October 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

After his KO of Antonio Silva (#14) in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Daniel Cormier (#10) moves into the top 10 for the first time.

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 Mauricio Rua 6.427 6.928

5 Lyoto Machida 6.326 7.159

6 Quinton Jackson 6.08 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

Mauricio Rua (#4) climbs three spots after dismantling Forrest Griffin (#13) at UFC 124 in Rio de Janeiro.

MIDDLEWEIGHT 171-185 RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH

1 Anderson Silva 7.526 7.526

2 Yushin Okami 6.026 6.107

3 Mark Munoz 6.016 6.016

4 Chael Sonnen 5.945 6.672

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 Brian Stann 5.38 5.38

Mark Munoz (#3) and Chris Leben (#9) are set to collide at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England, on Nov. 5.

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

In a strange turn of events, Carlos Condit (#5) will challenge Georges St-Pierre (#1) while Nick Diaz (#4) will face BJ Penn (#3) at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas, NV.

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

Donald Cerrone (#9) will go for his fourth UFC win of 2011 when he locks horns with Dennis Siver (#7) at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas, NV.

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

José Aldo (#1) will put his UFC Featherweight Title on the line when he faces Kenny Florian (#4) at UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston, TX.

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 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

Urijah Faber (#4) will clash with Brian Bowles (#6) for number one contender status 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 Alistair Overeem

The UFC Heavyweight Title will be up for grabs when Cain Velasquez (#5) and Junior dos Santos (#8) meet at UFC on Fox on Nov. 12 in Anaheim, CA.

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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