November 2011 Fighter Rankings
November 1, can you believe it? November is already here and 2011 is quickly coming to a close! These last two months are the best of the year with all of the football, holidays, birthdays of MMA bloggers, and in the case of 2011, some awesome fights! The UFC makes it’s debut on Fox with a Heavyweight Title fight, we get a free UFC show from England on Saturday, and some fun Bellator fights with champions Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard.
With this new month comes an entirely new month of rankings. This was a quieter month than most, but I’m making up for that with the addition of a brand new weight class to my rankings! I’d eventually like to add men’s strawweight rankings when the division is a little deeper, but for now, I’ve introduced the women’s 105 pound division also known as the women’s bantamweight division!
Here are the changes from the October 2011 rankings to the November 2011 rankings!
- No Change
- Ryan Jimmo fought Sokoudjou during the month and, frankly, he sucked. He looked listless and didn’t really accomplish anything, stealing a decision from the PRIDE and UFC veteran. I made the executive decision to drop Jimmo from the rankings until he actually proves something. For now, I’m perfectly content bumping Ryan Bader back into the rankings.
- I moved Brian Stann down one spot after being dominated by Chael Sonnen.
- Jorge Santiago was also dropped significantly after his embarrassing loss to Demian Maia, falling all the way to number 21.
- Nick Diaz gets bumped up over B.J. Penn after their UFC 137 battle.
- Anthony Johnson looked extremely impressive when defeating Charlie Brenneman and I felt the need to elevate him. Certainly above Rick Story, who was beat by Brenneman on short notice, and I felt that the eleventh spot was appropriate.
- Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon both find homes in the top 25 after wins over Dennis Siver and Melvin Guillard, respectively. Guillard dropped down to 14 after the loss while Siver only dropped slightly.
- Mac Danzig falls out of the top 25 after his loss to Matt Wiman, while Sean Sherk is out of the rankings due to more than a year of inactivity.
- Bart Palaszewski debuts in the top 25 at number 11 after impressively knocking out Tyson Griffin, who falls down to 14. Because of Palaszewski’s entry into the top 25, Joachim Hansen falls out of the rankings.
- No change.
- I decided to introduce Rambaa Somdet into the top 25 at flyweight. Somdet is typically considered one of the top fighters at 115 pounds and doesn’t consistently fight at flyweight. With a win over flyweight Ryota Uozumi for the Grabaka Live promotion, I felt it was appropriate to move Somdet into these rankings.
- Because of that, Will Campuzano falls out of the top 25.
- No change.
- Due to a loss at 125 pounds, I felt it necessary to drop Roxanne Modafferi in the women’s welterweight rankings.
- Modafferi’s loss was to Barb Honchak, who has started her career with a 5-1 record. She debuts in the rankings at number five while Roxy drops down to number 7.
- Hanna Sillen is a casuality of Honchak’s entry to the rankings, falling from the 15th spot.
- No change.
- There are certainly no changes since this is month one of the 105 pound rankings, but a bit of an explanation is in order. I felt the time was needed to introduce the weight class because of the increased activity we’ve seen over the last few months at women’s bantamweight. Jewels and BlackEye Promotions both put on fights with these lighter women and Jewels is actually in the midst of a tournament to crown the top 105 pound fighter in the world. There will certainly be a number of changes as the weight class grows, so now seems like a great time to introduce these fighters to Fight Rankings.