MMA Best 10 fighters in each weight division, according to some website.

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    HEAVYWEIGHT (265-205)

    1. Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) (26-1-0, 1 NC)
    Easiest fighter to rank atop the polls in any division; the Russian is the most sought-after free agent the sport has seen. Reigning PRIDE heavyweight champion Emelianenko is equal parts athleticism, brawn, brains, heart and skill -- a combination some have called the finest MMA has ever seen. His pace has slowed some with the demise of PRIDE, but suitors from all corners of the sport have pursued his services. The only loss of his career was brutally erased when Fedor dismantled Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (Pictures) in April 2005. There is no timetable for his return to the ring. Fedor last fought in April, armbarring undersized American Matt Lindland (Pictures) in St. Petersburg, Russia, as Russian President Vladimir Putin watched from ringside.

    2. Randy Couture (Pictures) (16-8-0)
    Unbelievable. If Couture never wins another fight, he won't have any problem finding his place in the pantheon of MMA greats. The 44-year-old UFC heavyweight champion dominated Gabriel Gonzaga (Pictures) on Aug. 25 to score his second win over a top-10 opponent in five months. Couture is now one half of the biggest fight in the sport that can't be made -- not unless Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) signs with the UFC.

    3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) (30-4-1, 1 NC)
    Following a stellar career in PRIDE, where he owned the heavyweight title before Fedor showed up, Nogueira is now in the UFC, having recently been fortunate to outpoint Heath Herring (Pictures) for the third time. Nogueira could hold the distinction of the best submission-based heavyweight in the history of MMA, but his reputation has taken a hit as he's slowed after taking several beatings.

    4. Josh Barnett (Pictures) (20-5-0)
    Barnett had one of the busiest years ever in 2006. Fighting seven times against quality -- even world-class -- opposition, Barnett went 5-2. Despite splitting a pair of decisions with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures), and suffering yet another loss to Mirko Filipovic (Pictures), Barnett showed that he remains one of the sport's brightest young mixed martial artists. The fight-loving grappler captured the UFC heavyweight crown at the age of 24, before making his way overseas and eventually into PRIDE. Currently a free agent, Barnett would be a great acquisition for any promoter.

    5. Gabriel Gonzaga (Pictures) (8-2-0)
    A dangerous grappler, Gonzaga showed he's more than capable of finishing a fight with his fists or his feet by knocking out Mirko Filipovic (Pictures) and breaking Randy Couture (Pictures)'s arm with a high kick. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, Couture mauled him during their heavyweight title fight on Aug. 25 in Las Vegas.

    6. Tim Sylvia (Pictures) (23-3-0)
    Sylvia had an opportunity to become a star if he could defeat Randy Couture (Pictures) in March. Instead, he was dropped with the first punch and never recovered as Couture swarmed him for 25 minutes. The 6-foot-8-inch Sylvia is a counterpuncher who carries a pretty stiff jab and a heavy right hand. His decent-enough takedown defense has saved him against the likes of Jeff Monson (Pictures), but Couture was a whole different animal. An October showdown looms with promising heavyweight Brandon Vera (Pictures).

    7. Andrei Arlovski (Pictures) (11-5-0)
    The Belarusian former UFC heavyweight champ has won two in a row since losing consecutive fights to Tim Sylvia (Pictures). A knockout of Marcio Cruz (Pictures) and a decision against Fabricio Werdum (Pictures) have Arlovski part of the UFC heavyweight title picture again. An athletic fighter with proficient boxing and powerful leg-locks, Arlovski is an intimidating heavyweight when he decides to be aggressive. As the UFC heavyweight division continues to expand, Arlovski will surely have an opportunity to move up the list.

    8. Fabricio Werdum (Pictures) (9-3-1)
    Werdum has a tendency to underperform, but he is a dangerous BJJ stylist and has shown an ability to survive on the feet. In his UFC debut in April, Werdum lost a unanimous decision against former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski (Pictures). He moves up from the ninth spot.

    9. Cheick Kongo (Pictures) (11-3-1)
    Speaking to the power of a win over a name opponent, Kongo, who is still fairly limited as a mixed martial artist, finds himself ranked after his impressive decision victory on Sept. 8 over Mirko Filipovic (Pictures). The tall, powerful striker is a danger for anyone on the feet, but quality grapplers would still have their way with the Frenchman.

    10. Mirko Filipovic (Pictures) (22-6-2)
    Filipovic falls hard following his second consecutive loss in the UFC. Following Sept. 8's decision loss to Cheick Kongo (Pictures), "Cro Cop" is just 1-2 since joining the UFC ranks after winning the 2006 PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix. Filipovic needs time off and a serious reevaluation of his career if he's going to approach top-five status again.
     
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    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205-185)

    1. Quinton Jackson (Pictures) (28-6-0)
    "Rampage" has worked past the troubles that haunted him after a tough series of fights in PRIDE, the last of which saw him go down in defeat to "Shogun" Rua. The exciting and flamboyant UFC light heavyweight put himself on the map by blasting out Chuck Liddell (Pictures) in less than two minutes. He followed that with a hard-fought victory over Dan Henderson (Pictures) on Sept. 8. With an injured hand, Jackson likely won't fight until next spring. "Rampage" takes the No. 1 spot with Rua's loss.

    2. Dan Henderson (Pictures) (22-6-0)
    Undersized for the division, Dan Henderson (Pictures) is not a known name amongst many casual MMA fans. A scrappy former Olympic wrestler who's worked hard to integrate a dangerous striking game, punctuated by one of the best right hands in the sport, Henderson has continually defied the odds against heavier opposition. His 25-minute war against Jackson is indicative of how tough the 37-year-old Henderson can be. Henderson slides up two spots.

    3. Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) (31-7-1, 1 NC)
    The Brazilian mauler enjoyed one of the best stretches of any fighter in the history of MMA from 2000 through 2004, including two brutal stoppages over current UFC champion Quinton Jackson (Pictures). Known for an aggressive fighting style and a penchant for KOs, Silva reigned as the 205-pound PRIDE champion until February of this year, when Dan Henderson (Pictures) dominated the fight in Las Vegas to win by knockout. Silva will likely make his UFC debut sometime before the end of the year. Silva benefits from the losses of Shogun and Liddell to move to No. 3.

    4. Keith Jardine (Pictures) (13-3-1)
    Proof that a good game plan and a quality fight camp can get you far in MMA, Keith Jardine (Pictures) enjoyed the benefits of both on Sept. 22 in out-pointing former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (Pictures). Like Liddell, "The Dean of Mean" was returning to the ring for the first time since suffering a brutal knockout loss. But Jardine showed no ill effects in winning. He goes from unranked to No. 4 on the strength of the Liddell decision and a destruction of Forrest Griffin (Pictures) at the end of last year.

    5. Forrest Griffin (Pictures) (15-4-0)
    Tough. To be so is an important trait for a fighter, but alone it's usually not enough to find someone ranked amongst the elite. Griffin has taken his toughness and added to it over the years. That hard work, done recently in Randy Couture (Pictures)'s gym in Las Vegas, paid huge dividends on Sept. 22 when the unranked "The Ultimate Fighter 1" winner submitted Mauricio Rua (Pictures), who topped most rating lists at 205 pounds. Though Griffin has had his ups and downs -- a brutal KO loss to Jardine and a controversial decision loss to Tito Ortiz (Pictures) -- he jumps into the fifth spot based on the effort against Shogun.

    6. Mauricio Rua (Pictures) (16-3-0)
    Rua had nothing for the previously unranked Griffin in their Sept. 22 UFC fight. Following the choke-out loss, Rua falls from No. 1 to 6. The Brazilian earned his reputation by winning in Japan, where he demolished current UFC champion Quinton Jackson (Pictures) and captured the prestigious PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix. With his exciting fighting style and world-class skill, the Chute Boxe fighter was poised to become a star in the United States. At just 25 years of age, he can rebound from the Griffin defeat, but it will take excellent performances for him to find the top spot any time soon.

    7. Chuck Liddell (Pictures) (20-5)
    Liddell saw his stretch as the baddest light heavyweight in the UFC come to an end when Quinton Jackson (Pictures) won early in the first round of their May bout. Most expected him to bounce back strong against Keith Jardine (Pictures), but "The Iceman" failed to answer a game plan that saw his opponent move his head and stay out of range. Two losses in a row apparently have Liddell contemplating retirement, though big fights still loom for the star UFC fighter if he wants them. Liddell falls from 3 to 7.

    8. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Pictures) (4-1-0)
    Africa's top mixed martial artist exploded upon the world stage in 2007 with early knockouts of top-10 light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Pictures) and Ricardo Arona (Pictures). The accomplished judoka has relied on his hands, but he's also paid the price for slugging it out, suffering a stoppage loss last October to Glover Teixeira (Pictures), a training partner of Chuck Liddell (Pictures). Inactivity and a flurry of action in the top five push Sokoudjou down from 6 to 8.

    9. Ricardo Arona (Pictures) (13-5-0)
    A dominant grappler, Arona amassed an impressive record with just two defeats (Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) in 2000 and Quinton Jackson (Pictures) in 2004) before becoming the first light heavyweight in five years to defeat Wanderlei Silva (Pictures). However, three losses (Silva, Shogun and Sokoudjou) have come in his last four fights, with the only win a stoppage over Alistair Overeem (Pictures). Arona is a tough match-up for anyone in the division. He drops from 7 to 9 in the latest ranking.

    10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Pictures) (12-3-0)
    "Minotoro" has just three fights in three years, and is 1-2 during that span, but a record that features wins against the likes of Guy Mezger (Pictures), Kazuhiro Nakamura (Pictures), Kazushi Sakuraba (Pictures), Alistair Overeem (Pictures) and Dan Henderson (Pictures) means Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures)'s twin brother is pretty good. His loss in the PRIDE 205-pound Grand Prix to Mauricio Rua (Pictures) was perhaps the fight of the year. In February, Sokoudjou stunningly knocked out Nogueira. After concentrating on boxing and representing Brazil in the Pan-American Games, Nogueira will return to MMA in Canada's Hardcore Fighting Championship later this year.

    Note: Rashad Evans (Pictures) (9) and Jason Lambert (Pictures) (10) fall out of the top 10 with the inclusion of Jardine and Griffin.
     
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    MIDDLEWEIGHT (185-170)

    1. Anderson Silva (19-4-0)
    First-round knockouts of Rich Franklin (Pictures) and Nathan Marquardt (Pictures). Capturing the UFC middleweight crown. Just one loss in two and a half years (via DQ no less). Anderson Silva easily deserves the top spot at 185 pounds. His next challenge comes Oct. 20 against Franklin in the former champion's hometown.

    2. Paulo Filho (Pictures) (15-0-0)
    The undefeated Brazilian ranks in this high due to his unblemished record and the way he's won the majority of his fights. A dominant grappler, Filho showed off some powerful strikes in stopping Canadian Joe Doerksen (Pictures) on Aug. 5 to capture the vacant WEC title. It remains unresolved who Filho's next opponent will be, though neither match the level of opposition he would have found in the UFC, EliteXC or K-1 HERO'S.

    3. Dan Henderson (Pictures) (22-6-0)
    He's only had five fights at the weight, but Dan Henderson (Pictures)'s 2006 run to win the PRIDE 183-pound title is enough to place him in the top three. Ask most fighters who ranks No. 1 in the division, and Henderson's name comes up quite often. Yet it's his lack of a win over a top-10 fighter (though he has defeated quality opposition) that prevents him from making the top two. With his loss to the larger Quinton Jackson (Pictures), there will be calls for Henderson to move down to 185 pounds, where it's believed he'll finish most opponents.

    4. Rich Franklin (Pictures) (22-2-0, 1 NC)
    A well-rounded, hard-working, smart fighter, Franklin was forced to regroup after losing his UFC belt to Anderson Silva last October. Coming back from the brutal KO, "Ace" forced Jason MacDonald (Pictures) to quit after two rounds and recently won on points against the ranked Yushin Okami (Pictures). Franklin faces Silva again, this time in the former champ's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 20.

    5. Matt Lindland (Pictures) (20-5-0)
    Lindland has been a rogue fighter since the UFC tore up his contract in August 2005. A bad loss to David Terrell (Pictures) kept "The Law" out of the UFC title picture before he was discarded, and outside the UFC Lindland has shown improved overall skills. The problem for Lindland is that he hasn't faced a ranked middleweight in quite some time and instead has gone off to fight at 205 and heavyweight, where he was armbarred by Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) in less than three minutes. He needs a chance to fight top-tier opposition if he's going to be ranked any higher.

    6. Nathan Marquardt (Pictures) (25-7-2)
    Marquardt found himself overwhelmed by UFC champion Anderson Silva in July. Though many thought Marquardt provided a bad style match for Silva, his chin failed to hold up against the champion's strikes. Marquardt is a highly skilled, deeply experienced fighter who has held respected titles such as Japan's King of Pancrase. Four wins in five UFC fights made fans hip to his talents, but a somewhat methodical fighting style and muted demeanor have kept his star dim to this point.

    7. Denis Kang (Pictures) (27-8-1, 1 NC)
    Kang is a gifted athlete with fast hands and a well-rounded game. He began to gain notoriety during the PRIDE 183-pound tournament in 2006, making it to the finals before losing by split decision to Kazuo Misaki (Pictures). Currently a free agent, Kang is being pursued by the major organizations. He appears to have all the tools to make it into the top three, but he's lacking a win over a top-ranked foe to propel him there.

    8. Robbie Lawler (Pictures) (15-4-0)
    The hard-punching Lawler's win over EliteXC champion Murilo Rua (Pictures) on Sept. 15 jumps Lawler over Yushin Okami (Pictures) into the No. 8 spot. Lawler, also the ICON Sport champion, has won seven of eight fights starting in 2005 against the likes of Frank Trigg (Pictures), Joey Villasenor (Pictures) and Falaniko Vitale (Pictures) twice. His lone loss came against Jason Miller, and he was bombing on "Mayhem" before succumbing to a submission. Lawler returns to ICON Sport in October against dangerous Hawaiian Kala Kolohe Hose (Pictures).

    9. Yushin Okami (Pictures) (20-4-0)
    Okami is arguably the best Japanese fighter to participate on the cage-fighting circuit. The lanky middleweight is coming off a decision loss to Rich Franklin (Pictures) in June, a bout he appeared close to winning by submission in the third round. With a 4-1 record in the UFC and a solid overall ledger, Okami, just 26, is a fighter that could climb the list.

    10. Frank Trigg (Pictures) (15-6-0)
    After losing to Carlos Condit (Pictures) in the spring of 2006, "Twinkle Toes" took a hiatus from MMA before bulking up 15 pounds to join the middleweight division. Most thought the young Jason Miller would trounce Trigg, but the powerful wrestler pounded out "Mayhem" in the second round. A decision win over Kazuo Misaki (Pictures) secured a top-10 ranking despite falling to Robbie Lawler (Pictures) in four rounds last March, which cost him the ICON belt he won versus Miller.
     
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    WELTERWEIGHT (170-155)

    1. Matt Serra (Pictures) (9-4-0)
    Using a series of strikes to finish then UFC champion Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) in February, New York's Matt Serra (Pictures) picked a good time to rack up his first stoppage victory -- something no one outside of Long Island thought he could do. The squat welterweight has fluctuated between 170 and 155 pounds, and he appears to have suddenly found his power. Noted for his BJJ game, Serra will likely have his guard put to the test when he defends his belt against former two-time champion Matt Hughes (Pictures) in December.

    2. Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) (14-2-0)
    An incredible two-year run saw the French Canadian capture the UFC welterweight belt while defeating the likes of Jason Miller, Frank Trigg (Pictures), Sean Sherk (Pictures), B.J. Penn (Pictures) and Matt Hughes (Pictures). No one gave Matt Serra (Pictures) a chance of beating GSP when the two met in April, yet Serra blasted out the champ to take the coveted UFC crown. St. Pierre got back on track at UFC 74 with a resounding decision win over Josh Koscheck (Pictures), and he's one Matt-Serra-falter away from standing alone at the top.

    3. Matt Hughes (Pictures) (41-5-0)
    Perennially ranked amongst the top three at his weight, Matt Hughes (Pictures) is widely regarded as one of the sport's most dominant fighters at 170 pounds. His stunning loss to Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) knocked him down a peg, but a convincing decision over veteran Chris Lytle (Pictures) in March of this year helped Hughes, who returned to his wrestling roots in that fight, get back on track.

    4. Jon Fitch (Pictures) (15-2-0, 1 NC)
    With his impressive decision victory over Diego Sanchez (Pictures) on Sept. 22, Fitch moved to 7-0 in the UFC and up two spots in the Sherdog rankings. The impressive wrestler turned mixed martial artist showed an array of skills, including an amazing ability to avoid submissions. Fitch has come out of the shadows the right way, winning tough fights that helped him grow as a fighter -- and as a known commodity among MMA fans.

    5. Josh Koscheck (Pictures) (9-2-0)
    A last-second loss to Drew Fickett (Pictures) is no longer the only blemish on the powerful wrestler's ledger. Koscheck was thoroughly dominated during his 15-minute clash with former UFC champion Georges St. Pierre (Pictures). Perhaps most surprising: He was outwrestled and forced to fight from the bottom for most of the fight. Training with Jon Fitch (Pictures) at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., should only help Koscheck's progression.

    6. Diego Sanchez (Pictures) (17-2-0)
    Undefeated before losing by decision to Koscheck in one of his worst efforts as a pro, Sanchez redeemed himself even in losing to Jon Fitch (Pictures) on Sept. 22. "The Ultimate Fighter 1" star aggressively attacked Fitch with submissions, but he failed to find one due to his foe's incredible defense. Sanchez recently left his childhood home of Albuquerque, N.M., and longtime trainer Greg Jackson to be with his child in San Diego, Calif. The move to work with Rob Garcia regularly didn't appear to hurt Sanchez, who might consider a move down to lightweight following his second loss in a row.

    7. Karo Parisyan (Pictures) (17-4-0)
    There's no doubt that Karo Parisyan (Pictures) is one of the best welterweights in the world, but losses to Diego Sanchez (Pictures) and Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) relegate him to No. 7, which in the loaded welterweight division isn't all that bad. Impressive in a recent defeat of Josh Burkman (Pictures), Parisyan, still young at 25, would love to get a crack at the UFC title he was promised. Continuing to win will be the quickest way to that achievement.

    8. Shinya Aoki (Pictures) (11-2-0)
    Making a claim as the most dynamic submission fighter on the list, Aoki's status is uncertain after Zuffa's purchase of PRIDE. Considering that he fought recently at 161 pounds, there was debate where to rank the tights-wearing Japanese fighter. However, his position as Shooto champion at 167 pounds -- Aoki defeated Akira Kikuchi (Pictures), who holds a win over Jake Shields (Pictures) in 2004 and is just on the outside of the top 10 -- means he belongs here.

    9. Jake Shields (Pictures) (19-4-1)
    Shields' fighting style isn't exactly like the Boise St. Broncos' offense. The large welterweight, who cuts down from as heavy as 190 pounds in the days leading up to a fight, employs a methodical, technical style that has confounded many of his opponents. Shields last fought on Sept. 15 and pounded veteran Renato Verissimo (Pictures). He stands first in line for the yet-to-be-competed-for EliteXC crown. But more than anything, Shields has expressed a desire to fight the best in the division.

    10. Carlos Condit (Pictures) (21-4-0)
    The young Albuquerque fighter has compiled quite a record, most recently defending his WEC title by submitting Brock Larson (Pictures) in the opening round. Condit's participation in last year's Rumble on the Rock tournament put him on the map, though he ended the event losing to Shields. A bad defeat against Pat Healy (Pictures) followed, but the 23-year-old fighter has reeled off six wins in a row to squeak into the final slot at 170 pounds. To get any higher, he needs to hope WEC brings in serious competition.
     
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    LIGHTWEIGHT (155-145)

    1. Takanori Gomi (Pictures) (27-3-0, 1 ND)
    Gomi's submission loss in February to Nick Diaz (Pictures) was overturned when Nevada ruled that the Californian had marijuana in his system, which when added to the fact that Gomi has fought at 161 pounds for the past three years makes this ranking tenuous. A 2006 submission loss to Marcus Aurelio doesn't help either, but Gomi avenged being put to sleep by winning a decision in Nov. of last year. Even with all that working against him, Gomi stands atop the heap of a deep and exciting weight division with wins over the likes of Kawajiri, Ishida, and Sakurai.

    2. Gilbert Melendez (Pictures) (12-0-0)
    After notching the biggest win of his outstanding young career on New Year's Eve against Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures), Melendez has spent the first seventh months of 2007 twiddling his thumbs like most of PRIDE's former lightweights. Thankfully, Strikeforce has saved the day, as their 155-pound champ will return to action against Tetsuji Kato (Pictures) on Sept. 29, and will live out what most 25 year olds could only dream about: beating up a guy at the Playboy Mansion.

    3. Gesias Calvancanti (Pictures) (14-1-1)
    Injury axed the defending HERO'S tournament champion from his July bout with Andre "Dida" Amade, but Fight Entertainment Group slotted "JZ" into the semifinals on Sept. 17 against fellow Brazilian Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro. "JZ" ran over the once-beaten Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter in 35 seconds before armbarring Amade in the finals. Two stoppage wins, one over a Top 5 fighter, jumps the American Top Team fighter up from the eighth spot.

    4. Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures) (19-4-2)
    After a tough break in his split decision loss to Melendez, Kawajiri went back home to the drawing board in his home of Ibaraki to train. Of course, due to PRIDE getting pillaged, that's as far as he's gotten in close to 10 months. Kawajiri has said he would love to fight stateside in the cage, but it seems that opportunity isn't exactly forthcoming. However, leading Shooto promoter Sustain has a card slated for Nov. 8 that could use his starpower, and it would provide a nice opportunity for "Crusher" to vent his frustrations in the ring. Kawajiri falls a spot due to his inactivity and Calvancanti's HERO'S effort.

    5. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro (Pictures) (19-2-0)
    A perennial elite lightweight, Shaolin's competition since a Dec. 2004 loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures) has ranged from solid-but-unspectacular to woefully inadequate. He failed in what was expected to be his biggest test in years, when Gesias Calvancanti (Pictures) threw him to the floor and pounded out a TKO win on Sept. 17. Ribeiro drops from No. 4 to 5.

    6. Sean Sherk (Pictures) (32-2-1)
    The UFC champion's steroid saga will be prolonged until Oct. 31, when the California State Athletic Commission granted Sherk a continuance in order for he and doping attorney extraordinaire Howard Jacobs to prepare their case. The real downer? Putting the breaks on a Nov. superfight with B.J. Penn (Pictures). Sherk drops from 5 to 6 with the Calvancanti leapfrog.

    7. Mitsuhiro Ishida (Pictures) (15-3-1)
    Ishida, like his teammate and friend Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures) and the rest of the PRIDE Bushido refugees, is stuck in limbo. Despite the fact he has said he would like to compete in the Octagon, unless his management aggressively pushes for Zuffa for a deal, "The Endless Fighter" is not likely to come stateside. Ishida, and other exiled fighters, can only hope the rumors of a Shigeru Saeki-led Bushido revival become a reality.

    8. Joachim Hansen (Pictures) (15-5-1)
    MMA's foremost Norseman is another unfortunate victim of the PRIDE buyout, having signed a five-fight deal with DSE just before his Feb. win over Jason Ireland (Pictures). After talking to the UFC about a contract offer, Hansen has recently said he's decided to sit out until Dec. 31 and let his deal expire, so he can negotiate as a free agent.

    9. B.J. Penn (Pictures) (11-4-1)
    Penn was scheduled to face UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures) in Nov. but that is on hold with news of Sherk's alleged positive steroid test. Wins over a couple ranked fighters would propel Penn to the top of the list.

    10. Joe Stevenson (28-7-0)
    At the age of 25 Stevenson is one of the most experienced fighters in mixed martial arts. His late August unanimous decision win over Kurt Pellegrino (Pictures) did not come easy, but "Daddy" did enough to earn the win and his spot in this ranking. Stevenson, who captured the welterweight crown during the third season of "The Ultimate Fighter," is 4-0 in the UFC since dropping to 155 pounds. Pending the outcome of Sean Sherk (Pictures)'s appeal for steroids, Stevenson could find himself in the UFC lightweight title picture very soon.
     
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    FEATHERWEIGHT (145-135)

    1. Akitoshi Tamura (Pictures) (11-5-2)
    In a world without Sokoudjou, Akitoshi Tamura (Pictures) would be a lock for 2007's most improved fighter. Tamura has knocked off three top-notch opponents in a row, avenging two career losses and picking up a Shooto world title along the way. The real task for Tamura, who daylights as a physical therapist, is to prove his recent windfall of success is no fluke. His first assignment as Shooto world champion will come Nov. 8 when he will be in action against a yet-to-be-named foe at BACK TO OUR ROOTS 6.

    2. Urijah Faber (Pictures) (19-1-0)
    The face of the featherweights in North America, Faber's crackling bout with Chance Farrar (Pictures) in June served as an exemplar of what 145', ers , , br, ing to the table. The only thing stopping "The California Kid" from topping this list is his glossy record which features mostly tough, but not outstanding opponents. However, this will change when he fights Jeff Curran (Pictures) on Dec. 12.

    3. Takeshi Inoue (Pictures) (13-2-0)
    The former Shooto world champion will be back in the ring Nov. 8 for Shooto's aforementioned BACK TO OUR ROOTS 6, where he will take on veteran eccentric Katsuya Toida (Pictures) for the vacant Shooto Pacific Rim title at 143 pounds.

    4. Antonio Carvalho (Pictures) (10-2-0)
    Regrettably, Shooto promoters told Carvalho that they couldn't find him an opponent for Sept. 22's BACK TO OUR ROOTS 5. With any luck, Sustain will get their act together and find the Canadian a suitably opponent for Nov. 8, otherwise Carvalho will have to break out the long pants and head back to Shoot Boxing to get his fight fix.

    5. Hatsu Hioki (Pictures) (12-2-1)
    Looking to get back in the win column after his hard-fought split decision loss to Antonio Carvalho (Pictures) in May, Hioki is recovered from his broke toe and will headline the next edition of SHOOTO GIG CENTRAL in his native Nagoya on Oct. 8. The current TKO 145-pound title holder will face import Jong Man Kim (Pictures), who recently gave DEEP champ Masakazu Imanari (Pictures) a momentary scare before succumbing to submission this past August.

    6. Jeff Curran (Pictures) (28-8-1)
    "The Big Frog" had a much tougher go of things in his Aug. 5 bout with unknown Stephen Ledbetter, but was able to take a unanimous decision. The win secured Curran's shot at WEC champion Urijah Faber (Pictures), which was recently announced as scheduled for Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.

    7. Masakazu Imanari (Pictures) (12-5-1)
    Imanari was scheduled to defend his Cage Rage featherweight title against Jean Silva (Pictures) at CR's latest offering in London, but was nixed from the bout for unknown reasons. Nonetheless, MMA's foremost foot fetishist will return to the ring Oct. 9, taking on veteran Hiroyuki Abe in a non-title affair.

    8. Yoshiro Maeda (Pictures) (22-4-1)
    Pancrase's champion poster-boy whacked Danny Batten (Pictures) in April and followed that with a stoppage win against Johnny Frachey (Pictures) in Tokyo on Sept. 5. The biggest hurdle for the 25-year-old Maeda, who has all the tools to be an elite fighter, is overcoming his reputation as a less-than-consistent competitor who falters under pressure.

    9. Bao Quach (Pictures) (10-8-1)
    Quach's spotty record doesn't illustrate the Colin Oyama-trained fighter's toughness. Beginning in 2006 Quach is 4-1-1. Drawing No. 5-ranked Hatsu Hioki (Pictures) in Japan, Quach would lose to Wagnney Fabiano (Pictures) before winning three in a row and setting up a clash with Tenkei Fujimiya (Pictures). He moves into the rankings based on his win against Fujimiya, though many argue it was the Japanese fighter who deserved the decision.

    10. Tenkei Fujimiya (Pictures) (7-2-2)
    2005's Shooto rookie champ at 143 pounds has had a rough go of things in recent months, first drawing the always tricky Katsuya Toida (Pictures) last Nov., losing a rematch to current Shooto world champ Akitoshi Tamura (Pictures) in Feb., and falling short on points in Aug. to Bao Quach (Pictures). Many ringside observers felt the counter-striking Fujimiya deserved the nod, but two California judges thought differently.
     
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    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    not that bad all around except for the lack of the kid :eek3:
     
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    Jeebus Well-Known Member

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    :werd:

    I was surprised with how little i cringing while reading it. Much better than MMAweekly.
     
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    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    I know.

    Much like BJ (and fedor to an extent) I would give him the benefit of the doubt
     
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    whup I wish you had children and.. so that I could step

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    It's been too long for Fedor to be at Number 1, especially with the year we've had.

    They might be excused for leaving Kid out except for the fact he fought very recently which should re-qualify him for the list. Kid should be there.

    They're just cutting and paste the drivel from their previous rankings and shuffling/updating where necessary :-/
     
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    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    uhh, Fedor has beaten Coleman, Hunt, and Lindland in the past year. Kid has fought two absolute nobodies and went to a decision in the more recent fight.

    Not to mention the heavyweight division has virtually imploded and the only other competition for the #1 spot is Randy who has yet to fight a top 5 HW.

    While Fedor has been too inactive for my taste, your logic makes no sense.

    and these are some of the best LW, WW, and MW rankings we have seen. Not sure why you are so bitter about it.
     
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    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    they're still good rankings. the LHW and HW are kind of a mess and open for all sorts of change, and not sure where I place Hendo, but overall they are pretty damn good, and far better than the regular mma weekly.



    but i do feel dirty now
     
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    The Militant THE FUTURE

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    MMAweekly has the shittiest of shitty rankings lol
     
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    I was going to post how does Sockajew fall below Jardine and Forrest but this is from sherdog.
     
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    Sockajew?

    Is that the guy that beat up Ben?
     
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    how is Gonzaga still #5. He had one win over Cro Cop which all the sudden made him top 10 then he gets dominated by Couture and doesn't fall?
     
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    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    He's keeping the spot warm for Vera.
     
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    Artyboy Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of

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    So Coleman, Hunt and Lindland were all ranked heavyweights? :hsugh: Sorry but Fedor hasn't done enough recently to deserve the #1 spot.
     

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