May was a tremendous month for MMA. The Shogun has finally returned to claim his rightful place atop the light-heavyweight mountain and Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem, finally returned to US soil to defend his title.
Once again, I have enlisted the help of my fellow B/R MMA Featured Columnists to bring to you our official MMA fighter rankings for the month of June.
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Even though in his last outing Hardy was handily dominated by welterweight kingpin, Georges St. Pierre, he did manage to show his grit and toughness.
Hardy has a very bright future in MMA, not only as a perennial welterweight title contender but as the future face of MMA in the UK.
While he may just be the most hated man in MMA, there is no denying that when Josh Koscheck is on, he is one of the best fighters in the world.
A former four-time All American and National Champion wrestler in college Koscheck has finally earned himself a shot at the coveted welterweight title.
It only took two and a half years for Overeem to defend his Strikeforce Heavyweight title but man was he impressive doing so; completely dominating Brett Rogers.
Overeem is a big, physical, K-1 level striker with a solid submission game making him a very dangerous matchup for every heavyweight out there.
Better known as King Mo, Lawal is the best thing Strikeforce currently has going. Lawal is a cocky, vocal and talented fighter who has mainstream marketability written all over him.
As Lawal continues to gain experience inside the cage there is no telling just how high he is capable of climbing the P4P rankings.
Between some big talk and three straight dominating performances inside the Octagon, Chael Sonnen has earned his date with devastating and deadly UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
There is no question that Silva's biggest weakness is his wrestling, but will the former Olympic alternate, Sonnen, have enough weapons to exploit that deficiency?
The only thing keeping Florian from finding his way higher on this list is his inability to capture a major title.
Florian is constantly evolving and once again finds himself just one win away from earning a shot at the lightweight gold.
If Florian can somehow capture the title he will not only catapult up this ranking but also cement his place as one of the three greatest lightweights of all-time.
While there are still many MMA fans out there unaware of Bellator and their lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, his resume speaks for itself.
Should a showdown between Alvarez and Strikeforce lightweight champ, Gilbert Melendez, ever come to fruition the winner could easily make a case for being the best lightweight in the world.
At UFC 114 Jackson looked slow, predictable, and rusty but a year layoff from the cage is enough to do that to anyone. But his performance has me starting to question whether or not is heart is in the sport any more.
Jackson has never been a gym rat and has always gotten by on his immense natural ability but with his eyes firmly fixed on the glow of tinsel town I think it is only a matter of time before the days of Rampage are over.
Big, powerful, menacing, and yet to even sniff the second round of a fight, Shane Carwin is a beast. A beast who is next set to meet an equally intimidating figure in the form of UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, later on this summer.
There's no doubt that Carwin, with his devastating power and wrestling pedigree, is going to be Lesnar's biggest test to date and should Carwin get the win it would be difficult to picture another heavyweight being able to compete with him.
At only 26, Nick Diaz has already amassed an impressive and distinguished MMA resume and he is just coming into his prime so his best days are still ahead of him.
With tremendous BJJ and some of the best technical boxing in the sport, Diaz is a star on the rise.
An absolute monster of a welterweight, Alves was last seen getting thoroughly handled by UFC champion, Georges St. Pierre. But don't let that fool you, Alves is as dangerous as they come.
Next up for Alves is his long awaited rematch with consensus No. 2 welterweight in the world, Jon Fitch.
While extremely inexperienced in the sport, Lesnar's accomplishments cannot be denied. His blend of wrestling, athleticism, and sheer power have proved to be a formidable combination.
UFC 116 will undoubtedly be Lesnar's biggest test to date when he steps into the Octagon with undefeated heavyweight wrecking machine, Shane Carwin.
In his last outing, Cruz could be seen completely dismantling former bantamweight champion, Brian Bowles, en route to claiming the WEC gold.
It's not clear who Cruz will be fighting next but one thing is for sure, the dynamic Alliance MMA product will look to put on a great show for the fans.
Easily one of the most underappreciated fighters in all of MMA, Gilbert Melendez recently had a career defining moment when he completely and utterly dominated Shinya Aoki.
With that win and BJ Penn's recent loss, Melendez could make a case as being the best lightweight in MMA but should a fight with Bellator champion, Eddie Alvarez materialize Melendez could leave no doubt in the minds of fans everywhere.
With his win over hated rival Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans not only solidified his spot just outside of the top 10 but he also earned a shot at newly crowned UFC light-heavyweight champion, Shogun Rua.
Evans is an extremely talented fighter and athlete and it will be interesting to see what kind of game plan he and his team can put together against Rua.
It is truly amazing how one performance can completely change the perception of a fighter. Entering his rematch with Shogun Rua, Machida was an undefeated and elusive enigma that could not be beat. One quick first round KO later and many fans are questioning whether or not the Machida mystique was nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
While neither opinion is completely accurate, Machida still remains one of the most dangerous light-heavyweights walking the planet.
He may not be the most exciting fighter in the game today but he is effective none the less and is easily the second best welterweight in the world behind Georges St. Pierre.
Next of for Fitch is a long awaited rematch with Muay Thai wrecking ball, Thiago Alves.
A fierce and talented grappler who is currently riding a 14-fight win streak, Jake Shields is, without question, the biggest free agent on the MMA market.
I must say that Strikeforce really dropped the ball in this situation. Shields may not be a big draw because of his grinding style but if he does in fact go on to sign with the UFC, Strikeforce not only loses one of the best fighters in the world but also their reigning middleweight champ.
One of, if not the most naturally gifted fighters in the sport, when BJ Penn is on his game there are few who can truly say that they are one his level.
In his last outing Penn lost his lightweight title to Frankie Edgar, and he did so while looking slow and ineffective. I am expecting a much better showing in their rematch later this summer.
Sitting just outside of the top five is newly crowned UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar.
Edgar used his speed and wrestling to out point the seemingly invincible, BJ Penn, en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Lightning fast and viciously powerful, Jose Aldo is currently ruling the WEC featherweight division with an iron fist and judging by the way he has completely dominated former champions, Mike Brown and Urijah Faber; it's tough to see anyone putting a stop to it in the near future.
Once widely considered to be the best light-heavyweight fighter in the world, Shogun Rua's transition from Pride to the UFC was tough to say the least. Between injuries and a couple poor performances inside the Octagon it was beginning to look as if Shogun was done for.
Fast forward to UFC 113 and his first round KO win over Lyoto Machia and Shogun has returned to the top of the light-heavyweight mountain.
What can be said about Fedor, that hasn't already been said a thousand times? The man is simply amazing and quite possibly the greatest fighter that this young sport has ever seen.
The problem that he is running into now though is the level of competition that he has been facing since the fall of Pride FC.
Let me preface by saying that I found Anderson Silva's actions at UFC 112 to be utterly reprehensible. That said, the man is simply as good as it gets at 185lbs.
Next on the docket for Silva is a fighter who's strong wrestling prowess could pose a lot of potential problems matchup wise, but Silva has a way of making a tremendous challenge look like nothing more than a bump in the road.
For the second straight month topping our list of the P4P elite is none other than UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre.
St. Pierre's grinding style has begun to draw the ire of some fans but his dominance at welterweight cannot be ignored.