September 2011 Rankings

HEAVYWEIGHT 206-265

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Cain Velasquez 7.662 7.662

2 Alistair Overeem 6.785 6.785

3 Junior dos Santos 6.332 6.332

4 Antonio Silva 6.234 6.234

5 Brock Lesnar 6.205 7.205

6 Josh Barnett 6.182 6.421

7 Fabricio Werdum 5.785 6.335

8 Frank Mir 5.586 5.919

9 Shane Carwin 5.332 6.291

10 Mike Russow 5.315 5.315

Big boys Cheick Kongo (#17) and Matt Mitrione (#19) will swing for the fences at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas, NV.

LIGHTHEAVYWEIGHT 186-205

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Jon Jones 7.199 7.199

2 Dan Henderson 6.767 6.767

3 Rashad Evans 6.499 6.596

4 Lyoto Machida 6.326 7.159

5 Quinton Jackson 6.08 6.27

6 Alexander Gustafsson 5.789 5.789

7 Mauricio Rua 5.699 6.928

8 Forrest Griffin 5.655 6.117

9 Vladimir Matyushenko 5.247 5.247

10 Muhammed Lawal 5.113 6.113

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (#1) will put his title on the line against Rampage Jackson (#5) at UFC 135 on Sept. 24 in Denver, CO.

MIDDLEWEIGHT 171-185

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Anderson Silva 7.445 7.445

2 Yushin Okami 6.107 6.107

3 Mark Munoz 6.016 6.016

4 Ronaldo Souza 5.971 5.971

5 Chael Sonnen 5.945 6.672

6 Vitor Belfort 5.932 6.37

7 Alan Belcher 5.696 5.696

8 Hector Lombard 5.686 5.686

9 Michael Bisping 5.671 5.671

10 Chris Leben 5.478 5.478

Chael Sonnen (#5) returns after a year-long layoff to lock horns with streaking Brian Stann (#11) at UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston, TX.

WELTERWEIGHT 156-170

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Georges St-Pierre 6.985 6.985

2 Jon Fitch 6.331 6.331

3 BJ Penn 6.331 6.485

4 Nick Diaz 6.291 6.291

5 Carlos Condit 6.178 6.178

6 Jake Shields 5.955 6.482

7 Josh Koscheck 5.916 5.916

8 Brian Ebersole 5.569 5.569

9 Diego Sanchez 5.489 5.489

10 Tyron Woodley 5.182 5.182

Tyron Woodley (#10) and Brian Ebersole (#8) crack the top 10 for the first time with victories over Dennis Hallman (#34) and Paul Daley (#31).

LIGHTWEIGHT 146-155

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Gilbert Melendez 6.374 6.374

2 Gray Maynard 6.132 6.132

3 Frankie Edgar 6.132 6.462

4 Clay Guida 5.985 5.985

5 Shinya Aoki 5.868 5.937

6 Benson Henderson 5.828 5.828

7 Dennis Siver 5.72 5.72

8 Melvin Guillard 5.702 5.702

9 Donald Cerrone 5.294 5.294

10 Tatsuya Kawajiri 5.206 5.214

Melvin Guillard (#8) will go for his sixth win in a row when he tangles with Joe Lauzon (#23) at UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston, TX.

FEATHERWEIGHT 136-145

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Jose Aldo 5.617 5.617

2 Joe Warren 5.492 5.492

3 Chad Mendes 5.243 5.243

4 Kenny Florian 4.928 5.83

5 Patricio Freire 4.923 4.923

6 Hatsu Hioki 4.764 4.764

7 Mark Hominick 4.324 4.324

8 Erik Koch 4.299 4.299

9 Bibiano Fernandes 4.275 5.166

10 Hiroyuki Takaya 4.275 5.275

Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren (#2) makes his drop to bantamweight to take on Alexis Vila at Bellator 51 on Sept. 24.

BANTAMWEIGHT 126-135

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Dominick Cruz 5.48 5.48

2 Joseph Benavidez 5.015 5.015

3 Demetrious Johnson 4.872 4.872

4 Urijah Faber 4.48 4.828

5 Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado 4.369 4.369

6 Brian Bowles 4.334 5.334

7 Scott Jorgensen 4.131 4.177

8 Zach Makovsky 4.019 4.019

9 Miguel Torres 3.872 4.749

10 Eddie Wineland 3.828 4.117

UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz (#1) will defend his title against Demetrious Johnson (#3) at UFC Live on Oct. 1 in Washington D.C.

READERS’ CHOICE POUND FOR POUND

RANK FIGHTER

1 Anderson Silva

2 Georges StPierre

3 Jose Aldo

4 Jon Jones

5 Cain Velasquez

6 Frankie Edgar

7 Dominick Cruz

8 Junior dos Santos

9 BJ Penn

10 Gilbert Melendez

Two lightweights made the readers’ cut this month: Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez (#10) and UFC Champion Frankie Edgar (#6).

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does there seem to be an emphasis on the heavier weight classes?

Heavier weight classes have higher point totals for two main reasons; 1) The heavier weight class fighters dominated early MMA bouts due to open weight classes and the grand prix formats. 2) Fighters earn point premiums when fights end through stoppage (TKO, KO, or Submission). Heavier weight class fights generally do not “go the distance” as often as lighter weight classes. Furthermore, the lightest weight classes (Feather, Bantam, etc.) aren’t as established and do not have the history of the heavier weight classes. For example, just because Urijah Faber does not have the same point total as a Fedor Emelianenko or an Anderson Silva, it does not mean he is any less dominant in his weight class.

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