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MMA News – July 1, 2011

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  • Two big women’s fights have been announced for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.  Julie Kedzie will take on Alexis Davis and Ronda Rousey will fight Sarah D’Alelio.  I am really thrilled that this event will feature three great women’s fights.  After going through July’s upcoming fights, I have to say that this month might be the biggest in recent women’s MMA history.  I might write a longer piece on it in the next week, but I’m so excited for what’s ahead of us in July.
  • The UFC is looking to hold an event in Japan sometime in 2011.  It’s no surprise given the recent international expansion of the UFC, but Japan has always presented logistical issues for American promotions.  The strength of JMMA has been fading as of late so it seems like it’s time for the UFC to finally make it’s move into Japan.
  • All fighters made weight for tomorrow’s UFC 132 event.  Keep your eyes peeled for my full preview tomorrow morning, where I’ll preview all of the main fights.  I’ll also take a deep look at what we can expect as far as Tito Ortiz excuses once he is destroyed by Ryan Bader.
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July 2011 Fighter Rankings

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The July 2011 fighter rankings are finally here and some changes have been made to the format.  In the “promotion” column, I will list a promotion for each fighter.  In most cases, it will be the promotion in which a fighter is contracted or the promotion where the fighter competed last.  It’s much more straight forward for the men, but few women compete consistently for the same promotion.  I just want to give people an idea of the promotions out there where fighters are competing.

I have also decided to list fighters at multiple weights where applicable.  I’ve been prompted to do this because of Joe Warren, who plans to compete at two weight classes in Bellator, and Roxanne Modafferi, a 135 pound women’s fighter who has recently competed at 125 pounds.  There won’t be a lot of fighters in multiple weight classes, but I’m keeping that option open where needed.

Here are the changes from last month’s rankings.

Heavyweight

  • Alistair Overeem was not supremely impressive in victory over Fabricio Werdum.  Because of this, I dropped Werdum two spots and didn’t see fit to move Overeem over Brock Lesnar.
  • Jeff Monson dropped out of the rankings after his loss to Daniel Cormier, who has entered the top 25 on the strength of this win.

Light Heavyweight

  • No change

Middleweight

  • Demian Maia’s close loss to Mark Munoz dropped him out of the top ten, but I still feel like he deserves to be higher ranked than Munoz who enters the top 25 at number 22.
  • Because of Munoz’s ranking, Alexander Shlemenko has been dropped out of the top 25.

Welterweight

  • Rick Story’s loss to Charlie Brenneman throws a wrench into the rankings.  I think Story was overrated after his close win overThiago Alves, so I ranked Story a couple of spots below Alves.  I also think Story’s loss to Brenneman says more about Story being worn out and unprepared.  Brenneman remains unranked until we see a little more from him.

Lightweight

  • Big changes at lightweight during the month based on some big fights and mass departures.
  • Clay Guida moves to the ninth spot based on his win over Anthony Pettis, who is now number 12.
  • Kenny Florian and Tyson Griffin are now ranked at featherweight, while losses for Nik Lentz and Yves Edwards drops them out of the top 25.
  • That leaves room for Gleison Tibau, Sam Stout, Jorge Masvidal, and Matt Wiman to all enter the top 25.

Featherweight

  • The changes at featherweight are even crazier than at lightweight.
  • Kenny Florian enters the top 25 at number three after beating number seven Diego Nunes.  Tyson Griffin also enters the top ten by defeating Manny Gamburyan, who dropped from number two to number 13.
  • Josh Grispi also moves from 14 to 22 after losing to George Roop, now the 20th ranked featherweight.
  • Based on the new entries into the rankings, L.C. Davis, Raphael Assuncao, and Deividas Taurosevicius are all unranked.

Bantamweight

  • Hiroshi Nakamura moved from 13 to 20 after being upset by Takafumi Otsuka, the number 17 bantamweight.
  • Abel Cullem falls out of the rankings after a loss to Jared Papazian for the King of the Cage promotion.

Flyweight

  • Mitsuhisa Sunabe was dropped just one spot after a loss to third ranked Kiyotaka Shimizu.  This is also based on Ian McCall’s recent impressive performances for Tachi Palace.
  • Omar Choudhury falls out of the rankings due to inactivity and Kevin Dunsmoor is now the 25th ranked flyweight.

Women’s Middleweight

  • Who knows if Gina Carano will ever fight again?  When she does, I’ll put her in the rankings.  Until then, she’s gone.  Pipi Taylor is the 15th ranked women’s middleweight fighter.

Women’s Welterweight

  • I moved Roxy Modafferi back to the third spot at 135 pounds.
  • Germaine de Randamie didn’t look great in her loss to Julia Budd and is dropped out of the top 15.

Women’s Lightweight

  • No Change

Women’s Featherweight

  • Yuka Tsuji will be making her return to MMA after a long layoff, so I’ve added her to the rankings.  She will be taking on a tough opponent in Saori Ishioka at the Jewels Fifteenth Ring event.
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