MMA Fighter Rankings for June 2011: Silva, St. Pierre, Velasquez

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The month of May has been quiet for the fighters on the rankings, unfortunately causing little movement amongst the divisions. Only three fights on the May rankings stepped into the cage last month, walking away with a 2-1 record.

With such little action, the rankings only saw two changes major changes and one minor.

The #5 ranked Bantamweight, Miguel Torres lost at UFC 130 to Demetrious Johnson by unanimous decision. The loss was his third in five fights and dropped the former champion out of the top five. Replacing him at #5 is another former champion in Brian Bowles who defeated Damacio Page last March and faces Takeya Mizugaki at next months UFC 132.

For reasons away from the Octagon, Chael Sonnen has been removed from the top five. Sonnen has been out of action since UFC 117 last August with numerous legal issues, including steroids and Money Laundering. Until Sonnen gets reinstated by the Athletic commissions he cannot fight and thus shouldn’t be on the list.

Replacing him at the #4 middleweight spot is Hector Lombard who defeated Falaniko Vitale at Bellator 44 last month. Lombard is riding a crazy 22 fight winning streak and debuted last month in the #5 spot. Claiming the now open #5 position is submission specialist Demain Maia who will be taking on the very tough Mark Munoz at this month’s UFC 131.

A quick look at next month show that three of the top 5 heavyweights will be in action, expect some movement there next month.

The goal here is to give you the best rankings that we can provide you with and of course a spot below for you to disagree and complain. So without further ado here is the latest fighter Rankings:

Key – [↑] = Moved up, [] = Moved Down, [•] = New to the list

Heavyweight (205lbs. – 265lbs.)

1. Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Alistair Overeem
4. Junior Dos Santos
5. Brock Lesnar

Light Heavyweight (205lbs.)

1. Jon Jones
2. Mauricio Rua
3. Rashad Evans
4. Rampage Jackson
5. Dan Henderson

Middleweight (185lbs.)

1. Anderson Silva
2. Yushin Okami
3. Ronaldo Souza
4. Hector Lombard [↑]
5. Demian Maia []

Welterweight (170lbs.)

1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Nick Diaz
4. Jake Shields
5. Josh Koscheck

Lightweight (155lbs.)

1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gray Maynard
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Eddie Alvarez
5. Anthony Pettis

Featherweight (145lbs.)

1. Jose Aldo
2. Hatsu Hioki
3. Mark Hominick
4. Chad Mendes
5. Manny Gamburyan

Bantamweight (135lbs.)

1.Dominik Cruz
2. Urijah Faber
3. Joseph Benavides
4. Scott Jorgenson
5. Brian Bowles [•]

Ranks as of 6/1/2011

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