UFC 128 Results: Ranking the Top 10 Lightweights in the UFC

Tim McTiernan@tmt2393Correspondent IMarch 20, 2011

UFC 128 Results: Ranking the Top 10 Lightweights in the UFC

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    Last night was one of the best cards of the year.

    Brendan Schaub showed that he is going to be a player in the heavyweight division.

    Jim Miller made another statement for a title shot.

    Urijah Faber set up a rematch with Dominick Cruz.

    Jon Jones won the UFC Light Heavyweight title from Mauricio Rua.

    So with Jim Miller winning again, he's moving up the lightweight ladder. Here's the top 10 lightweights in the UFC today.

10. Evan Dunham

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    Evan Dunham (11-2) is currently on a two-fight losing streak.

    He came into the UFC 7-0, and he won his first four fights. He then fought Sean Sherk and lost a controversial split decision.

    After that fight, he went on to fight Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight for the Troops 2, and he was TKO'd in the first round.

    He will fight George Sotiropoulos at UFC 132.

    (This one was really hard to decide, if I have overlooked someone please let me know.)

9. George Sotiropoulos

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    George Sotiropoulos (14-3) is coming off a loss at UFC 127.

    In his last fight, Sotiropoulos fought Dennis Siver and lost a unanimous decision. It was surprising, as Sotiropoulos could not get the fight to the ground no matter how hard he tried.

    Sotiropoulos will be fighting Evan Dunham at UFC 132 in a must-win situation for both men.

8. Sean Sherk

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    Sean Sherk (36-4-1) is a former UFC Lightweight Champion.

    Sherk is coming off a controversial split decision win over Evan Dunham.

    Sherk is 37 years old, and it seems like he has some injury to rehab after every fight. His last fight was in September, and he does not even have an announced fight at the moment.

    He should soon drop off of this list.

7. Anthony Pettis

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    Anthony Pettis (13-1) is the former and last WEC Lightweight Champion.

    Pettis was originally going to fight the winner of the UFC 125 fight between Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar, but they fought to a draw and will have a rematch at UFC 130.

    Instead, Pettis will fight Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale in what is probably a No. 1 contender fight.

    I wonder if he'll pull out another Showtime kick...

6. Melvin Guillard

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    Melvin Guillard (27-8-2 (1 NC)) is currently on a four-fight winning streak.

    In Guillard's last fight, he TKO'd Evan Dunham in under three minutes at UFC Fight for the Troops 2.

    Guillard has had drug problems in the past, but he seems to be past them, and he wants to make a run at the UFC title.

    He takes his next step towards it at UFC 132, where he will face off against Shane Roller.

5. Dennis Siver

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    Dennis Siver (18-7) is currently on a three-fight winning streak.

    In Siver's last fight, he kept George Sotiropoulos on his feet and out of his element for 15 minutes.

    Siver was a huge underdog in that fight, and he made a statement to the entire division that if you want to fight him, you will have to stand with him.

    Siver will fight Matt Wiman at UFC 132.

4. Clay Guida

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    Clay Guida (28-11) is currently on a three-fight winning streak.

    In Guida's last fight, he submitted Takanori Gomi at UFC 125.

    Guida has been looking better and better in each of his most recent fights, and he recently said that he was his own worst enemy and that he wants the title.

    He will be fighting Anthony Pettis at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and should he win that, he will probably get the title shot he wants.

3. Jim Miller

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    Jim Miller (20-2) is the most deserving man of a title shot on this list.

    He is on a seven-fight win streak in the UFC, and his only two losses in his career were decision losses to Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar.

    At one point he said he should be the No. 3 lightweight in the UFC. Well, now he is.

    On Saturday night at UFC 128, he defeated Kamal Shalorus via TKO.

    Look for him to want a No. 1 contender fight next.

2. Gray Maynard

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    Gray Maynard (10-0-1 (1 NC)) is the current No. 1 contender to the lightweight title.

    No real surprise with Maynard here. At UFC 125 he fought to a five-round split draw against Frankie Edgar, and now they will have a rematch for the title at UFC 130.

    Let's just hope they put on as good a show as they did on New Year's.

1. Frankie Edgar

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    Frankie Edgar (13-1-1) is the current UFC Lightweight Champion.

    Again, no real surprise having Edgar here.

    He and Maynard will fight for a third time at UFC 130, and it should be a great fight.

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