Bantamweight

MMA on Tap March 2010 Rankings

Dominick Cruz stopped Brian Bowles to leap to the top of the bantamweight rankings.  Photo courtesy of WEC.tv

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

This past weekend’s WEC results shook up the top of the bantamweight rankings pretty significantly.  Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez both jumped up with their resounding wins in Columbus, Ohio.  The other significant move saw Paulo Thiago enter the welterweight rankings off his stoppage of previously ranked Mike Swick.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the Top 10 category in our features section.  The rankings were tabulated by the members of the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, and suggestions via a comment.

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WEC 47 Fighter Salaries and Bonuses


Joseph Benavidez submitting Miguel Torres at WEC 47. Photo property of WEC.tv.

The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries for WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz which took place on Saturday, March 7 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Following the event, WEC officials handed out $10,000 bonuses for Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night. The recipients of the awards were as follows:

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WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz Weigh-In Results


Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz squaring off at the weigh-ins for WEC 47. Photo property of the WEC.

All of the participants for WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz successfully made weight in preparation for Saturday’s card at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

WEC 47 will be headlined by a WEC bantamweight title bout between Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz. The card will also feature the return of former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres as he takes on Joseph Benavidez.

Main Card:
Brian Bowles (134.5 lbs) vs. Dominick Cruz (134 lbs)
Miguel Angel Torres (134.5 lbs) vs. Joseph Benavidez (135 lbs)
Jens Pulver (145.5 lbs) vs. Javier Vazquez (145 lbs)
Deividas Taurosevicius (145 lbs) vs. LC Davis (144.5 lbs)
Bart Palaszewski (155 lbs) vs. Karen Darabedyan (156 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:
Scott Jorgensen (135 lbs) vs. Chad George (135.5 lbs)
Chad Mendes (145 lbs) vs. Erik Koch (144 lbs)
Danny Castillo (155.5 lbs) vs. Anthony Pettis (154.5 lbs)
Leonard Garcia (145 lbs) vs. George Roop (145.5 lbs)
Fredson Paixao (144.5 lbs) vs. Courtney Buck (145 lbs)
Ricardo Lamas (155 lbs) vs. Bendy Casimir (155.5 lbs)

Quick Hits: Strikeforce Inks Ribeiro, Thomson Injured Once Again & More


Vitor Ribeiro. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

— Brazilian lightweight standout Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro has reportedly signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. The promotion is expected to officially announce the signing shortly. While Ribeiro may actually still be under contract with DREAM, the two organizations share a talent-exchange program. Ribeiro returned to active competition earlier this year after an 18-month hiatus, defeating Katsuhiko Nagata and falling to Shinya Aoki thus far. [Sherdog.com]

—Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson will be sidelined until at least December after breaking his leg for the second time this year during training. The injury will now keep Thomson from a potential showdown against Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce’s “Fedor vs. Rogers” event on November 7 in Chicago. According to Thomson, a return bout for him could be possible at a yet-to-be-announced event on December 19. [MMA Weekly]

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Quick Hits: Evans vs. Silva Possible, Sylvia Withdraws from DREAM Debut & More


Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Rashad Evans says that a light heavyweight clash against fellow contender Thiago Silva could be possible for a UFC event in December or early next year. “Thiago Silva is a good fighter, I’d like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me,” Evans said. “When I saw him after he fought Keith Jardine, he kind of gave me a nasty look that I interpreted like he wanted to take me on, and I’d like that.” [MMA FanHouse]

— Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled debut with Japan-based DREAM after suffering a broken hand during his first-round TKO of Jason Riley at Adrenaline MMA IV last weekend. According to Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, the Miletich Fighting Systems product will now attempt to land a spot on the DREAM and K-1 co-promoted “Dynamite!!” show on New Year’s Eve. [Sherdog.com]

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Quick Hits: Couture-Vera Official for UFC 105, Gomi to Fight at VTJ ‘09 & More


Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture will indeed drop down to 205 lbs to meet Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC 105 on November 15. The UFC officially announced the bout today. Couture (16-10) will fight at light heavyweight for the first time since suffering his second straight loss to former champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 and entering a temporary retirement. [UFC.com]

— Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and Japanese MMA pioneer Rumina Sato have been announced as participants Vale Tudo Japan 2009 on October 30, the first time the event will be held in nearly ten years. According to Gomi, the fight will be his last in his native country of Japan. A featherweight bout between Takeshi Inoue and Alexandre Franca Nogueira will also take place at the show. [Sherdog.com]

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Chonan Victorious in DEEP Homecoming


Ryo Chonan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Fresh off of a disappointing effort in the UFC, Ryo Chonan made a successful return to his former home, picking up a unanimous decision over fellow veteran Jutaro Nakao in the main event of DEEP’s “43rd Impact” show on Sunday morning at at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

In the first of two championship fights on the card, grappling specialist Masakazu Imanari retained his DEEP bantamweight title, using a variety of submission attempts to thwart challenger Tomohiko Hori and earn a unanimous decision win.

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Newton vs. Carter to Headline W-1: High Voltage in October


Carlos Newton. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos “The Ronin” Newton will headline W1: High Voltage in a bout with Shonie “Mr. International” Carter in a battle for the W1 welterweight title.

The co-main event will feature a W1 bantamweight title fight between Remi “Bam Bam” Morvan and former TKO bantamweight champion Adrian “The Bully” Wooley.

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Quick Hits: Belfort Reportedly Added to Bitetti Combat Card, Monson Pleads Guilty & More


Vitor Belfort. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com

— Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort has reportedly been added to a star-studded card being put on by Bitetti Combat on September 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Belfort is said to be facing Europe Top Team’s Moise Rimbon, despite repeated rumors that he is all but set to be joining the UFC following last week’s demise of Affliction Entertainment. [JB Online via Bloody Elbow]

— One-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson pleaded guilty to malicious mischief in Washington court today after being caught spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Washington state Capitol in an ESPN the Magazine photo earlier this year. Monson faces a potential 90-day jail sentence, a $21,894 fine, and the loss of his passport, which will now prevent from traveling overseas to fight in the near future. [Cagewriter]

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Page vs. Tamura Likely Added to WEC 43


Damacio Page. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

A bantamweight bout between top-ranked fighters Damacio Page and Akitoshi Tamura has reportedly been added to WEC 43, which will take place on September 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.

The news comes from Ray Hui of MMA FanHouse. The bout will likely be part of the televised main card on Versus. Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson collide for the interim WEC lightweight title in the show’s featured attraction.

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