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UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for October 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 October 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. Shane Carwin
7. Junior Dos Santos
8. Brett Rogers
9. Randy Couture
10. Andrei Arlovski

Light Heavyweight:

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


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


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


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


1. Mike Brown
2. Urijah Faber
3. Jose Aldo
4. Hatsu Hioki
5. Bibiano Fernandes
6. Rafael Assuncao
7. Leonard Garcia
8. Wagnney Fabiano
9. Takeshi Inoue
10. Mackens Semerzier

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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