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UFC Rankings and upcoming fights

Here are my UFC rankings along with my analysis, and the upcoming matches they have planned. WW seems like the best place to start this time.

This is going to be the last time I post these rankings here. I know there are a handful of people who like looking at them, but there is so much movement in UFC these days that they are out of date with-in 2-3 days, so here is the link to where you will be able to find them. I am going to be keeping them updated every day or two as fights are announced, and fighters are signed, and released.

http://danonsports-dpk.blogspot.com/

Heavyweight: I’ve added all of the Strikeforce HWs, even Cormier, and Barnett because their fight in Strikeforce is a UFC just under a different name.

If Gabe Gonzaga remembers that he is an elite grappler and just a good striker he could get back into the top 10. In many ways the highlight reel KO of Cro Cop was the worst thing that happened to Gabe, as he started to spend too much time on his feet, and not looking to take fights to the ground. Now he gets a fresh start before it is too late in his career. I don’t think he will ever win a title but he could come pretty close to the top 10.

Fights on Deck: UFC on FX 1 – 20 Jan

Barry v Morecraft – Two guys fighting for their UFC life. Barry has lost 3 of 4, and is a top level striker, but seem to let guys hang around sometimes, and continues to prove that his grappling is not catching up. Morecraft comes in off a loss to Barry’s training partner Matt Mitrione, and desperately needs a win, so this one should be fun while it last

Fights I’d make:

Carwin v Kharitonov – Both of these guys need a win in a bad way. The style should favor Carwin as long as he uses his wrestling, but the other thing to keep in mind is that Carwin’s tank may be approaching “E”. He is 36, coming off a brutal loss, major surgery, and hasn’t won a fight since March 2010. Kharitonov is enough of a veteran that Carwin would have to bring his entire game to win.

Del Rosario v Broughton – The only reason I’d make this fight is to make sure Del Rosario hasn’t lost the edge since his serious injuries that he suffered in a car accident last year.

Mitrione v Cole – Cole is a solid veteran, who would make sure that Mitrione learned some lessons from his fight with Cheick Kongo.

Name

Next fight

Last fight

1

Junior Dos Santos

2

Alistar Overeem

w/ Cain Velasquez, 12 Nov

2

Alistair Overeem

1

Junior Dos Santos

w/ Brock Lesnar, 30 Dec

3

Cain Velasquez

11

Antonio Silva, 21 Apr

l/ Junior Dos Santos, 12 Nov

4

Frank Mir

TBD

w/ Antonio Nogueira, 10 Dec

5

Josh Barnett

6

Daniel Cormier, 3 Mar

w/ Sergei Kharitonov

6

Daniel Cormier

5

Josh Barnett, 3 Mar

w/ Antonio Silva

7

Fabricio Werdum

9

Roy Nelson, 4 Feb

l/ Alistair Overeen, 18 Jun

8

Antonio Nogueira

TBD

l/ Frank Mir, 10 Dec

9

Roy Nelson

7

Fabricio Werdum, 4 Feb

w/ Cro Cop, 29 Oct

10

Shane Carwin

TBD

l/ Junior Dos Santos, 11 Jun

11

Antonio Silva

3

Cain Velasquez, 21 Apr

l/ Daniel Cormier

12

Brendan Schaub

28

Ben Rothwell, 24 Mar

l/ Antonio Nogueira, 27 Aug

13

Gabe Gonzaga

TBD

w/ Ednaldo Oliveira, 14 Jan

14

Travis Browne

26

Chad Griggs, 24 Mar

w/ Rob Broughton, 24 Sep

15

Cheick Kongo

22

Mark Hunt, 26 Feb

w/ Matt Mitrione, 29 Oct

16

Mike Russow

31

Jon Olav Einemo, 28 Jan

w/ Jon Madsen, 26 Mar

17

Sergei Kharitonov

TBD

l/ Josh Barnett

18

Shane del Rosario

TBD

w/ Lavar Johnson

19

Matt Mitrione

TBD

l/ Cheick Kongo, 29 Oct

20

Stefan Struve

21

Dave Herman, 15 Feb

w/ Pat Barry, 1 Oct

21

Dave Herman

20

Stefan Struve, 15 Feb

w/ Jon Olav Einemo, 11 Jun

22

Mark Hunt

15

Cheick Kongo, 26 Feb

w/ Ben Rothwell, 24 Sep

23

Stipe Miocic

24

Philip De Fries, 15 Feb

w/ Joey Beltran, 8 Oct

24

Philip De Fries

23

Stipe Miocic, 15 Feb

w/ Rob Broughton, 5 Nov

25

Pat Barry

29

Christian Morecraft, 20 Jan

l/ Stefan Struve, 1 Oct

26

Chad Griggs

14

Travis Browne, 24 Mar

w/ Valentin Overeem, 18 Jun

27

Joey Beltran

36

Lavar Johnson, 28 Jan

l/ Stipe Miocic, 8 Oct

28

Ben Rothwell

12

Brendan Schaub, 24 Mar

l/ Mark Hunt, 24 Sep

29

Christian Morecraft

25

Pat Barry, 20 Jan

l/ Matt Mitrione, 26 Jun

30

Rob Broughton

TBD

l/ Philip De Fries, 5 Nov

31

Jon Olav Einemo

16

Mike Russow, 28 Jan

l/ Dave Herman, 11 Jun

32

Devin Cole

TBD

w/ Gabriel Salinas-Jones, 17 Dec

33

Shawn Jordan

34

Oli Thompson, 3 Mar

w/ Lavar Johnson, 23 Sep

34

Oli Thompson

33

Shawn Jordan, 3 Mar

w/ Mark Potter

35

Ednaldo Oliveira

TBD

l/ Gabe Gonzaga, 14 Jan

36

Lavar Johnson

27

Joey Beltran, 28 Jan

l/ Shawn Jordan, 23 Sep

37

Gabriel Salinas-Jones

TBD

l/ Devin Cole, 17 Dec

LHW: Jon Jones is done with his vacation and looking for his next fight. Now it is all on Rashad Evans, and if he can win and stay healthy enough to fight in April or May. I don’t expect any movement on this until after the 28th

Fights on Deck: UFC on FX 1 – 20 Jan

No fights on Deck

Matches I’d make

Shogun v Bonnar – I think this is the best version of Bonnar that we have ever seen, and now is the best time pit him against a top flight guy. Shoguns last two fights have been brutal beatings that probably took some years off his career, and maybe his life, this would be a good test to see how he responds.

Franklin v Ortiz – Two former champs nearing the end of their careers who have never crossed paths. Could be the last fight for both guys.

Nedkov v Pokrajac – Pokrajac is on a 2 fight win streak, and Nedkov is looking to follow up on his UFC debut. The winner would likely jump into the top 15, and be in position to fight some of the “name” guys in the division.

Silva v Vera – Vera wants to get beaten down again, and is calling out Silva, why not welcome Silva back from his suspension with another shot at Vera. Vera is hanging on to a UFC roster spot by a slim margin, so this would be a good fight.

Name

Next fight

Last fight

1

Jon Jones

TBD

w/ Lyoto Machida, 10 Dec

2

Rashad Evans

7

Phil Davis, 28 Jan

w/ Tito Ortiz, 6 Aug

3

Dan Henderson

TBD

w/ Shogun Rua, 19 Nov

4

Shogun Rua

TBD

l/ Dan Henderson, 19 Nov

5

Rampage Jackson

14

Ryan Bader, 26 Feb

l/ Jon Jones, 24 Sep

6

Lyoto Machida

TBD

l/ Jon Jones, 10 Dec

7

Phil Davis

2

Rashad Evans, 28 Jan

w/ Antonio Nogueria, 26 Mar

8

Alexander Gustafsson

9

Antonio Nogueria, 14 Apr

w/ Vladimir Matyushenko, 30 Dec

9

Antonio Nogueria

8

Alexander Gustafsson, 14 Apr

w/ Tito Ortiz, 10 Dec

10

Forrest Griffin

TBD

l/ Shogun Rua, 27 Aug

11

Rich Franklin

TBD

l/ Forrest Griffin, 5 Feb

12

Stephan Bonnar

TBD

w/ Kyle Kingsbury, 19 Nov

13

Tito Ortiz

TBD

l/ Antonio Nogueria, 10 Dec

14

Ryan Bader

5

Rampage Jackson, 26 Feb

w/ Jason Brilz, 19 Nov

15

Thiago Silva

TBD

NC/ Brandon Vera, 1 Jan

16

Vladimir Matyushenko

TBD

l/ Alexander Gustafsson, 30 Dec

17

Kyle Kingsbury

TBD

l/ Stephan Bonnar, 19 Nov

18

Stanislav Nedkov

TBD

w/ Luis Cane, 27 Aug

19

Igor Pokrajac

TBD

w/ Krzysztof Soszynski, 10 Dec

20

Anthony Perosh

31

Nick Penner, 3 Mar

w/ Cyrille Diabate, 5 Nov

21

Brandon Vera

TBD

w/ Eliot Marshall, 29 Oct

22

Krzysztof Soszynski

TBD

l/ Igor Pokrajac, 10 Dec

23

James Te Huna

27

Aaron Rosa, 3 Mar

w/ Ricardo Romero, 24 Sep

24

Cyrille Diabate

32

Jorgen Kruth, 14 Apr

l/ Anthony Perosh, 5 Nov

25

Luis Cane

TBD

l/ Stanislav Nedkov, 27 Aug

26

Fabio Maldonado

TBD

l/ Kyle Kingsbury, 4 Jun

27

Aaron Rosa

23

James Te Huna, 3 Mar

w/ Matt Lucas, 12 Nov

28

Karlos Vemola

TBD

l/ Ronny Markes, 14 Aug

29

Ryan Jimmo

TBD

w/ Rameau Sokoudjou

30

Caio Magalhaes

TBD

w/ Ismael de Jesus

31

Nick Penner

20

Anthony Perosh, 3 Mar

w/ Tim Chemelli

32

Jorgen Kruth

24

Cyrille Diabate, 14 Apr

w/ Yusuke Kawaguchi

MW: The UFC on Fox 2 card at the end of January will settle a lot for this division. What remains to be seen is when Anderson Silva will be healthy enough to start training again, and will he be able to get into a fight with the Sonnen/Munoz winner healthy.

Fights on Deck: UFC on FX 1 – 20 Jan

Schafer v Rivera – Not a very relevant fight to the division, and one of these guys will probably go after this. As far as the fight goes a pretty classic Striker v Grappler, Schafer will look to take it to the ground, while Rivera hopes to stay vertical so he can stand and bang.

Fights I’d make.

Belcher v Palhares - Two guys on the cusp of being serious title contenders. Palhares is working with a sports psychologist to work out the issues that have plagued his career to this point, and needs a step up in competition.

Weidman v Catone – Weidman is a stud, and needs to start stepping up his level of competition. Catone is on a 2 fight win streak, and should be able to provide another test for Weidman as he attempts to move up the rankings.

Jason Miller v Dan Miller – Both these guys have similar skill sets, but are polar opposites when it comes to personality. I think it would be a great fight, with both guys fighting with a sense of desperation.

Name

Next fight

Last fight

1

Anderson Silva

TBD

w/ Yushin Okami, 27 Aug

2

Chael Sonnen

2

Mark Munoz, 28 Jan

w/ Brian Stann, 8 Oct

3

Mark Munoz

3

Chael Sonnen, 28 Jan

w/ Chris Leben, 5 Nov

4

Yushin Okami

11

Tim Boetsch, 26 Feb

l/ Anderson Silva, 27 Aug

5

Vitor Belfort

13

Wanderlei Silva

w/ Anthony Johnson, 14 Jan

6

Michael Bisping

7

Demian Maia, 28 Jan

w/ Jason Miller, 3 Dec

7

Demian Maia

6

Michael Bisping, 28 Jan

w/ Jorge Santiago, 8 Oct

8

Rousimar Palhares

TBD

w/ Mike Massenzio, 14 Jan

9

Brian Stann

29

Alessio Sakara, 14 Apr

l/ Chael Sonnen, 8 Oct

10

Alan Belcher

TBD

w/ Jason MacDonald, 17 Sep

11

Tim Boetsch

4

Yushin Okami, 26 Feb

w/ Nick Ring, 24 Sep

12

Chris Leben

*Suspended Until Nov 2012*

l/ Mark Munoz, 5 Nov

13

Wanderlei Silva

5

Vitor Belfort

w/ Cung Le, 19 Nov

14

Chris Weidman

TBD

w/ Tom Lawlor, 19 Nov

15

Aaron Simpson

21

Ronny Markes, 15 Feb

w/ Eric Schafer, 8 Oct

16

Ed Herman

36

Clifford Starks, 4 Feb

w/ Kyle Noke, 14 Aug

17

Court McGee

20

Costantinos Philippou, 3 Mar

w/ Dongi Yang, 17 Sep

18

Jason Miller

TBD

l/ Michael Bisping, 3 Dec

19

Nick Catone

TBD

w/ Costantinos Phillippou, 19 Mar

20

Costantinos Phillippou

17

Court McGee, 3 Mar

w/ Jared Hamman, 10 Dec

21

Ronny Markes

15

Aaron Simpson, 15 Feb

w/ Karlos Vemola, 14 Aug

22

Nick Ring

TBD

l/ Tim Boetsch, 24 Sep

23

Dan Miller

TBD

l/ Rousimar Palhares, 27 Aug

24

Jared Hamman

25

Kyle Noke, 3 Mar

l/ Costantinos Philippou, 10 Dec

25

Kyle Noke

24

Jared Hamman, 3 Mar

l/ Ed Herman, 14 Aug

26

CB Dollaway

TBD

l/ Jared Hamman, 14 Aug

27

Tom Lawlor

TBD

l/ Chris Weidman, 19 Nov

28

Eric Schafer

30

Jorge Rivera, 20 Jan

l/ Aaron Simpson, 8 Oct

29

Alessio Sakara

9

Brian Stann, 14 Mar

l/ Chris Weidman, 3 Mar

30

Jorge Rivera

28

Eric Schafer, 20 Jan

l/ Costantinos Phillippou, 6 Aug

31

Brad Tavares

TBD

l/ Aaron Simpson, 2 Jul

32

Tim Credeur

TBD

l/ Ed Herman, 4 Jun

33

Jason MacDonald

TBD

l/ Alan Belcher, 17 Sep

34

Francis Carmont

44

Magnus Cedenblad, 14 Apr

w/ Chris Camozzi, 29 Oct

35

Mike Massenzio

TBD

l/ Rousimar Palhares, 14 Jan

36

Clifford Starks

16

Ed Herman, 4 Feb

w/ Dustin Jacoby, 29 Oct

37

Rafael Natal

43

Michael Kulper, 4 Feb

w/ Paul Bradley, 6 Aug

38

Chris Camozzi

42

Dustin Jacoby, 28 Jan

l/ Francis Carmont, 29 Oct

39

Dongi Yang

TBD

l/ Court McGee, 17 Sep

40

Steve Cantwell

41

Riki Fukuda, 26 Feb

l/ Mike Massenzio, 8 Oct

41

Riki Fukuda

40

Steve Cantwell, 26 Feb

l/ Nick Ring, 27 Feb

42

Dustin Jacoby

38

Chris Camozzi, 28 Jan

l/ Clifford Starks, 29 Oct

43

Michael Kulper

37

Rafael Natal, 4 Feb

w/ Morris Cliffoni

44

Magnus Cedenblad

34

Francis Carmont, 14 Apr

w/ Dan Edwards

45

Buddy Roberts

46

Sean Loeffler, 15 Feb

w/ Tony Lopez

46

Sean Loeffler

45

Buddy Roberts, 15 Feb

w/ Marquis McKnight

WW: Not only will the Diaz/Condit winner be the champ, but they will likely have to defend the title at least once before GSP can return at the end of the year. I love it because no other fighter in this division has the “unbeatable” aura that GSP has built over his career, and everyone is back in the mix for a title shot.

I think Jake Ellenberger is first in line as long as he beat Sanchez in his next fight, but I also wonder if Dana White had a “beat Jon Fitch get a title shot” bounty out there, that could be cashed in by Johny Hendricks.

UFC should get Erick Silva back in the cage soon so that they can get past the DQ controvery. In the end this loss will be regarded in the same way that Matt Hamill beat Jon Jones, or Okami beat Anderson Silva… any real fan will know what happened, and it won’t hold the “loser” back.

Fights on Deck: UFC on FX 1 – 20 Jan

Brenneman v Roberts – Charlie Brenneman needs to get back on track after being destroyed by Anthony Johnson his last time out. He should be able to do it against Daniel Roberts who has shown solid grappling, but a very average overall game. Brenneman flirted with being elite after beating Rick Story, and can’t afford another loss here if he wants to return to that category of fighter.

Ludwig v Neer – Two veterans who want to return to being relevant in the UFC. Neer has a more well rounded game, but if he doesn’t get the fight to the floor this one might not last long.

Here are a few fights I would make.

Kim v Ebersole - Ebersole keeps winning, but I still have trouble seeing him beat anyone in the top 10. Despite the loss to Carlos Condit, Dong Hyun Kim is still a solid fighter, who could make his way into the top 10. A fight between these two just seems to make sense right now.

Hardy v Sadollah – This would be a great stand up battle between two guys who have very little interest in going to the ground, and limited potential for moving up the rankings.

Baczynski v Hathaway – Baczynski has shown improvement in his return to UFC after getting cut. Hathaway is solid, but not spectacular, and this would be a good test of his game.

Silva v Pyle – Mike Pyle doesn’t lose to average fighters. He has been curb stomped by Rory MacDonald, and Jake Ellenberger, but he has handled every other prospect, or veteran in his way. Neither of Silva’s first 2 UFC fights has made it out of the first minute, I think it is time to see if he is an elite prospect, or just a flash in the pan.

Name

Next fight

Last fight

1

Georges St. Pierre

TBD

w/ Jake Shields, 30 Apr

2

Nick Diaz

3

Carlos Condit, 4 Feb

w/ BJ Penn, 29 Oct

3

Carlos Condit

2

Nick Diaz, 4 Feb

w/ Dong Hyun Kim, 2 Jul

4

Jake Ellenberger

11

Diego Sanchez, 15 Feb

w/ Jake Shields, 17 Sep

5

Johny Hendricks

TBD

w/ Jon Fitch, 30 Dec

6

Josh Koscheck

19

Mike Pierce, 4 Feb

w/ Matt Hughes, 24 Sep

7

Jon Fitch

TBD

l/ Johny Hendricks, 30 Dec

8

Jake Shields

31

Yoshihiro Akiyama, 26 Feb

l/ Jake Ellenberger, 17 Sep

9

Thiago Alves

10

Martin Kampmann, 3 Mar

w/ Papy Abedi, 5 Nov

10

Martin Kampmann

9

Thiago Alves, 3 Mar

w/ Rick Story, 19 Nov

11

Diego Sanchez

4

Jake Ellenberger, 15 Feb

w/ Martin Kampmann, 3 Mar

12

Rory MacDonald

37

Che Mills, 24 Mar

w/ Mike Pyle, 6 Aug

13

Charlie Brenneman

33

Daniel Roberts, 20 Jan

l/ Anthony Johnson, 1 Oct

14

Rick Story

TBD

l/ Martin Kampmann, 19 Nov

15

Brian Ebersole

TBD

w/ Claude Patrick, 10 Dec

16

Dong Hyun Kim

TBD

w/ Sean Pierson, 30 Dec

17

Mike Pyle

TBD

w/ Ricardo Funch, 14 Jan

18

Paulo Thiago

29

Siyar Bahadurzada, 14 Apr

w/ David Mitchell, 27 Aug

19

Mike Pierce

6

Josh Koscheck, 4 Feb

w/ Paul Bradley, 12 Nov

20

John Hathaway

TBD

w/ Kris McCray, 26 Mar

21

Erick Silva

TBD

l/ Carlo Prater, 14 Jan (DQ)

22

Claude Patrick

TBD

l/ Brian Ebersole, 10 Dec

23

Carlos Rocha

TBD

l/ Jake Ellenberger, 5 Feb

24

Duane Ludwig

30

Josh Neer, 20 Jan

w/ Amir Sadollah, 14 Aug

25

Seth Baczynski

TBD

w/ Matt Brown, 19 Nov

26

Jake Hecht

27

TJ Waldburger, 3 Mar

w/ Rich Attonito, 10 Dec

27

TJ Waldburger

26

Jake Hecht, 3 Mar

w/ Mike Stumpf, 17 Sep

28

Rich Attonito

TBD

l/ Jake Hecht, 10 Dec

29

Siyar Bahadurzada

18

Paulo Thiago, 14 Apr

w/ Tommy Depret

30

Josh Neer

24

Duane Ludwig, 20 Jan

w/ Keith Wisniewski, 1 Oct

31

Yoshihiro Akiyama

8

Jake Shields, 26 Feb

l/ Vitor Belfort, 6 Aug

32

Dan Hardy

TBD

l/ Chris Lytle, 14 Aug

33

Daniel Roberts

13

Charlie Brenneman, 20 Jan

l/ Rich Attonito, 26 Jun

34

Sean Pierson

TBD

l/ Dong Hyun Kim, 30 Dec

35

Amir Sadollah

TBD

l/ Duane Ludwig, 14 Aug

36

DaMarques Johnson

39

John Maguire, 14 Apr

w/ Clay Harvison, 12 Nov

37

Che Mills

12

Rory MacDonald, 24 Mar

w/ Chris Cope, 5 Nov

38

Lance Benoist

TBD

w/ Matt Riddle, 17 Sep

39

John Maguire

36

Damarques Johnson, 14 Apr

w/ Justin Edwards, 5 Nov

40

Matt Brown

46

Chris Cope, 4 Feb

l/ Seth Baczynski, 19 Nov

41

Justin Edwards

60

Stephen Thompson, 4 Feb

l/ John Maguire, 5 Nov

42

James Wilks

TBD

l/ Claude Patrick, 16 Oct

43

Pascal Krauss

TBD

w/ Mark Scanlon, 13 Nov

44

Matt Riddle

52

Jorge Lopez, 4 Feb

l/ Lance Benoist, 17 Sep

45

Mike Swick

TBD

l/ Paulo Thiago

46

Chris Cope

40

Matt Brown, 4 Feb

l/ Che Mills, 5 Nov

47

James Head

50

Papy Abedi, 14 Apr

l/ Nick Ring, 11 Jun

48

Mark Scanlon

TBD

l/ Pascal Krauss, 13 Nov

49

Keith Wisniewski

59

Chris Clements, 24 Mar

l/ Josh Neer, 1 Oct

50

Papy Abedi

47

James Head, 14 Apr

l/ Thiago Alves, 5 Nov

51

David Mitchell

TBD

l/ Paulo Thiago, 27 Aug

52

Jorge Lopez

44

Matt Riddle, 4 Feb

l/ Justin Edwards, 17 Sep

53

Mike Stumpf

TBD

l/ TJ Waldburger, 17 Sep

54

Ricardo Funch

TBD

l/ Mike Pyle, 14 Jan

55

Luis Ramos

TBD

l/ Erick Silva, 27 Aug

56

Carlo Prater

TBD

w/ Erick Silva, 14 Jan (DQ)

57

Besam Yousef

58

Simeon Thoresen, 14 Apr

w/ Jason Ponet

58

Simeon Thoresen

57

Besam Yousef, 14 Apr

w/ Manuel Garcia

59

Chris Clements

49

Keith Wisniewski, 24 Mar

w/ Rich Clementi

60

Stephen Thompson

41

Justin Edwards, 4 Feb

w/ Patrik Mandio

LW: I had a thought the other day that Nate Diaz is the reason that Dana White was willing to sacrifice Gilbert Melendez back to Strikeforce. Diaz looked great back in September, and I wonder if there was a conversation between Ceasar Gracie and Joe Silva, that summed up that Nate had turned a corner, and was now ready to be elite. After his win over Cerrone, Nate could realistically be 1 fight away from a title shot, and if Pettis or Lauzon fails to impress in their next win it could be sooner.

Fights on Deck: UFC on FX 1 – 20 Jan

Miller v Guillard – Fighters rebounding from a loss is a theme of UFC on FX 1, and here are the headliners of the card. Did Lauzon expose a fatal flaw in Guillard’s game, or will Melvin fix his defense. Miller has a sneaky stand-up game that he was able to rock Ludwig with back when they fought, and before he got beat down he landed some nice shots on Ben Henderson, but we all know that standing with Guillard for too long is playing with fire.

Shalorus v Nurmagomedov – Shalorus is coming off a 10 month layoff against a new comer to UFC. Will Shalorus be able to impose his wrestling on the new guy, or does UFC have a serious new prospect.

Camoes v Hayden – Camoes looks to take advantage of his second chance, against a short notice prospect

Fights I’d make:

Maynard v Sherk – Sherk is looking at coming back this spring, and this would be a great fight to see what he has left. Maynard also needs to rebound from his two wars with Edgar, and testing himself against a former champ would be great.

Volkmann v Tibau – Volkmann is on a 5 fight winning streak, and Tibau has won 5 of 6, with 3 in a row. Tibau’s strength, strong grappling, and superior striking should be enough to overcome Volkmann’s strong wrestling

Grant v Hallman – Two top notch grapplers who have moved down from 170, looking to move into the top 20. Both of these guys could be a factor in the division, but just need to get active and move their way up the rankings.

Cerrone v Stephens – Which one of these guys will rebound from their recent loss? Cerrone isn’t in too many boring fightings, and Stephens will usually join right into a good slug fest.

Ferguson v Barboza – To me this is the perfect fight to see which guy is going to be a serious contender. The best part of a fight like this is that the loser would not be completely derail, just facing a speed bump on the way to better things.

Name

Next fight

Last fight

1

Frankie Edgar

2

Ben Henderson, 26 Feb

w/ Gray Maynard, 8 Oct

2

Ben Henderson

1

Frankie Edgar, 26 Feb

w/ Clay Guida, 12 Nov

3

Gray Maynard

TBD

l/ Frankie Edgar, 8 Oct

4

Clay Guida

TBD

l/ Ben Henderson, 12 Nov

5

Nate Diaz

TBD

w/ Donald Cerrone, 30 Dec

6

Jim Miller

12

Melvin Guillard, 20 Jan

l/ Ben Henderson, 14 Aug

7

Anthony Pettis

8

Joe Lauzon, 26 Feb

w/ Jeremy Stephens, 8 Oct

8

Joe Lauzon

7

Anthony Pettis, 26 Feb

w/ Melvin Guillard, 8 Oct

9

Donald Cerrone

TBD

l/ Nate Diaz, 30 Dec

10

Gleison Tibau

TBD

w/ Rafael Dos Anjos, 19 Nov

11

Kenny Florian

TBD

l/ Jose Aldo, 8 Oct

12

Melvin Guillard

6

Jim Miller, 20 Jan

l/ Joe Lauzon, 8 Oct

13

Evan Dunham

26

Nik Lentz, 28 Jan

w/ Shamar Bailey, 17 Sep

14

Matt Wiman

21

Mark Bocek, 24 Mar

w/ Mac Danzig, 1 Oct

15

Jacob Volkmann

TBD

w/ Efrain Escudero, 30 Dec

16

Edson Barboza

TBD

w/ Terry Etim, 14 Jan

17

Sean Sherk

TBD

w/ Evan Dunham, 25 Sep

18

Thiago Tavares

TBD

w/ Sam Stout, 14 Jan

19

Jeremy Stephens

TBD

l/ Anthony Pettis, 8 Oct

20

Rafael Dos Anjos

TBD

l/ Gleison Tibau, 19 Nov

21

Mark Bocek

14

Matt Wiman, 24 Mar

w/ Nik Lentz, 10 Dec

22

TJ Grant

TBD

w/ Shane Roller, 1 Oct

23

Danny Castillo

TBD

w/ Anthony Njokuani, 30 Dec

24

Sam Stout

TBD

l/ Thiago Tavares, 14 Jan

25

George Sotiropoulos

32

Takanori Gomi, 26 Feb

l/ Rafael Dos Anjos, 2 Jul

26

Nik Lentz

13

Evan Dunham, 28 Jan

l/ Mark Bocek, 10 Dec

27

Dennis Hallman

TBD

w/ John Makdessi, 10 Dec

28

Tony Ferguson

TBD

w/ Yves Edwards, 3 Dec

29

Mac Danzig

36

Efrain Escodero, 24 Mar

l/ Matt Wiman, 1 Oct

30

Paul Sass

TBD

w/ Michael Johnson, 1 Oct

31

Terry Etim

TBD

l/ Edson Barboza, 14 Jan

32

Takanori Gomi

25

George Sotiropoulos, 26 Feb

l/ Nate Diaz, 24 Sep

33

Shane Roller

44

Michael Johnson, 28 Jan

l/ TJ Grant, 1 Oct

34

Kamal Shalorus

49

Khabib Nurmagomedov, 20 Jan

l/ Jim Miller, 19 Mar

35

Fabricio Camoes

54

Tommy Hayden, 20 Jan

w/ Efrain Escudero

36

Efrain Escodero

29

Mac Danzig, 24 Mar

l/ Jacob Volkmann, 30 Dec

37

John Makdessi

41

Anthony Njokuani, 24 Mar

l/ Dennis Hallman, 10 Dec

38

Yves Edwards

TBD

l/ Tony Ferguson, 3 Dec

39

Spencer Fisher

TBD

l/ Thiago Tavares, 27 Aug

40

Paul Taylor

TBD

w/ Gabe Ruediger, 5 Feb

41

Anthony Njokuani

37

John Makdessi, 24 Mar

l/ Danny Castillo, 30 Dec

42

Ramsey Nijem

TBD

w/ Danny Downes, 29 Oct

43

John Cholish

TBD

w/ Mitch Clarke, 10 Dec

44

Michael Johnson

33

Shane Roller, 28 Jan

l/ Paul Sass, 1 Oct

45

Aaron Riley

TBD

l/ Tony Ferguson, 24 Sep

46

Cody McKenzie

TBD

l/ Vagner Rocha, 17 Sep

47

Rafaello Oliveira

TBD

l/ Yves Edwards, 1 Oct

48

Mitch Clarke

TBD

l/ John Cholish, 10 Dec

49

Khabib Nurmagomedov

34

Kamal Shalorus, 20 Jan

w/ Arimarcal Santos

50

Reza Madadi

TBD

w/ Junie Browning

51

C.J. Keith

TBD

w/ John Reedy

52

Yoislandy Izquierdo

53

Bernardo Magalhaes, 15 Feb

w/ Patrick Cenoble

53

Bernardo Magalhaes

52

Yoislandy Izquierdo, 15 Feb

w/ Robert Lisita

54

Tommy Hayden

35

Fabricio Camoes, 20 Jan

w/ Harry Johnson

55

Anton Kulvanen

56

Justin Salas, 15 Feb

w/ Thiago Meller

56

Justin Salas

55

Anton Kulvanen, 15 Feb

w/ Joe Ellenberger

FW: Will Aldo stay or go? I’d like Aldo to stay at Featherweight right now because the division is far from cleaned out, and there are still interesting fights. Hioki, Poirier, Koch, Palaszewski, Jung, Nunes, Alcantara, Siver, Lamas, Oliverira, and Cole Miller are all guys who could provide Aldo with an interesting contender over the next 12-18 months.

If Dustin Poirier could get an opponent to stay healthy it would really help his cause for a title shot. That being said he still needs to take care of business against newcomer Max Holloway, to stay on the radar of Jose Aldo.

Denis Siver has announced he is going to drop down, and could be a major player in this division. Siver was on a 4 fight win streak at LW before losing to Donald Cerrone, and his 5’7 frame looks like it can handle the cut.

Fights on Deck: UFC on FX 1 – 20 Jan

Pineda v Schilling – A fight I’m interested to see, because I don’t know too much about either guy

Other fights I’d make:

Hettes v Brown – I think UFC should take their time with Hettes, and at this point a fight with former Champ Brown fits that mold. Brown has lost 2 of 3, and had a very competitive fight with Nam Phan last time out, it would be interesting to see how Hettes matched up with Brown’s wrestling based skill set.

Jung v Nunes – The Korean Zombie is on the rise, and so is Nunes, who is a close decision to Kenny Florian from being in line for his own title shot. The winner comes out as a clear cut contender.

Lamas v Elkins – Two guys looking to jump into the top 10. An interesting match-up that should be very competitive

Gamburyan v Phan – It’s time to face it, Nam Phan is not as good as most people seem to want him to be. He would be a good next fight for Gamburyan who is looking to get back on the right track himself.

Name

Next fight

Last fight

1

Jose Aldo

TBD

w/ Chad Mendes, 14 Jan

2

Hatsu Hioki

6

Bart Palaszewski, 26 Feb

w/ George Roop, 29 Oct

3

Chad Mendes

TBD

l/ Jose Aldo, 14 Jan

4

Dustin Poirier

52

Max Holloway, 4 Feb

w/ Pablo Garza, 12 Nov

5

Erik Koch

TBD

w/ Jonathan Brookins, 17 Sep

6

Bart Palaszewski

2

Hatsu Hioki, 26 Feb

w/ Tyson Griffin, 29 Oct

7

Chan Sung Jung

TBD

w/ Mark Hominick, 10 Dec

8

Diego Nunes

TBD

w/ Manny Gamuryan, 30 Dec

9

Yuri Alcantara

TBD

w/ Michihiro Omigawa, 14 Jan

10

Mark Hominick

41

Eddie Yagin, 24 Mar

l/ Chan Sung Jung, 10 Dec

11

Denis Siver

TBD

l/ Donald Cerrone, 29 Oct

12

Tyson Griffin

TBD

l/ Bart Palaszewski, 29 Oct

13

Manny Gamburyan

TBD

l/ Diego Nunes, 30 Dec

14

Javier Vazquez

TBD

w/ Joe Stevenson, 26 Jun

15

Darren Elkins

TBD

w/ Tie quan Zhang, 8 Oct

16

Ricardo Lamas

TBD

w/ Cub Swanson, 12 Nov

17

Ross Pearson

TBD

w/ Junior Assuncao, 30 Dec

18

George Roop

24

Cub Swanson, 28 Jan

l/ Hatsu Hioki, 29 Oct

19

Michihiro Omigawa

TBD

l/ Yuri Alcantara, 14 Jan

20

Rani Yahya

TBD

l/ Chad Mendes, 6 Aug

21

Junior Assuncao

TBD

l/ Ross Pearson, 30 Dec

22

Mike Brown

TBD

w/ Nam Phan, 6 Aug

23

Robert Peralta

32

Mackens Semerzier, 3 Mar

NC/ Mackens Semerzier, 12 Nov

24

Cub Swanson

18

George Roop, 28 Jan

l/ Ricardo Lamas, 12 Nov

25

Charles Oliveira

51

Eric Wisely, 28 Jan

l/ Donald Cerrone, 14 Aug

26

Cole Miller

38

Steven Siler, 3 Mar

w/ TJ O'Brien, 14 Aug

27

Jim Hettes

TBD

w/ Nam Phan, 30 Dec

28

Jonathan Brookins

33

Vagner Rocha, 15 Feb

l/ Erik Koch, 17 Sep

29

Josh Grispi

TBD

l/ George Roop, 4 Jun

30

Tie quan Zhang

43

Leonard Garcia, 26 Feb

l/ Darren Elkins, 8 Oct

31

Pablo Garza

TBD

l/ Dustin Poirier, 12 Nov

32

Mackens Semerzier

23

Robert Peralta, 3 Mar

NC/ Robert Peralta, 12 Nov

33

Vagner Rocha

28

Jonathan Brookins, 15 Feb

w/ Cody McKenzie, 17 Sep

34

Nam Phan

TBD

l/ Jim Hettes, 30 Dec

35

Diego Brandao

TBD

w/ Dennis Bermudez, 3 Dec

36

Dennis Bermudez

TBD

l/ Diego Brandao, 3 Dec

37

Bryan Caraway

TBD

w/ Dustin Neace, 3 Dec

38

Steven Siler

26

Cole Miller, 3 Mar

w/ Josh Clopton, 3 Dec

39

Marcus Brimage

TBD

w/ Stephan Bass, 3 Dec

40

Felipe Arantes

TBD

w/ Antonio Carvalho, 14 Jan

41

Eddie Yagin

10

Mark Hominick, 24 Mar

l/ Junior Assuncao, 24 Sep

42

Matt Grice

TBD

l/ Ricardo Lamas, 26 Jun

43

Leonard Garcia

30

Tie Quan Zhang, 26 Feb

l/ Nam Phan, 8 Oct

44

Jason Young

55

Akira Corassani, 14 Apr

l/ Michihiro Omigawa, 5 Nov

45

John Franchi

TBD

w/ Matt McCook

46

Antonio Carvalho

TBD

l/ Felipe Arantes, 14 Jan

47

Maximo Blanco

TBD

l/ Pat Healy

48

Stephan Bass

TBD

l/ Marcus Brimage, 3 Dec

49

Josh Clopton

TBD

l/ Steven Siler, 3 Dec

50

Dustin Neace

TBD

l/ Bryan Caraway, 3 Dec

51

Eric Wisely

25

Charles Oliveira, 28 Jan

w/ Brandon Girtz

52

Max Holloway

4

Dustin Poirier, 4 Feb

w/ Eddie Rincon

53

Daniel Pineda

54

Pat Schilling, 20 Jan

w/ Gilbert Jimenez

54

Pat Schilling

53

Daniel Pineda, 20 Jan

w/ Cody Larson

55

Akira Corassani

44

Jason Young, 14 Apr

l/ Paul Reed

BW: And then Miguel Torres returned… This isn’t too big of a deal, but it can lead to some more interesting fights. It would be interesting to see Torres matched with McDonald, or Barao as they try to climb towards a title.

Fights on Deck: UFC on FX 1 – 20 Jan

Easton v Papazian – Another short notice fight. Easton needs to spend less time dancing like his training partner Dominick Cruz, and more time being the Beast that he is. He is a power house at this weight, and needs to focus on getting overmatch opponents out of there.

Sandoval v Denis – Sandoval looks to rebound from his UFC debut loss, and Denis tries to start his UFC career on the right track.

Other fights I’d make:

Bowles v Curran – Would Bowles’ heavy hands and wrestling be enough to keep Curran’s grappling at bay?

Jabouin v Wineland – Two guys who want to stand and bang, it would be a good fight between some solid veterans.

Uyenoyama v Hougland – Both had solid debuts, and now they need to prove they can move up into relevant fights.

Name

Next fight

Last Fight

1

Dominick Cruz

2

Urijah Faber

w/ Demetrious Johnson, 1 Oct

2

Urijah Faber

1

Dominick Cruz

w/ Brian Bowles, 19 Nov

3

Renan "Barao" Pegado

5

Scott Jorgensen, 4 Feb

w/ Brad Pickett, 5 Nov

4

Brian Bowles

TBD

l/ Urijah Faber, 19 Nov

5

Scott Jorgensen

3

Renan Barao, 4 Feb

w/ Jeff Curran, 29 Oct

6

Miguel Torres

TBD

w/ Nick Pace, 19 Nov

7

Michael McDonald

TBD

w/ Alex Soto, 19 Nov

8

Eddie Wineland

TBD

l/ Joseph Benavidez, 14 Aug

9

Takeya Mizugaki

11

Chris Cariaso, 26 Feb

w/ Cole Escovedo, 24 Sep

10

Raphael Assuncao

TBD

w/ Johnny Eduardo, 27 Aug

11

Chris Cariaso

9

Takeya Mizugaki, 26 Feb

w/ Vaughan Lee, 5 Nov

12

Brad Pickett

14

Damacio Page, 14 Apr

l/ Renan "Banao" Pegado, 5 Nov

13

Yves Jabouin

TBD

w/ Walel Watson, 10 Dec

14

Damacio Page

12

Brad Pickett, 14 Apr

l/ Brian Bowles, 3 Mar

15

Ivan Menjivar

29

John Albert, 15 Feb

w/ Nick Pace, 6 Aug

16

Reuben Duran

TBD

w/ Francisco Rivera, 4 Jun

17

Edwin Figueroa

24

Alex Caceres, 4 Feb

w/ Jason Reinhardt, 14 Aug

18

Walel Watson

27

TJ Dillasaw, 15 Feb

l/ Yves Jabouin, 10 Dec

19

Mike Easton

39

Jared Papazian, 20 Jan

w/ Byron Bloodworth, 1 Oct

20

Darren Uyenoyama

TBD

w/ Norifumi Yamamoto, 12 Nov

21

Jeff Hougland

TBD

w/ Donny Walker, 2 Jul

22

Ken Stone

TBD

w/ Donny Walker, 17 Sep

23

Jeff Curran

TBD

l/ Scott Jorgensen, 29 Oct

24

Alex Caceres

17

Edwin Figueroa, 4 Feb

w/ Cole Escovedo, 12 Nov

25

Norifumi Yamamoto

31

Vaughan Lee, 26 Feb

l/ Darren Uyenoyama, 12 Nov

26

Nick Pace

TBD

l/ Miguel Torres, 19 Nov

27

TJ Dillashaw

18

Walel Watson, 15 Feb

l/ John Dodson, 3 Dec

28

Johnny Bedford

38

Mitch Gagnon, 28 Jan

w/ Louis Gaudinot, 3 Dec

29

John Albert

15

Ivan Menjivar, 15 Feb

w/ Dustin Pague, 3 Dec

30

Roland Delorme

TBD

w/ Josh Ferguson, 3 Dec

31

Vaughan Lee

25

Norifumi Yamamoto, 26 Feb

l/ Chris Cariaso, 5 Nov

32

Johnny Eduardo

TBD

l/ Raphael Assuncao, 27 Aug

33

Joseph Sandoval

37

Nick Denis, 20 Jan

l/ Walel Watson, 1 Oct

34

Byron Bloodworth

TBD

l/ Mike Easton, 1 Oct

35

Alex Soto

TBD

l/ Michael McDonald, 19 Nov

36

Dustin Pague

TBD

l/ John Albert, 3 Dec

37

Nick Denis

33

Joseph Sandoval, 20 Jan

w/ Nick Mamalis

38

Mitch Gagnon

28

Johnny Bedford, 28 Jan

w/ David Harris

39

Jared Papazian

19

Mike Easton, 20 Jan

w/ Marvin Garcia

FLW: Here is the initial look at the Flyweight division, don’t read too much into the rankings at this point I’m really just trying to build the roster. I’m surprised that UFC hasn’t locked down a few more guys yet, but they should be coming soon.

There will be a lot of movement, and changes early on. There are top FLWs in Japan, and Tachi but they haven’t been fighting each other. We will probably find out that some fighters we thought were top 10 guys really are not that good. We will also see guys drop down from 135 (some with so-so records because they have been fighting above their natural weight), and change the dynamic of the division. Just stand by, and enjoy the fights and a year from now we will have a much better view of this division.

Dodson, and Gaudinot are world ranked at FLW, and they mentioned on the finale that Ferguson was better suited for 125 so I’ve moved them here assuming they will drop down.

Name

Next fight

Last Fight

1

Joseph Benavidez

4

Yasuhiro Urushitani, 3 Mar

w/ Eddie Wineland, 14 Aug

2

Demetrious Johnson

3

Ian McCall, 3 Mar

l/ Dominick Cruz, 1 Oct

3

Ian McCall

2

Demetrious Johnson, 3 Mar

w/ Darrell Montague, 5 Aug

4

Yasuhiro Urushitani

1

Joseph Benavidez, 3 Mar

w/ Yuki Shojo, 18 Jul

5

John Dodson

TBD

w/ TJ Dillashaw, 3 Dec

6

Louis Gaudinot

TBD

l/ Johnny Bedford, 3 Dec

7

Josh Ferguson

TBD

l/ Roland Delorme, 3 Dec

8

John Lineker

TBD

w/ Iliarde dos Santos, 10 Sep

\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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