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Cat--Smasher
06-03-2011, 05:11 PM
Ariel Helwani's Official (June) MMA Top 10 Lists / Rankings


HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Cain Velasquez (9-0) – The champ is hoping to return on Oct. 8 against the winner of Lesnar vs. dos Santos.
2. Junior dos Santos (12-1) – Faces Shane Carwin at UFC 131 on June 11.
3. Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1) – Faces Alistair Overeem on June 18.
4. Brock Lesnar (5-2) – Lesnar had surgery to remove 12 inches of his colon at the end of May. The UFC is hopeful he will return in January.
5. Alistair Overeem (34-11, 1 NC) - See #3.
6. Antonio Silva (16-2) – He will wait for the winner of Overeem-Werdum.
7. Fedor Emelianenko (31-3, 1 NC) – Will face Dan Henderson on July 30 in a heavyweight bout.
8. Shane Carwin (12-1) – See #2.
9. Frank Mir (15-5) – Defeated Roy Nelson via unanimous decision at UFC 130.
10. Roy Nelson (15-7) - See #9.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Jon Jones – (13-1) – Is ‘Rampage’ Jackson next for him?
2. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-5) – Faces Forrest Griffin at UFC 134.
3. Rashad Evans (15-1-1) – Will now face Phil Davis in August at UFC 133.
4. Quinton Jackson (32-8) – A solid win over Matt Hamill. Is Jon Jones next for him?
5. Lyoto Machida (17-2) – Machida snapped his two-fight losing streak in most impressive fashion at UFC 129.
6. Forrest Griffin (18-6) – See #2.
7. Dan Henderson (27-8) – Looks like he will face Fedor Emelianenko in a heavyweight bout later this summer.
8. Ryan Bader (12-1) – Will face Tito Ortiz at UFC 132.
9. Phil Davis (9-0) – See #3.
10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-5) – Faces Rich Franklin at UFC 133 in August.

MIDDLEWEIGHT
1. Anderson Silva (28-4) – Faces Yushin Okami at UFC: 134 in August.
2. Chael Sonnen (25-11-1) – He can reapply for a license in California at the end of June.
3. Yushin Okami (26-5) – See #1.
4. Nate Marquardt (31-10-2) – We’ll keep him here until he makes his welterweight debut in June.
5. Demian Maia (14-2) – Faces Mark Munoz at UFC 131 in June.
6. Michael Bisping (21-3) – Will coach TUF opposite Jason “Mayhem” Miller and then they’ll fight in December.
7. Ronaldo Souza (14-2, 1 NC) – No idea who is next for him yet.
8. Vitor Belfort (19-9) – Faces Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 in August.
9. Brian Stann (11-3) – Massive win over Jorge Santiago. Would have liked to see him fight Bisping next.
10. Alan Belcher (16-6) – Faces Jason MacDonald in September.

WELTERWEIGHT
1. Georges St-Pierre (22-2) – No word on what’s next for him.
2. Jon Fitch (23-3-1, 1 NC) – Shoulder surgery will sideline him for at least five more months.
3. Jake Shields (26-5-1) – Wants BJ Penn next.
4. Nick Diaz (25-7, 1 ND) – Several hurdles (ie. Showtime) seem to be in the way of making Diaz vs. GSP.
5. Josh Koscheck (15-5) – Hopes to return by the end of the year.
6. Rick Story (13-3) – Welcome to the top 10, Rick Story. Big win over Thiago Alves at UFC 130.
7. BJ Penn (16-7-2) – A shoulder injury forced Penn to pull out of UFC 132.
8. Carlos Condit (26-5) – Faces Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 131.
9. Thiago Alves (18-9) – Tough loss to the lesser-known Rick Story at UFC 130.
10. Jake Ellenberger (24-5) – Coming off another solid win – this time against Sean Pierson at UFC 129.

LIGHTWEIGHT
1. Frankie Edgar (13-1-1) – Hopes to return to action against Gray Maynard in the fall.
2. Gray Maynard (10-0-1) - See above.
3. BJ Penn (16-7-1) - I still think Penn is one of the best lightweights in the world.
4. Gilbert Melendez (19-2) – Will face the winner of Masvidal-Noons or JZ-Wilcox.
5. Shinya Aoki (28-5, 1 NC) – Defeated Rich Clementi at DREAM: Fight for Japan.
6. Eddie Alvarez (22-2) – Defeated Pat Curran in his first Bellator title defense. Meets Mike Chandler later this year.
7. Jim Miller (20-2) – Faces Ben Henderson at UFC on Versus 5 in August.
8. Kenny Florian (13-5) – Dropping down to 145 to fight Diego Nunes in June.
9. Anthony Pettis (13-1) – Faces Clay Guida on June 4.
10. Dennis Siver (18-7) – Faces Matt Wiman at UFC 132.

FEATHERWEIGHT
1. Jose Aldo (19-1) – Was forced to pull out of his title fight against Chad Mendes due to lingering injuries.
2. Hatsu Hioki (24-4-2) – Vacated his Shooto title, plans on meeting with the UFC at UFC 131.
3. Chad Mendes (10-0) – Will face Rani Yahya at UFC 133.
4. Diego Nunes (16-1) – Welcomes Kenny Florian to the featherweight division at UFC 131.
5. Mark Hominick (20-9) – Wants to fight Chan Sung Jung next.
6. Manny Gamburyan (11-5) – Welcomes Tyson Griffin to the featherweight division at UFC on Versus 4.
7. Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1) – Faces Darren Elkins at UFC 131.
8. Marlon Sandro (17-2) – Faces Genair da Silva in the first round of Bellator’s featherweight tournament on June 25.
9. Joe Warren (7-1) – Defends his featherweight title against Patricio Freire at Bellator 47.
10. Dustin Poirier (9-1) – Faces Jason Young at UFC 131.

BANTAMWEIGHT
1. Dominick Cruz (17-1) – Defends his UFC title for the first time on July 2 against Urijah Faber.
2. Brian Bowles (9-1) – Faces Takeya Mizugaki on July 2.
3. Joseph Benavidez (14-2) – Faces Eddie Wineland at UFC on Versus 5.
4. Urijah Faber (25-4) – See #1.
5. Demetrious Johnson (8-1) – A solid, yet controversial win over Miguel Torres at UFC 130.
6. Miguel Torres (39-3) – See above.
7. Scott Jorgensen (11-4) – Faces Ken Stone on June 4.
8. Brad Pickett (20-5) – Forced to pull out of UFC 130 due to an undisclosed injury.
9. Eddie Wineland (17-7-1) – See #3.
10. Renan Barao (26-1, 1 NC) – Defeated Cole Escovedo at UFC 130; a major player in the UFC’s 135-pound division.

MALE POUND-FOR-POUND:
1. Anderson Silva (Brazil)
2. Georges St-Pierre (Canada)
3. Jon Jones (USA)
4. Jose Aldo (Brazil)
5. Frankie Edgar (USA)
6. Jon Fitch (USA)
7. Dominick Cruz (USA)
8. Cain Velasquez (USA)
9. Jake Shields (USA)
10. BJ Penn (USA)

FEMALE POUND-FOR-POUND:
1. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (10-1)
2. Zoila Gurgel (11-1)
3. Megumi Fujii (22-1)
4. Tara LaRosa (20-2)
5. Marloes Coenen (19-4)
6. Sarah Kaufman (13-1)
7. Miesha Tate (11-2)
8. Rosi Sexton (12-2)
9. Roxanne Modafferi (15-7)
10. Shayna Baszler (14-6)
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end it with a left
06-03-2011, 05:25 PM
I like how Cain is fighting the winner of Lesnar/Dos Santos than right after that Dos Santos is fighting Carwin... Nick Diaz vs GSP has been announced for a couple days and it says June in the title... so unless I'm wrong to assume this was written in June Ariel needs to work on his editing and keep his ear to the ground.... which I find weird for him as he usually does quite well in his interviews. Perhaps he should stick to reporting other peoples opinions and keep his to himself

Cat--Smasher
06-03-2011, 05:30 PM
I like how Cain is fighting the winner of Lesnar/Dos Santos than right after that Dos Santos is fighting Carwin... Nick Diaz vs GSP has been announced for a couple days and it says June in the title... so unless I'm wrong to assume this was written in June Ariel needs to work on his editing and keep his ear to the ground.... which I find weird for him as he usually does quite well in his interviews. Perhaps he should stick to reporting other peoples opinions and keep his to himself

I think this list was written in the last week of May. It has Rick Story moving up his division and the Dream results but not yet the GSP/Diaz official announcement.