The lightweight division is just as volatile as ever, and the SB Nation panel couldn't seem to agree on much. Sure, we had the UFC champ on top. But after that it was all over the place. This is nothing new in the busiest division in MMA though, so we did our best to lay out what we thought at 155.
As usual, our panel consists of two members from each of the three SB Nation MMA sites - Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle from MMA Fighting; Thomas Myers and Alex Giardini from MMA Mania; and finally, Dallas Winston and yours truly from Bloody Elbow. Here's the fancy chart:
(Scoring: Fighters are given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for a second, etc., down to one point for 10th place. The results are then tallied up and presented here. Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission suspension are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues.)
To the surprise of no one, Anthony Pettis reigns supreme on top of the list. He's going to be out for a while, which will probably cause even more confusion in the the few positions below him. Ben Henderson holds onto the second spot with his close win at UFC on Fox 10, while former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez holds down the third spot. The guy who came up just short against Henderson, Josh Thomson, sits at number four. And rounding out the top five is injured T.J. Grant.
Bellator's Eddie Alvarez sits at number six, not long after his big win over Michael Chandler. Rafael dos Anjos sits at seven, with Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov at eight and nine. Rounding out the top ten is Chandler. Donald Cerrone, Gray Maynard, and Jim Miller also received votes but couldn't crack the list.
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