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Old 06-09-2006, 06:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The following rankings were compiled by the MMANews.com team on Thursday, April 20, 2006. Any fights beyond that date are not taken into account in the below lists. Bold names indicate major title (UFC or PRIDE) holders. The lists do not reflect those of any one individual on the site, rather, they were the agreed result after a long debate from the entire MMANews.com staff. Feel free to debate with the MMANews.com staff about their top 10 lists by clicking here.

LIGHT WEIGHT DIVISION (155 LBS.)

1. Takanori Gomi
2. Joaquim Hansen
3. Vitor Ribeiro
4. Marcus Aurelio
5. Kid Yamamoto
6. Hayato Sakurai
7. Tatsuya Kawajiri
8. Mark Hominick
9. Yves Edwards
10. Jens Pulver


WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170 LBS.)

1. Matt Hughes
2. Georges St. Pierre
3. B.J. Penn
4. Karo Parisyan
5. Sean Sherk
6. Frank Trigg
7. Diego Sanchez
8. Jake Shields
9. Joe Riggs
10. Renato Verissimo


MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185 LBS.)

1. Rich Franklin
2. Dan Henderson
3. Matt Lindland
4. Jeremy Horn
5. Anderson Silva
6. David Loiseau
7. Evan Tanner
8. Nathan Marquardt
9. Murilo Bustamante
10. Phil Baroni LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205 LBS.)

1. Chuck Liddell
2. Vanderlei Silva
3. Mauricio Rua
4. Ricardo Arona
5. Renato Sobral
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
7. Tito Ortiz
8. Quinton Jackson
9. Forrest Griffin
10. Kazuhiro Nakamura


HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (up to 265 LBS.)

1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3. Tim Sylvia
4. Mirko CroCop
5. Andrei Arlovski
6. Mark Hunt
7. Sergei Kharitonov
8. Josh Barnett
9. Aleksander Emelianenko
10. Jeff Monson


POUND FOR POUND (No Limit)

1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Matt Hughes
3. Chuck Liddell
4. Georges St. Pierre
5. Vanderlei Silva
6. Rich Franklin
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
8. B.J. Penn
9. Mauricio Rua
10. Takanori Gomi
Any name a suprise on here.
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Old 06-09-2006, 12:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First impression: Why isn't sean sherk the #1 lightweight? Second thought: Oh yeah, he fights in the 170's now.

No suprises for my, except that I think Rampage should have made the top 5 in lightheavyweights.

If anderson silva is really the #5 middleweight in the world then he'd better kick the crap out of chris leben.
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I was surprised that the middleweight are dominated by the UFC. Does pride not have a welterweight divison.
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Old 06-09-2006, 03:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If this is a big mma news site why did they spell Wanderlei silva's name vanderlie. what the hell is that about.
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ummm Sean sherk is dropping down so he would be top #3 probably, not really sure about like pride fighters though for LW's.
Is phil baroni really that good?????
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ummm Sean sherk is dropping down so he would be top #3 probably, not really sure about like pride fighters though for LW's.
Is phil baroni really that good?????
If Sherk fights as a lightweight he'd be number 1, but UFC doesn't have a lightweight division and so he has to compete as a welterweight.

Phil Baroni deserves to be exactly where he is.

I just realized that the Snowman is number 10 on the heavyweight list!!! He deserves it, I don't know how it happened, but good for him.
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You think that if Mir didnt get injured that he would be on that list.?

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Well every makes mistakes.
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Ironman they are making a LW dixision and sean sherk is getting a title shot against either sam stout or kenny florian which he will be either and be the lw champ.
And umm why isn't brandon vera top #3!
he is a beast!
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Ironman they are making a LW dixision and sean sherk is getting a title shot against either sam stout or kenny florian which he will be either and be the lw champ.
And umm why isn't brandon vera top #3!
he is a beast!
Probably for the reason that he hasn't faced anyone in the top 3 yet. Brandon has a very promising future, but until he actually tangles with either Mir, Buentello, Arlovski or Silvia, he's not going to break into that elite group just yet.
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Anyone else think Brandon Vera belongs on the heavyweight list?

I am with double...he should be close. He has the best all around skills in that class in the UFC. But I think he wants to go down to lightheavyweight.
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