MMA Rankings 10-01-2009

Original Publish Date: October 1, 2009

You think that you could do better? Eh, I doubt it. Chances are that I’ve forgotten more MMA than you’ve ever known. All right, maybe I’m pushing it, but I think that these are the most accurate MMA rankings on the web today. That being said, below is the first edition of our Entirely Indisputable World MMA Rankings. I developed the rankings in a unconventional manner – my rankings are based solely upon who would win if two fighters matched up today. It’s that simple. Some rankings take into account wins vs. losses, common opponents, strength of schedule, etc. Not me! What you see is what you get – Lesnar would beat Emelianenko, Rashad would beat Rampage, Condit would beat Hughes… you get the idea. Disagree? Then leave some comments!

Heavyweight Division (up to 265 lbs.)
1. Brock Lesnar
2. Fedor Emelianenko
3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
4. Frank Mir
5. Shane Carwin
6. Junior Dos Santos
7. Cain Velasquez
8. Andrei Arlovski
9. Randy Couture
10. Brett Rogers

Analysis: Although Fedor signed with Strikeforce recently, he’s primarily fought cans and freak shows in the last few years while Lesnar’s been fighting some of the best in the world. Fedor soon has a test in a headhunter with a questionable ground game. Carwin has a chance to hit Top 3 with win against Lesnar. Couture may be heading down to LHW soon. Velasquez is certainly wishing that he could trade places with Carwin.

Light Heavyweight Division (up to 205 lbs.)
1. Lyoto Machida
2. Anderson Silva
3. Gegard Mousasi
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
5. Rashad Evans
6. Quinton Jackson
7. Thiago Silva
8. Forrest Griffin
9. Jon Jones
10. Luis Cane

Analysis: Machida is undefeated and looking fabulous, but Shogun presents a stern test at the upcoming UFC 104. This may be a great fight – after all, Rua was overwhelmingly regarded as the top 205 in the world just a few years ago. Rampage may be retired, Jon Jones is making waves, and Mousasi needs to cut a deal with the UFC.

Middleweight Division (up to 185 lbs.)
1. Anderson Silva
2. Nathan Marquardt
3. Dan Henderson
4. Yushin Okami
5. Jorge Santiago
6. Vitor Belfort
7. Demian Maia
8. Rich Franklin
9. Robbie Lawler
10. Kazuo Misaki

Analysis: Yep, Silva has cleared out this division and is likely going back for seconds soon. Top notch challengers “Nate the Great” and “Hendo” will give it another whirl soon. Wow, where did Vitor come from… Franklin still has a headache. Maia was rolling until he ran into a huge 185er in Marquardt. Okami keeps getting passed over for his title shot – what’s up with that?

Welterweight Division (up to 170 lbs.)
1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jake Shields
3. Jon Fitch
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Thiago Alves
6. Mike Swick
7. Paul Daley
8. Martin Kampmann
9. Carlos Condit
10. Matt Hughes

Analysis: GSP is as dominant in this division as Silva is in his, and, please, no catch weight fight between the two. Shields nudges Fitch in my highly scientific calculations. Koscheck got caught against Paulo Thiago (nothing more, nothing less) and almost retired Frank Trigg. Hughes is yesterday’s news, and may not even be Top 10 any longer – Serra arguably won that fight.

Lightweight Division (up to 155 lbs.)
1. B.J. Penn
2. Shinya Aoki
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Tatsuya Kawajiri
5. Joachim Hansen
6. Kenny Florian
7. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
8. Josh Thomson
9. Frankie Edgar
10. Diego Sanchez

Analysis: BJ Penn looked focused and conditioned taking out Florian. Josh Thomson can flat out scrap, while Diego presents an interesting challenge for Penn. Frankie Edgar bested Sean Sherk at UFC 98 – last we heard Sherk was still jogging to China. Where does Florian go from here?

Featherweight Division (up to 145 lbs.)
1. Mike Brown
2. Urijah Faber
3. Jose Aldo
4. Hatsu Hioki
5. Wagnney Fabiano
6. Leonard Garcia
7. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue
8. Raphael Assuncao
9. Joe Warren
10. Marlon Sandro

Analysis: Brown and Aldo match up in 6 weeks – power vs. speed. Garcia is back and ready thanks to his horrific legal troubles being behind him once and for all.

Bantamweight Division (up to 135 lbs.)
1. Brian Bowles
2. Miguel Torres
3. Takeya Mizugaki
4. Masakatsu Ueda
5. Akitoshi Tamura
6. Dominick Cruz
7. Joseph Benavidez
8. Will Ribeiro
9. Damacio Page
10. Manny Tapia

Analysis: Is there any fight other than a Bowles vs. Torres rematch? That was perhaps the upset of the year so far. “Boogie Nights” Bowles needs some time to heal first, though.

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Looking for previous MMA Rankings? Check out some of our archived rankings below.
Archived MMA Rankings – February 13, 2010
Archived MMA Rankings – October 1, 2009