With the first event of February now in the books it’s time to hand out the latest MMA fighter rankings. The past month saw three UFC events and two Strikeforce events take place with many of the ranked fighters, including three current champions successfully defended their titles.

The latest rankings have three new fighters on the list because of their impressive performances that pushed them into the top five. Mark Hominick defeated George Roop at UFC 125 and earned himself a spot in the top five along with a title shot against Jose Aldo. Ant newcomer to the featherweight rankings is Chad Mendes who defeated previously ranked Michihiro Omigawa last weekend at UFC 126. The last addition to the rankings is bantamweight Demetrious Johnson who grabbed the 5th spot with a dominant win over Kid Yamamoto at UFC 126 as well.

The big loser on this months ranks were Mike Brown and Michihiro Omigawa who both lost this past month and found themselves out of the top five. Vitor Belfort dropped two spots down to the 5th position after being knocked out by Anderson Silva in the first round last Saturday at UFC 126.

As we stated in last 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. Here are the latest MMA fighter Rankings:

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

Heavyweight (205lbs. – 265lbs.)

1. Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Fedor Emelianenko
4. Alistair Overeem
5. Brock Lesnar

Light Heavyweight (205lbs.) 

1. Mauricio Rua
2. Rashad Evans
3. Rampage Jackson
4. Jon Jones []
5. Lyoto Machida [↓]

Middleweight (185lbs.) 

1. Anderson Silva
2. Yushin Okami
3. Ronaldo Souza [↑]
4. Chael Sonnen [↑]
5. Vitor Belfort  [↓]

Welterweight (170lbs.)

1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. jake Shields [↑]
4. Nick Diaz
5. Josh Koscheck [↓]

Lightweight (155lbs.)

1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gray Maynard
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. B.J. Penn
5. Eddie Alvarez 

Featherweight (145lbs.)

1. Jose Aldo
2. Hatsu Hioki [↑]
3. Mark Hominick [•]
4. Chad Mendes [•]
5. Manny Gamburyan [↓]

Bantamweight (135lbs.)

1.Dominik Cruz
2. Joseph Benavides
3. Scott Jorgenson
4. Miguel Torres
5. Demetrious Johnson []

Ranks as of 2/6/2011

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