph Benavidez - Win via KO (punch) - UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 - December 14, 2013

- vs. John Moraga - Win via submission (armbar) - UFC on Fox 8: Johnson vs. Moraga - July 27, 2013

- vs. John Dodson - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson - January 26, 2013

- vs. Joseph Benavidez - Win via decision (split) - UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort - September 22, 2012

- vs. Ian McCall - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall - June 8, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Ali Bagautinov - UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov - June 14, 2014

Comment: As dominant a champion as there is in the sport, Johnson will next defend the 125-pound title against Dagestan's Ali Bagautinov in Vancouver. The new challenger is undefeated in his last 11-fights and is 3-0 in the UFC.




4) Renan Barao (32-1)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: February 27, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Urijah Faber - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2 - February 1, 2014

- vs. Eddie Wineland - Win via TKO (spinning kick) - UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson - September 21, 2013

- vs. Mike McDonald - Win via submission (arm triangle choke) - UFC on Fuel: Barao vs. McDonald - February 16, 2013

- vs. Urijah Faber - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao - July 21, 2012

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

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. T.J. Dillashaw - UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw - May 24, 2014

Comment:





5) Cain Velasquez (13-1)


Height: 6'2

Birthday: July 28, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Junior dos Santos - Win via TKO (strikes)- UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3 - October 19, 2013

- vs. Antonio Silva - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 160: JDS vs. Velasquez 2 - May 25, 2013

- vs. Junior dos Santos - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2 - December 29, 2012

- vs. Antonio Silva - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir - May 26, 2012

- vs. Junior dos Santos - Loss via TKO (strikes) - UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos - November 12, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: The UFC is scheduled to make an announcement later today from Mexico city with expectations that it's to do with a future Velasquez TUF season opposite Fabricio Werdum. Odds are the heavyweight title fight between the two will also be confirmed and it very well may be headline the UFC's first show in Mexico.




6) Chris Weidman (11-0)


Height: 6'2

Birthday: June 17, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Anderson Silva - Win via TKO (fractured leg) - 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. Lyoto Machida - UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida - July 5, 2014





7) "Showtime" Anthony Pettis (16-2)


Height: 5'9

Birthday: January 27, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Benson Henderson - Win via submission (armbar) - UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2 - August 31, 2013

- vs. Donald Cerrone - Win via TKO (liver kick) - UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson - January 26, 2013

- vs. Joe Lauzon - Win via KO (head kick) - UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson - February 25, 2012

- vs. Jeremy Stephens - Win via decision (split) - UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 - October 8, 2011

- vs. Clay Guida - Loss via decision (unanimous) - TUF 13 Finale - June 4, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Gilbert Melendez - TBA - 2014

Comment: The next TUF season with Pettis and Gilbert Melendez as coaches will begin filming next month. Pending any pesky injuries creeping into the picture, expect their title fight to happen in December.




8) Johny Hendricks (16-2)


Height: 5'9

Birthday: September 12, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Robbie Lawler - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler - March 15, 2014

- vs. Georges St. Pierre - Loss via decision (split) - UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks - November 17, 2013

- vs. Carlos Condit - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz - March 16, 2013

- 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

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown





9) Frankie Edgar (16-4-1)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: October 16, 1981

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Charles Oliveira - WIn via decision (unanimous) - UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - July 6, 2013

- vs. Jose Aldo - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar - February 2, 2013

- vs. Ben Henderson - Loss via decision (split) - UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2 - August 11, 2012

- vs. Ben Henderson - Loss via decision (unanimous) - UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson - February 26, 2012

- vs. Gray Maynard - Win via KO (punches) - UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 - October 8, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. B.J. Penn - UFC - 2014





10) Anderson "Spider" Silva (33-6)


Height: 6'2

Birthday: April 14, 1975

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Chris Weidman - Loss via TKO (fractured leg) - 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






11) Alexander Gustafsson (16-2)


Height: 6'5

Birthday: January 15, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Jimi Manuwa - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa - March 8, 2014

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

- vs. Shogun Rua - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz - December 8, 2012

- vs. Thiago Silva - Win via decision (unanimous) - UFC on Fuel: Gustafsson vs. Silva - April 14, 2012

- vs. Vladimir Matyushenko - Win via TKO (strikes) - UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem - December 30, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

- Unknown

Comment: Gustafsson is the man to get Jon Jones next according to UFC President Dana White and their rematch may even happen in Gustafsson's home country of Sweden. Such a plan would mean the fight would happen on October 4th, the date the UFC will debut in Stockholm and the promotion is considering moving the show to the new Tele2 Arena that can house roughly 45,000 people.




12) Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey (9-0)


Height: 5'6

Birthday: February 1, 1987

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Sara McMann - Win via TKO (knee to the body) - UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann - February 22, 2013

- vs. Miesha Tate - Win via submission (armbar) - UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 - December 28, 2013

- vs. Liz Carmouche - Win via submission (armbar) - UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche - February 23, 2013

- vs. Sarah Kaufman - Win via submission (armbar) - Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman - August 18, 2012

- vs. Miesha Tate - Win via submission (armbar) - Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey - March 3, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Alexis Davis - UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida - July 5, 2014

Comment: Ronda's next challenger is officially Alexis Davis as they'll clash this summer. Davis is on a five-fight win streak, including a submission win over Ronda's friend and fellow "Four Horsewomen" member Shayna Baszler.




13) Benson Henderson (19-3)


Height: 5'9

Birthday: November 16, 1983

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

- vs. Josh Thomson - Win via decision (split) - UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson - January 25, 2014

- vs. Anthony Pettis - Loss via submission (armbar) - UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2 - August 31, 2013

- vs. Gilbert Melendez - Win via decision (split) - UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez - April 20, 2013

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

- vs. Frankie Edgar - Win via decision (split) - UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2 - August 11, 2012

Next scheduled appearance:

- vs. Rustam Khabilov - UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov - June 7, 2014





14) 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:

- vs. Chris Weidman - UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida - July 5, 2014

Comment:




15) 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:

- Unknown





Closing Comments: Daniel Cormier, Eddie Alvarez, Chad Mendes, Gilbert Melendez, Michael Chandler, Urijah Faber and Dan Henderson each received additional votes.





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