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October 15, 2008

WAMMA Rankings

I had to fill out my WAMMA Rankings today, so here's how I currently see the world MMA picture. Just a quick heads-up, we aren't allowed to rank fighters who have been off for more than a year (Randy Couture) and we can only rank fighters in the last weight class they fought in unless they hold a title in another class (so Rich Franklin can only be ranked as a light heavyweight, Anderson Silva can be ranked at both middleweight and light heavyweight).


Heavyweight
1.    Fedor Emelianenko
2.    Josh Barnett
3.    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
4.    Andrei Arvloski
5.    Frank Mir
6.    Fabricio Werdum
7.    Tim Slyvia
8.    Brock Lesnar
9.    Gabriel Gonzaga
10.    Mirko Cro Cop

Light Heavyweight
1.    Forrest Griffin
2.    Lyoto Machida
3.    Rampage Jackson
4.    Rashad Evans
5.    Wanderlei Silva
6.    Anderson Silva
7.    Rich Franklin
8.    Chuck Liddell
9.    Keith Jardine
10.    Brandon Vera
 
Middleweight
1.    Anderson Silva
2.    Paulo Filho
3.    Nathan Marquardt
4.    Robbie Lawler
5.    Dan Henderson
6.    Kazuo Misaki
7.    Yushin Okami
8.    Matt Lindland
9.    Gegard Mourassi
10.    Frank Trigg

Welterweight
1.    Georges St. Pierre
2.    Jon Fitch
3.    Josh Koscheck
4.    Thiago Alves
5.    Jake Shields
6.    Carlos Condit
7.    Diego Sanchez
8.    Matt Serra
9.    Karo "The Heat" Parysian
10.    Matt Hughes

Lightweight
1.    BJ Penn
2.    Eddie Alverez
3.    Shinya Aoki
4.    Takanori Gomi
5.    Joachim Hansen
6.    JZ Calvancante
7.    Josh Thomson
8.    Kawajari
9.    Kenny Florian
10.   Mitshuiro Ishida

Posted by Mark Chalifoux at 1:07 PM | | Comments (4)
        

Comments

Mark,

Interested to see your take on the top 5 pound for pound.

Thanks

Garrett-

I would go

Anderson Silva
Georges St. Pierre
Fedor Emelianenko
BJ Penn
Urijah Faber

I think the top 5 have to be Fedor, Silva, St. Pierre, Penn, and Faber. You didn't ask me but I'd say....

1a. Fedor
1b. Silva
3. Penn (when motivated, which he seems to be right now)
4. St. Pierre
5. Faber

Thanks guys, both set of picks would be my 5, maybe a slightly different order. Here's a question for anyone. Fedor is an amazing fighter, whom I've seen only limited action from. Do you think less of him as a fighter not to fight in the UFC or jump at a chance to fight, say a Randy Coture?

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Kevin Richardson has been a fan of mixed martial arts competition ever since UFC 3, when 600-pound sumo wrestler Emmanuel Yarborough was beaten by Keith Hackney. Kevin will cover the world of MMA — in Baltimore, nationally and internationally. He plans to take readers into the locker rooms and MMA schools, where they'll hear from local fighters and trainers. If you have a news tip or suggestions for the blog, please e-mail him.

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