UFC 132 Results: Ranking the Top 10 Light Heavyweights in the UFC

Sean SmithAnalyst IJuly 5, 2011

UFC 132 Results: Ranking the Top 10 Light Heavyweights in the UFC

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    Heading into UFC 132, it seemed like a sure bet that Tito Ortiz would be fighting in the UFC for the last time, as UFC president Dana White said "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" would need a win over Ryan Bader to keep his job.

    However, Ortiz dropped Bader in the first round and finished the spectacular upset with a guillotine choke. Now, Ortiz is the fighter with job security, while Bader has lost two straight fights.

    Prior to UFC 132, Bader had solidified a spot in the top 10, while Ortiz was on the outside looking in. Let's find out if either fighter has a spot among the elite light heavyweights in the UFC after their bout.

10. Matt Hamill

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    MMA Record: 10-3

    Last Five Fights: 4-1

    Streak: L1

    Next Opponent: TBA

    Back-to-back wins over Keith Jardine and Tito Ortiz earned Matt Hamill the biggest fight of his career against Quinton Jackson at UFC 130.

    After dropping a decision to Jackson, though, Hamill may now be subjected to the role of gatekeeper in the light heavyweight division.

9. Phil Davis

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    MMA Record: 9-0

    Last Five Fights: 5-0

    Streak: W9

    Next Opponent: Rashad Evans

    One of the brightest young fighters in MMA, Phil Davis will already get his shot at becoming one of the top contenders in the division when he faces Evans at UFC 133.

    After a lackluster win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, though, some believe this chance may be coming a little too soon for Davis 

8. Rich Franklin

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    MMA Record: 28-6, 1 NC

    Last Five Fights: 2-3

    Streak: L1

    Next Opponent: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

    For his last six fights, Rich Franklin has alternated wins and losses. As such, Franklin has remained a relevant light heavyweight fighter, but his inability to string wins together has prevented him from being considered a serious contender.

    Franklin's relevance will be put to the test once again in his next fight, as he takes on a fellow aging fighter in Nogueira.

7. Thiago Silva

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    MMA Record: 14-2, 1 NC

    Last Five Fights: 3-2

    Streak: L1

    Next Opponent: TBA

    After dominating Brandon Vera, Thiago Silva's most recent win at UFC 125 has since been overturned to a no contest due to an attempt to submit a falsified drug test to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

    As a result, Silva will be suspended until 2012. If Silva could ever remain healthy for an extended period of time, he has the potential to be a serious threat at light heavyweight.

6. Forrest Griffin

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    MMA Record: 18-6

    Last Five Fights: 3-2

    Streak: W2

    Next Opponent: Mauricio Rua

    After back-to-back knockout losses to Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin appeared to be on a serious decline. However, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and TUF winner has now reeled off two consecutive victories over former champions.

    Griffin will look to extend that streak to three, as he faces recently overthrown champion Mauricio Rua at UFC 134.

5. Lyoto Machida

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    MMA Record: 17-2

    Last Five Fights: 3-2

    Streak: W1

    Next Opponent: TBA

    After losing the first fights of his career in back-to-back appearances, Lyoto Machida bounced back with a devastating knockout of Randy Couture. The knockout forced Couture into retirement and put Machida back into a position of strength in the division.

    Now, Machida is being called out by middleweight Chael Sonnen. It doesn't seem overly likely that any fight will actually come out of Sonnen's verbal tirade, though.

4. Quinton Jackson

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    MMA Record: 32-8

    Last Five Fights: 4-1

    Streak: W2

    Next Opponent: Jon Jones

    Quinton Jackson has seemingly regained the focus he has needed to make a run at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Since his loss to Rashad Evans that followed a movie appearance on The A-Team, Jackson has defeated Lyoto Machida and Matt Hamill.

    Jackson will now face UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. The bout has not been made official yet, but it will likely take place at UFC 135.

3. Rashad Evans

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    MMA Record: 15-1-1

    Last Five Fights: 4-1

    Streak: W2

    Next Opponent: Phil Davis

    Rashad Evans has been slated to fight for the title on multiple occasions over the last year. However, injuries to both his opponents and himself have prevented Evans from ever getting the opportunity to reclaim the light heavyweight belt.

    Instead, Evans will now receive a stiff test from the up-and-coming Davis at UFC 133.

2. Mauricio Rua

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    MMA Record: 19-5

    Last Five Fights: 3-2

    Streak: L1

    Next Opponent: Forrest Griffin

    In his first fight after losing his title to Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua will face Forrest Griffin in a rematch of a fight "Shogun" lost in his UFC debut.

    A win would put Rua right back in the mix for a chance to reclaim the strap, but a second loss to Griffin would be a crushing blow.

1. Jon Jones

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    MMA Record: 13-1

    Last Five Fights: 4-1

    Streak: W4

    Next Opponent: Quinton Jackson

    Immediately after defeating Mauricio Rua, Jon Jones was expected to make his first title defense against former teammate Rashad Evans.

    However, Jones pulled out of that fight with a hand injury that was believed to need surgery. In the end, it was determined that Jones' hand did not need the surgery, so he will now meet Quinton Jackson at UFC 135.

    Sean Smith is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. For the latest insight and updates on everything MMA, you can follow Sean on Twitter here.