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The time has come.  The Sports Brief is proud to bring you our first ever complete MMA Rankings.  The emergence of such organizations as Affliction and Dream has led us to think outside of the UFC.  We will rank the Top 10 fighters in each weight class from Heavyweight through Lightweight.  Apologies to Urijah Faber and Miguel Torres, but you will not see Featherweight or Bantamweight, because we just don’t know enough about it.  Those fighters do show up, however, on our new Pound 4 Pound rankings.  Also there a list of honorable mentions following each weight class, for the guys who just missed out on the Top 10.  Enjoy the list and let the debates begin.     

 

Heavyweight:

 

1. Fedor Emelianenko

2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

3. Randy Couture

4. Andrei Arlovski

5. Josh Barnett 

6. Tim Sylvia

7. Fabricio Werdum

8. Alistair Overeem

9. Brandon Vera

10. Frank Mir

 

Heath Herring, Chiek Kongo, Ben Rothwell, Gabriel Gonzaga, Aleksander Emelianenko, Mirko Cro Cop

 

Light Heavyweight:

 

1. Forrest Griffin

2. Quinton Jackson

3. Chuck Liddell

4. Lyoto Machida

5. Wanderlei Silva

6. Maurcio ‘Shogun’ Rua

7. Thiago Silva

8. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

9. Keith Jardine

10. Rashad Evans

 

Babalu Sobral, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Tito Ortiz

 

Middleweight:

 

1. Anderson Silva

2. Matt Lindland

3. Dan Henderson

4. Rich Franklin

5. Paulo Filho

6. Cung Le

7. Robbie Lawler

8. Yushin Okami

9. Nathan Marquardt

10. Frank Trigg

 

Patrick Cote, Frank Shamrock, Kazuo Misaki, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Thales Leites, Chris Leben. Michael Bisping, Ricardo Almeida

 

Welterweight:

 

1. Georges St. Pierre

2. Jon Fitch

3. Thiago Alves

4. Josh Koscheck

5. Diego Sanchez

t-6. Matt Hughes

t-6. Matt Serra

8. Jake Shields

9. Karo Parisyan

10. Nick Thompson

 

Marcus Davis, Carlos Condit, Mike Swick, Drew Fickett

 

Lightweight:

 

1. BJ Penn

2. Takanori Gomi

3. Eddie Alverez

4. Joachim Hansen

5. Shinya Aoki

6. JZ Cavalcante

7. Josh Thomson

8. Tatsuya Kawajiri

9. Sean Sherk

10. Gilbert Melendez

 

KJ Noons , Nick Diaz, Victor Ribero, Joe Stevenson, Kenny Florian, Roger Huerta, Frankie Edgar,

 

Pound 4 Pound

 

1. Anderson Silva

2. Fedor Emelianenko 

3. Georges St. Pierre

4. BJ Penn

5. Urijah Faber

6. Miguel Torres

7. Takanori Gomi

8. Forrest Griffin

9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

10. Quinton Jackson

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-Rich Keefe & Tristan Besse

 

Check out all of our stuff at www.sportsbrief.blogspot.com and be sure to e-mail us at sportsbrief@gmail.com


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