|8||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira||59||UFC||8|
|25||Luis Arthur Cane||11||UFC||22|
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
Not a lot of movement in the light heavyweight division. It's been a sleeping giant this fall with #1 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua aka Shogun out for knee surgery and #3 Rashad Evans patiently awaiting his title shot.
That will change in November when #2 Lyoto Machida and #4 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson headline UFC 123. That fight will likely determine the next title challenger.
We'll have to wait until February and UFC 126 to see #7 Jon Jones and #5 Ryan Bader face off -- that is if we don't have to wait even longer. Seems likely that the winner of that one will go from the frying pan of a top contender fight to the fire of a title shot.
The only significant movement in the rankings this month comes from the Strikeforce light heavyweights beginning to settle into a somewhat coherent pattern at the various rankers wrap their minds around the #11 Gegard Mousasi, #14 Rafeal "Feijao" Cavalcante, #15 Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal three-way.
December 4th's Strikeforce event between #16 Dan Henderson and #18 Renato "Babalu" Sobral should provide Feijao with his first challenger for his Strikeforce title.
#5 Forrest Griffin will face #12 Rich Franklin at UFC 126. The winner will be one step closer to relevancy in the division. The loser will be pretty much relegated to the senior circuit. #10 Thiago Silva will get #19 Brandon Vera at UFC 125. That's got loser leaves town written all over it.
#13 Randy Couture has been talking a lot about retiring.
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