|3||Fedor Emelianenko||89||M-1 Global / Strikeforce||2|
|5||Junior dos Santos||83||UFC||6|
|9||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||70||UFC||9|
|17||Gabriel Gonzaga||24||Free Agent||13|
|20||Aleksander Emelianenko||22||Azerbaijan Pankration Federation||19|
|21||Pedro Rizzo||21||Impact Fighting Championship||18|
|22||Tim Sylvia||18||Powerhouse World Promotions||21|
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
Obviously the epic news this month is the rise of #1 Cain Velasquez after his demolition of #2 Brock Lesnar at UFC 121.
He'll defend his title against #5 Junior dos Santos in early 2011.
The other big mover from UFC 121 was #13 Brendan Schaub who jumps up from #27 with his win over #17 Gabriel Gonzaga.
Meanwhile we wait to hear when and if #3 Fedor Emelianenko will return to Strikeforce for the final fight on his contract.
Presumably that will be a rematch with #4 Fabricio Werdum although that would leave Strikeforce champ #8 Alistair Overeem out in the cold.
Perhaps he'll be able to console himself by taking home the K-1 GP title.
#5 Shane Carwin had to drop out of a UFC 125 bout with #16 Roy Nelson. No word on who Big Country will face next. #18 Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic has been rumored. #7 Frank Mir is another possibility, but they're likely going to save him for a rubber match with #2 Brock Lesnar. #9 Antonio Rodrigo "Big Nog" Nogueira is still recovering from the surgery that made him miss UFC 119.
#10 Antonio Silva will face Overeem's brother Valentijn Overeem at Strikeforce's December 4th event in an utterly pointless matchup. Especially with #11 Josh Barnett and #12 Brett Rogers both sitting idle. Rogers did fight and win a tune up fight against aging journeyman Ruben "Warpath" Villareal outside Strikeforce last week. He didn't look good but the thing that matters is the win.
#14 Cheick Kongo escaped from UFC 119 with a tie against Travis Browne. He cost himself the fight with blatant fouls. His fellow long-time UFC gatekeeper Gabriel Gonzaga lost to Schaub and was cut. I'm presuming that his high cost is the reason for the cut. It's too bad, I'd have preferred to see Kongo vs Gonzaga in a battle of the gatekeepers/loser leaves town match first.
#15 Andrei Arlvoski signed to fight in K-1's GP but bowed out. No word on what's next for the Belorussian.
#21 Pedro Rizzo and #22 Tim Sylvia were rumored to meet sometime soon, but nothing has been heard recently. I'd like to see the winner of that fight in Strikeforce.
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