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UFC 163 Results: Top 10 Light Heavyweights in the UFC

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2013

UFC 163 Results: Top 10 Light Heavyweights in the UFC

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    UFC 163 saw a major changeup to the landscape of the light heavyweight division. In addition to Anthony Perosh's surprise 14-second knockout of Vinny Magalhaes, Phil Davis shocked Lyoto Machida with a decision victory that set the Twitter world ablaze.

    In a lackluster affair, Davis used more aggression and several takedowns to score points and win the fight. Many felt that he had not done enough to outpoint the crisper, more quantitative strikes of Machida, but nevertheless the American made a big move in the 205-pound division.

    In the aftermath of UFC 163, here are the top 10 205-pounders in the company.

10. Gegard Mousasi

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Ilir Latifi

    Next Fight: N/A

    Former Strikerforce champion Gegard Mousasi has just one fight in the Octagon, and it was a win against late-replacement Swede Ilir Latifi. Fans await his return so they can watch one of the most well-rounded fighters in the division throw down.

    Many ponder if Mousasi will make the drop to the middleweight division, as he has competed there in the past. Whether he's at 185 or 205, one thing is for certain: He's one of the best in the world.

9. Mauricio Rua

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    Last Fight: Decision loss vs. Alexander Gustafsson

    Next Fight: vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night in Boston

    Mileage is definitely catching up to Mauricio Rua. The man who was once the most feared man in Pride is now slowing down after a long, brutal career.

    Since Rua's title loss to Jon Jones, he simply has not looked the same. Knee injuries and surgeries have slowed down the production and all-around fear-imposing-game that the Brazilian used to terrorize opponents with.

    He has Chael Sonnen next in the main event of the launch of Fox Sports 1. We will see if the Muay Thai master has a little bit left in the tank.

8. Dan Henderson

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    Last Fight: Decision loss vs. Rashad Evans

    Next Fight: N/A

    To be in your 40s and in the top 10 of anything in MMA is a big accomplishment. For Dan Henderson, it's a recent fall from grace, as he has been ranked as high as No. 2 before his two-fight skid.

    The power-punching, iron-jawed legend dropped a close bout to Lyoto Machida before surrendering a lackluster affair to Rashad Evans. He still wants big fights, but at this point, he needs a win to even be considered for another fight.

    Here's to hoping an all-time favorite can get back in the win column.

7. Rashad Evans

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Dan Henderson

    Next Fight: N/A

    Former UFC champion Rashad Evans happens to be another man whose career seems to be slowing down. Despite a win in his latest outing against Dan Henderson, he has not looked like the man who stormed the division after winning The Ultimate Fighter back in the day.

    Evans has the gifts of natural speed and athleticism. He has focused more on his hands lately than using what got him to the dance in the first place: wrestling.

    Luckily for him, he is in the win column and is looking to march back up the ladder.

6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Rashad Evans

    Next Fight: N/A

    Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is finally living up the potential we all thought he had in him. It wasn't long ago that he was the forgotten man at 205, and now he is a contender to be reckoned with.

    Nogueira is a great jiu-jitsu artist but his boxing has been his go-to asset. The former Pan-Am competitor uses crisp combos and a good sprawl to keep opponents at bay, especially in recent wins.

    We await his return in the meantime. Hopefully, he doesn't sit on the shelf too long.

5. Lyoto Machida

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    Last Fight: Decision loss vs. Phil Davis

    Next Fight: N/A

    Complain all you want. The fact of the matter is: You don't leave the fight in the hands of the judges. In addition, being a counterstriker never looks food in the eyes of judges who view aggression in a positive light.

    Machida did lose a controversial bout to Phil Davis, but what did he really do that warranted not only a win, but the title shot he so desperately seeks?

    A more aggressive Machida would do wonders in the eyes of the judges in the future.

4. Phil Davis

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Lyoto Machida

    Next Fight: N/A

    Phil Davis has finally cracked the top five with his biggest win to date. It wasn't a pretty win over Machida, and it wasn't without controversy, but he's there.

    Davis will usually be the better wrestler, athlete and physical specimen in the Octagon. At this point in the game, he really needs to focus on his striking to attain that next level of stardom.

    We will see where he goes from here. He could get a top opponent due to his new-found position in the division.

3. Glover Teixeira

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    Last Fight: Submission win vs. James Te Huna

    Next Fight: vs. Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night in Brazil

    Glover Teixeira may be one of the most well-rounded fighters at 205 pounds. He is a heavy-handed boxer with world-class jiu-jitsu and a good chin.

    He is undefeated in the UFC ranks and looks to continue that streak in his home country when he takes on Ryan Bader. This will be a good test for Teixeira to see if he can outduel a power wrestler.

    Perhaps a title shot is in his near future.

2. Alexander Gustafsson

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Mauricio Rua

    Next Fight: vs. Jon Jones at UFC 165

    Sweden is the home of the second-best light heavyweight in the UFC. That man is Alexander Gustafsson.

    His physical gifts, in addition to his crisp boxing and underrated ground game, will be on display in the near future when he gets a title shot against Jon Jones. It is one of the most anticipated title defenses of Jones' reign against a guy many think can hang with the certified star.

    A win for Gustafsson would be massive for his career. It would also be a huge victory for European MMA in general.

1. Jon Jones

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Chael Sonnen

    Next Fight: vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165

    Who else would it be?

    Jon Jones has dominated the light heavyweight division since he stepped foot in the Octagon. His unorthodox striking, in unison with refined MMA-based wrestling and underrated submission ability, have been a puzzle nobody can solve.

    He takes on a big test in Alexander Gustafsson in his next bout. Wrestling is the Swede's weakness, which is something the champ should be salivating over.

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