Just a few days ago, the USA Today / SB Nation MMA Consensus rankings were released. As usual, there were things I epected to see that happened, some things that didn't happen, and some things that still sort of perplex me. I figured I'd avoid a long winded, potentially annoying comment about it in favor of some
long winded, potentially annoying excellently crafted fanposts in which I would put forth my comments, concerns, and overall thoughts. For better or worse, let's get the rodeo started.
- Cain Velasquez - UFC
- Junior Dos Santos - UFC
- Alistair Overeem - UFC
- Brock Lesnar - UFC
- Fabricio Werdum - UFC
- Frank Mir - UFC
- Shane Carwin - UFC
- Josh Barnett - Strikeforce
- Daniel Cormier - Strikeforce
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - UFC
- Antonio Silva - Strikeforce
- Fedor Emelianenko - M-1 Global
- Cheick Kongo - UFC
- Brendan Schaub - UFC
- Roy Nelson - UFC
- Travis Browne - UFC
- Sergei Kharitonov - Strikeforce
- Matt Mitrione - UFC
- Mike Russow - UFC
- Cole Konrad - Bellator
- Mark Hunt - UFC
- Stefan Struve - UFC
- Mirko Cro Cop - UFC
- Gabriel Gonzaga - NOT UFC
- Pat Barry - UFC
Firs things first, the UFC alone has 18 of the top 25 Heavyweights in the world. By extension of Strikeforce, Zuffa has 22 of the top 25. That's impressive and dominant.
The highest ranked heavyweight outside of Zuffa is Fedor Emelianenko, who sits at #12. Fun fact, Fedor is the ONLY fighter in ANY weight class who is ranked at #12 or higher and is coming off of 3 straight losses and is approaching 2 years without a win. Yet he still remains as the 12th best heavyweight in the world, even when his last loss was to a light heavyweight fighter. I just expected him to slip further down in the rankings for results like that. But
if when he beats Jeff Monson, I'm assuming he'll shoot up to the #10 spot or something. If he loses, perhaps 4 straight losses will be enough to at least get him out of the top 15...it would be far more than enough for anyone else.
Cole Konrad is next up, sitting at #20 and locked into a Bellator contract. Him at #20 doesn't really feel right, but I would certainly expect him to wrestle-hump Hunt, Cro Cop, or Barry...so yeah, maybe it is right. No room for him to improve, ranking wise, though. Perhaps with the guy right above him losing close to when he himself wins...he could gradually inch up one spot at a time...but I doubt it.
Gabriel Gonzaga is tied at #23 with Cro Cop. He is erroneously credited as fighting for the UFC, but that's not the case, he won a fight on October 8th outside of the promotion. I'm assuming that one win after nearly a year out is the reason he got back into the top 25? Doesn't make a lot of sense to me to put him over some of the up and comers ou there.
No sort of shake ups of any sort happened on Saturday, so there isn't any surefire movement to be expecting for the next round of updates.
So, as the great Forrest Gump would say: "That's all I've got to say about that."