UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for September 2010


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 September 2010.

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.


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

Light Heavyweight:

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


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


1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Josh Koscheck
4. Thiago Alves
5. Nick Diaz
6. Dan Hardy
7. Martin Kampmann
8. Matt Hughes
9. Paulo Thiago
10. Jake Shields


1. Frank Edgar
2. B.J. Penn
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Gray Maynard
5. Shinya Aoki
6. Eddie Alvarez
7. Kenny Florian
8. Tatsuya Kawajiri
9. George Sotiropoulos
10. Sean Sherk


1. Jose Aldo
2. Manny Gamburyan
3. Mike Brown
3. Urijah Faber
5. Marlon Sandro
6. Bibiano Fernandes
7. Michihiro Omigawa
8. Hatsu Hioki
9. Josh Grispi
10. Masanori Kanehara


1. Dominick Cruz
2. Brian Bowles
3. Joseph Benavidez
4. Scott Jorgensen
5. Miguel Torres
6. Takeya Mizugaki
7. Wagnney Fabiano
8. Damacio Page
9. Masakatsu Ueda
10. Charlie Valencia

What do you think? How much will these rankings change after the very busy month of MMA action this October?

Share your ranking rants in the comments section below.

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