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Updated UFC HW/LHW rankings and upcoming matches

 

Here are my post UFC 126, rankings, along with my thoughts on the matches I think should be made.  Let me know your thoughts.  I will post the rest of the division throughout the week.  Even if you don't agree with my rankings, I encourage anyone to use them when discussing future possible fights, and seeing realistic potential match-ups.     

 

Heavyweight:  Lesnar v JDS is awesome, and I can’t wait for this fight.  Matt Mitrione looked much improved even if it was against limited competition.  Carwin is on Standby for an opponent but right now there just aren’t too many options for him.  Nog is out until Aug, Rothwell until at least July so those are  not options at this point.   Fights I would make with what they currently have are Carwin v Madsen/Russow winner, Mitrione v Broughton, and Barry v Kongo. 

 

 

Name

 

Next fight

Last fight

1

Cain Velasquez

 

TBD

w/ Brock Lesnar, 23 Oct

2

Brock Lesnar

4

Junior Dos Santos

l/ Cain Velasquez, 23 Oct

3

Shane Carwin

 

TBD

l/ Brock Lesnar, 3 July

4

Junior Dos Santos

2

Brock Lesnar

w/ Roy Nelson, 7 Aug

5

Frank Mir

8

Roy Nelson, 28 May

w/ Cro Cop, 25 Sep

6

Antonio Nogueira

 

TBD

L/ Cain Velazquez

7

Ben Rothwell

 

TBD

w/ Gilbert Yvel, 12 Jun

8

Roy Nelson

5

Frank Mir, 28 May

l/ Junior Dos Santos, 7 Aug

9

Brendan Schaub

16

Cro Cop, 19 Mar

w/ Gabe Gonzaga, 23 Oct

10

Jon Madsen

11

Mike Russow, 26 Mar

w/ Gilbert Yvel, 23 oct

11

Mike Russow

10

Jon Madsen, 26 Mar

w/ Todd Duffee

12

Stefan Struve

15

Travis Browne, 28 May

w/ Sean McCorkle, 11 Dec

13

Matt Mitrione

 

TBD

w/ Tim Hague, 22 Jan

14

Cheick Kongo

 

TBD

d/ Travis Browne,16 Oct

15

Travis Browne

12

Stefan Struve, 28 May

d/ Cheick Kongo, 16 Oct

16

Cro Cop

9

Brendan Schaub, 19 Mar

l/ Frank Mir, 25 Sep

17

Pat Barry

 

TBD

w/ Joey Beltran, 22 Jan

18

Joey Beltran

 

TBD

l/ Pat Barry, 22 Jan

19

Rob Broughton

 

TBD

w/ Vinicius Quieroz, 16 Oct

20

Sean McCorkle

22

Christian Morecraft, 26 Mar

l/ Stefan Struve, 11 Dec

21

Chris Tuchscherer

23

Mark Hunt, 27 Feb

l/ Brandon Shaub, 3 July

22

Christian Morecraft

20

Sean McCorkle, 26 Mar

l/ Stefen Struve, 7 Aug

23

Mark Hunt

21

Chris Tuchscherer, 27 Feb

l/ Sean McCorkle, 25 Sep

 

 

 

LHW:  I am picking Jones to beat Shogun, but everyone thought Machida was unbeatable until he ran into Shogun, so we’ll see.  I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the fight.  Jones has run though the competition and keeps getting better with every fight, I think he is clearly the top contender at this point.   If Lil’ Nog wins against Tito next month, I’d like to see him matched up with Forrest, that would be a good fight.  Bader should look to rebound against Matyushenko or Brilz, both of who would also make a good fight for the Gustafsson/ Te Huna winner.  At the lower end of the division,  Kyle Kingsbury is now on a 3 fight win streak, and would look good matched against the Cane/Vemola winner.  Where does Rich Franklin go from here?  I'd say a bout with Stephan Bonnar would be the best fight for him at this point.    

 

Name

 

Next fight

Last fight

1

Shogun Rua

2

Jon Jones, 19 Mar

w/ Lyoto Machida

2

Jon Jones

1

Shogun Rua, 19 Mar

w/ Ryan Bader, 5 Feb

3

Rashad Evans

 

TBD

w/ Rampage Jackson

4

Rampage Jackson

6

Thiago Silva, 28 May

w/ Lyoto Machida, 20 Nov

5

Lyoto Machida

10

Randy Couture, 30 Apr

l/ Rampage Jackson, 20 Nov

6

Thiago Silva

4

Rampage Jackson, 28 May

w/ Brandon Vera, 1 Jan

7

Ryan Bader

 

TBD

l/ Jon Jones, 5 Feb

8

Forrest Griffin

 

TBD

w/ Rich Franklin, 5 Feb

9

Antonio Nogueria

15

Tito Ortiz, 26 Mar

l/ Ryan Bader, 25 Sep

10

Randy Couture

5

Lyoto Machida, 30 Apr

w/ James Toney, 28 Aug

11

Phil Davis

14

Matt Hamill, 30 Apr

w/ Tim Boetsch, 20 Nov

12

Rich Franklin

 

TBD

l/ Forrest Griffin, 5 Feb

13

Vladimir Matyushenko

 

TBD

w/ Alexandre Ferreira, 13 Nov

14

Matt Hamill

11

Phil Davis, 30 Apr

w/ Tito Ortiz, 23 Oct

15

Tito Ortiz

9

Antonio Nogueria, 26 Mar

l/ Matt Hamill, 23 Oct

16

Jason Brilz

 

TBD

l/ Antonio Nogeria

17

Alexander Gustafsson

28

James Te Huna, 27 Feb

w/ Cyrille Diabate, 16 Oct

18

Stephan Bonnar

 

TBD

w/ Igor Pokrajak, 4 Dec

19

Kyle Kingsbury

 

TBD

w/ Ricardo Romero, 5 Feb

20

Tim Boetsch

 

TBD

l/ Phil Davis, 20 Nov

21

Krzysztof Soszynski

 

TBD

w/ Goran Reljic, 13 Nov

22

Cyrille Diabate

27

Steve Cantwell, 3 Mar

l/ Alexander Gusstafson, 16 Oct

23

Luis Cane

24

Karlos Vemola, 19 Mar

l/ Cyrille Diabate

24

Karlos Vemola

23

Luis Cane, 19 Mar

w/ Seth Petruzelli, 13 Nov

25

Fabio Maldonado

 

TBD

w/ James McSweeney, 16 Oct

26

Ricardo Romero

 

TBD

l/ Kyle Kingsbury, 5 Feb

27

Steve Cantwell

22

Cyrille Diabate, 3 Mar

l/ Brian Stann

28

James Te Huna

17

Alexander Gustafsson, 27 Feb

w/ Igor Pokrajac

29

Jared Hamman

 

TBD

l/ Kyle Kingsbury, 15 Sep

30

Igor Pokrajac

31

Todd Brown, 3 Mar

l/ Stephan Bonnar, 4 Dec

31

Todd Brown

30

Igor Pokrajac, 3 Mar

l/ Tim Boetsch, 7 Aug

32

Anthony Perosh

33

Tom Blackledge, 27 Feb

l/ Cro Cop

33

Tom Blackledge

32

Anthony Perosh, 27 Feb

w/ Enoc Solves Torres

34

Stanislav Nedkov

 

TBD

w/ Augustin Helgiu

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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