MMA OddsBreaker Rankings Update (CMigrator copy 5)

Mauricio RuaWith three high profile events taking place this past week, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shook up.  MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which will now be updated after every UFC event. One extra wrinkle this week is the inclusion of the Women’s Strawweight rankings. As always, we only show changes in the rankings with this update. To access the full MMAOddsBreaker rankings, click here. Disagree? Feel free to give us your take on our rankings either in the comment section here or on Twitter! Heavyweight 1. Cain Velasquez 2. Junior Dos Santos 3. Cormier 4. Fabricio Werdum 5. Josh Barnett 6. Travis Browne 7. Antonio Silva (8) 8. Mark Hunt (9) 9. Stipe Miocic (7) 10. Frank Mir After their unbelievable UFC Fight Night 33 main event, Mark Hung and Antonio Silva both deserve some more love than they were getting. We felt their spectacular war proved how evenly matched both men were and they deserved a slight bump in the rankings. Light Heavyweight 1. Jon Jones 2. Glover Teixeira (3) 3. Alexander Gustafsson (2) 4. Rashad Evans 5. Phil Davis 6. Vitor Belfort 7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 8. Mauricio Rua (NR) 9. Gegard Mousasi 10. Ryan Bader (NR) After briefly not being ranked, both Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Ryan Bader both burst back into the top 10 with some dominant showings this past weekend. Rua cleaned James Te Huna’s clock with a left hook less just over one minute into their bout while Bader obliterated Anthony Perosh over the course of three rounds to score an extremely one-sided decision victory. Bantamweight 1. Renan Barao 2. Urijah Faber 3. Dominick Cruz 4. Michael McDonald 5. Rafael Assuncao 6. Marlon Moraes (8) 7. Takeya Mizugaki (10) 8. Eduardo Dantas (9) 9. Bibiano Fernandes (NR) 10. Eddie Wineland (6) Fernandes makes his way into the rankings not because of a recent performance, but simply because we felt we overlooked him in our initial rankings. The One FC bantamweight champion has been nothing but dominant since dropping to 135 pounds and is currently riding a seven-fight win streak. Mizugaki continues his climb after a very impressive boxing display against the always-durable Nam Phan. Everything else is just a slight reshuffling now that Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett are expected to make their flyweight debuts shortly. Flyweight 1. Demetrious Johnson 2. Joseph Benavidez 3. John Dodson 4. John Lineker (5) 5. Ian McCall (4) 6. Jussier Formiga 7. Ali Bagautinov 8. John Moraga 9. Josh Sampo (NR) 10. Justin Scoggins (NR) Both Sampo and Scoggins made impressive UFC debuts over the past two weeks, scoring solid finishes over pretty tough opponents. We’re high on both Sampo and Scoggins’ overall potential and felt they had a bit more of a ceiling than either Chris Cariaso or Tim Elliott, who were bumped out of the top 10. McCall and Lineker switching places is just more of an oversight from before, as we feel Lineker is riding a huge wave of momentum towards a title shot while McCall is injured and stuck in the mud a bit. Women’s Strawweight 1. Jessica Aguilar 2. Claudia Gadelha 3. Carla Esparza 4. Ayaka Hamasaki 5. Joanne Calderwood 6. Tecia Torres 7. Mizuki Inoue 8. Katja Kankaanpaa 9. Felice Herrig 10. Alida Gray Our strawweight rankings debut after Invicta FC held its seventh event over the weekend to go along with UFC’s announcement that the promotion will be bringing in women’s 115-pounders in 2014. Both Joanne Calderwood and Tecia Torres scored very impressive victories over fellow top 10 fighters Katja Kankaanpaa and Felice Herrig on Saturday night, while unfortunately the strawweight title fight between champion Carla Esparza and unbeaten challenger Claudia Gadelha was cancelled just 24 hours before the fight. For the complete MMAOddsBreaker rankings, click here

Written by Brian Hemminger

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