Analysis: MMA Fighter Rankings for May 2011

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The month of April only saw two major events between the UFC and Strikeforce, even Bellator took a weekend off during the month. With the lack of action there wasn’t much movement in the rankings as only six fighters in the rankings fought last month.

The six that did fight went 4-2 in their matches but those two loses were from fighters that were facing the top guy in their division. Both Jake Shields and Mark Hominick lost their title fights by unanimous decision at UFC 130 and barely moved in the ranks. While Hominick stayed in the same spot, Jake Shields dropped one spot due mainly because his friend and Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz defeated Paul Daley this month.

Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Melendez and Jose Aldo all won their title fights and stayed in their current spot. Melendez though will most likely move up to the number two spot once the Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard trilogy is completed this month at UFC 130.

The month of May only has one UFC event and no Strikeforce events, but Bellator will be closing out their forth season and four tournament champions will be crowned. The Bellator Middleweight champion, Hector Lombard who finds himself at #5 the rankings this month will be in action later this month.

As we state with ever months rankings: 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. Chael Sonnen 
5. Hector Lombard []

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. Miguel Torres

Ranks as of 5/5/2011

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