MMA Burner Rankings – Flyweight Top 10

Joseph Benavidez

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Flyweight is the fastest growing division in the sport. As the weight class gets more and more exposure we will continue to see an exodus of bantamweights dropping down. 125 has become sort of a wild frontier. With no current champion and no hardened pecking order, anyone could be just one fight away from the top of the heap.

Former Shooto and King of the Cage champion, Mamoru Yamaguchi has fallen off the list after a year of inactivity.

With the inclusion of Chris Cariaso (who dropped from 135) and John Moraga (who came out of nowhere and knocked out former 2 division TPF champ Ulysses Gomez) Haruo Ochi drops to the honorable mentions list.

Other honorable mentions include former Jungle Fight bantamweight champion John Lineker and Sean Santella, who has held title belts in 4 different promotions.

1. Joseph Benavidez
2. Demetrious Johnson
3. Ian McCall
4. Jussier da Silva
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani
6. Chris Cariaso
7. Jon Dodson
8. Louis Gaudinot
9. John Moraga
10. Darrell Montague

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UFC 151: Dan Henderson Pre-Fight Interview

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The 10 Best Fighters Outside the Big 3

Tatsuya Kawajiri

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The three largest and most stable MMA promotions (UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator) have snatched up nearly all of the top talent in the world. But there are still a few great fighters that have managed to slip through the gaps.

Marloes Coenen
The former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion became collateral damage in the Zuffa/Golden Glory fallout. After her release from the company she moved up a weight class to headline the premier Invicta FC card against Romy Ruyssen. This was actually a rematch of a 2008 bout where Coenen won by rear naked choke in the second frame. She was also the victor this time around, picking up an easy unanimous decision.

Thales Leites
A former middleweight challenger, Leites has had only one loss out of seven fights since being dropped by the UFC. Matt Horwich was the man to do it, but Leites nullified the loss in March by submitting Horwich with an arm-triangle. Among his five other post-octagon matches, are victories over Dean Lister, Jeremy Horn and Jesse Taylor. He is also the only man to stop surging Swede Tor Troeng in the last 5 years.

Ayaka Hamasaki/Naho Sugiyama
I know this is a bit of a cheat, but Hamasaki and “Sugi Rock” are so similar, one could easily mistake them for the same person. Hamasaki is 5’2”, 115 pounds, Sugiyama 5’1” 105 pounds. Both have 8-0 records, both are reigning Jewels champions, and they both even debuted on the same weekend, Sugiyama on October 24, 2009, Hamasaki on October 25th.

Hiroyuki Takaya
“Streetfight Bancho” may have a seemingly unimpressive 17-9 record but the former Dream Featherweight champion has fought and beaten some of the best in the world. He is a veteran of Shooto, K-1, WEC, Strikeforce and obviously Dream. His victim list includes Hatsu Hioki, Chase Beebe, Bibiano Fernandes, Kazuyuki Miata and Takeshi Inoue.

Sergei Kharitonov
Another unfortunate victim of the Zuffa/Golden Glory blowup, the big Russian is by far the best heavyweight not contracted under any significant MMA promotion. The Pride, Strikeforce and Dream veteran has knocked out Pedro Rizzo, Andrie Arlovski and Alistair Overeem. Among his 19 victories are six more KOs, 9 submissions and a decision win over Fabricio Werdum.

Shinya Aoki
With 37 professional fights (as well as a few exhibition matches) “The Grandmaster of Flying Submissions” is definitely one of the more experienced fighters in the sport. The former Dream lightweight and Shooto welterweight champion has beaten some of the best fighters of the last decade and in such a variety of submissions that it would be preposterous to list them all.

Mamed Khalidov
A former 205-pound titlist in KSW and now Poland’s premier middleweight, Khalidov has an eight-year career that has led him to overcoming opposition from more than a dozen countries around the world. After opening with a modest 3-3 record he has since gone 22-1-2 in professional competition. Oh, and his last defeat was a decision loss to a man he had knocked out the fight before.

Bibiano Fernandes
The multiple time BJJ world champion, often known as Bibi, also started his MMA career with a less than stellar record. Although the two losses in his first three fights were against Urijah Faber and “Kid” Yamamoto. After putting that rocky start behind him, he went on to win 2 Dream grand prix tournaments, and 2 world championships in 2 different weight classes.

Tara LaRosa
LaRosa is a ten-year veteran, a pioneer and arguably the greatest female fighter in the sport’s history. Who was the first major champion of women’s MMA? No, it wasn’t “Cyborg”. It was Larosa. In 2007 Bodog Fight (an ambitious and ultimately short lived promotion) pit Tara against the undefeated Kelly Kobold. The fight would see LaRosa become the first female bantamweight champion in American history. Two years before “Cyborg” beat Carano.

Tatsuya Kawajiri
“The Crusher” was one of the best lightweights in the world and fought for the championship in three different organizations. Since a drop to 145 a year ago, he’s been undefeated and is one of the top fighters in the eastern hemisphere. Sadly for Kawajiri he was within striking distance of a title shat against Hiroyuki Takaya when the Dream promotion came to an untimely (yet still denied) end.

Today’s article was written by Norman Harrison.

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Dominick Cruz And Demetrious Johnson Scrap For The Title

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8 UFC fighters I would like to see change weight classes

Jose Aldo

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Every now and then, I find myself thinking about certain fighters either going up a weight class or going down. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Rashad Evans drop to 185 to face Chris Weidman? How about Jon Jones going up to heavyweight to challenge JDS for the title? The problem for me is that I have been spoiled by B.J. Penn, a former champion at 155 and 170. In this article, I will select seven fighters in the UFC (one from each division, with the exception of flyweight) that I would like to see change weight classes. I will also have a bonus selection. This article does not take into account recently announced fights. Shall we begin?

1. (HW) Pat Barry – “HD” has had mixed results in his nine fight UFC career. Whether he wins or loses, Barry always does so in spectacular fashion. Barry is an exciting striker with a fantastic kickboxing background. Although he weighs close to 40 pounds above the 205 limit, I would like to see Barry drop down to light heavyweight and fight James Te Huna. Now that’s a recipe for fireworks.

2. (LHW) Lyoto Machida – Although “The Dragon” is just 2-3 in his last five fights, he is still one of the best fighters in the light heavyweight division. Machida is a matchup nightmare for any fighter at any weight class. I believe that Machida weighing in at only 201 pounds for his last fight was a prelude of things to come, as I can see him moving down to 185 in the future. While there, lets match him up with Vitor Belfort. Perhaps we’ll see another one of Segal’s spinning, upside down, reverse, Guile from Street Fighter type kicks.

3. (MW) Hector Lombard – For years Lombard was a terror in the middleweight division. The only problem was that he was beating the lower half of the division. Some would say that in Lombard’s UFC debut, he was “exposed,” but I don’t think that was the case. I believe that Lombard is fighting in the wrong division. I would like to see Hector, who is a 4th dan blackbelt in Judo, BJJ blackbelt and explosive striker, make the drop to 170 to fight Jake Ellenberger. Raise your hand if you don’t want to see this fight. No takers?

4. (WW) Josh Koscheck – “Kos” has reached a crossroads in his career. He cannot beat current welterweight champion GSP and has even lost to Johny Hendricks, who will be in a #1 contenders fight later this year. It’s not that Koscheck is past his prime, it’s mainly because he has reached a ceiling that he cannot break through. I would like for the NCAA Division 1 champion to make the move up to 185 to take on former champion Rich Franklin. Would Koscheck find anything bad to say about Franklin?

5. (LW) Frankie Edgar – “The Answer” is coming off a controversial loss to lightweight champion Benson Henderson, but remains one of the best fighters at 155. The problem with the former champ is that he is a point fighter. His way of fighting helped him in his second fight with Gray Maynard, but did him no favors in both fights against Henderson. Contrary to what I just said, Frankie is a supremely talented fighter that I would like to see pick on fighters his own size. A drop to 145 and a fight with Chad Mendes would make many fans happy.

6. (FW) José Aldo – Aldo is well on his way to becoming one of the best fighters in history. He hasn’t lost a fight in nearly seven years and has looked unbeatable since debuting in the WEC. Aldo’s muay thai attack is amongst the best in the world and his leg kicks absolutely demoralize other fighters. We also hear that his BJJ game is just as great although, due to his takedown defense, we never get to see it. There is no one who can challenge Aldo at 145, so I think we should scrap the Ben Henderson vs Nate Diaz fight and make it Henderson vs Aldo for the lightweight title. Are there any protestors?

7. (BW) Dominick Cruz – “The Dominator” quite possibly has the best footwork in all of MMA. I find myself mesmerized most of the time I watch him and I can only imagine how his opponents feel. Cruz’s wrestling is so good that he uses it in reverse to keep the fight standing, where he holds an advantage over nearly every 135er. Cruz has fought at 145 before and I would like to see him go back. Since Aldo is “moving up”, I’ll have Cruz fight Charles Oliveira in a bout that would get even the casual fan’s heart racing.

8. (Bonus) B.J. Penn – Although he is only 1-3-1 in his last five fights, “The Prodigy” remains a dangerous fighter when he is on. Other than his cardio, Penn has no weaknesses. Spectacular striking and a phenomenal ground game have shaped the career of the future Hall of Famer. Penn is a multiple division champion at both 155 and 170. For his last chance at glory, I would like to see him drop down to 155 one last time for a fight with Nate Diaz. This fight would be billed as a grudge match since B.J. lost to Nate’s older brother Nick. What a tremendous scrap this would be. Anyone disagree?

Fight Fans Sound Off: What fighter(s) would you like to see change weight classes?!? Who would you have the fighter(s) fight?!?

Today’s article written by Israel Gonzalez. Follow him on twitter @izzys_mma_input

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Rampage Jackson Gets Revenge On Wanderlei Silva

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King Bas

1965 – a Warrior is born under an Orange hue,

With a family’s love he grew and grew,

Throughout the 70’s watching Bruce Lee and Kung Fu,

A path was set on what he had to do…

He knew at once in his heart of hearts,

His fate was mapped in martial arts.

For the Longest journey has to have a start,

And the stars aligned to play their part.

He grew strong overcoming his fears,

He began studying Tae Kwon – the art of Korea,

After graft and blood, sweat and tears,

A path to victory he began to steer,

He began to fight and began to win,

Mixing Tae kwon do with Kyko – shin,

Victories came – again and again,

The name to fear – Bas Rutten.

His career moved on to a higher phase,

And he flew East to Japan to fight Panc – rase,

Where the Warrior fought through – ring after ring,

And he earned himself the title the Warrior King.

He became an icon to his fans in the East,

With submissions now added he became more of a beast,

More victories came

again and again,

Hail the King – Bas Rutten!!!

His sights were set across the sea,

To the USA and the UFC,

He crossed over the water to take the test,

Stepped into the Octagon and beat their best.

Fighters all fell in his wake,

And his liver shot was impossible to take,

All his hard work began to take effect,

And every artist looked to him with utmost respect

The Fans loved him it was plain to see,

Because with victory came humility,

El Guapo became the fans amigo,

An enormous talent – with a little ego.

So Bas your light it couldn’t be brighter,

We all salute you as the fighter’s fighter,

I think it’s only fair to say,

You almost invented MMA.

We salute you Sir again and again,

Long live the King Bas Rutten!!!

Tony Norton - Poet and Coach @ 3DMMA Porth SouthWales

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TTHS: SHOGUN GASSED OUT?!?!?!?

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Wanderlei Silva “I’ll Fight Chael Sonnen At 205 lbs, No Problem”

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VIDEO for UFC 151: Jones vs Henderson Preview

I’ll be curious to see if Dan Henderson can land on of his H-bombs and whether or not Jon Jones can take it. Should be an awesome fight!

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Nick Diaz gives Takanori Gomi the Gogoplata

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MMA Burner Rankings: Women’s Pound-for-Pound

Jessica Aguilar

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Two weeks ago the first American based all female fight league, Invicta Fighting Championship held its sophomoric event. The card was stacked top to bottom with some of the best women in the sport, including two on this list.

Ayaka Hamasaki, the Jewels 115-pound champion, made a successful North American debut, submitting Lacey Schuckman in the third.

In the main event 2004 Olympic freestyle wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann extended her undefeated record to six by outpointing Strikeforce and Elite XC veteran Shayna Baszler in a three round affair.

Coming up this weekend three more of the women’s pound-for-pound best will be in action at Strikeforce. Former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate takes on one of the few legends of women’s MMA, Julie Kedzie.

And in the main event current champion Ronda Rousey defends her belt for the first time against the woman who became the inaugural Strikeforce women’s bantamweight titlist, Sarah Kaufman.

1. Jessica Aguilar
2. Ronda Rousey
3. Sarah Kaufman
4. Ayaka Hamasaki
5. Naho Sugiyama
6. Megumi Fujii
7. Miesha Tate
8. Tara LaRosa
9. Marloes Coenen
10. Sara McMann

*Cristiane Santos and Zoila Gurgel are not eligible due to more than one year of inactivity. (Santos’ most recent fight was a no-contest due to testing positive for stanozolol).

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