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


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 April 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 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. Shane Carwin
4. Cain Velasquez
5. Frank Mir
6. Junior Dos Santos
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
8. Brett Rogers
9. Alistair Overeem
10. Fabricio Werdum

Light Heavyweight:

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


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


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


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


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


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

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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