LowKick.com MMA Rankings: Five Fighters You Should Consider Moving Up or Down in Your ListPosted on January 11, 2011, 07:45 AM by Anton Gurevich
With exactly two weeks away from the announcement of new LowKick.com Community MMA Rankings, it's time for a little review. For bad or for good, LowKick.com Community Rankings show the current situation in the World of Mixed Martial Arts, influenced by everything from recent performances to critique in the media.
Everyone has his own vision and criteria of who belongs in the Top 10 lists. Take the list below as a suggestion, and not as some sort of evil propaganda. But once again, I'll remind everyone that LowKick.com rankings are made by fans, for fans. It's your rankings, and your responsibility to keep them up to date.
Current rankings will be closed on January 25th.
|Michihiro Omigawa (Ranked #6 in Featherweight Division)
Omigawa is the first name that comes to my mind when thinking about moving someone up. The exciting Yoshida Dojo project is 8-1-1 in the past two years, defeating the likes of Marlon Sandro, Hatsu Hioki, Cole Escovedo, Nam Phan, LC Davis, Micah Miller and Hiroyuki Takaya. The fact that Hioki and Takaya are currently Champions in DREAM and Sengoku speaks for itself. Omigawa currently ranked #6, but in my opinion, anything other than Top 5 or even Top 3 for Omigawa is quite questionable.
|Clay Guida (Unranked in Lightweight Division)
"The Carpenter" is currently on an impressive three-fight winning streak, collecting two Submission of the Night Bonuses in process. Victories over Takanori Gomi and Rafael dos Anjos were a clear sign of Guida's intetions. Yes, Lightweight division is stacked, but I'm pretty sure there's a room in Top 10 for a fighter like the relentless "Carpenter".
|Paul Daley (Ranked #9 in Welterweight Division)
Daley is 3-0 since his release from the UFC, ending 2010 with a Knockout of the Year victory against Scott Smith. Similar to Omigawa, Daley is 7-1 since 2009, losing only to Josh Koscheck via Decision in the infamous UFC 113 contest. His current rank is not that bad, but somehow I feel "Semtex" is well-worth at least a #7 spot, right behind his arch-nemesis Josh Koscheck.
|Wanderlei Silva (Ranked #8 in Middleweight Division)
"The Axe Murderer" is negative 2-5 in the last four years, winning only against Keith Jardine and Michael Bisping. His current position as #8 Middleweight in the World is a little bit confusing. I'm a huge fan of Wanderlei Silva and have a lot of respect for his achievements as a fighter, but the fact remains the same - he is still far away from being ranked as a Top 10 Middleweight. Jorge Santiago and Robbie Lawler for example, are more than worthy to be placed on the rankings instead Wanderlei Silva.
|Anthony Pettis (Ranked #4 in Lightweight Division)
Yes, the "Showtime Kick" was great. But #4? Above (7-0 in the UFC) George Sotiropoulos, and Eddie Alvarez? Sotiropoulos and Alvarez faced a significantly tougher competition than Anthony Pettis, and definitely should be ranked higher than the WEC Lightweight Champ. Young "Showtime" will have plenty of opportunities to prove his worth, but he's yet to solidify his place as Top 5 Lightweight.