Mixed Martial Arts

Silva drops for the first time in TSN.ca's MMA rankings

James Lynch, TSN.ca
7/17/2013 7:54:42 PM
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Find out where the world's best fighters stand in the latest edition of the TSN.ca mixed martial arts rankings.

For a breakdown of the UFC champions click here.


1) Cain Velasquez
2) Junior Dos Santos
3) Daniel Cormier
4) Fabricio Werdum
5) Alistair Overeem

Didn't Make The Cut: Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva, Mark Hunt, Josh Barnett

Rankings are generally the same with Werdum moving up one spot after defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last month. An intriguing matchup between Overeem and Browne (UFC on FOX Sports 1) in August should create some movement in the division.

Light Heavyweight

1) Jon Jones
2) Lyoto Machida
3) Alexander Gustafsson
4) Glover Teixeira
5) Rashad Evans

Didn't Make The Cut: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Dan Henderson, Gegard Mousasi

Teixiera moves into the top five with his first round stoppage of James Te Huna (UFC 160). Evans also moves back into the top five with a unanimous decision victory over Dan Henderson (UFC 161).


1) Chris Weidman
2) Anderson Silva
3) Vitor Belfort
4) Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
5) Luke Rockhold

Didn't Make The Cut: Michael Bisping, Yushin Okami, Mark Munoz

Silva moves to the number two spot as Weidman becomes new middleweight champion in his upset win (UFC 162). Jacare moves into the fourth spot with his quick finish of Chris Camozzi (UFC on FX 8). Upcoming bouts between Jacare vs. Okami (UFC on FOX Sports 1) and Bisping vs. Munoz (TBA) should shake up the rankings in the coming months.


1) Georges St. Pierre
2) Johny Hendricks
3) Jake Ellenburger
4) Carlos Condit
5) Rory MacDonald

Didn't Make The Cut: Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, Nick Diaz

No movement on the rankings, but upcoming matchups between Ellenberger vs. MacDonald (UFC on FOX 8) and Kampmann vs. Condit 2 (UFC on FOX Sports 1 2) will surely shuffle the rankings.


1) Ben Henderson
2) Gilbert Melendez
3) Anthony Pettis
4) T.J. Grant 
5) Josh Thomson

Didn't Make The Cut: Michael Chandler, Nate Diaz, Gray Maynard

A first round knockout loss (UFC 160) puts Maynard out of the top five and inserts Canadian Grant into his fourth spot. An upcoming title bout between Pettis vs. Henderson (UFC 164) could shake up the top of the division.


1) Jose Aldo
2) Chad Mendes
3) Frankie Edgar
4) Pat Curran
5) Ricardo Lamas

Didn't Make The Cut: Erik Koch, Chan Sung Jung, Cub Swanson

Despite recent wins by Edgar and Swanson, there has been no movement in the division.


1) Dominick Cruz
2) Renan Barao
3) Urijah Faber
4) Brad Pickett
5) Michael McDonald

Didn't Make The Cut: Eddie Wineland, Eduardo Dantas, Bibiano Fernandes

Due to Barao being hurt and his title fight with Wineland at UFC 161 being cancelled, there has been no movement in the division. An upcoming bout between McDonald vs. Pickett (UFC on FOX Sports 1) should create movement in the top five.


1) Demetrious Johnson
2) Joseph Benavidez
3) John Dodson
4) Ian McCall
5) Jussier da Silva

Didn't Make The Cut: Darrell Montague, Louis Gaudinot, John Moraga

No movement in the division.

Bantamweight (Women)

1) Ronda Rousey
2) Cat Zingano
3) Sara McMann
4) Sarah Kaufman
5) Miesha Tate

Didn't Make The Cut: Liz Carmouche, Alexis Davis, Shayna Baszler

No major movement in the division as the Canadian Kaufman makes her UFC debut against McMann in August (UFC on FOX Sports 1 2) and Rousey defends her title against Tate in December.


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

Didn't Make The Cut: Demetrious Johnson, Cain Velasquez, Renan Barao

Silva's upset loss at UFC 162 to Weidman bumps him to the third spot, while St-Pierre moves up. Quality of opposition pits St-Pierre ahead in the second spot, as now he and Silva both have knockout losses inside the octagon.

Agree or disagree with these rankings? Leave a comment below.

Anderson Silva (Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


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