The month of September was a tough month to endure for MMA fans as not one but two ZUFFA events were canceled. What was a stacked month of MMA quickly became an average month and the chance to turn the calendar to October could not come fast enough.
The month wasn’t a wash though because Bellator opened their seventh season on the last Friday of the month and promotions like BAMMA, XFC and other put on great events.
As always the goal here is to give you the best MMA 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 MMAValor.com MMA fighter Rankings:
Key – [↑] = Moved up, [↓] = Moved Down, [•] = New to the list
Heavyweight (205lbs. – 265lbs.)
1. Junior Dos Santos
2. Cain Velasquez
3. Fabricio Werdum
4. Frank Mir
5. Alistair Overeem
Knocking on the door: Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett, Shane Carwin, Travis Browne, Stefan Struve, Stipe Miocic
Note: Stefan Struve defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC on FUEL TV 5 and moved himself onto the list of those knocking on the door.
Light Heavyweight (205lbs.)
1. Jon Jones
2. Dan Henderson
3. Rashad Evans
4. Mauricio Rua
5. Lyoto Machida
Knocking on the door: Phil Davis, Ryan Jimmo, Alexander Gustafsson, Jimi Manuwa
Notes: Jon Jones got his first real scare against Vitor Belfort in the first round of UFC 152 but survived and retain his title.
1. Anderson Silva
2. Michael Bisping [↑]
3. Chael Sonnen [↓]
4. Luke Rockhold
5. Chris Weidman
Knocking on the door: Ronaldo Souza, Tim Boetsch, Alan Belcher, Jake Shields, Yushin Okami, Hector Lombard, Mark Munoz
Notes: Michael Bisping defeated Brian Stann at UFC 152 and it might be time for him to get that title shot. Anderson Silva though will be fighting at light heavyweight this month as he and Stephan Bonnar helped save UFC 153.
Knocking on the door: Rory MacDonald, Martin Kampmann, Josh Koscheck, John Hathaway, Jake Ellenberger, Erick Silva
Notes: When does Georges St-Pierre return?????
1. Ben Henderson
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Nate Diaz
5. Frankie Edgar
Knocking on the door: Michael Chandler, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, Pat Healy, Joe Lauzon
Notes: Gilbert Melendez was scheduled to fight this month but his injury led to the September 29th Strikeforce card being canceled.
1. Jose Aldo
2. Pat Curran
3. Chad Mendes
4. Hatsu Hioki
5. Patricio Freire
Knocking on the door: Joe Warren, Chan Sung Jung, Dustin Poirier, Erik Koch, Cub Swanson
Notes: After a brutal knockout of Charles Oliveira this month, Cub Swanson is knocking on the door of the featherweight division.
1. Dominik Cruz
2. Renan Barao
3. Urijah Faber
4. Michael McDonald
5. Brian Bowles
Knocking on the door: Mike Easton, Brad Pickett, Eduardo Dantas, Zach Makovsky, Scott Jorgenson
1. Demetrious Johnson [↑]
2. Joseph Benavides [↓]
3. Ian McCall
4. Jussier Da Silva
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani
Knocking on the door: John Dodson, Louis Gaudinot
Notes: After becoming the first ever UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson finds himself in the #1 spot.
MMA Rankings as of 10/1/2012