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Souza, Rothwell Wins Shake Up UFC Fighter Rankings

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Ben Rothwell UFC Fighter RankingsRonaldo Souza and Ben Rothwell shook up the Ultimate Fighting Championship Fighter Rankings in their respective divisions with their wins at UFC Fight Night Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Friday. Souza jumped over a pair of fighters into from the No. 4 middleweight contender to the No. 2 while Rothwell jumped from the realm of the unranked heavyweights into the No. 9 contender spot.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (21-3, 1 NC) defeated Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi (35-5-2) with a guillotine choke submission in the third round of their fight. Souza was winning the fight to that point having out-struck his Iranian opponent 32-26 with a 4-0 takedown advantage. Souza clamored for the No. 1 contender position after the win but instead jumps to No. 2, just behind former champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (33-6) who lost the title to current UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (12-0) last July and is currently rehabbing a broken leg suffered in his rematch with Weidman in December.

Mousasi remains at No. 7 but is joined there by Michael “The Count” Bisping (26-6) who dominated Cung Le (9-3) at UFC Fight Night Macao last month. Souza leaped over two quality UFC middleweights as Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (24-10) remains the No. 3 contender with a title fight scheduled for UFC 181 in December. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (21-5) drops two spots to the No. 4 contender with his last fight being a loss to Weidman but having a less impressive showing than Souza in his win by unanimous decision against Mousasi at UFC Fight Night Jaragua in February.

Ben Rothwell (34-9) knocked out the No. 7 heavyweight contender Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (37-14, 1 NC) midway through the first round with a right hand to the side of his head. The win was impressive enough to jump the Wisconsin native to the No. 9 contender spot and drop Overeem to the No. 10 spot. As a result, the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt (9-8-1) moves up to the No. 7 contender spot and “Big Country” Roy Nelson (21-9) moves into the No. 8 spot while Frank Mir (16-9) falls to No. 11, “Napao” Gabriel Gonzaga (16-8) drops to No. 12 and Minotauro Nogueira (34-9-1, 1 NC) falls to No. 15.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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