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MMA Latest Fighter Rankings – July 2015

Brice Schroeder

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This past June, the MMA gods saw fit to bless the fans with their own “Fight of the Century.”  It was a fight on the same playing field as Mayweather-Pacquiao that was over five years in the making.  I am of course referring to the super fight over in Bellator between Kimbo Slice and Frank Shamrock.  Surprisingly Kimbo’s win was not quite impressive enough for our writer’s to push him into the top 10 this month, but maybe someday we will all come to our senses.

All kidding aside, there were some great mixed martial arts moments this past month.  Hendo added another head to his massive collection, Werdum threw his name in the hat of best heavyweights of all time, a Polish woman with a crazy name beat the brakes off of her newest victim, and a silver medalist made his middleweight contendership official with a nasty knockout.  Unlike Kimbo, you will see some of these fighters’ names in 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 or disagree.

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

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

 

Women’s Strawweight

01 Joanna Jędrzejczyk (10-0) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Cláudia Gadelha (12-1) – UFC

03 Carla Esparza (10-3) – UFC

04 Jessica Aguilar (19-4) – UFC

05 Tecia Torres (6-0) – UFC

06 Rose Namajunas (2-2) – UFC

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

08 Jessica Penne (12-2) – UFC

09 Maryna Moroz (6-0) – UFC

10 Paige VanZant (5-1) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Livia Souza, Joanne Calderwood, Alexa Grasso, Randa Markos


 

Women’s Bantamweight

01 Ronda Rousey (11-0) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Cat Zingano (9-1) – UFC

03 Miesha Tate (16-5) – UFC

04 Alexis Davis (17-6) – UFC

05 Sara McMann (8-2) – UFC

06 Jessica Eye (11-2 1 NC) – UFC

07 Sarah Kaufman (17-3 1 NC) – UFC

08 Bethe Correia (9-0) – UFC

09 Holly Holm (8-0) – UFC

10 Liz Carmouche (10-5) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Tonya Evinger, Amanda Nunes, Marion Reneau, Julianna Peña


 

Flyweight

01 Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Joseph Benavidez (22-4) – UFC

03 John Dodson (17-6) – UFC

04 Jussier Formiga (18-3) – UFC

05 Ian McCall (13-5) – UFC

06 John Moraga (16-4) – UFC

07 Henry Cejudo (9-0) – UFC

08 John Lineker (25-7) – UFC

09 Kyoji Horiguchi (15-2) – UFC

10 Zach Makovsky (19-6) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Ali Bagautinov, Chris Cariaso, Wilson Reis


 

Bantamweight

01 T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Renan Barão (33-2 1 NC) – UFC

03 Dominick Cruz (20-1) – UFC

04 Urijah Faber (32-8) – 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, Johnny Eduardo, Eduardo Dantas, Eddie Wineland


 

Featherweight

01 José Aldo (25-1) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Chad Mendes (17-2) – UFC

03 Frankie Edgar (19-4-1) – UFC

04 Conor McGregor (17-2) – UFC

05 Ricardo Lamas (15-4) – UFC

06 Max Holloway (13-3) – UFC

07 Patrício Freire (24-2) – Bellator

08 Dennis Bermudez (14-4) – UFC

09 Cub Swanson (21-7) – UFC

10 Charles Oliveira (20-4-1) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Clay Guida


 

Lightweight

01 Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) – UFC – 7 of 8 1st place votes

02 Donald Cerrone (28-6 1 NC) – UFC

03 Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0) – UFC – 1 of 8 1st place votes

04 Anthony Pettis (18-3) – UFC

05 Benson Henderson (22-5) – UFC

06 Eddie Alvarez (26-4) – UFC

07 Gilbert Melendez (22-5) – UFC

08 Michael Johnson (16-8) – UFC

09 Will Brooks (15-1) – Bellator

10 Myles Jury (15-1) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Tony Ferguson, Edson Barboza, Al Iaquinta, Beneil Dariush


 

Welterweight

01 Robbie Lawler (25-10 1 NC) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Johny Hendricks (17-3) – UFC

03 Rory MacDonald (18-2) – UFC

04 Tyron Woodley (15-3) – UFC

05 Carlos Condit (30-8) – UFC

06 Matt Brown (19-13) – UFC

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

08 Hector Lombard (34-4-1 2 NC) – UFC

09 Demian Maia (20-6) – UFC

10 Dong Hyun Kim (20-3-1 1 NC) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Jake Shields, Douglas Lima


 

Middleweight

01 Chris Weidman (13-0) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Luke Rockhold (14-2) – UFC

03 Jacaré Souza (22-3 1 NC) – UFC

04 Yoel Romero (10-1) – UFC

05 Lyoto Machida (22-7) – UFC

06 Vitor Belfort (24-11) – UFC

07 Anderson Silva (34-6) – UFC

08 Gegard Mousasi (37-5-2) – UFC

09 Thales Leites (25-4) – UFC

10 Tim Kennedy (18-5) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson


 

Light Heavyweight

01 Jon Jones (21-1) – UFC – 6 of 8 1st place votes

02 Daniel Cormier (16-1) – UFC – 2 of 8 1st place votes

03 Anthony Johnson (19-5) – 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


 

Heavyweight

01 Fabrício Werdum (20-5-1) – UFC – 8 of 8 1st place votes

02 Cain Velasquez (13-2) – UFC

03 Junior dos Santos (17-3) – UFC

04 Stipe Miocic (13-2) – UFC

05 Andrei Arlovski (24-10 1 NC) – UFC

06 Travis Browne (17-3-1) – UFC

07 Ben Rothwell (35-9) – UFC

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

09 Mark Hunt (10-10-1) – UFC

10 Josh Barnett (33-7) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione


 

Pound-for-Pound

01 Jon Jones (21-1) – UFC – 6 of 8 1st place votes

02 José Aldo (25-1) – UFC – 1 of 8 1st place votes

03 Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) – UFC

04 Ronda Rousey (11-0) – UFC – 1 of 8 1st place votes

05 Chris Weidman (13-0) – UFC

06 T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) – UFC

07 Fabrício Werdum (20-5-1) – UFC

08 Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) – UFC

09 Daniel Cormier (16-1) – UFC

10 Robbie Lawler (25-10 1 NC) – UFC

Honorable Mentions – Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Chad Mendes, Cain Velasquez, Dominick Cruz, Frankie Edgar, Renan Barao

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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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