November 2011 Rankings

HEAVYWEIGHT 206-265

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Cain Velasquez 7.662 7.662

2 Alistair Overeem 6.785 6.785

3 Josh Barnett 6.438 6.438

4 Junior dos Santos 6.332 6.332

5 Brock Lesnar 6.205 7.205

6 Fabricio Werdum 5.785 6.335

7 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 5.763 6.875

8 Frank Mir 5.586 5.919

9 Shane Carwin 5.332 6.291

10 Daniel Cormier 5.329 5.329

BJJ black belts Frank Mir (#8) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (#7) with tangle with each other at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Ontario.

LIGHTHEAVYWEIGHT 186-205

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Jon Jones 7.389 7.389

2 Dan Henderson 6.767 6.767

3 Rashad Evans 6.499 6.596

4 Mauricio Rua 6.427 6.928

5 Lyoto Machida 6.326 7.159

6 Quinton Jackson 5.889 6.27

7 Alexander Gustafsson 5.789 5.789

8 Muhammed Lawal 5.681 6.113

9 Vladimir Matyushenko 5.247 5.247

10 Phil Davis 5.086 5.086

After more than two years fighting in Strikeforce, Dan Henderson (#2) returns to the UFC to lock horns with Mauricio Rua (#4) at UFC 139 in San Jose, CA, on Nov. 19.

MIDDLEWEIGHT 171-185

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Anderson Silva 7.526 7.526

2 Chael Sonnen 6.413 6.672

3 Yushin Okami 6.026 6.107

4 Mark Munoz 6.016 6.016

5 Vitor Belfort 5.932 6.37

6 Alan Belcher 5.696 5.696

7 Hector Lombard 5.686 5.686

8 Michael Bisping 5.671 5.671

9 Chris Leben 5.478 5.478

10 Siyar Bahadurzada 5.206 5.206

TUF coaches Jason Miller (#22) and Michael Bisping (#8) will settle their differences in the Octagon on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.

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 Josh Koscheck 6.285 6.285

6 Carlos Condit 6.178 6.178

7 Jake Ellenberger 5.725 5.725

8 Brian Ebersole 5.569 5.569

9 Diego Sanchez 5.489 5.489

10 Anthony Johnson 5.248 5.248

Anthony Johnson (#10) cracks the top-10 list after a firstround TKO of Charlie Brenneman (#43) in October.

LIGHTWEIGHT 146-155

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Frankie Edgar 6.882 6.882

2 Gilbert Melendez 6.374 6.374

3 Clay Guida 5.985 5.985

4 Shinya Aoki 5.868 5.937

5 Benson Henderson 5.828 5.828

6 Dennis Siver 5.72 5.72

7 Joe Lauzon 5.449 5.449

8 Gray Maynard 5.382 6.132

9 Donald Cerrone 5.294 5.294

10 Tatsuya Kawajiri 5.246 5.246

After a fourth-round TKO of Gray Maynard (#8) at UFC 136, Frankie Edgar (#1) overtakes the top spot from Gilbert Melendez (#2).

FEATHERWEIGHT 136-145

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Jose Aldo 5.772 5.772

2 Chad Mendes 5.243 5.243

3 Patricio Freire 4.923 4.923

4 Kenny Florian 4.772 5.83

5 Hatsu Hioki 4.764 4.764

6 Joe Warren 4.492 5.492

7 Hiroyuki Takaya 4.386 5.275

8 Erik Koch 4.368 4.368

9 Mark Hominick 4.324 4.324

10 Bibiano Fernandes 4.275 5.166

Mark Hominick (#9) will try to bury “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (#48) at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Ontario.

BANTAMWEIGHT 126-135

RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Dominick Cruz 5.676 5.676

2 Joseph Benavidez 5.015 5.015

3 Demetrious Johnson 4.676 4.872

4 Urijah Faber 4.48 4.828

5 Renan do Nascimento Mota 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

Miguel Torres (#9) is back in action against Nick Pace (#37) at UFC 139 on Nov. 19 in San Jose, CA.

READERS’ CHOICE POUND FOR POUND

RANK FIGHTER

1 Anderson Silva

2 Georges StPierre

3 Jon Jones

4 Jose Aldo

5 Cain Velasquez

6 Frankie Edgar

7 Dominick Cruz

8 Junior dos Santos

9 Gilbert Melendez

10 BJ Penn

According to UFC president Dana White, Frankie Edgar (#6) is the second-best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, behind Anderson Silva (#1).

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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