The Rankings: The Lightweights: Aug 13, 2012

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The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Lightweights. 

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto, Dave Kelsey – 2011 MMA Manifesto Pick ‘Em Contest Champion, and MMA journalist (FIGHT!, UFC.com, Keyboard Kimura) E. Spencer Kyte.

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1) (Last rankings: 1) Benson Henderson - UFC Lightweight Champion – 30 points (out of 30)

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    Record: 17-2
    Last Five Fights: 5-0 
    Record vs Top 10: 6-1 (W-Edgar, W-Edgar, W-Guida, W-Miller, L-Pettis, W-Cerrone, W-Cerrone)
    Next Fight: vs #5 Nate Diaz – TBA

It wasn’t easy, but Benson Henderson got by Frankie Edgar once again, marking his sixth win versus our current top 10.

2) (2) Frankie Edgar - UFC – 26 points
          Record:
 14-3-1
          Last Five Fights: 2-2-1
          Record vs Top 10: 2-3-1 (L-Henderson, L-Henderson, W-Maynard, D-Maynard, L-Maynard, W-Miller)
          Next Fight: TBA

You were robbed, Frankie.

3) (3) Gilbert Melendez - Strikeforce Lightweight Champion – 23 points
           Record:
21-2
           Last Five Fights: 5-0 
           Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Guida)
           Next Fight: vs Pat Healy – Strikeforce: Melendez vs Healy – Sept 29th.

This is the conundrum Gilbert Melendez finds himself in fighting in Strikeforce – if he doesn’t demolish an opponent like Josh Thomson, he is seen as the “loser” of a fight that he actually wins.

4) (3) Gray Maynard - UFC – 22 points 
           Record:
11-1-1 (1 No Contest)
           Last Five Fights:
3-1-1 
           Record vs Top 10:
5-1-1 (W-Guida, L-Edgar, D-Edgar, W-Florian, W-Diaz, W-Miller, W-Edgar)
           Next Fight:
TBA

The Bully is back in the win column after an almost two-year drought.


5) (5) Nate Diaz - UFC - 17 points 
          Record:
16-7
          Last Five Fights:
3-2 
          Record vs Top 10:
2-2 (W-Miller, W-Cerrone, L-Maynard, L-Guida)
          Next Fight:
vs #1 Benson Henderson – TBA

Nate Diaz is finally putting it all together – next stop, a shot at UFC gold.

6) (6) Anthony Pettis - UFC – 15 points

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          Record: 15-2
          Last Five Fights: 4-1 
          Record vs Top 10: 1-1 (L-Guida, W-Henderson)   
          Next Fight: vs #10 Donald Cerrone

Cowboy Cerrone called him out and Anthony Pettis has responded – the two should hook up later this year.

7) (7) Jim Miller - UFC – 10 points 
          Record:
21-4 
          Last Five Fights:
3-2
          Record vs Top 10:
0-4 (L-Diaz, L-Henderson, L-Maynard, L-Edgar)
          Next Fight:
TBA

Jim Miller has now lost two out of his last three fights and is still winless versus our current top 10 lightweights.

8) (8) Clay Guida - UFC – 9 points 
          Record:
29-13
          Last Five Fights: 3-2
          Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Maynard, L-Henderson, W-Pettis, W-Diaz, L-Melendez)
          Next Fight: TBA

‘The Carpenter’ always seems to be on the verge of greatness yet always falls short.   

9) (9) Michael Chandler - Bellator Lightweight Champion - 7 points
            Record:
10-0
            Last Five Fights:
5-0
            Record vs Top 10:
0-0 
            Next Fight:
vs Rick Hawn – TBA

The former University of Missouri wrestling All-American shockingly stormed his way through Bellator’s Lightweight Tournament and didn’t stop until he had snatched the belt from heavily favoured Eddie Alvarez.

10) (10) Donald Cerrone – UFC – 5 points
              Record: 19-4 (1 No Contest) 
              Last Five Fights:
4-1
              Record vs Top 10:
0-3 (L-Diaz, L-Henderson, L-Henderson)
              Next Fight:
vs #6 Anthony Pettis – TBA

Cowboy vs Showtime = Fight of the Year?

Bubbling under: Eddie Alvarez

Rankings: HeavyweightsLight HeavyweightMiddleweights, WelterweightsFeatherweightsBantamweightsPound for Pound

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