ESPN has released their mixed martial arts middlewight rankings once again and it reflects the traffic jam that is the 185 pound weight class.
No surprise that Anderson Silva is the king at 185, but there are a few surprises. Brian Stann has disappeared after his loss to Michael Bisping. Speaking of The Count, Bisping is still on the cusp of breaking the top 3, but it still eludes him because of a tie between Chris Weidman and Chael Sonnen. Chael is moving to 205 pounds, but until he does I am guessing that he will continue to be ranked at this weight.
Jacare is back! After an impressive last outing it is no surprise that the former Strikeforce champion is back in the mix. With Strikeforce almost certainly going away it is going to get interesting real fast when current Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold steps in to the Octagon. Rockhold sits at number 6 on the list. After a win over highly touted prospect Hector Lombard, Tim Boetsch is sitting at number 8 above UFC standout Alan Belcher. If Tim Boetsch beats Chris Weidman at UFC 155 – he very well could be in line for a title shot.
Once thought of as the true number one contender, Mark Munoz is now at a distant 10th place rounding out the list. Mark lost via brutal KO to Chris Weidman in his last outing so it is not exactly shock he dropped so far. The full results are listed below.
1 Anderson Silva 33-4-0
2 Chris Weidman 9-0-0
2 Chael Sonnen 27-12-1 1
4 Michael Bisping 23-4-0
5 Vitor Belfort 21-10-0
6 Luke Rockhold 10-1-0
7 Alan Belcher 18-6-0
8 Tim Boetsch 16-4-0
9 Ronaldo Souza 16-3-0
10 Mark Munoz 12-3-0
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