"World Pound-4-Pound Rankings"

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-Dave Doyle







10 (tie). Dan Henderson

Points: 16

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Middleweight

Hometown: Temecula, Calif.

Record: 25-7 (won last three)

Last month’s ranking: unranked

Most recent result: def. Michael Bisping, KO R2, July 11

Analysis: It might not have been fair that Henderson dropped out of the Top 10 to begin with: He took two rounds out of five from Quinton Jackson and scored a rare round victory over Anderson Silva during his consecutive losses before his current win streak. But there’s no question he has rebounded.


10 (tie). Rashad Evans

Points: 16

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Light heavyweight

Hometown: Lansing, Mich.

Record: 13-1-1 (lost past one)

Last month’s ranking: 9

Most recent result: lost to Lyoto Machida, R2 TKO, May 23

Analysis: Recently finished filming “The Ultimate Fighter 10” and will remain on the sidelines until meeting Jackson in December.


9. Brock Lesnar

Points: 24

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Heavyweight

Hometown: Webster, S.D.

Record: 4-1 (won last three)

Last month’s ranking: unranked

Most recent result: def. Frank Mir, R2 TKO, July 11

Analysis: Spare us the indignant emails: Lesnar belongs. He has steamrolled three top-10 heavyweights in a row, two of them UFC title claimants, and rarely been challenged in the process.


8. Quinton Jackson

Points: 49

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Light heavyweight

Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

Record: 30-7 (won last two)

Last month’s ranking: 8

Most recent result: def. Keith Jardine, unanimous decision, March 7

Analysis: See Rashad Evans’ analysis.


7. Mike Brown

Points: 65

Affiliation: WEC

Weight class: Featherweight (WEC featherweight champion)

Hometown: Portland, Maine

Record: 22-4 (won last 10)

Last month’s ranking: 9

Most recent result: def. Urijah Faber, unanimous decision, June 7

Analysis: Won’t be getting any layup title defenses anytime soon, as Jose Aldo, perhaps the most well-rounded lighter-weight striker in the game, is up next.


6. B.J. Penn

Points: 85

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Lightweight (UFC lightweight champion)

Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii

Record: 13-5-1 (lost past one)

Last month’s ranking: 6

Most recent result: lost to Georges St. Pierre, doctor stoppage after R4, Jan. 31

Analysis: Penn has yet to close the book on whether he will be best remembered for his motivated best or his unmotivated worst, and thus he has a ton to prove in his Aug. 8 title defense against Kenny Florian.


5. Lyoto Machida

Points: 105

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Light heavyweight

Hometown: Belem, Brazil

Record: 15-0

Last month’s ranking: 4

Most recent result: def. Rashad Evans, R2 TKO, May 23

Analysis: Will begin training in earnest soon for his October title defense against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.


4. Miguel Angel Torres

Points:122 (1 first-place vote)

Affiliation: WEC

Weight class: Bantamweight (WEC bantamweight champion)

Hometown: East Chicago, Ind.

Record: 36-1 (won past 17)

Last month’s ranking: 5

Most recent result: def. Takeya Mizugaki, unanimous decision, April 5

Analysis: Has a pattern of running over American opponents, followed by barnburners against Japanese foes. Will this repeat when he meets the unbeaten Brian Bowles?


3. Anderson Silva

Points: 144

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Middleweight (UFC middleweight champion)

Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil

Record: 23-4 (won past nine)

Last month’s ranking: 3 (tie)

Most recent result: def. Thales Leites, unanimous decision, April 18

Analysis: No matter how much Dana White pushes Silva as the world’s best, Silva will need to come through against Forrest Griffin in order to remain in the conversation.


2. Fedor Emelianenko

Points: 163 (eight first-place votes)

Affiliation: Affliction/M-1 (WAMMA champion; never lost PRIDE title)

Weight class: Heavyweight

Hometown: Stary Oskol, Russia

Record: 30-1, one no-contest (won past 10)

Last month’s ranking: 1 (tie)

Most recent result: def. Andrei Arlovski, R1 KO, Jan. 24

Analysis: The Zuffa organization, which owns the UFC and the WEC, clearly has the best in the world at six of the seven major weight classes. The one exception is heavyweight. Lesnar has the UFC crown, but the real world champion, Fedor, will face Josh Barnett in Anaheim, Calif. on Aug. 1.


1. Georges St. Pierre

Points: 170 (nine first-place votes)

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Welterweight (UFC welterweight champion)

Hometown: Saint-Isidore, Quebec

Record: 19-2 (won past six)

Last month’s ranking: 1 (tie)

Most recent result: def. Thiago Alves, unanimous decision, July 11

Analysis: Jon Fitch and Alves are both so good that if GSP didn’t exist, it would be easy to envision either as a legit welterweight champion. And yet St. Pierre pitched a 10-round shutout against the duo. Who is going to provide him a challenge at 170 pounds?


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Votes for others: Urijah Faber 14; Shinya Aoki, Kenny Florian 5; Jake Shields 2; Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch 1.




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"A baseball player goes spikes-first into second base to break up a double play. A pitcher keeps a batter honest with a high heater inside. A hockey power forward follows through on a bone-crunching hit and scoops up the loose puck. A safety breaks up a pass attempt with a hit that knocks a wide receiver out of his shoes.

All of the above are brutal examples of things that can go down within the confines of a sport's rulebook. And we can add another to the list: Dan Henderson's "late hit" on Michael Bisping on Saturday at UFC 100.

The means of finishing a mixed martial arts fight under unified rules are simple: You go until the referee ends the match or your opponent submits. Henderson delivered his second-round knockout punch and geared up for his follow-up before Bisping hit the ground. He followed with a straight forearm shiver (it has been called everything from a punch to an elbow, but the replay clearly shows Henderson's forearm landing flush on Bisping's face), then stopped immediately as referee Mario Yamasaki called off the fight

Did the extra shot reach the boundaries of acceptability? Sure. But Henderson is a cagey veteran who knows exactly where the line is, and he pushed right up to it without crossing.

Bottom line: Those who understand MMA know that Henderson's shot was acceptable; those who don't likely never will follow the sport anyway.

Henderson's performance, his third straight victory, put the Team Quest fighter back into the top 10, as he tied with Rashad Evans for the No. 10 spot. That's not the only repercussion of the July 11 festivities. Georges St. Pierre broke his three-month tie atop the poll with Fedor Emelianenko after his dominant performance over Thiago Alves by claiming the top spot for himself. Emelianenko did not lose any support, but St. Pierre picked up all of Anderson Silva's June first-place votes, and several voters who previously had ranked St. Pierre third bumped him up to second behind the Russian monster.

And UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar cracked the top 10 with his dominant performance over Frank Mir. Lesnar debuts at No. 9.

Lesnar's postfight antics were the talk of the sports world earlier this week, as the national punditry belatedly tore into Lesnar after realizing they were caught asleep at the wheel on a major event.

A few actually showed up at UFC 100, some of whom apparently spent as much time complaining about their cageside seats as actually watching the fights. Most of the rest have never watched an MMA event in their careers and didn't see anything except select Lesnar clips before rehashing their clichéd slams.

But here's a thought: Does their opinion even matter anymore? This month marks the second anniversary of the Y! Sports Top 10 poll. As you can see from our list of this month's pollsters, nearly every major sports website of note, as well as several newspapers and wire services, has at least one competent, knowledgeable professional journalist assigned to MMA. While the dinosaurs of the sports journalism world wheeze their "you kids with your long hair and your rock 'n' roll music" act, most MMA fans simply tune them out and find the information they seek, whether it is on Yahoo! Sports, SI.com, AOL Fanhouse, MMA-specific sites like MMAWeekly and MMAjunkie, or a ton of other sources. The sport has gotten this far without the approval of the talking heads, does it really need them now?"

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It has been said before, and it will be said again; but it's mind-boggling how Penn can end up at #6 on a P4P list. Penn has 3 big wins career-wide: Hughes (2004), Gomi (2005), and Sherk. Beating Stevenson and Pulver doesn't make someone a P4P great---they've both recently lost to lots of other people. So basically, Penn has one significant win in the last 4.5 years, and yet Doyle & company want someone to believe that he's higher on a P4P list than guys like Rampage, Hendo, or MTB?

Ridiculous.

But at the same time, he's put on an MMA Clinic in his wins over Pulver, Sherk, and Stevenson.  He hasn't looked challenged in any of his fights at 155.  If he DESTROYS Florian, it'll be hard not to place him in the Top 5 p4p.  If he battles Florian tightly, I'll suspect he'll drop further.

 How is Lesnar in the P4P discussion when he hasn't ever fought a guy within 20 pounds of himself? Are they seriously suggesting that if he were the same size as his opponents, he would be one of the 10 best fighters in the world? I guess the fact that they think Heath Herring was top 10 when Brock beat him says a bit about their MMA knowledge.

i dont think some of you know what it means

 Lol at Rashads TKO loss to Machida. He got KTFO!!!

Fedor #1, GSP#2.

As for the above, well Silva has hardly look great against average and above average MW's in the last few fights. GSP has dominated his weight class more in the past couple of years.