The Rankings: The Lightweights: Jan 28, 2013

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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, speeds - Sports Two MMA ForumDave Kelsey – 2011 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, Dan Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto and PrelimPicker, and MMA journalist (FIGHT!, UFC.com, Keyboard Kimura) E. Spencer Kyte.

 

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1) (Last rankings: 1) Benson Henderson - UFC Lightweight Champion – 50 points (out of 50)

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    Record: 18-2
    Last Five Fights: 5-0 
    Record vs Top 10: 4-1 (W-Diaz, W-Miller, L-Pettis, W-Cerrone, W-Cerrone)
    Next Fight: vs #2 Gilbert Melendez – UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Melendez – Apr 20th

Benson Henderson's decimation of the lightweight class continues unabated.

2) (2) Gilbert Melendez - UFC – 43 points
           Record:
21-2
           Last Five Fights: 5-0 
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0 
           Next Fight: vs #1 Benson Henderson – UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Melendez – Apr 20th

Many people have been touting Gilbert Melendez as the top 155-pounder in the world for years now.  Time to put up or shut up.

3) (3) Gray Maynard - UFC –  39 points 
           Record:
11-1-1 (1 No Contest)
           Last Five Fights: 3-1-1 
           Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Diaz, W-Miller)
           Next Fight: TBA

Another day, another injured fighter – The Bully had to pull out of his fight versus Joe Lauzon due to a knee injury.

4) (5) Anthony Pettis - UFC – 34 points

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          Record: 16-2
          Last Five Fights: 4-1 
          Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Cerrone, W-Henderson)   
          Next Fight: TBA

Anthony Pettis celebrated his 26th birthday a day early by becoming the first man to KO Cowboy Cerrone.

 

5) (4) Nate Diaz - UFC - 33 points 
          Record: 
16-8
          Last Five Fights: 3-2 
          Record vs Top 10: 2-2 (L-Henderson W-Miller, W-Cerrone, L-Maynard)
          Next Fight: TBA

Now it's up to big brother Nick to try to bring some UFC gold to the Diaz family.

6) (6) Jim Miller - UFC – 26 points 
          Record:
22-4 
          Last Five Fights: 3-2
          Record vs Top 10: 0-3 (L-Diaz, L-Henderson, L-Maynard)
          Next Fight: TBA

It was expected to be a slobberknocker, and Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon didn't disappoint.

7)  (tied) (8) Michael Chandler - Bellator Lightweight Champion - 16 points
                      Record: 11-0
                      Last Five Fights: 5-0
                      Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-Alvarez) 
                      Next Fight: TBA

The face of Bellator didn't disappoint on their Spike TV debut, tapping out Rick Hawn.

 

7) (tied) (7) Donald Cerrone - UFC – 16 points
                     Record: 19-5 (1 No Contest)
                     Last Five Fights: 3-2
                     Record vs Top 10: 0-4 (L-Pettis, L-Diaz, L-Henderson, L-Henderson)
                     Next Fight: TBA

Getting knocked out by Anthony Pettis did nothing to prove that Cowboy Cerrone deserves to be mentioned among the very elite of the 155-pound weight class.

9) (9) Eddie Alvarez – Free Agent – 8 points
           Record: 
24-3
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Chandler)
           Next Fight: TBA

The battle for Eddie Alvarez has gotten ugly (and drawn out).

 

10) (10) Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC – 7 points
               Record: 19-0
               Last Five Fights: 5-0
               Record vs Top 10: 0-0 
               Next Fight: TBA

19 up and 19 down for The Eagle.

 

Dropped off: (10) Rafael dos Anjos
 

Bubbling under: TJ Grant, Rafael dos Anjos 

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