The big question in the light heavyweight division right now is simple - where does Daniel Cormier stand? His win over debuting fighter Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 was hardly relevant, but Cormier is clearly close to a title shot already. With that in mind, the SB Nation rankings panel decided to take a look at the 205-pound weight class in the aftermath of UFC 170.
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. At the moment, this does not affect any fighters generally considered in the discussion for a top 10 light heavyweight spot Also, Vitor Belfort is not eligible to be ranked at 205 because his next fight is (or was, or will be, or someting) at 185 pounds).
It should come as no surprise that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took the top spot unanimously. The man that gave Jones his toughest fight so far, Alexander Gustafsson, is unanimously in second. The next title challenger, Glover Teixeira is in third. Former champ Rashad Evans is in fourth, and Cormier entered the list in the five spot.
Phil Davis holds down the six spot, with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in seventh (despite not being ranked at all by one panelist). Dan Henderson is at eight, with Chael Sonnen and Mauricio Rua rounding out the top 10. Ryan Bader and Jimi Manuwa also received votes, but not enough to crack the top ten.
Upcoming matchups for ranked fighters
Chael Sonnen (9) vs. Wanderlei Silva (NR) - UFC Fight Night TBA, May 31st