USAT/SBN September 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Frank Edgar 100 UFC 1
2 B.J. Penn 91 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 90 Strikeforce 3
4 Gray Maynard 88 UFC 7
5 Shinya Aoki 82 DREAM 5
6 Eddie Alvarez 82 Bellator 6
7 Kenny Florian 80 UFC 4
8 Tatsuya Kawajiri 58 DREAM 8
9 George Sotiropoulos 55 UFC 9
10 Sean Sherk 53 UFC 15
11 Jim Miller 47 UFC 12
12 Evan Dunham 46 UFC 10
13 Takanori Gomi 43 UFC 13
14 Ben Henderson 43 WEC 11
15 Mizuto Hirota 34 K-1 13
16 Tyson Griffin 30 UFC 16
17 Joe Stevenson 26 UFC 17
18 Kurt Pellegrino 19 UFC 19
19 Gesias Cavalcante 18 DREAM 21
20 Diego Sanchez 17 UFC 18
21 Josh Thomson 13 Strikeforce 20
21 Joachim Hansen 13 DREAM 23
23 Melvin Guillard 12 UFC 34
24 Clay Guida 12 UFC 25
25 Kazunori Yokota 11 K-1 23

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Well #1 Frank Edgar's decisive decision win over #2 B.J. Penn at UFC 118 made it official: there's a new sheriff at 155lbs. At least until Edgar defends his belt against #4 Gray Maynard at UFC 125.

Maynard jumped three spots after beating #7 Kenny Florian at UFC 118.

#10 Sean Sherk jumps five places after taking a very controversial split decision win over #12 Evan Dunham at UFC 119.

#3 Gilbert Melendez is taking some time off to have a personal life while #19 Gesias JZ Cavalcante and #21 Josh Thomson face off at Strikeforce: San Jose on October 9.

#5 Shinya Aoki fought at DREAM 16, beating Marcus Aurelio but that had no impact on his standing. It will be hard for him to find top opponents in Japan.

#6 Eddie Alvarez will face unranked Roger Huerta at Bellator 33 on October 21st. This is a fight with huge implications for the division despite Huerta's unranked status.

Alvarez owes his high ranking to his impressive run in DREAM and victories over #8 Tatsuya Kawajiri among others. His fight against Huerta will be the first chance for fans to see a fighter from the DREAM/Strikeforce pool face a fighter who has faced UFC mainstays like Gray Maynard and Kenny Florian.

Huerta's loss to Pat Curran earlier in his Bellator run somewhat diminishes the import of this bout, but hey, it's the best we're going to get for sometime to come.


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