|7||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira||63||???||7|
|17||Vladimir Matyushenko||20||Free Agent||16|
|23||Muhammed Lawal||16||M-1 Global
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
In contrast to the crazy mixed up Heavyweight division, all is calm in the Light Heavyweight class. There is a clear #1 and he's set to defend his title against the best for the foreseeable future since the UFC has 20 of the top 25 Light Heavies under contract.
The next meaningful fight in the division will pit #4 Forrest Griffin against middleweight #1 Anderson Silva at UFC 101 on August 8.
August 15 will see #10 Renato "Babalu" Sobral face #20 heavyweight Gegard Mousasi on Strikeforce's August 15th Showtime card. The fight was originally scheduled for Affliction's doomed Trilogy event on August 1.
UFC 102 at the end of the month will see #6 Keith Jardine take on #13 Thiago Silva. The winner will re-enter contention. The loser will be seeking his footing in a murderously competitive division.
#9 Rich Franklin has been announced for the headline fight on September's UFC 103 card in Dallas but no opponent has been named. At one point #13 Dan Henderson was rumored, but it's currently unclear who Franklin will face.
#7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will face ringer Alex Striebling at Bitteti Combat in Brazil on September 12th. Rumors are swirling that the former Affliction fighter may be joining his twin brother in the UFC soon after.
That event will also see the return to action of former perennial top 10 light heavyweight Ricardo Arona. I would hope that a win for Arona would set the stage for his signing with Sengoku, DREAM or Strikeforce.
# 1 Lyoto Machida will make his first title defense against #5 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 104 in October.
#2 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will, of course, be coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter against #3 Rashad Evans. They'll meet at UFC 107 in Memphis.
The biggest jump in the rankings in a long time propels UFC 100 winner Jon Jones from #31 to #15. Rumors of a possible match with Hall of Famer Mark Coleman are circulating for the popular Jones.