The Rankings: The Middleweights: Jan 21, 2013


The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto's rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Middleweights. 

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto, Sanford & Son – old school MMA head and Slavoj Žižek zealotDave Kelsey – 2011 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, Daniel Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto and PrelimPickerspeeds – Sports Two MMA Forum, and MMA journalist (FIGHT!,, Keyboard Kimura) E. Spencer Kyte.

*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings

(click on fighter's name for detailed scouting report)

1) (Previous Ranking: 1) Anderson Silva – UFC Middleweight Champion – 60 points (out of 60)

anderson silva on cage

    Record: 33-4
    Last Five Fights: 5-0 
    Record vs Top 10: 2-1 (W-Okami, w-Belfort, L-Okami)
    Next Fight: TBA

The Spider vanquished his biggest rival yet (and Stephen Bonnar, to boot).  But what (who) is next?  

2) (2) Chris Weidman – UFC – 54 points 
          Last Five Fights: 5-0 
          Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Munoz) 
          Next Fight: TBA

Chris Weidman is rocketing up the middleweight rankings – but what's the point if the champion refuses to fight you?

3) (9Vitor Belfort – UFC – 11 points 
           Record: 22-10
           Last Five Fights: 3-2
           Record vs Top 10: 1-1 (W-Bisping, L-Silva)
           Next Fight: TBA

The "old lion" showed Michael Bisping and the rest of the MMA world that he has lots of bite left in him.


4) (7) Mark Munoz – UFC – 32 points
           Record: 12-3
           Last Five Fights: 4-1 
           Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Weidman, L-Okami)
           Next Fight: TBA

The Filipino Wrecking Machine is 0-2 now versus the world's top middleweights.


5) (tied) (6) Yushin Okami – UFC – 31 points
                      Record: 28-7
                      Last Five Fights: 3-2
                      Record vs Top 10: 4-2 (W-Belcher, L-Boetsch, L-Silva, W-Munoz, W-Belcher, W-Silva)
                      Next Fight: vs # 7 Hector Lombard – UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs Stann – Mar 3rd

It wasn't pretty, but Thunder Okami got himself another win versus a top 10 middleweight.


5) (tied) (5) Luke Rockhold – UFC – 31 points
                     Record: 10-1
                     Last Five Fights: 5-0 
                     Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                     Next Fight: TBA

Who will the Strikeforce champion's first UFC opponent be?


7) (tied) (4) Michael Bisping – UFC – 20 points 

michael bisping vs jorge rivera

    Record: 23-5
    Last Five Fights: 3-2
    Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Belfort)  
    Next Fight: TBA

Once a midcard talent, always a midcard talent.


7) (tied) (10) Hector Lombard – UFC – 20 points
                        Record: 32-3-1 (1)
                        Last Five Fights: 4-1
                        Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Boetsch)
                        Next Fight: vs #5 Yushin Okami – UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs Stann – Mar 3rd

Now THAT was the Hector Lombard the UFC thought they were getting when they signed him to a lucrative contract.


9) (3) Tim Boetsch – UFC – 17 points 
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Lombard, W-Okami)
           Next Fight: TBA

Another possible opponent for Anderson Silva bites the dust.

10) (7) Alan Belcher – UFC – 10 points 
             Last Five Fights: 4-1
             Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Okami, L-Okami)
             Next Fight: TBA

Sorry Mr. Belcher, but Yushin appears to have your number.


Bubbling under: Ronaldo Souza, Costa Philippou, Brian Stann, Cung Le



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