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Official UFC rankings updated following UFC on Fuel TV 8 ‘Silva vs Stann’ event

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) now features “official” rankings on its website, UFC.com, covering all eight weight classes plus a pound-for-pound list. Rankings are updated approximately 36 hours after every UFC event, which means we’re back with another weekly installment following this past weekend’s (March 2, 2013) UFC on FUEL TV 8 show in Saitama, Japan.

This week features the debut of the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings, although there were only 9 ladies to choose from (Shiela Gaff will likely be added the next time rankings come around).

If you’re wondering how the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion (in conjunction with FightMetric) compiles its list, here’s the criteria:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

That voting panel now includes yours truly. You can check how my rankings stack up compared to the overall consensus by selecting “Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com)” in the voting panelists tab at the top of the page.

Below are the updated UFC.com rankings (+/- = movement in rankings, NR = not ranked last week)

Pound-for-Pound
1 Anderson Silva
2 Jon Jones
3 Georges St. Pierre
4 Jose Aldo
5 Benson Henderson
6 Cain Velasquez
7 Demetrious Johnson
8 Renan Barao +1
9 Dominick Cruz -1
10 Frankie Edgar

Flyweight
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 John Dodson
3 Ian McCall
4 John Moraga
5 Jussier Da Silva
6 Louis Gaudinot
7 Chris Cariaso
8 Darren Uyenoyama
9 John Lineker
10 Timothy Elliott

Bantamweight
Champion: Dominick Cruz
1 Renan Barao (Interim Champion)
2 Urijah Faber
3 Michael McDonald
4 Eddie Wineland
5 Brad Pickett
6 Rafael Assuncao
7 Scott Jorgensen
8. Brian Bowles
9 Mike Easton
10 Ivan Menjivar

Featherweight
Champion: Jose Aldo
1 Chad Mendes
2 Ricardo Lamas
3 Frankie Edgar
4. Chan Sung Jung
5 Cub Swanson
6 Dennis Siver
7 Dustin Poirier
8 Clay Guida +1
9 Nik Lentz -1
10: Erik Koch

Lightweight
Champion: Benson Henderson
1 Gilbert Melendez
2 Anthony Pettis
3 Gray Maynard
4 Nate Diaz
5 Jim Miller
6 Donald Cerrone
7 TJ Grant
8 Rafael dos Anjos
9 Joe Lauzon
10 Khabib Nurmagomedov

Welterweight
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
1 Johny Hendricks
2 Carlos Condit
3 Nick Diaz
4 Rory MacDonald
5 Demian Maia
6 Jake Ellenberger
7 Martin Kampmann
8 Tarec Saffiedine
9 Robbie Lawler +1
10 Josh Koscheck -1

Middleweight
Champion: Anderson Silva
1 Chris Weidman
2 Vitor Belfort
3 Yushin Okami +1
4 Michael Bisping -1
5 Luke Rockhold +1
6 Constantinos Philippou -1
7 Mark Munoz
8 Ronaldo Souza +2
9 Chael Sonnen
10 Hector Lombard -2

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jon Jones
1 Lyoto Machida
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Dan Henderson
4 Glover Teixeira
5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
6 Mauricio Rua
7 Rashad Evans
8 Phil Davis
9 Ryan Bader
10 Gegard Mousasi

Heavyweight
Champion: Cain Velasquez
1 Junior dos Santos
2 Fabricio Werdum
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Antonio Silva
5 Frank Mir
6 Alistair Overeem
7 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira +1
8 Roy Nelson -1
9 Mark Hunt NR
10 Stefan Struve -1

Women’s Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey
1 Miesha Tate
2 Liz Carmouche
3 Sarah Kaufman
4 Alexis Davis
5 Cat Zingano
6 Sara McMann
7 Julie Kedzie
8 Amanda Nunes
9 Germaine De Randamie

See anything that stands out?

Let’s get some feedback, Maniacs, then compare this list to the one recently compiled by the SB Nation rankings committee here. To compare these to last week’s official UFC rankings, click here. Also, if you want to debate/complain about my personal rankings, I’ll be on and off all day to discuss them.

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Stefan Struve Tweets Photo Of Broken Jaw Following UFC on FUEL TV 8 Loss

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Stefan Struve’s broken jaw

UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve looked like he would pick up the decision win last weekend in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 8 against opponent Mark Hunt.

That is until the ‘Super Samoan’ loaded up with a two punch combo which sent the ‘Skyscraper’ to the mat with a broken jaw. Referee Herb Dean called for Struve to continue fighting but the seven-foot fighter was unable to continue giving the third round TKO victory to Hunt.

Struve was sent to a hospital in Saitama, Japan where he had his jaw wired shut and is expected to have surgery once he returns home to Holland.

The Dutch fighter Tweeted (@StefanStruve) this image of his broken jaw on Sunday.

I expect that Struve will be out for a number of months while this heals.

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Matt Riddle released from UFC following second failed marijuana drug test

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Matt Riddle’s UFC career has come to unceremonious end.

The welterweight was released from the UFC recently after he failed a post-fight drug test for marijuana following his UFC on FUEL TV 7 split decision win over Che Mills earlier this month, MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the situation. MMA Junkie first reported the news Tuesday.

Riddle wasn’t available to comment on the situation when contacted by MMAFighting.com. No word just yet on whether his win will now be overturned.

This marks the second time in less than a year that Riddle tested positive for marijuana following a fight. His July UFC 149 win over Chris Clements was changed to a no contest after he failed his post-fight drug test in Calgary.

The 27-year-old Riddle has a medical marijuana license from the state of Nevada, and he said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour that he smokes for legitimate medical reasons.

“I do smoke but I’m not smoking to get stoned,” he said. “I’m smoking so I can finally relax, sit back and just not worry about things. People, maybe they did it in college one way, but for a guy like me, for a professional athlete that goes through what we go through, it’s medicine for me. Maybe for some little stoner sitting on the couch playing XBox, for him, it’s a drug. For me, it’s medicine.”

The UFC acted as the governing body in London since there isn’t an athletic commission in place there.

Riddle (8-3, 1 NC) made his UFC and MMA debut in June 2008 following a stint on the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

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Following creative submission win, Kenny Robertson will be back in wood shop class Monday

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Cub Swanson Hungry for Dominant Wins Following UFC on Fuel TV 7 Decision

Cub Swanson may have earned the judges’ approval Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC on Fuel TV 7, but the featherweight contender sees plenty of room for improvement in the wake of his victory over Dustin Poirier.
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Rick Hawn Claims Sponsor Reneged on Payment Following Bellator 85 Defeat

Rick Hawn has allegedly been jilted by one of his sponsors.
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Sponsor refuses to pay Rick Hawn following Bellator 85 loss to Michael Chandler

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Talk about kicking a guy while he’s down.

Former Bellator lightweight number one contender, Rick Hawn, came up short in his bid to capture the crown at last weekend’s (Jan. 17, 2013) mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Spike TV, succumbing to a second-round rear naked choke at the hands of Michael Chandler.

And he didn’t just lose the fight.

According to Hawn, he also lost a payday from one of his “main sponsors,” who was so disappointed that “Genghis” didn’t win, that he put a “stop payment” on his check because “great TV exposure” holds no weight in defeat.

Hawn shares his sponsor’s explanation via Twitter:

“At this point, a stop payment has been placed on check which cannot be cashed or deposited now. I will not comment on Rick and his fight. That is not my place. But what I will tell you is this: I took a huge chance with him. TV exposure was great…but it only holds weight if he wins or puts on a good show. Neither happened. At the end of the day…not one sole (sp) will run to [my] store and buy product because they [saw my logo and saw] Rick loose (sp) the fight. I’ve made it my career and business to know what nets a return on investment for the brand…and this is the number 1 reason why I DO NOT hand out money or product to fighters.”

It should be noted that Hawn competed at the 2004 Olympics (Judo) and has a 14-2 record overall, not to mention he was in the main event on Spike TV. And it’s not like he was beaten by Joey Bananas, either, as Chandler is one of the top 155 pounders not competing for ZUFFA.

Lame.

As a result of his pending lawsuit, Hawn was unable to comment or identify the sponsor in question when contacted by MMAmania.com, but we’ll be sure to update you on this story as it unfolds.

See how his fight at Bellator 85 went down by clicking here.

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C.B. Dollaway Eyes Top 10 Spot in 2013 Following UFC on FX 7 Win Over Daniel Sarafian

It could be argued that C.B. Dollaway has earned a break — but “The Doberman” says he has no interest in taking his foot off the gas pedal now.
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Ed Herman, Kurt Holobaugh Receive Indefinite Medical Suspensions Following Strikeforce Finale

Five fighters from Saturday’s Strikeforce “Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” card have been issued medical suspensions by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission.
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Beltran And Palhares Deny Any Intentional Wrong Doing Following UFC on FX 6 Failed Drug Tests

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On Thursday, news broke that both UFC light heavyweight Joey ‘The Mexicutioner’ Beltran and UFC middleweight Rousimar Palhares had failed post-fight drug tests following last months UFC on FX 6 event in Australia.

Beltran tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone, while Palhares tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. Both fighters received nine month suspensions and Beltran had his victory over Igor Pokrajac changed to a “No Contest.”

Both fighters released statements today on the failed drug tests denying any intentional wrong doing on their part, but were accepting of the sentences handed down by Ultimate Fighting Championship officials.

Beltran took to Twitter (@mexicutioner760) to apologize to fans over the “shame” of the situation.

I can say without a shadow of a doubt I did not inject Nandrolone into my body. I am sorry to my family and friends for the shame this brought to any of you. I promise soon the whole story will be told and I will go through whatever is necessary to find the reason for this positive test. I am at fault for taking a supplement or perhaps combination of something that caused my test result. My team and I will seek the truth. I am sorry once again and truly apologize to the people that matter the most to me.

- Joey Beltran

Palhares released a statement to MMAjunkie.com which was posted this afternoon.

“I’ve always been extremely regimented with my diet and would not use anything that could harm my body or my performance inside the octagon,” Palhares stated. “And it wasn’t different this time. I never had the intention to cheat. I’ve got almost 30 fights in my career, most of them in the UFC. I have been subjected to several surprise tests, and there was never anything wrong. Besides, I knew that I would be tested after the fight in Australia because it is standard in the UFC. I have a clear conscience, but accepted the punishment. The rules are there for everyone and must be followed.

“I consulted with my doctor, and he will go over all food supplements used in my preparation for the fight and the test results. I want to know exactly what happened that made the testosterone rate unusual in my body.”

Both men will now have to sit out for the next nine months and will have to pass a drug test before they are reinstated.

UFC on FX 6 took place on December 15, 2012 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia.

As noted, Beltran had originally earned a unanimous decision over Pokrajac competing on the Fuel TV broadcasted prelim card, while Palhares suffered a first round TKO defeat against Hector Lombard in the opening main card bout on FX television.

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