LowKick.com Community MMA Rankings for March 15thPosted on March 16, 2011, 06:27 AM by Anton Gurevich
In this edition of LowKick.com Community MMA Rankings fans reacted to the dramatic changes in the sport. Fedor Emelianenko lost for the second consecutive time, Anderson Silva solidified his place as one of the greatest fighters in the world, and Dan Henderson who proved once again that for some fighters age means nothing.
Rankings window was opened on February 15th, and was closed yesterday, on March 15th. Next rankings window will be opened on March 22nd, three days after this weekend's UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones, and closed on April 25th just four days before UFC's first trip to the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada for UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields.
Oh, and here's some food for thought: Hector Lombard and Eddie Alvarez are the only ranked non-ZUFFA fighters, from Lightweight to Heavyweight.
So, you voted, you decided. Here's the results:
Pound for Pound
Anderson Silva's victory over Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 paid off, as "The Spider" dethroned Georges St. Pierre for the first time from the #1 spot at P4P rankings. Fedor Emelianenko's defeat against Antonio Silva saw him moving down to 9th place, as the young gun Jon Jones debuted in P4P list, occupying the prestigious 8th spot. Jon Jones's victory over Shogun Rua this weekend could catapult him up to the Top 5, in what could be one of the most impressive breakthroughs in the history of MMA.
Fedor Emelianenko lost his #2 spot in the rankings, moving down to 8th place in the rankings. The man who handed "The Last Emperor" his second defeat, Antonio Silva, improved his positions and currently occupies the 7th spot. TUF 13 coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos are both in the HW Top 5, while the Strikeforce, Dream, K-1 (and what's not) Champ Alistair Overeem is a few points behind "Cigano" at #3. The next high profile Heavyweight bout will see the mentioned above Alistair Overeem facing Fabricio Werdum (#5) at the first round of Strikeforce HW Grand Prix.
Shogun Rua and Jon "Bones" Jones will dispute the #1 Light Heavyweight spot this weekend, fighting for the UFC 205 Title at the main event of UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey. The "H-Bomb" inventor Dan Henderson improved his position and currently ranked at #7, as the fans gave Forrest Griffin's victory over Rich Franklin a higher value, moving him from #9 to #6. Previous #6 Ryan Bader moved to 10th place following the defeat against Jon Jones at UFC 126.
No surprises here (well, except Wanderlei Silva maybe). Anderson Silva continues his dominance of the 185-pound ranks, with a huge points advantage over the other fighters. Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza moved up to Top 5 after an impressive victory over Robbie Lawler, and in light of ZUFFA's purchase of Strikeforce could definitely be a worthy match-up for Silva in terms of rankings. This weekend's UFC 128 main card entertainer Nate Marquardt currently ranked at 6th.
BJ Penn moved up two places following the draw against Jon Fitch at UFC 127. As for Fitch, "The Ultimate Grinder" solidified his place as #2, above the current number one contender for the UFC Welterweight title Jake Shields. Despite the defeat against Diego Sanchez at UFC on Versus 3, Martin Kampmann still holds his #10 spot, while "The Dream" is yet to be seen in the rankings.
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez moved down to 4th place, allowing Anthony Pettis to enter the Top 3. "El Nino" fought only once last year, and will surely look to prove his worth against Tatsuya Kawajiri on April 9th. George Sotiropoulos kept his place in Top 5 despite the defeat against Dennis Siver, while another UFC Lightweight Title contender Jim Miller moved up to 8th. Miller will square off this weekend against Kamal Shalorus, as part of the main card action at UFC 128.