LowKick.com Community MMA Rankings for January 25thPosted on January 27, 2011, 05:51 AM by Anton Gurevich
This edition of LowKick.com Community MMA Rankings continued from December 13th to January 25th, with WEC 53, Dynamite!! 2010 and UFC 125 being the most important events in the spotlight. This edition of rankings closes just before Nick Diaz's Strikeforce Welterweight title defense against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, as Anderson Silva will defend his UFC Middleweight gold against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 mega-event on February 5th.
Rankings will be re-opened on February 15th, after Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg, UFC 126 and Strikeforce vs. Bigfoot. And will be closed on March 15th, four days before UFC 128: Rua vs. Evans
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Pound for Pound
Dominick Cruz's impressive performance earned him the #10 spot on this edition of LowKick Community Pound for Pound rankings, while the rest of the list remained quite the same. Next two months will be crucial for Pound for Pound rankings, with Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, BJ Penn and Jon Fitch fighting in February, as Alistair Overeem, Shogun Rua and Fabricio Werdum are expected to fight in March.
This month UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez continued to occupy the 1st row of Heavyweight rankings. Number one contender for UFC Heavyweight title Junior dos Santos dropped one place in the rankings, allowing Alistair Overeem to close the Top 3 with a slight advantage. Upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament includes four of LowKick.com Top 10 Heavyweights: Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. All on the same side of the bracket.
UFC 126 participants Jon Jones and Ryan Bader will fight for a Top 3 spot in Light Heavyweight rankings on February 12th, as the winner is also expected to get a shot at Shogun Rua's UFC Light Heavyweight title. Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael Cavalcante closes the list on 10th place, as the title challenger Dan Henderson ranked 8th, and former Champion Gegard Mousasi is 7th.
No changes in Middleweight rankings this month, as UFC's Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami form the Top 3. Belfort and Anderson Silva will square off for the UFC Middleweight title next weekend, headlining UFC 126 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of the fight will square off against Yushin Okami, who earned his title shot by defeating Nate Marquardt at UFC 122 in Germany.
Georges St. Pierre's triumph at UFC 124 dropped Josh Koscheck to 6th place on the rankings, allowing Thiago Alves and Nick Diaz to form the Top 5. Ranked #9, Paul Daley will square off against the DEEP Welterweight Champion Yuya Shirai on February 26th at BAMMA 5 event in England, as the victory could catapult "Semtex" to the 5-8 region in the rankings. The situation is not expected to change until George St. Pierre and Jake Shields will fight for Welterweight supremacy on April 30th, at the long-anticipated UFC 139 in Toronto, Canada.
Gray Maynard solidified his place as #2 Lightweight in the World, after a dramatic Draw in the UFC Lightweight title fight against Frankie Edgar and UFC 125. Anthony Pettis is the most surprising entry this month, positioning himself at #4, ahead the likes of George Sotiropoulos and Eddie Alvarez. Jim Miller's submission victory over Charles Oliveira earned him the #10 spot in the rankings, as Takanori Gomi and Evan Dunham found themselves out of the list.