Latest UFC rankings/MMA rankings (lightweight): Bellator boys muscle their way into top 10

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared in the wake of UFC on FOX 10, the SB Nation crew has tallied the votes and come up with the 10 best lightweight fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) today. Have a look.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The latest SB Nation rankings are out with the conclusion of UFC on FOX 10, which took place last weekend (Sat., Jan. 25, 2014) at United Center in Chicago, Illinois (results). And yes, Ben Henderson (despite this) is still number two in the world.

How do these differ from the "official" Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rankings?

Included below are mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who compete for rival organizations like Bellator MMA and World Series of Fighting (WSOF), which is why you will see lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez making this list, as well as his 155-pound nemesis, Michael Chandler.

And we have a few things happening in the top 10 thanks to last weekend's big event.

As a result of the "Windy City" extravaganza, the SB Nation mixed martial arts (MMA) rankings panel -- compiled by MMA Mania, MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow -- recently reshuffled its list of top 155-pound MMA fighters for UFC and beyond.

Here's what they came up with.

1. Anthony Pettis
2. Ben Henderson
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Josh Thomson
5. T.J. Grant
6. Eddie Alvarez
7. Rafael dos Anjos
8. Nate Diaz
8. Khabib Nurmagomedov
10. Michael Chandler


See how this list compares to the "official" UFC rankings here.

What's interesting is that we have a tie at number eight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and former division number one contender Nate Diaz. Naturally, the best way to settle a tie is to put these two in the cage and let them slug it out for a spot on the totem pole.

Though we may need a Kickstarter campaign to get this one off the ground.

You've heard from us, Maniacs, now let's hear from you. Top 10 lightweight fighters are...

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