UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for June 2009

Our partners in crime over at BloodyElbow.com have once again published their divisional rankings for mixed martial arts in the nation’s largest daily newspaper, USA Today, for the month of June 2009.

For those of you unfamiliar with the process, here’s how it works:

"The rankings, which will offer a definitive perspective of top MMA fighters across all weight-classes, will be released monthly and published in the Sports section of USA TODAY, online at USATODAY.com and on SB Nation’s MMA commentary and community blog, BloodyElbow.com … The USA TODAY/SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings are compiled each month by Nate Wilcox and Richard Wade of BloodyElbow.com. The rankings utilize each of the top MMA rankings from multiple unique sources. A weighted-formula is applied to normalize and distill the various rankings into one consensus ranking per weight class."

To check out the latest USAT/SBN rankings click here. We’ve also listed their top 10 in each class after the jump for your convenience.

What do you think? Share your ranking rants in the comments section below.

Heavyweight:

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

Light Heavyweight:

1. Lyoto Machida
2. Quinton Jackson
3. Rashad Evans
4. Forrest Griffin
5. Mauricio Rua
6. Keith Jardine
7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
8. Luis Cane
9. Renato Sobral
10. Rich Franklin

Middleweight:

1. Anderson Silva
2. Nate Marquardt
3. Yushin Okami
4. Dan Henderson
5. Demian Maia
6. Jorge Santiago
7. Robbie Lawler
8. Thales Leites
9. Vitor Belfort
10. Chael Sonnen

Welterweight:

1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Thiago Alves
3. Jon Fitch
4. Jake Shields
5. Matt Hughes
6. Martin Kampmann
7. Mike Swick
8. Josh Koscheck
9. Carlos Condit
10. Paulo Thiago

Lightweight:

1. B.J. Penn
2. Kenny Florian
3. Eddie Alvarez
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Joachim Hansen
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri
7. Frank Edgar
8. Sean Sherk
9. Satoru Kitaoka
10. Gray Maynard

Nothing brings MMA fans closer together than a list of divisional rankings. Let’s hear it: Who belongs and who doesn’t? And be sure to say why. "He sucks" is not a valid argument.

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