MMA Fighter Rankings For September

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MMA Fighter Rankings For September

Time for this month's fighter rankings. Please comment and let me know where I got it right or wrong. Enjoy!

Heavyweight (265 pounds)

  1. Fedor Emelianenko
  2. Brock Lesnar
  3. Frank Mir
  4. Josh Barnett
  5. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
  6. Alistair Overeem
  7. Randy Couture
  8. Shane Carwin
  9. Brett Rogers
  10. Cain Velasquez

Also receiving consideration: Jeff Monson, Mirko Cro Cop, and Fabricio Werdum

Note: Nogueira moves up a spot after his win over Couture at UFC 102.

Light Heavyweight (205 pounds)

  1. Lyoto Machida
  2. Rashad Evans
  3. Gegard Mousasi
  4. Quinton Jackson
  5. Forrest Griffin
  6. Luis Cane
  7. Renato Sobral
  8. Mauricio Rua
  9. Thiago Silva
  10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Also receiving consideration: Rich Franklin

Notes: Mousasi moves into third after his destruction of Sobral as Sobral slides down to seventh. Griffin moves back to fifth after being destroyed by Anderson Silva. Rua moves down to eighth by default. Silva moves up one spot after crushing Keith Jardine who now moves out of consideration. Nogueira moves down one spot by default as does Franklin due to the inclusion of Mousasi on this list.

Middleweight (185 pounds)

  1. Anderson Silva
  2. Dan Henderson
  3. Nate Marquardt
  4. Demian Maia
  5. Yushin Okami
  6. Vitor Belfort
  7. Robbie Lawler
  8. Jorge Santiago
  9. Yoshihiro Akiyama
  10. Nick Diaz

Also receiving consideration: Chael Sonnen, Kazuo Mizaki, Hector Lombard, and Mike Bisping

Note: Even with Marquardt's destruction of Maia, I haven't moved either fighter as I don't believe Marquardt to be better than Henderson until he proves it and I don't believe Maia to be worse than Okami until it's proven. Also, Thales Leites falls off the consideration list after his loss to Alessio Sakara at UFC 101.

Welterweight (170 pounds)

  1. Georges St. Pierre
  2. Jon Fitch
  3. Thiago Alves
  4. Jake Shields
  5. Mike Swick
  6. Martin Kampmann
  7. Carlos Condit
  8. Dan Hardy
  9. Frank Trigg
  10. Jay Hieron

Also receiving consideration: Matt Hughes, Paulo Thiago, Josh Koscheck, Brock Larson, and Marius Zaromskis

Note: Hieron moves into the top ten after his win at Strikeforce this past month. Brock Larson moves back into the consideration pack.

Lightweight (155 pounds)

  1. BJ Penn
  2. Shinya Aoki
  3. Eddie Alvarez
  4. Tatsuya Kawajiri
  5. Kenny Florian
  6. Gesias Calvancante
  7. Josh Thomson
  8. Gray Maynard
  9. Frankie Edgar
  10. Diego Sanchez

Also receiving consideration: Sean Sherk, Satoru Kitaoka, and Spencer Fisher

Note: Florian moves down one spot after his loss to Penn at UFC 101. Kitaoka moves out of the top ten with his loss at Sengoku Nine. This makes room for Sanchez to crack the top ten.

Featherweight (145 pounds)

  1. Mike Brown
  2. Wagnney Fabiano
  3. Urijah Faber
  4. Jose Aldo
  5. Hatsu Hioki
  6. Leonard Garcia
  7. Takeshi Inoue
  8. Rafael Assuncao
  9. Bibiano Fernandes
  10. Joe Warren

Also receiving consideration: Nam Phan, Hideki Kadakowi, Hiroyuki Takaya, Marlon Sandro, Joe Soto, and Josh Grispi

Note: Hioki and Garcia flip flop after Hioki had the better performance in August even though both fighters won. Warren moves into the top ten by virtue of Sandro losing and Warren beating former top featherweight "Kid" Yamamoto.

Bantamweight (135 pounds)

  1. Brian Bowles
  2. Miguel Torres
  3. Masakatsu Ueda
  4. Dominick Cruz
  5. Damacio Page
  6. Akitoshi Tamura
  7. Takeya Mizugaki
  8. Rani Yahya
  9. Joseph Benavidez
  10. Will Ribeiro

Also receiving consideration: Chris Cariaso, Antonio Banuelos, Marcos Galvao, Manny Tapia, Atsushi Yamamoto, and Wilson Reis

Note: Bowles and Torres flip-flop after Bowles' victory at WEC 42. Cruz moves up to fourth after knocking off Joseph Benavidez at WEC 42. Yahya moves up to eighth after winning his last fight at WEC 42. This slides Benavidez, Ribeiro, and Galvao down. Mark Oshiro fell off the list due to inactivity and Jeff Curran fell off the list due to losing his fourth fight in a row, the second in a row at bantamweight.

POUND-FOR-POUND

  1. Georges St. Pierre
  2. Anderson Silva
  3. Fedor Emelianenko
  4. Lyoto Machida
  5. BJ Penn
  6. Brian Bowles
  7. Miguel Torres
  8. Rashad Evans
  9. Gegard Mousasi
  10. Mike Brown

Also receiving consideration: Jon Fitch, Quinton Jackson, Thiago Alves

Notes: Penn moves up after Torres lost to Bowles. Bowles moves into Penn's old slot moving Torres down to seven and Evans down to eight. Mousasi moves into the ninth spot after his destruction of Sobral in his first fight at 205, pushing Brown back to 10 and Fitch to the consideration list. Griffin moves off the list all together after his destruction at the hands of middleweight Anderson Silva.

John Shubert is a staff writer for Inside Fights

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