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 SilvaPoints:
265 (22 of 27 first-place votes)Affiliation:
UFC (middleweight champion)Weight class:
TKO2 Yushin Okami, Aug. 27Previous ranking:
Title defense vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, July 7
2. Jon JonesPoints:
248 (5 of 27 first-place votes)Affiliation:
UFC (light heavyweight champion)Weight class:
W5 Rashad Evans, April 21Previous ranking:
Title defense vs. No. 9 Dan Henderson at UFC 151, Sept. 1
3. Jose Aldo
Affiliation: UFC (featherweight champion)
Weight class: Featherweight
Last outing: TKO1 Chad Mendes, Jan. 14
Previous ranking: 3
Up next: Title defense vs. Erik Koch, date TBA
4. Dominick CruzPoints:
UFC (bantamweight champion)Weight class:
W5 Demetrious Johnson, Oct. 1Previous ranking:
Out injured, return uncertain
5. Junior dos Santos
Affiliation: UFC (heavyweight champion)
Weight class: Heavyweight
Last outing: TKO2 Frank Mir
Previous ranking: 5
Up next: Title defense vs. Cain Velasquez, date TBA
6. Benson Henderson
Affiliation: UFC (lightweight champion)
Weight class: lightweight
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 EdgarPoints:
L5 Benson Henderson, Feb. 25Previous ranking:
Rematch vs. champion No. 6 Benson Henderson at UFC 150, Aug. 11
8. Gilbert MelendezPoints:
Strikeforce (lightweight champion)Weight class:
W5 Jorge Masvidal, Dec. 17Previous ranking:
9. Dan Henderson
Weight class: Light heavyweight
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
Affiliation: UFC (interim welterweight champion)
Weight class: Welterweight
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.
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