Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Martin Kampmann

October 14, 2009
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1. Georges St. Pierre (19-2)
Another title defense, another elite contender, another dominant victory for St. Pierre. GSP’s lopsided decision over an elite challenger in Thiago Alves at UFC 100 showed why he remains one of the sport’s pound-for-pound kings and caused many fans and observers to begin demanding a move to middleweight.

2. Jon Fitch (19-3, 1 NC)
Fitch earned himself a hard-fought and well-deserved unanimous verdict over Paulo Thiago in July. Next on tap for the American Kickboxing Academy product will be former middleweight King of Pancrase Ricardo Almeida in the Brazilian’s welterweight debut at UFC 106 on Nov. 21.

3. Thiago Alves (16-6)
Coming off a unanimous decision loss in his July UFC title bid against Georges St. Pierre, Alves’ return to the cage in December will not be a “gimme,” as he will meet once-beaten fellow Brazilian Paul Thiago at UFC 107.

4. Jake Shields (23-4-1)
As expected, Shields will return to the middleweight division for Strikeforce’s Nov. 7 show on CBS, where he will take on Jason “Mayhem” Miller. As an extra perk for the former EliteXC champion, the bout will be for the promotion’s middleweight crown, recently vacated by Cung Le.

5. Josh Koscheck (13-4)
In his first appearance in the cage since his upset loss to Paulo Thiago in February, Koscheck -- who also rebounded from a broken toe that sidelined him in May -- needed less than a round to punch out sturdy veteran Frank Trigg. The win put Koscheck back in the welterweight title picture in the UFC.

6. Paulo Thiago (11-1)
Thiago certainly receives no favors from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. After meeting Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch in his first two UFC bouts, the Brazilian Military Police member will take on another elite 170-pounder at UFC 107 in December, when he meets fellow Brazilian Thiago Alves.

7. Mike Swick (14-2)
If Swick wants to become the next challenger to George St. Pierre’s welterweight throne, he’ll have to earn it on Nov. 14 at UFC 105. There, he’ll take on surging Brit Dan Hardy with a title shot on the line.

8. Paul Daley (22-8-2)
Daley came to the UFC with a reputation as one of Britain’s best talents and one of the welterweight division’s most dangerous strikers. Even so, he was an underdog to divisional standout Martin Kampmann. However, Daley needed fewer than three minutes to blow away Kampmann at UFC 103 and signal his arrival in the UFC’s 170-pound division.

9. Martin Kampmann (15-3)
UFC 103 was supposed to feature Kampmann meeting Mike Swick with the next crack at Georges St. Pierre on the line. After Swick pulled out due to injury, Kampmann was a considerable favorite to debuting British banger Paul Daley, who responded by demolishing the Dane in the first round.

10. Carlos Condit (24-5)
Many hardcore fans felt Condit would find himself in rough waters in his Sept. 16 bout with the relatively unknown Jake Ellenberger, but few could have imagined the extent. Condit had to overcome an onslaught from Ellenberger in the opening stanza in order to take a split decision win by the skin of his teeth.

Other contenders: Dan Hardy, Marcus Davis, Jay Hieron, Dan Hornbuckle, Matt Hughes.


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