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MMA Latest Fighter Rankings – April 2015

Brice Schroeder

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April has come and gone which means it is time for our newest batch of fighter rankings.  There was only one UFC title up for grabs this month and “Mighty Mouse” cruised his way to an easy and much expected win over Kyoji Horiguchi.  Besides the lone title fight the most significant UFC bout in April was contested between Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida.  Rockhold put on an absolute clinic and staked his claim as the clear number one contender for the middleweight belt.  Outside of the UFC, Will Brooks dominated Dave Jansen to keep his Bellator lightweight championship.  ONE Championship’s welterweight champion, Ben Askren, attempted to defend his belt, but the fight failed to reach a conclusion after the fight was ruled a no contest after an eye poke from the champ.  All of these fights and so many more make up the rankings below.

Be sure to listen to the MMA Latest podcast this week to hear our writers discuss these rankings and as always follow @MMALatestNws on twitter and let us know what you agree/disagree with.

So without further ado, here are the MMA Latest fighter rankings for the month of April 2015.

 

*10 writers (including myself) submitted ballots this month*

*All bouts up to May 3rd were considered in these rankings*

 

Women’s Strawweight

01  Joanna Jędrzejczyk (9-0) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Cláudia Gadelha (12-1) – UFC

03  Carla Esparza (10-3) – UFC

04  Jessica Aguilar (19-4) – WSOF

05  Rose Namajunas (2-2) – UFC

06  Tecia Torres (5-0) – UFC

07  Jessica Penne (12-2) – UFC

08  Karolina Kowalkiewicz (7-0) – KSW/Invicta FC

09  Maryna Moroz (6-0) – UFC

10  Paige VanZant (5-1) – UFC

Honorable Mentions Joanne Calderwood, Randa Markos, Livia Souza

 

 

Women’s Bantamweight

01  Ronda Rousey (11-0) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Miesha Tate (16-5) – UFC

03  Cat Zingano (9-1) – UFC

04  Alexis Davis (17-6) – UFC

05  Sara McMann (8-2) – UFC

06  Bethe Correia (9-0) – UFC

07  Jessica Eye (11-2 1 NC) – UFC

08  Sarah Kaufman (17-3 1 NC) – UFC

09  Holly Holm (8-0) – UFC

10  Amanda Nunes (10-4) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Liz Carmouche, Marion Reneau, Julianna Peña

 

 

Flyweight

01  Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  John Dodson (16-6) – UFC

03  Joseph Benavidez (21-4) – UFC

04  John Moraga (16-3) – UFC

05  Ian McCall (13-5) – UFC

06  Jussier Formiga (17-3) – UFC

07  Kyoji Horiguchi (15-2) – UFC

08  John Lineker (25-7) – UFC

09  Zach Makovsky (19-5) – UFC

10  Henry Cejudo (8-0) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Ali Bagautinov, Chris Cariaso

 

 

Bantamweight

01  T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Renan Barão (33-2 1 NC) – UFC

03  Dominick Cruz (20-1) – UFC

04  Urijah Faber (32-7) – UFC

05  Raphael Assunção (23-4) – UFC

06  Michael McDonald (16-3) – UFC

07  Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) – WSOF

08  Aljamain Sterling (11-0) – UFC

09  Bibiano Fernandes (17-3) – ONE Championship

10  Takeya Mizugaki (20-9-2) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Marcos Galvão, Eduardo Dantas, Eddie Wineland, Frankie Saenz, Iuri Alcântara

 

 

Featherweight

01  José Aldo (25-1) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Chad Mendes (17-2) – UFC

03  Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) – UFC

04  Conor McGregor (17-2) – UFC

05  Ricardo Lamas (15-4) – UFC

06  Max Holloway (13-3) – UFC

07  Cub Swanson (21-7) – UFC

08  Dennis Bermudez (14-4) – UFC

09  Patrício Freire (23-2) – Bellator

10  Nik Lentz (25-6-2 1 NC) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Charles Oliveira, Clay Guida

 

 

Lightweight

01  Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) – UFC – 9 of 10 1st place votes

02  Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0) – UFC – 1 of 10 1st place votes

03  Anthony Pettis (18-3) – UFC

04  Donald Cerrone (27-6 1 NC) – UFC

05  Benson Henderson (22-5) – UFC

06  Gilbert Melendez (22-4) – UFC

07  Michael Johnson (16-8) – UFC

08  Will Brooks (15-1) – Bellator

09  Eddie Alvarez (25-4) – UFC

10  Tony Ferguson (18-3) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Edson Barboza, Myles Jury, Al Iaquinta, Beneil Dariush, Josh Thomson

 

 

Welterweight

01  Robbie Lawler (25-10 1 NC) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Johny Hendricks (17-3) – UFC

03  Rory MacDonald (18-2) – UFC

04  Tyron Woodley (15-3) – UFC

05  Carlos Condit (29-8) – UFC

06  Matt Brown (19-13) – UFC

07  Ben Askren (14-0 1 NC) – ONE Championship

08  Demian Maia (20-6) – UFC

09  Hector Lombard (34-4-1 2 NC) – UFC

10  Jake Shields (31-7-1 1 NC) – WSOF

Honorable Mentions – Tarec Saffiedine, Dong Hyun Kim, Rousimar Palhares

 

 

Middleweight

01  Chris Weidman (12-0) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Luke Rockhold (14-2) – UFC

03  Jacaré Souza (22-3 1 NC) – UFC

04  Vitor Belfort (24-10) – UFC

05  Lyoto Machida (22-6) – UFC

06  Yoel Romero (9-1) – UFC

07  Anderson Silva (34-6) – UFC

08  Gegard Mousasi (36-5-2) – UFC

09  Tim Kennedy (18-5) – UFC

10  Thales Leites (25-4) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Michael Bisping, C.B. Dolloway

 

 

Light Heavyweight

01  Jon Jones (21-1) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Anthony Johnson (19-4) – UFC

03  Daniel Cormier (15-1) – UFC

04  Alexander Gustafsson (16-3) – UFC

05  Ryan Bader (19-4) – UFC

06  Rashad Evans (19-3-1) – UFC

07  Phil Davis (13-3 1 NC) – Bellator

08  Glover Teixeira (22-4) – UFC

09  Ovince Saint Preux (18-6) – UFC

10  Liam McGeary (10-0) – Bellator

Honorable Mentions – Jimi Manuwa, Rampage Jackson, Patrick Cummins

 

 

Heavyweight

01  Cain Velasquez (13-1) – UFC – 10 of 10 1st place votes

02  Fabrício Werdum (19-5-1) – UFC

03  Junior dos Santos (17-3) – UFC

04  Travis Browne (17-2-1) – UFC

05  Stipe Miocic (12-2) – UFC

06  Mark Hunt (10-9-1) – UFC

07  Alistair Overeem (39-14 1 NC) – UFC

08  Andrei Arlovski (23-10 1 NC) – UFC

09  Ben Rothwell (34-9) – UFC

10  Matt Mitrione (9-3) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Josh Barnett, Frank Mir

 

 

Pound-For-Pound

01  Jon Jones (21-1) – UFC – 9 of 10 1st place votes

02  José Aldo (25-1) – UFC

03  Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) – UFC – 1 of 10 1st place votes

04  Chris Weidman (12-0) – UFC

05  Ronda Rousey (11-0) – UFC

06  Cain Velasquez (13-1) – UFC

07  T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) – UFC

08  Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) – UFC

09  Robbie Lawler (25-10 1 NC) – UFC

10  Chad Mendes (17-2) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Anderson Silva, Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, Junior dos Santos, Renan Barão

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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