According to Spiars: UFC Lightweight Rankings

Sterling SpiarsAnalyst ISeptember 7, 2009

Before UFC 101, many fans were writing off Baby Jay Penn in his title defense against Kenny Florian. Not all of those fans, but a large majority, were basing this off of BJ's last performance against welterweight boss, Georges St. Pierre.

Well, Penn once again proved that the 155-pound division was the peanut butter to his jelly. The two go hand in hand together like Romeo and Juliet.

Penn appears to be motivated enough to hold the title for fights to come in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the UFC.

10- Joe Stevenson (30-10)

9- Tyson Griffin (13-2)

8- Roger Huerta (20-2-1)

7- Clay Guida (25-10)

6- Gray Maynard (8-0-1)

5- Sean Sherk (33-4-1)

4- Kenny Florian (11-4)

3- Frankie Edgar (10-1)

2- Diego Sanchez (21-2)

1- BJ Penn (14-5-1)

Noteworthy- Spencer Fisher (23-4) Hermes Franca (19-7)

The fight night co-main event between Roger Huerta and Gray Maynard will have the largest impact on the standings. A dominating victory for Maynard may be just what he needs for a well-needed jump onto the list of potential contenders. A win for Huerta rises his frivolous stock as he prepares himself for Hollywood.

The UFC 103 opening fight between Tyson Griffin and Hermes Franca can make a noticeable difference as well. Franca is on the cusp of making the top ten while Griffin emerged back onto the list after his last victory.

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