Silva set for number one spot

Anderson Silva could become a unanimous number one in the rankings by routing Chael Sonnen in July.

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UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has not lost a fight since he was disqualified against Yushin Okami on Jan. 20, 2006. Throwing that aside, he hasn't been beaten since he was caught by Ryo Chonan in a spectacular flying scissors heel hook Dec. 31, 2004.

Silva is 14-0 in the UFC and is 10-0 in UFC title matches.

Yet, because of the dominance of Jon Jones over the last 15 months, Silva is not a unanimous No. 1 in the Yahoo! Sports rankings. In the June balloting, Jones got the five first-place votes out of the 27 cast that did not go to Silva.

Silva, though, has a chance to make it unanimous when he defends his belt against archrival Chael Sonnen on July 7 in the main event of UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden.

If Silva routs Sonnen as he promised to do on a UFC conference call on June 25, it's almost certain he'd land most of those five stray No. 1 votes that aren't in his column.

Jones has beaten former champions Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans in title matches in the last 15 months, all in one-sided affairs.

Silva needs a similarly dominant win over Sonnen to convince the five Jones voters to side with him.

But should Sonnen either win, or perform as well as he did when he nearly beat Silva at UFC 117 in 2010, it will be hard for Silva to hold Jones off for the top spot.

So, with that, let's take a look at how the voting for June turned out:

1. Anderson Silva

2. Jon Jones

3. Jose Aldo

4. Dominick Cruz

5. Junior dos Santos

6. Benson Henderson

7. Frankie Edgar

8. Gilbert Melendez

9. Dan Henderson

10. Carlos Condit

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