MMABlog’s Lightweight MMA Rankings

Rank

Name

Organization

Next Fight

1

B.J. Penn

UFC

St. Pierre (#1 WW) 1/31

2

Takanori Gomi

World Victory Road

Golyaev (NR), 11/1

3

Shinya Aoki

DREAM

 

4

Eddie Alvarez

EliteXC?

 

5

Sean Sherk

UFC

T. Griffin (#15), 9/25

6

Mitsuhiro Ishida

DREAM/Strikeforce

 

7

Tatsuya Kawajiri

DREAM

 

8

Kenny Florian

UFC

Stevenson (#10), 11/15

9

Josh Thomson

Strikeforce

Edwards (NR), 11/21

10

Joe Stevenson

UFC

Florian (#8), 11/15

11

Gesias Calvancante

DREAM

 

12

Joachim Hansen

DREAM

 

13

Gilbert Melendez

Strikeforce

 

14

Jamie Varner

WEC

 

15

Tyson Griffin

UFC

Sherk (#5), 9/25

16

Roger Huerta

UFC

 

17

Gray Maynard

UFC

Clementi (NR), 9/25

18

Frank Edgar

UFC

Wiman (NR), 12/10

19

Vitor Ribeiro

 

 

20

Nate Diaz

UFC

 

21

K.J. Noons

EliteXC?

 

22

Joe Lauzon

UFC

 

23

Nick Diaz

EliteXC

 

24

Spencer Fisher

UFC

Gugerty (NR), 9/25

25

Caol Uno

DREAM

 

 

Others Considered: Clay Guida, Hermes Franca, Marcus Aurelio, Jim Miller, Jorge Masvidal , Rich Clementi, Matt Wiman, and Mac Danzig.

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Best Non-UFC Fighters

Here are the best non-UFC fighters.  This shows where the UFC is stacked and where they lack.  There competition is mainly in Affliction at heavyweight and DREAM at lightweight.  Here are the best non-UFC guys that the UFC should look to sign if possible. 

Rank

Heavyweight

Light Heavy

Middleweight

Welterweight

Lightweight

1

Fedor Emelianenko

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Paulo Filho

Jake Shields

Takanori Gomi

2

Andrei Arlovski

Ricardo Arona

Matt Lindland

Carlos Condit

Shinya Aoki

3

Josh Barnett

Rafael Feijao

Robbie Lawler

Jay Hieron

JZ Calvancante

4

Tim Sylvia

Vladimir Matyushenko

Kazuo Misaki

Nick Thompson

Eddie Alvarez

5

Ben Rothwell

Babalu Sobral

Gegard Mousasi

Mach Sakurai

Mitsuhiro Ishida

6

Mirko Cro Cop

Tito Ortiz

Vitor Belfort

Mike Pyle

Joachim Hansen

7

Roy Nelson

Steve Cantwell

 “Jacare” de Sousa

 

Tatsuya Kawajiri

8

Aleks Emelianenko

Brian Stann

Jason Miller

 

Josh Thomson

9

Antonio Silva

 

Melvin Manhoef

 

Gilbert Melendez

10

Alistair Overeem

 

Murilio Rua

 

Vitor Ribeiro

11

 

 

Cung Le

 

Jamie Varner

12

 

 

Denis Kang

 

Ryan Schultz

13

 

 

Joey Villasenor

 

KJ Noons

14

 

 

Frank Shamrock

 

Nick Diaz

15

 

 

Yoshihiro Akiyama

 

Caol Uno

16

 

 

Jorge Santiago

 

 

17

 

 

Chael Sonnen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DREAM 5 News: Joachim Hansen Wins Lightweight Grand Prix

You might be thinking how did Joachim Hansen win the lightweight Grand Prix.  He was eliminated in the quarter finals in a fight of the year candidate with Eddie Alvarez.  Follow along this post as I recap DREAM 5. 

Quick Results:

Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals

Shinya Aoki def. Caol Uno via Decision (Unanimous)
Eddie Alvarez def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via TKO (Punches), R1 – 7:35

 

Joachim Hansen def. Kultar Gill via Submission (Armbar), R1 – 2:33

Joseph Benavidez def. Junya Kudo via Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1 – 2:42

Kuniyoshi Hironaka def. Motoki Miyazawa via TKO (Cut), R1 – 8:57

Hideo Tokoro def. Takeshi Yamazaki via Decision (Unanimous)

Daisuke Nakamura def. Andy Ologun via Submission (Armbar), R1 – 3:41

Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Katsuyori Shibata via Technical Submission (Gi Choke), R1 – 6:34

Alistair Overeem def. Mark Hunt via Submission (Keylock), R1 – 1:11

 

Lightweight Grand Prix Finals

Joachim Hansen def. Shinya Aoki via TKO (Punches), R1 – 4:19

Here is what happened.  Shinya Aoki and Caol Uno fought very well and the fight was very close, but Shinya Aoki pulled off the unanimous decision win placing him in the finals.  The second bout featured Eddie Alvarez and Tatsuya Kawajiri.  This fight was back and forth also and was a stand up war.  However, Alvarez was able to TKO Kawajiri in the first round.  The finals were set up to be Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez.  That is what I predicted for the final and what many people predicted.  The problem is a cut on Alvarez’s eye caused his eye to be swell shut and a doctor forced him to withdraw.  The question then is what was going to happen.  It just so happened that Joachim Hansen had been placed on the card just in case.  Hansen had won his earlier fight with Kultar Gill that night and he was tapped to replace Alvarez in the finals against Aoki.  So, the finals were set.  Hansen seized the opportunity and won by TKO in round 1 to become the first ever DREAM lightweight champion.  He stated he would like to defend his title first against Eddie Alvarez.  DREAM has some contenders at lightweight!  Eddie Alvarez, Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Caol Uno, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Gesias Calvancante, Luiz Firmino, Katsuhiko Nagata, and Andre “Dida” Amade.

The losing LWGP semifinalists were awarded ¥1,000,000 (about $9,400).
Aoki received ¥3,000,000 ($28,000), and Hansen ¥10,000,000 ($94,000).
(These bonuses are in addition to their fight purses.)