Archive for the ‘Vigilante Rankings’ Category

UFC on FUEL TV: Silva v StannIt’s the time of year when the UFC, and other outlets release their mid-year awards for best fight, best KO, etc. We really don’t care about “best” of anything right now. But we do have several favorites that we care about. Here’s a quick look at our Top 5 Favorite Fights of the 1st half of 2013.

1. Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann (UFC on Fuel 8). Not only (more…)

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Well the middleweight division has certainly been jumbled up the past few months, hasn’t it? There must be about a half dozen guys claiming to be the top contender and really nobody knows who’s correct. Dana White came out recently to say that if he had to pick one today, it would be Chris Weidman.

For a very brief moment, I thought Dana White was going to announce some insane tournament or plan to weed out all these new challengers. Something that would obviously change the world. Unfortunately, he decided he’d hold off for now because he (more…)

We like to do this occasionally. Since the world of MMA moves so quickly—a win or two can propel a fighter to new heights very rapidly—it’s interesting to see what things looked like just a year ago. While fighters like Anderson Silva and GSP seem to never move from atop their respective divisions, that is the exception rather than the rule. Let’s browse the heavyweight rankings from June of 2011.

1. Cain Velasquez (current rank, 2). Dropping the title to Dos Santos a couple months after these rankings came out, dropped Velasquez from the top spot. Although he hasn’t yet regained that status, his prospects are looking up again. His (more…)

We had a little shakeup in the heavyweight division thanks to the Strikeforce Grand Prix. We also saw a huge jump on the featherweight charts by the Korean Zombie who put on a very impressive performance recently. If you want to see some serious movement, better tune in to UFC 146 this weekend where the big guys will be throwing down and looking to make names for themselves.

HEAVYWEIGHT:

  1. Junior Dos Santos
  2. Cain Velasquez
  3. Alistair Overeem (more…)

Finally we have a reason to update our rankings. We waited so long for some UFC action, I was tempted to start updating our rankings by results from Smackdown! Luckily I didn’t have to do that. Take note my friends, there’s a new addition to the heavyweight rankings. Say hello to my little friend, Travis Browne. Dennis Siver made an appearance after only one fight at his new weight class and Michael McDonald made a big jump as well.

HEAVYWEIGHT:

  1. Junior Dos Santos (more…)

A lot has happened regarding the rankings recently. First, we have a brand new #1 at lightweight. But just as importantly, we’ve had some longtime highly ranked fighters drop considerably. Rampage Jackson and Yushin Okami have one foot in the rankings and the other on a banana peel. Conversely, did you see the jump made by Tim Boetsch? He really took advantage of the ridonkulously thin middleweight division. Ryan Bader jumped back into contention, and oddly Diego Sanchez moved up in the rankings despite his recent loss to Ellenberger. (more…)

Earlier this week we did a fun feature looking into the dramatic changes the welterweight division has seen in the past year or so. It got enough response that I decided to look at another weight class—the heavyweights. Despite fighters entering the cage as little as once or twice per year, a 12 month period can still be an eternity in the ever changing world of MMA. Let’s see how the climate has changed in the top 10 since January of 2011.

1. Cain Velasquez (current ranking: 3). Cain was on top of the world a year ago after defeating the behemoth Brock Lesnar for the world title, a fight that made Cain a (more…)

What a difference a year makes, especially in MMA. And in this case the welterweight division. With longtime champ, Georges St-Pierre on the shelf for a while, things really started shaking. It was just over a year ago that Dan Hardy was considered the top threat to GSP’s belt. Today, Hardy is walking the aisles after UFC events looking for quarters. Let’s take a quick look at the welterweight rankings a little over a year ago—the end of 2010 and see how much things have changed.

November, 2010 Rankings…

1. Georges St-Pierre (current rank: 1). OK, I guess some things do stay the same. GSP was on top of the world with a recent win over Hardy. He would go on to handle (more…)

By the sound of rumblings I’ve heard all week, one of two of these statements is true. A) Nick Diaz is the greatest fighter in history and Carlos Condit is a pussy. Or B) Diaz is a disrespectful cry baby who couldn’t defeat the far superior Condit. There are no gray areas; just these two sets of beliefs. If you don’t believe me, just read the UG or Sherdog or any other MMA forum. Back to reality, Diaz and Condit swapped spaces in our rankings, which I think is fair. Renan Barao made a nice jump up into the top 5 with his nice win over the weekend. And Fabricio Werdum inches up as well. Longtime top 10 middleweight, Demian Maia, is hanging by a thread, while Michael Bisping, by default moves up a spot despite losing.

HEAVYWEIGHT:

  1. Junior Dos Santos
  2. Alistair Overeem
  3. Cain Velasquez (more…)

With a resounding 1st round win last weekend, Jose moved all the way up to #1 at featherweight. Wait…he was already #1. OK well, with a nice 1st round win last weekend, Vitor Belfort climbed his way into the top 5 at middleweight. Huh? He was already there too? Oh. Well despite some quality matches over the last couple weeks, maybe not much has changed. Although Anthony “Rumble” Johnson did move into 11th at heavyweight.

HEAVYWEIGHT:

  1. Junior Dos Santos
  2. Alistair Overeem
  3. Cain Velasquez (more…)