Mixed Martial Arts

Velasquez back on top of division in TSN.ca's MMA rankings

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TSN.ca Staff
2/4/2013 7:45:50 PM
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Find out where the world's best fighters stand in the latest edition of the TSN.ca mixed martial arts rankings.

For a breakdown of the UFC champions click here.

Heavyweight

1) Cain Velasquez
2) Junior Dos Santos
3) Daniel Cormier
4) Alistair Overeem
5)Fabricio Werdum

Didn't Make The Cut: Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva, Frank Mir, Josh Barnett

Velasquez moves into the top spot after dethroning the former champ Dos Santos at UFC 155. Overeem's devastating loss to Bigfoot Silva at UFC 156 pushes him to the fourth spot. Cormier moves into the third spot as he remains undefeated. Since both Cormier and Werdum hold wins over Bigfoot (and his lopsided loss to Velasquez) he remains off our list.

Light Heavyweight

1) Jon Jones
2) Dan Henderson
3) Lyoto Machida
4) Gegard Mousasi
5) Alexander Gustafsson

Didn't Make The Cut: Ryan Bader, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen

Evan's uninspiring loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 pushes him out of the top five. Mousasi moves into the fourth spot with his first round victory over Mike Kyle last month in Strikeforce's final event. 

Middleweight

1) Anderson Silva
2) Vitor Belfort
3) Chris Weidman
4) Michael Bisping
5) Luke Rockhold

Didn't Make The Cut: Ronaldo Jacare Souza, Yushin Okami, Tim Boetsch

Belfort solidified the number two spot after his head kick TKO of Bisping at UFC on FX 7. Weidman moves into the third spot with Bisping's loss. Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami (at UFC on Fuel TV in March) and the additions of Strikeforce fighters Luke Rockhold and Jacare Souza should shuffle the rankings in the coming months.

Welterweight

1) Georges St. Pierre
2) Johny Hendricks
3) Carlos Condit
4) Nick Diaz
5) Rory MacDonald

Didn't Make The Cut: Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, Josh Koscheck

The rankings remain the same as a number of these fighters (GSP, Diaz, Condit, MacDonald and Hendricks) all fight on the stacked UFC 158 card in Montreal this March. Many will argue Maia should be on this list with his victory over Fitch at UFC 156, but we'd argue any of the top five could defeat Maia.

Lightweight

1) Ben Henderson
2) Gilbert Melendez
3) Anthony Pettis
4) Nate Diaz
5) Michael Chandler

Didn't Make The Cut: Gray Maynard, Jim Miller, Eddie Alvarez

No real movement, however with undefeated Bellator champion Chandler submitting Rick Hawn at Bellator 85, he moves into the top five. Matchups between Henderson vs. Melendez and Diaz vs. Thomson at UFC on FOX 7 should bring clarity to the division. 

Featherweight

1) Jose Aldo
2) Frankie Edgar
3) Pat Curran
4) Ricardo Lamas
5) Chad Mendes

Didn't Make The Cut: Erik Koch, Chan Sung Jung, Cub Swanson

Despite his loss at UFC 156, Edgar remains in the number two spot with a competitive performance against the champion Aldo. Curran solidifies his number three spot with a split decision victory over Patricio (Pitbull) Freire at Bellator 85. Lamas' victory over Koch (UFC on FOX: Dodson vs. Johnson) moves him into the number four spot (and keeps Koch out of the top five).

Bantamweight

1) Dominick Cruz
2) Renan Barao
3) Michael McDonald
4) Urijah Faber
5) Brad Pickett

Didn't Make The Cut: Bibiano Fernandes, Marcos Galvao, Eddie Wineland

No movement and Cruz still remains at the top of the rankings despite his inactivity. The UFC interim champion Barao defends his title against McDonald this month at UFC on FUEL 7 in a key matchup.

Flyweight

1) Demetrious Johnson
2) John Dodson
3) Joseph Benavidez
4) Ian McCall
5) Jussier da Silva

Didn't Make The Cut: Darrell Montague, Yashuiro Urushitani, Shinichi (BJ) Kojima

The rankings remain the same, as Johnson defended his title against Dodson at UFC on FOX 6. Benavidez solidifies his number three spot with his UFC 156 victory over McCall.

Cain Velasquez (Photo: Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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