BJPENN.COM Lightweight Top 10 (Updated 10/13/11)
The world top 10 lightweight rankings according to the panel at BJPENN.COM consist of UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM and Bellator talent.
Frankie Edgar is the current UFC lightweight champion and as such gets the number 1 seat on our rankings system. With his most recent victory over Gray Maynard at UFC 136 he has proven himself to be one of the most gifted athletes in the sport and his number 1 spot is well deserved.
There have been some significant changes since our last publishing of these rankings and as such, some guys have rose, some have fell and some make their debut on our rankings system.
Gilbert Melendez and Gray Maynard swapped places following the UFC 136 main event and the loss suffered by Maynard at the hands of Edgar.
Shinya Aoki and Eddie Alvarez also swapped positions. With a win over Eddie in the past and having competed and won three-times in 2011 to Eddie’s one sole outing this year, Aoki is worthy of a promotion due to his activity and history and as such gets the bump up and Alvarez gets knocked down.
Ben Henderson returns to the top 10 by taking out Jim Miller in his most recent contest. Miller was our previously ranked number 6 fighter and Henderson made his victory over him look easy. Subsequently, Ben takes his spot and Miller goes down one position to hold the number 7 rank.
With Ben Henderson reemerging in the rankings, that means someone had to go, and that someone is UFC 136 fighter, Melvin Guillard who lost to an unranked Joe Lauzon in just 47 seconds last weekend.
Tatsuya Kawajiri was our previously ranked number 7 fighter and he has left the division to try his hand at featherweight. As a result, he has been removed from our rankings and we shuffled the rest of the deck and for the first time have put Anthony Pettis in the top 10 seat.
Pettis took defeat to our number 8 ranked Clay Guida, but beat our number 6 ranked Ben Henderson in the WEC one fight prior. With his recent victory over Jeremy Stephens, he has proved top 10 worthy, at least for the moment.
The BJPENN.COM staff has analyzed recent activity and all around performance inside professional competition and broke down to the 10 lightweight in MMA as follows:
1: Frankie Edgar (UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION)
2: Gilbert Melendez (STRIKEFORCE LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION)
3: Gray Maynard
4: Shinya Aoki (DREAM LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION)
5: Eddie Alvarez (BELLATOR LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION)
6: Benson Henderson
7: Jim Miller
8: Clay Guida
9: Dennis Siver
10: Anthony Pettis