(“The Reem” cracks our top five.)
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Two fight cards went down last night that had implications for FIGHT!’s MMA Fighter Rankings. The larger of the two, Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery, was stacked with four heavyweight fighters in the top 20. Alistair Overeem entered the Strikeforce cage ranked #8, while the heavyweight title challenger, Brett Rogers, started the night at #7. Overeem now stands at #5 following the win, while Brett Rogers drops to #14 with the loss. Andrei Arlovski came in at #12 despite a two-fight skid and now stands at #20 after the loss. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva entered the arena ranked #19 and thanks to the win finished the night in the top 10 at #9.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman entered the bout ranked #40 at Light Heavyweight but dropped to #42 following the loss to the previously unranked Roger Gracie. The champion grappler enters our rankings at #23. In other light heavyweight action, Rafael Cavalcante stood at #28 prior to his bout with the unranked Antwain Britt. Following Feijao’s win, Cavalcante is ranked #20, while Britt remains unranked.
In what might have been a number one middleweight contender match, #14-ranked Middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza took on #46-ranked Joey Villasenor. And both stay put after “Jacare”‘s win. In what might have been a number one lightweight contender match, Lyle Beerbohm squared off with Vitor Ribeiro. Ranked #33 and #35 in our Lightweight Rankings, the fighters move to #30 and #37, respectively, following Beerbohm’s slightly baffling decision win. No other ranked fighters appeared on the card.