MMA Planet’s Light Heavyweight Rankings (January 2011)

Light-Heavyweight

1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
2. Rashad Evans
3. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Forrest Griffin
6. Jon Jones
7. Rich Franklin
8. Ryan Bader
9. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
10. Thiago Silva
11. Matt Hamill
12. Randy Couture
13. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante
14. Gegard Mousasi
15. King Mo Lawal
16. Dan Henderson
17. Vladimir Matyushenko
18. Phil Davis
19. Brandon Vera
20. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
21. Alexander Gustafsson
22. Jason Brilz
23. Tito Ortiz
24. Stephan Bonnar
25. Kryzystof Soszynski

Before any word is said MMA Planet would like to make mention of the reitrement of the long time #1 Light Heavyweight in the world, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. Liddell dominated the division’s rankings for years.

The light heavyweight division’s most significant change came due to Brandon Vera’s loss to Thiago Silva and how poor he looked on the ground. Vera is currently ranked #19 in the world.

UFC 126 hosts a series of significant light heavyweight battles as #6 Jon Jones faces #7 Ryan Bader and #5 Forrest Griffin faces #7 Rich Franklin. Also, it appears that #1 “Shogun will face #2 Rashad Evan in March for the UFC belt. It also appears that #13 “Feijao” will face #16 Dan Henderson for the Strikeforce belt in March. It is possible that April will sea fight between #4 Lyoto Machida and #12 Randy Couture.

Just outside the top 25 in this division are Luis Cane, Cyrille Diabate and veteran Ricardo Arona.

The UFC has a large control on this division in the sport as 20 of the top 25 are in the UFC.  The other 5 are in Strikeforce (Henderson, Sobral, Lawal, Feijao, and Mousasi).

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