USAT/SBN April 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Lyoto Machida 100 UFC 1
2 Mauricio Rua 93 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 91 UFC 3
4 Quinton Jackson 88 UFC 4
5 Forrest Griffin 80 UFC 5
6 Anderson Silva 76 UFC 6
7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 75 UFC 8
8 Muhammed Lawal 61 Strikeforce 23
9 Gegard Mousasi 54 Strikeforce 7
10 Thiago Silva 54 UFC 9
11 Jon Jones 48 UFC 20
12 Rich Franklin 42 UFC 11
13 Randy Couture 38 UFC 12
14 Dan Henderson 35 Strikeforce 10
15 Luis Arthur Cane 33 UFC 13
16 Ryan Bader 30 UFC 14
17 Keith Jardine 27 UFC 15
18 Chuck Liddell 26 UFC 17
19 Vitor Belfort 26 UFC 19
20 Renato Sobral 23 Strikeforce 18
21 Brandon Vera 22 UFC 16
22 Tito Ortiz 16 UFC 21
22 Matt Hamill 16 UFC 23
24 Paulo Filho 14 DREAM 22
25 Vladimir Matyushenko 13 UFC 25

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Finally, after waiting since UFC 104 last October, MMA fans will get the rematch between #1 Lyoto Machida and #2 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 113 on May 8. The first fight was a classic of MMA strategy, heart and technique from two great fighters at the top of their games. We can only hope the second installment will be as exciting. It is reasonable to hope for a more definitive outcome as the first fight was marred by controversial scoring.

The first challenger to whoever wins Machida/Rua will likely be the winner of #3 Rashad Evans vs #4 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 114. Although, Machida's utterly definitive win over Evans at UFC 98 makes a Machida/Evans rematch somewhat unlikely should they both win.

The same card will feature #5 Forrest Griffin against #7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a fight whose winner will be in the thick of the title hunt. Hardcore fans are holding out hope for a rematch of Shogun vs Nogueira ASAP. Their first fight in PRIDE's 2005 GP was one of the best MMA bouts of all time and both men appear to have only improved in the interval.

Yes we are aware that #6 Anderson Silva utterly depantsed and humiliated Griffin at UFC 101, but several of our rankings sources only rank Silva as a middleweight. Hopefully Silva will fight serious LHW competition again soon so we can see just how high he really ranks at 205lbs.

#8 Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal rises dramatically from the #23 spot by virtue of his decision win over #9 Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: Nashville. With DREAM.14 no longer kicking off their Light Heavyweight tourny, it's up in the air who Strikeforce will find to challenge their new champ.

No word yet on who's next for #10 Thiago Silva. He's denied a rumored bout with #16 Ryan Bader. #11 Jon Jones is rumored to face #25 Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC on Versus 2. #12 Rich Franklin will be facing Chuck Liddell at UFC 115.

Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings. We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to "normalize" the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Consensus Rankings.

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