LowKick.com Community MMA Rankings Recap for November 19thPosted on November 22, 2010, 07:56 AM by Anton Gurevich
LowKick.com Community MMA Rankings continued from November 1st to 19th, finishing just one day before yesterday's UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida event. Those 19 days were full of discussions about who should be considered as one of the Top Pound for Pound fighters in the World, with Alistair Overeem being as a main subject of controversy. But the most amazing to happen in this edition of rankings, is that Cain Velasquez managed to surpass Fedor Emelianenko, to capture the #1 HW spot. Velasquez also stormed the P4P rankings, currently occupying the 6th position.
We would like also to announce that the new rankings are already open for voting. The current vote will end on December 8th, three days before Georges St. Pierre's UFC Welterweight Title defense against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in Montreal, Canada.
Pound for Pound
Newly crowned UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez solidifies his place in the Top 10 P4P Rankings, surprisingly occupying the 6th position in the list. Also, it looks like LowKick.com Community members were slightly affected by Dana White's comments on Alistair Overeem, as "The Demolition Man" drops one place from 8th to 9th spot on the Pound for Pound rankings. Nothing new in Top 3, as GSP, Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko top the most presitigous list in MMA.
Cain Velasquez dethroned Fedor Emelianenko, and is now considered as the #1 HW on the Planet, according to nearly 250 Top 10 Heavyweight lists. Also, the "Dana White Effect" continues to influence Alistair Overeem's place in the rankings. Megareem dropped one place to 4th spot on the HW rankings. Brock Lesnar is the biggest loser in this edition, dropping down to 5th place.
It will be interesting to see what will be Lyoto Machida's rank come December 8th, as "The Dragon" continued to occupy his slot as the #2 Light Heavyweight in the world, above the next title challenger Suga Rashad Evans. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira lost his place in the list, as Ryan Bader and Forrest Griffin improved their positions. Strikeforce 205 Champion Rafael Cavalcante made his debut, closing the list on 10th place.
Nate Marquardt's defeat against Yushin Okami cost him a place in the Top 3 of Middleweight rankings, dropping down to the 5th place on the list. Hector Lombard's victory over Alexander Shlemenko continued to pay dividends, as the Bellator Middleweight King moved up to the 9th spot. Dan Henderson will be moved to the Light Heavyweight rankings ahead of his bout against Babalu Sobral (replaced by Tom Lawlor).
The fans were not impressed by Jake Shield's victory over Martin Kampmann, as the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion continued to occupy the 4th spot, behind GSP, Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck. Also, as expected, Dan Hardy lost his place as the Top 10 170-pounder, allowing Carlos Condit to move up to 6th place in the rankings. BJ Penn's position will be the most intriguing thing in December 8th edition of the rankings, after "The Prodigy" destroyed Matt Hughes at the UFC 123 co-headliner.
Despite losing to Sean Sherk, Evan Dunham entered the Top 10 Lightweight rankings on 10th place. George Sotiropoulos moved up to 8th place, but he's surely expected to threat the Top 5 ranked fighters, after a convincing victory over Joe Lauzon. Ben Henderson will look to defend his title against Anthony Pettis, as a victory might also improve his position in the rankings. So LowKick'ers, there's plenty to vote for until December 8th!