UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for November 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 November 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.


1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Brock Lesnar
3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
4. Frank Mir
5. Junior Dos Santos
6. Josh Barnett
7. Cain Velasquez
8. Brett Rogers
9. Shane Carwin
10. Fabricio Werdum

Light Heavyweight:

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


1. Anderson Silva
2. Nate Marquardt
3. Dan Henderson
4. Demian Maia
5. Vitor Belfort
6. Chael Sonnen
7. Jake Shields
8. Jorge Santiago
9. Yushin Okami
10. Yoshihiro Akiyama


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


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


1. Mike Brown
2. Urijah Faber
3. Jose Aldo
4. Bibiano Fernandes
5. Hatsu Hioki
6. Leonard Garcia
7. Rafael Assuncao
8. Marlon Sandro
9. Michihiro Omigawa
10. Mackens Semerzier

Expect a major shake-up in the featherweight rankings after Aldo's performance last night.

Of course, 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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