MMA Fighter RankingsWith Bellator still on summer vacation the UFC filled the month of April with four fight cards featuring nine fighters that appeared on last months MMA Valor Fighter Rankings. Two of those nine were champions who successfully defeated their titles and five of the other seven also walked away with victories this past month.

The unfortunate two that lost last month were lightweight Gilbert Melendez and heavyweight Frank Mir. Both former champions were facing fellow top ranked fighters on the UFC on FOX card and lost via decision. Melendez faced UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and came very close to dethroning the champ and despite the loss he remains as the #2 ranked 155 pound fighter this month. Mir faced Strikeforce Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier on the same UFC on FOX card. He unanimous decision loss was his second consecutive defeat and dropped him out of the heavyweight top five. Cormier takes his place as the #4 heavyweight and moving into the #5 position is Antonio Silva, who will be facing UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the end of the month.

On tap for the month of May are two more UFC events with seven currently ranked fighter scheduled to fight. Bellator is still off until their summer series begins on June 19th.

As always 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 MMA fighter Rankings:

Key – [C] = Champion, [IC] = Interim Champion

Heavyweight Division (205lbs. – 265lbs.):

1. Cain Velasquez [C], 2. Junior Dos Santos, 3. Fabricio Werdum, 4. Daniel Cormier, 5. Antonio Silva

Knocking on the door: Josh Barnett, Roy Nelson

Light Heavyweight Division (205lbs.):

1. Jon Jones [C], 2. Lyoto Machida, 3. Alexander Gustafsson, 4. Glover Teixeira, 5. Dan Henderson

  • Knocking on the door: Phil Davis, Jimi Manuwa, Mauricio Rua, Emanuel Newton, James Te Huna, Gegard Mousasi

Middleweight Division (185lbs.):

1. Anderson Silva [C], 2. Luke Rockhold, 3. Chris Weidman, 4. Vitor Belfort, 5. Michael Bisping

  • Knocking on the door: Alexander Shlemenko [C], Ronaldo Souza, Yushin Okami, , Mark Munoz

Welterweight Division (170lbs.):

1. Georges St. Pierre [C], 2. Carlos Condit, 3. Nick Diaz, 4. Johny Hendricks, 5. Ben Askren [C]

  • Knocking on the door: Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger, Demian Maia, Mike Pyle, Tyron Woodely, Dong Hyun Kim, Matt Brown
Benson Henderson vs Gilbert Melendez - MMA fighter Rankings

Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez remain #1 and #2 in the Lightweight Fighter Rankings this month

Lightweight Division (155 lbs.):

1. Benson Henderson [C], 2. Gilbert Melendez, 3. Gray Maynard, 4. Michael Chandler [C], 5. Anthony Pettis

  • Knocking on the door: Eddie Alvarez, TJ Grant , Josh Thomson, Pat Healy

Featherweight Division (145lbs.):

1. Jose Aldo [C], 2. Pat Curran [C], 3. Chad Mendes, 4. Ricardo Lamas, 5. Chan Sung Jung

  • Knocking on the door:  Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Nik Lentz

Bantamweight Division (135lbs.):

1. Dominik Cruz [C], 2. Renan Barao [IC], 3. Urijah Faber, 4. Eddie Wineland, 5. Michael McDonald

  • Knocking on the door:  Eduardo Dantas [C], Raphael Assuncao

Flyweight Division (125lbs.):

1. Demetrious Johnson [C], 2. Joseph Benavides, 3. John Dodson, 4. Louis Gaudinot, 5. Ian McCall

  • Knocking on the door: Louis Gaudinot, Darrel Montague, John Moraga

Pound 4 Pound Rankings:

1. Anderson Silva, 2. Jon Jones, 3. Georges St.Pierre, 4. Jose Aldo, 5. Benson Henderson

MMA Fighter Rankings as of 5/3/2013

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