Rankings: Anderson Silva could become a unanimous No. 1 by routing Chael Sonnen in July (Yahoo! Sports)


UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has not lost a fight since he was disqualified against Yushin Okami on Jan. 20, 2006. Throwing that aside, he hasn't been beaten since he was caught by Ryo Chonan in a spectacular flying scissors heel hook Dec. 31, 2004.

Silva is 14-0 in the UFC and is 10-0 in UFC title matches.

Yet, because of the dominance of Jon Jones over the last 15 months, Silva is not a unanimous No. 1 in the Yahoo! Sports rankings. In the June balloting, Jones got the five first-place votes out of the 27 cast that did not go to Silva.

Silva, though, has a chance to make it unanimous when he defends his belt against archrival Chael Sonnen on July 7 in the main event of UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden.

If Silva routs Sonnen as he promised to do on a UFC conference call on June 25, it's almost certain he'd land most of those five stray No. 1 votes that aren't in his column.

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Jones has beaten former champions Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans in title matches in the last 15 months, all in one-sided affairs.

Silva needs a similarly dominant win over Sonnen to convince the five Jones voters to side with him.

But should Sonnen either win, or perform as well as he did when he nearly beat Silva at UFC 117 in 2010, it will be hard for Silva to hold Jones off for the top spot.

So, with that, let's take a look at how the voting for June turned out:

1. Anderson Silva
Points: 265 (22 of 27 first-place votes)
Affiliation: UFC (middleweight champion)
Weight class: Middleweight
Record: 29-4
Last outing: TKO2 Yushin Okami, Aug. 27
Previous ranking: 1
Up next: Title defense vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, July 7
2. Jon Jones
Points: 248 (5 of 27 first-place votes)
Affiliation: UFC (light heavyweight champion)
Weight class: Light heavyweight
Record: 16-1
Last outing: W5 Rashad Evans, April 21
Previous ranking: 2
Up next: Title defense vs. No. 9 Dan Henderson at UFC 151, Sept. 1

3. Jose Aldo
Points: 211
Affiliation: UFC (featherweight champion)
Weight class: Featherweight
Record: 21-1
Last outing: TKO1 Chad Mendes, Jan. 14
Previous ranking: 3
Up next: Title defense vs. Erik Koch, date TBA

4. Dominick Cruz
Points: 172
Affiliation: UFC (bantamweight champion)
Weight class: Bantamweight
Record: 18-1
Last outing: W5 Demetrious Johnson, Oct. 1
Previous ranking: 4
Up next: Out injured, return uncertain

5. Junior dos Santos
Points:154
Affiliation: UFC (heavyweight champion)
Weight class: Heavyweight
Record: 15-1
Last outing: TKO2 Frank Mir
Previous ranking: 5
Up next: Title defense vs. Cain Velasquez, date TBA

6. Benson Henderson
Points: 131
Affiliation: UFC (lightweight champion)
Weight class: lightweight
Record: 15-2
Last outing: W5 Frankie Edgar, Feb. 25
Previous ranking: 6
Up next: Title defense vs. No. 7 Frankie Edgar at UFC 150, Aug. 11

7. Frankie Edgar
Points:71
Affiliation: UFC
Weight class: Lightweight
Record: 14-2-1
Last outing: L5 Benson Henderson, Feb. 25
Previous ranking: 8
Up next: Rematch vs. champion No. 6 Benson Henderson at UFC 150, Aug. 11
8. Gilbert Melendez
Points: 69
Affiliation: Strikeforce (lightweight champion)
Weight class: Lightweight
Record: 21-2
Last outing: W5 Jorge Masvidal, Dec. 17
Previous ranking: 9
Up next: Nothing scheduled

9. Dan Henderson
Points: 54
Affiliation: UFC
Weight class: Light heavyweight
Record: 29-8
Last outing: W5 Mauricio Rua, Nov. 19
Previous ranking: 8
Up next: Title challenge vs. champion No. 2 Jon Jones at UFC 151, Sept. 1

10. Carlos Condit
Points: 45
Affiliation: UFC (interim welterweight champion)
Weight class: Welterweight
Record: 28-5
Last outing: W5 Nick Diaz, Feb. 4
Previous ranking: 10
Up next: Nothing scheduled

Others receiving votes: Joseph Benavidez, 26; Rashad Evans, 11; Cain Velasquez, 11; Gray Maynard, 6; Eddie Alvarez, 3; Chael Sonnen, 3; Daniel Cormier, 1.

Voting panel: Denny Burkholder, CBSSports.com; Elias Cepeda, Cage Potato; Mike Chiappetta, MMA Fighting and Fight! Magazine; Steve Cofield, ESPN Radio 1100; Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press; Dave Deibert, Post Media; Dave Doyle, MMA Fighting; Matt Erickson, MMA Junkie; Ben Fowlkes, MMA Fighting; Josh Gross, ESPN.com; Ariel Helwani, MMA Fighting; Rafael Hernandez Brito, Univision; Adam Hill, Las Vegas Review-Journal; Loretta Hunt, Sports Illustrated.com; Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports; Case Keefer, Las Vegas Sun; Steven Marrocco, MMA Junkie; Damon Martin, MMA Weekly; Todd Martin, freelance; Franklin McNeil, ESPN.com; Dave Meltzer, The Wrestling Observer; John Morgan, MMA Junkie; Brett Okamoto, ESPN.com; Ken Pishna, MMA Weekly; Mike Straka, Spike TV and Sirius/XM; Dann Stupp, MMA Junkie; Jeff Wagenheim, SI.com. Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
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