New York - Welcome to Versus.com's latest mixed martial arts rankings...April edition.
When we last released our rankings, Strikeforce and the UFC were fierce competitors. We all know how that turned out.
Note: of the 70 male fighters ranked, only Eddie Alvarez, Hatsu Hioki, Joe Warren, Marlon Sandro and Masakatsu Ueda are non-Zuffa fighters. How the times have changed.
Take a look at the rankings below.
1. Cain Velasquez (9-0) - According to Velasquez's trainer Javier Mendez, the heavyweight champion's rehab has been "slow."
2. Junior dos Santos (12-1) - JDS vs. Brock Lesnar is set for June 11.
3. Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1) - Werdum vs. Overeem has been pushed back to June 18, meaning Werdum will not have fought for just about a year after the biggest win of his career.
4. Brock Lesnar (5-2) - See #2.
5. Alistair Overeem (34-11, 1 NC) - See #3.
6. Antonio Silva (16-2) - He will wait for the winner of Overeem-Werdum.
7. Fedor Emelianenko (31-3, 1 NC) - M-1 Global and Strikeforce say Emelianenko will be back in the summer.
8. Shane Carwin (12-1) - Will face UFC newcomer Jon Olav Einemo at UFC 131 in June.
9. Frank Mir (14-5) - Fights Roy Nelson in May.
10. Roy Nelson (15-5) - See #9.
Honorable mention: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Sergei Kharitonov, Brendan Schaub, Mirko Cro Cop.
1. Jon Jones - (13-1) Something tells me we will be seeing his name in this spot for a long time.
2. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-5) - Jones made Rua look like just another fighter. He's not, but that's just how good Jones is right now.
3. Rashad Evans (15-1-1) - He's next in line for a title shot. No word on when the fight will take place yet.
4. Quinton Jackson (31-8) - Faces Matt Hamill at UFC 130 in May.
5. Lyoto Machida (16-2) - Will fight Randy Couture on April 30.
6. Forrest Griffin (18-6) - No word just yet on what's next for Grrin.
7. Dan Henderson (27-8) - Henderson appears to be back in good graces with Dana White.
8. Ryan Bader (12-1) - Will face Tito Ortiz at UFC 132.
9. Phil Davis (9-0) - I don't understand the criticism after his win over Nogueira.
10. Randy Couture (19-10) - See #5.
Honorable Mention: Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, Muhammed Lawal, Gegard Mousasi, Rich Franklin, Matt Hamill, Vladimir Matyushenko,
1. Anderson Silva (28-4) - Will wait to see what happens when GSP fights Shields on April 30.
2. Chael Sonnen (25-11-1) - Publicly called out Michael Bisping. Still no word on his return.
3. Yushin Okami (26-5) - Unless Shields beats GSP, looks like he won't be getting a title shot any time soon.
4. Nate Marquardt (31-10-2) - Defeated Dan Miller at 128. Considering move to welterweight.
5. Demian Maia (14-2) - Will face Mark Munoz this summer.
6. Michael Bisping (21-3) - Wants Sonnen next.
7. Ronaldo Souza (14-2, 1 NC) - No idea who is next. Mayhem?
8. Vitor Belfort (19-9) - Dana White wants him to fight Wanderlei Silva next.
9. Alan Belcher (16-6) - He has been cleared to train following multiple eye surgeries this summer.
10. Jorge Santiago (23-8) - Faces Brian Stann at UFC 130.
Honorable Mention: Hector Lombard, Brian Stann, Kazuo Misaki, Robbie Lawler, Wanderlei Silva.
1. Georges St-Pierre (21-2) - Will face Jake Shields on April 30 in Toronto.
2. Jon Fitch (23-3-1, 1 NC) - Forced to pull out of his rematch against BJ Penn due to a shoulder injury.
3. Jake Shields (26-4-1) - See #1.
4. Nick Diaz (24-7, 1 ND) - Will face Paul Daley on April 9.
5. Thiago Alves (18-7) - Faces Rick Story at UFC 130.
6. Josh Koscheck (15-5) - If all goes well for his recovering orbital bone, he could return by the end of the year.
7. BJ Penn (16-7-2) - No word on who he will fight next.
8. Carlos Condit (26-5) - Publicly stated he would be willing to fight Penn.
9. Paul Daley (27-9-2) - See #4.
10. Diego Sanchez (23-4) - Coming off a controversial, yet entertaining win over Martin Kampmann at UFC on Versus 3.
Honorable Mention: Martin Kampmann, Mike Pyle, Ben Askren, Jake Ellenberger, Anthony Johnson.
1. Frankie Edgar (13-1-1) - Gets a third crack at Gray Maynard at UFC 130.
2. Gray Maynard (10-0-1) - See above.
3. BJ Penn (16-7-1) - I still think Penn is one of the best lightweights in the world.
4. Gilbert Melendez (18-2) - Will finally defend his title again on April 9 against Tatusya Kawajiri.
5. Shinya Aoki (26-6, 1 NC) - Will face Lyle Beerbohm on the April 9 Strikeforce card.
6. Eddie Alvarez (21-2) - Defends his Bellator title for the first time against Pat Curran on April 2.
7. Jim Miller (20-2) - Miller won his seventh in a row when he beat Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128.
8. Kenny Florian (13-5) - Dropping down to 145 to fight Diego Nunes in June.
9. Tatsuya Kawajiri (27-6-2) - See #4.
10. Anthony Pettis (13-1) - "Showtime" will have to wait a little longer to get his shot at the UFC lightweight title.
Honorable Mention: Dennis Siver, Clay Guida, George Sotiropoulos, Sean Sherk, Melvin Guillard, Evan Dunham, Josh Thomson, "JZ" Cavalcante.
1. Jose Aldo (18-1) - Will defend his title against Mark Hominick on April 30.
2. Hatsu Hioki (23-4-2) - No word on when he will return to action.
3. Chad Mendes (10-0) - Dominated Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 126. I think he's next in line for a title shot.
4. Diego Nunes (16-1) - Welcomes Kenny Florian to the featherweight division in June.
5. Manny Gamburyan (11-5) - Pulled out of UFC 128 due to an injury.
6. Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1) - Faces Darren Elkins at UFC 131.
7. Marlon Sandro (17-2) - Newest member of the Bellator featherweight division.
8. Mark Hominick (20-8) - His win over George Roop on Jan. 22 secured "The Machine" a title shot against Aldo in his home province of Ontario on April 30.
9. Joe Warren (6-1) - Faces Marcos Galvao on April 16.
10. Dustin Poirier (9-1) - Faces Rani Yahya at UFC 131.
Honorable Mention: Erik Koch, Josh Grispi, Hiroyuki Takaya, Raphael Assuncao, Rani Yahya.
1. Dominick Cruz (17-1) - Defends his UFC title for the first time on July 2 against Urijah Faber.
2. Brian Bowles (9-1) - Looked great in his UFC debut against Damacio Page.
3. Joseph Benavidez (14-2) - Solid win over Ian Loveland at UFC 128.
4. Miguel Torres (39-3) - Fights Brad Pickett at UFC 130 in May.
5. Urijah Faber (25-4) - See #1.
6. Scott Jorgensen (11-4) - Faces Ken Stone in June.
7. Brad Pickett (20-5) - See #4.
8. Demetrious Johnson (8-1) - Looked great against KID Yamamoto at UFC 126. Faces Renan Barao in June.
9. Eddie Wineland (17-7-1) - Dana White seemed impressive by his 128 performance despite the loss to Faber.
10. Masakatsu Ueda (12-1-2) - Defeated Ralph Acosta at Shooto in January.
Honorable Mention: Wagnney Fabiano, Cole Escovedo, Antonio Banuelos, Michael McDonald, Charlie Valencia.
1. Anderson Silva (Brazil)
2. Georges St-Pierre (Canada)
3. Jose Aldo (Brazil)
4. Jon Jones (USA)
5. Frankie Edgar (USA)
6. Jon Fitch (USA)
7. Jake Shields (USA)
8. Dominick Cruz (USA)
9. Cain Velasquez (USA)
10. BJ Penn (USA)
1. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (10-1)
2. Zoila Gurgel (11-1)
3. Megumi Fujii (22-1)
4. Tara LaRosa (20-2)
5. Marloes Coenen (19-4)
6. Sarah Kaufman (12-1)
7. Miesha Tate (11-2)
8. Rosi Sexton (12-2)
9. Roxanne Modafferi (15-7)
10. Shayna Baszler (14-6)
UFC President Dana White (above) embarrassed after Gray Maynard beat Clay Guida by split decision to win a lightweight bout and the main event of the UFC card in Atlantic City.
Can anyone top the big three of Silva, Jones, and GSP as the best pound-for-pounder fighter?
UFC 128: Jon Jones Post Fight Presser
Jon Jones talks to the press after taking the light heavyweight title from Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.