Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings

Introduction

Apr 7, 2009
It has been a dynamic month and a bit for MMA. March was marked by a full display of the featherweight division between the dominance of Mike Thomas Brown and the opening of the Dream and Sengoku tournaments. March also played host to the emergence of prospects Shane Carwin and Gray Maynard.

Martin Kampmann and Carlos Condit kickstarted the month of April with a fantastic welterweight scrap that has put the Dane on the map as a power player at 170 pounds, while affirming that the WEC's former champ belongs in the Octagon.

Just four days later, WEC 40 offered deep insight into the state of the bantamweight division. While divisional ace Miguel Torres defended his throne in thrilling fashion against top-five challenger Takeya Mizugaki, prospect Joseph Benavidez announced his arrival as a 135-pound elite, while former standout featherweight Akitoshi Tamura impressed in his divisional debut by knocking off top-10 fighter Manny Tapia.

Also, with the growing momentum of the 125-pound division, its imminent introduction into Zuffa's WEC product, and the brilliance of divisional king Shinichi "BJ" Kojima's March 20 Shooto world title defense against Yuki Shoujou, Sherdog.com are proud to finally present a full slate of 10 ranked flyweights and five notables, giving the long overlooked weight class parity with its divisional peers.
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