MMA Pound-For-Pound Rankings: Version 3.0

By Stephen Douglas
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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-4) – Sucks that Evans will outwrestle him when he returns.
2. Rashad Evans (15-1-1) – Patiently waiting for Shogun.
3.  Jon Jones (11-1) – Another day, another destruction.
4. Lyoto Machida (16-1) – Interesting Rampage match-up coming.
5. Quinton Jackson (30-8) – What he said.
6. Rich Franklin (28-5, 1NC) – Shouldn’t he be back by now?
7. Forrest Griffin (17-6) – Knows to be scared of Jon Jones.
8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-3) – Ryan Bader this month. Winner gets Jones.
9. Rafael Cavalcante (10-2) – New Strikeforce champion.
10. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (36-8) – I want to see he and Mousasi again.

Off The List: King Mo

Off The List: Alan Belcher – Hopefully he’ll be able to fight again.

WELTERWEIGHT
1. Georges St-Pierre (20-2) – So fundamentally sound.
2. Josh Koscheck (15-4) – A solid interview and a solid fighter.
3. Jon Fitch (23-3, 1 NC) – 5 straight decision victories.
4. Jake Shields (25-4-1) – UFC debut against Kampmann.
5. Nick Diaz (22-7) – Fighting KJ Noons in October.
6. Thiago Alves (16-5) – It seems so long since he’s been awesome.
7. Martin Kampmann (17-3) – Gets Shields and a possible shot at the title.
8. Chris Lytle (29-17-5) – Matt Serra in a couple weeks.
9. Paul Daley (24-9-2) – Won on Saturday, signed with Strikeforce this week.
10. Matt Hughes (45-7) – Fighting BJ Penn next. For the third time.

Off The List: Nobody

SUB-LIGHTWEIGHT
1. Jose Aldo (17-1) – Very scary little man.
2. Doninick Cruz (15-1) – The tiniest WEC belt.
3. Joseph Benvanidez – Only loss is to Dominick Cruz.
4. Brian Bowles (8-1) – Only loss is to Cruz.
5. Manny Gamburyan – Almost title shot time.
6. Mike Brown (23-6) – Returns this month.
7.Urijah Faber (23-4) – Two months away.
8. Miguel Torres (37-3) – Only losses to Benvanidez and Cruz.
9. Scott Jorgensen (11-3) – 5 straight wins.
10. Cris “Cyborg” Santos (10-1) – Scary lady.

The following P4P rankings take place in a weightless vacuum.

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