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Junior Dos Santos remains on top of MMA heavyweight rankings

June 19, 2012|By Todd Martin
  • Junior Dos Santos is the top-ranked heavyweight in The Times' June MMA rankings.
Junior Dos Santos is the top-ranked heavyweight in The Times' June… (Jason Merritt / Getty Images )

Heavyweight 1. Junior Dos Santos2. Cain Velasquez3. Alistair Overeem4. Daniel Cormier5. Fabricio Werdum6. Josh Barnett7. Frank Mir8. Antonio Silva9. Fedor Emelianenko10. Travis Browne Junior Dos Santos did exactly what he was expected to do at UFC 146, dispatching Frank Mir with ease to retain his UFC heavyweight title. Mir was too slow to deal with Dos Santos’ boxing and succumbed to the Brazilian via second round TKO. Dos Santos will have a much tougher fight next time around, a rematch with former champion Cain Velasquez. Velasquez was impressive in his destruction of Antonio Silva on the same event and will now look to avenge the only loss of his MMA career against Dos Santos. Light Heavyweight 1. Jon Jones2. Rashad Evans3. Dan Henderson4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua5. Lyoto Machida6. Gegard Mousasi7. Ryan Bader8. Phil Davis9. Alexander Gustafsson10. Quinton Jackson The 205 pound division was mostly inactive in the past month. The biggest fight in the division was likely the long awaited UFC debut of Glover Teixeira. Teixeira showed why UFC has wanted to sign him for so long in a fast, one-sided win over Kyle Kingsbury. Teixeira is dangerous enough that Mauricio Rua flatly refused a fight with the up and comer. Middleweight 1. Anderson Silva2. Chael Sonnen3. Mark Munoz4. Vitor Belfort5. Michael Bisping6. Yushin Okami7. Hector Lombard8. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza9. Alan Belcher10. Rousimar Palhares On July 7, the biggest fight of the year will take place. Anderson Silva defends his UFC middleweight title in a grudge rematch against Chael Sonnen. Sonnen gave Silva the toughest fight of his UFC career by far, but Silva pulled out a shocking comeback win with a triangle choke in the final round. That didn’t stop the stream of trash talk directed by Sonnen at Silva, leading up to the hotly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas. Welterweight 1. Georges St. Pierre2. Carlos Condit3. Johny Hendricks4. Nick Diaz5. Martin Kampmann6. Jon Fitch7. Jake Ellenberger8. Jake Shields9. Josh Koscheck10. Rory MacDonald Martin Kampmann derailed Jake Ellenberger’s plans for a UFC welterweight title shot with a come from behind TKO win June 1. Kampmann now finds himself in the mix for a title shot at the winner of the Georges St. Pierre-Carlos Condit title unification bout November in Montreal. If he beats Johny Hendricks on the same event, he will likely get the next crack. Lightweight 1. Ben Henderson2. Gilbert Melendez3. Frank Edgar4. Gray Maynard5. Nate Diaz6. Clay Guida7. Anthony Pettis8. Jim Miller9. Michael Chandler10. Eddie Alvarez It was a rough month for a pair of UFC lightweight fighters looking to break their way into the contender mix. At UFC 146, Jacob Volkmann’s five fight winning streak came to an end when he unwisely elected to take Paul Sass to the ground and was submitted by the jiu jitsu expert. Then, Jamie Varner made a triumphant return to the UFC by handing Edson Barboza the first loss of his MMA career. Featherweight 1. Jose Aldo2. Hatsu Hioki3. Pat Curran4. “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung5. Chad Mendes6. Erik Koch7. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire8. Dustin Poirier9. Tatsuya Kawajiri10. Dennis Siver Charles Oliveira won his second fight at featherweight since dropping down from l55 pounds, submitting Jonathan Brookins. Oliveira could find himself in the top 10 shortly with his natural talent standing and on the ground. Diego Brandao, on the other hand, is unlikely to any time soon following an upset loss to Darren Elkins. Brandao was dangerous early but disappointingly faded as the fight went on once again. Bantamweight 1. Dominick Cruz2. Urijah Faber3. Renan Barao4. Michael McDonald5. Brian Bowles6. Miguel Torres7. Eduardo Dantas8. Bibiano Fernandes9. Brad Pickett10. Eddie Wineland Following an injury to Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber and Renan Barao will battle to crown an interim UFC bantamweight champion in the main event of UFC 149. It will be a tough task for the veteran Faber to defeat the 25-year-old Barao who has compiled a 28-1 (1 NC) record since losing his first MMA contest.

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