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September 2011 Fighter Rankings

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Better late than never, the September 2011 rankings are here.  Some big changes abound at flyweight, where Tachi Palace’s August card worked to sort out the situation at 125 pounds.  We have some more minimal movement at other weight classes, but significant movement nonetheless.

Heavyweight

  • I dropped Brendan Schaub two spots based on his loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira during the month.

Light Heavyweight

  • Forrest Griffin also moves down a spot after his loss to Shogun Rua.  Forrest didn’t seem all there and it’s not a good sign for his prospects at the top of the division.
  • Alexander Gustafsson’s impressive win over Matt Hamill was enough to move him up one spot over Rich Franklin.
  • Luiz Cane’s loss drops him from the top 25, making room for the man who defeated him – Stanislav Nedkov.

Middleweight

  • Rousimar Palhares looked scary against Dan Miller and it was enough to move him up a spot over Yoshihiro Akiyama.
  • Jorge Rivera, yuck.  His loss to Costantinos Philippou drops him out of the top 25 and Chris Weidman, Philippou’s teammate, enters the top 25.

Welterweight

  • Rory MacDonald has been great lately and his win over Mike Pyle moves him to the 16th spot.  Pyle slips from 13 to 18.
  • Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle are both out of the top 25, Hardy due to his loss to Lytle and Lytle due to retirement.
  • Mike Pierce also falls out of the rankings due to his loss to Johny Hendricks.
  • Siyar Bahadurzada and Brian Ebersole are the new entries into the top 25.

Lightweight

  • Jim Miller slips to 12 after his loss to Ben Henderson, who is one spot above him at 11.
  • Mizuto Hirota made a successful return from his broken arm at the hands of Shinya Aoki.  He defeated Katsunori Kikuno by decision and enters the rankings at 15.
  • Hirota’s entry bumps Kurt Pellegrino, who should have been removed months ago due to his retirement.

Featherweight

  • Pat Curran beat Marlon Sandro in the finals of Bellator’s summer series featherweight tournament, moving Curran from unranked to sixth, while Sandro slips to ninth.
  • Curran’s entry into the rankings means L.C. Davis is bumped out of the top 25.

Bantamweight

  • Motonobu Tezuka loses and falls from the rankings.  Raphael Assuncao wins his bantamweight debut and enters the rankings.  It’s that simple!

Flyweight

  • Ugh, do I have the time to explain this mess?  Just look at the results for Tachi Palace’s tenth show.  Basically, Ian McCall and Jussier da Silva won, helping to sort out the top of the flyweight division.
  • Josh Rave has recently made a name at the 125 pound division, defeating veteran Lewis McKenzie.  He enters the rankings at number 22 and could make some noise given his track record at the lighter weight classes.
  • Pancrase’s Isao Hirose also lost during the month.  The man who defeated him, Seiji Ozuka, is very close to entering the top 25.

Women’s Middleweight

  • No change

Women’s Welterweight

  • Milana Dudieva fought during the month at 135 pounds and has entered the women’s welterweight rankings, bumping Jennifer Maia.

Women’s Lightweight

  • Michelle Ould returned to MMA after a prolonged break and enters the rankings at number 15.

Women’s Featherweight

  • No change
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September 2011 rankings, site update

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

I am currently sitting in the lovely La Bocca restaurant in Tempe, Arizona and am slowly getting drunk. Now is a great time for a site update!

First, it seems that WordPress works nicely with the iPad. This should offer some blogging flexibility in the future, given my iPad ownership and WordPress domain. Go figure!

Next, I should hopefully be able to get updated rankings up tomorrow. My flight arrives in the afternoon and I have much of the evening to work on the blog, but who knows if I’ll be in a mood to do that. We’ll see.

Also, I’ll be working on my PRIDE 3 and 4 write-ups in the near future. Looking at the results, I think PRIDE 3 should be up pretty quickly but that remains to be seen. I’ve been quick to promise deadlines and timelines in the past only to have them blow up in my face. No promises.

Except this promise: I will be giving out free stuff. FREE STUFF. As in free from me to you the reader. Can you believe it?? I’ll be tapping in to my own stash of goodies to offer some free items to my loyal readers. Don’t expect to be overwhelmed by the quality of the goodies, just enjoy the fact that you’ll get them for free. I have some fun ideas, so we’ll have to wait and see how that works out.

Take care, friends…I will be back in the swing before you know it.

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Brief Hiatus? Maybe?

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Okay, so I’ll be out of the home office traveling for the majority of next week.  This may slightly inhibit my viewing of UFC 134 and will definitely delay my write-up of the results from the event.  I should be able to write a piece or two so long as the hotel internet agrees with me, but there’s a potential you won’t hear from me for a little while.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the site and on Twitter.

But don’t fret!  I’ll have some treats for you all before I leave!  I’ll still have my UFC 134 preview up on Saturday and, if everything goes well, I should be able to post my UFC 17 write-up before I leave as well.  I started this immediately after I completed UFC 16 and I’m making good progress, but still have a little way to go.  Apparently, it’s not so easy to post 6,000-7,000 words write-ups in a single sitting.  I’m hoping to hammer out the rest of that tomorrow evening so keep your fingers crossed!

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August 2011 Fighter Rankings

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

August 2011 rankings are here and we saw some serious surprises in the last month of MMA.  There are big changes at light heavyweight and women’s welterweight this month and there are some big fights in August that should shape the rankings greatly come September.

Heavyweight

  • Pedro Rizzo is out of the rankings due to inactivity and Dave Herman enters at number 25.

Light Heavyweight

  • Ryan Bader’s loss to Tito Ortiz was embarrassing.  Ortiz hadn’t had a win in five years and Bader didn’t bring his best to the octagon.  Ortiz was ranked so low that Bader’s loss drops him from the top 25 completely.  Ortiz is also unranked, but his August fight against Rashad Evans will tell us a lot.
  • Roger Gracie enters the rankings based on Bader’s drop.

Middleweight

  • Wanderlei Silva drops from 10 to 18 after losing to Chris Leben, now the 11th ranked middleweight.
  • Robbie Lawler falls to 20 with his loss to Tim Kennedy.  Kennedy moves up minimally from 19 to 17.

Welterweight

  • Tyron Woodley is ranked at 12 after defeating Paul Daley, who is now ranked at 15.
  • Because of Woodley’s entry into the rankings, Siyar Bahadurzada has dropped from the rankings.

Lightweight

  • George Sotiropoulos drops from 8 to 17 after losing to Rafael dos Anjos.  The knockout loss was bad, but Sotiropoulos’ UFC winning streak was strong enough to keep him in the top 25.

Featherweight

  • Masanori Kanehara was stunned by Rasul Mizarev in Russia and dropped out of the top 25.  L.C. Davis has reentered the rankings at number 25.

Bantamweight

  • Hideo Tokoro surprised many by winning the DREAM bantamweight tournament and he enters the rankings at number 15.  His opponent in the finals, Masakazu Imanari, drops down to number 19.

Flyweight

  • No Change

Women’s Middleweight

  • No Change

Women’s Welterweight

  • Big changes afoot at 135 lbs.  Miesha Tate jumps to number one after defeating Marloes Coenen for the Strikeforce Women’s 135 lbs. Title.
  • Alexis Davis jumps ahead of Julie Kedzie after successfully defeating the Greg Jackson product.
  • Sara McMann won her third straight fight, this one over veteran Tonya Evinger.  McMann debuts in the rankings at number 11.
  • Elaina Maxwell is active at 135 and 145 so I brought her back into the women’s welterweight rankings.
  • Adrienna Jenkins dropped out of the rankings due to inactivity, while Vanessa Porto was bumped due to the entry of Maxwell and McMann into the top 15.

Women’s Lightweight

  • Angela Samaro drops down one spot after a loss to Elaina Maxwell in July.

Women’s Featherweight

  • Seo Hee Ham shoots into the top five on the strength of her victory over Mei Yamaguchi at Jewels Fifteenth Ring.  Yamaguchi drops to sixth after the loss.
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Site Update

July 26, 2011 4 comments

I’m likely going to cease my daily news posts, since I’m disappointed with the idea as a whole.  I think I could devote my time toward more in depth and thoroughly humorous posts and still put out items on a daily or mostly daily basis.  The news articles are minimally entertaining and easy to throw together, but the time could be better spent on different content.

I will work to more promptly complete PRIDE and UFC recaps and will hopefully add more to the series on pro wrestling and MMA.  I’m trying to think of different ways to entertain the loyal masses in short bursts, since working 40+ hours a week isn’t always conducive to MMA blogging.  Still, I have every intent to keep humoring the most of you while I annoy the rest of you.  I think eliminating the nuisance of unimportant daily news post will allow for bigger and better original content.

You had best keep reading or I might be forced to track you down and beg you to come back between gasping sobs.

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MMA News Absence

July 21, 2011 Leave a comment

For the first time in my seven months on this blog, I failed to make a post yesterday.  In the grand scheme of things, this means very little – it is just a minor personal disappointment.

I am currently away from the home office where I like to type ridiculous things about people who abuse one another for a living.  I’m enjoying this portion of the summer in very sunny and very hot Tempe, Arizona where I have briefly travelled for business.

I will probably return with a news story tomorrow and a Bellator 47 preview on Saturday.  I will also try to do a recap of PRIDE 2 very soon – I’m really looking forward to getting back to a PRIDE recap.

I apologize to the dozens of people who are minimally disappointed by my extremely brief and unnoteworthy absence.

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July 2011 Fighter Rankings

July 1, 2011 Leave a comment

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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