Jake Ellenberger is justifiably excited about joining the Sherdog.com rankings. | Photo: Dave Mandel


The remaining months of 2011 will provide plenty of opportunity for rankings shake-ups, with nearly every division’s top-ranked fighter scheduled for action. Since our last update, however, two UFC champions on opposite ends of the scale have had impressive showings to cement their statuses as No. 1’s.

Jon Jones reaffirmed his status as the world’s preeminent 205-pound fighter in September, as the 24-year-old wunderkind snuffed out tough ex-champ Quinton Jackson with a fourth-round rear-naked choke. At 135 pounds, it was Dominick Cruz who remained the man to beat with a convincing unanimous decision over top contender Demetrious Johnson.

Also at 135, world-ranked flyweight Alexis Vila authored one of the more stunning results in recent memory by destroying Bellator featherweight champ Joe Warren to advance in the company’s fifth-season bantamweight tournament.

In another upset shocker, skyrocketing welterweight Jake Ellenberger laid waste to former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields in their Sept. 17 duel. As a result, the Nebraskan enters our 170-pound rankings for the first time.

MMA Heavyweight Rankings

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

UFC Fighters Who Have No Business Being on the Current Fighter Rankings

  • 23 days ago
  • 13 views

The official UFC rankings have been a point of contention in the MMA world since their introduction. As their importance increases with the rankings determining pay in relation to the Reebok sponsors read news >>

UFC rankings updated after UFC Fight Night 63: Julianna Pena improves, but still not top 10

  • 12 days ago
  • 16 views

The official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rankings have been updated following the UFC Fight Night 63 event, which went down this past weekend (Sat., April 4, 2015) on FOX Sports 1 from insid read news >>

Acting Roles Play Second Fiddle to Ronda Rousey’s UFC Career

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

With opportunity flying at UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey faster than punches inside the cage, she hasn’t forgotten what made her famous. read news >>

UFC rankings updated after UFC Fight Night 62: Demian Maia, Amanda Nunes climb the ranks after impressive wins in Brazil

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

Unfortunately for Erick Silva, his first-round victory over Josh Koscheck wasn't good enough to get him into the top 15. The official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rankings have been updated f read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 Medical Suspensions: Ryan LaFlare Could Be out 6 Months

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

At UFC Fight Night 62, Ryan LaFlare suffered his first MMA loss in a bout with Demian Maia. Following the event, LaFlare received more bad news. Apparently, the up-and-coming welterweight contender i read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 medical suspensions and injuries: Ryan LaFlare and others to be sidelined for six months

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, it's time to find out who's worse for the wear following the carnage at UFC Fight Night 62 this past weekend in Brazil. The Brazilian MMA Athl read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 Medical Suspensions: Ryan LaFlare and Five Others Out Up to Six Months

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC Fight Night 62 main eventer Ryan LaFlare and five others could be out for up to six months after landing on the medical suspension list. read news >>

CABMMA official: ‘We can’t change the result’ of Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Drew Dober is planning on appealing his UFC Fight Night 62 loss against Leandro Silva, but it’s unlikely that he will have any success in the process. Dober lost via submission in Rio de Janeiro on S read news >>

Dana White announces new general manager of UFC Brazil

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Five months after cutting ties with Grace Tourinho, the UFC has announced a new head for the promotion in Brazil. During the UFC Fight Night 62 post-fight press conference Saturday read news >>