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

Our partners in crime over at 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 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 and on SB Nation’s MMA commentary and community blog, … The USA TODAY/SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings are compiled each month by Nate Wilcox and Richard Wade of 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. Josh Barnett
6. Junior Dos Santos
7. Shane Carwin
8. Randy Couture
9. Brett Rogers
10. Andrei Arlovski

Light Heavyweight:

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


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


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


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

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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