Originally written on MMA Manifesto  |  Last updated 8/24/12

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: Pound for Pound. 

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox - The MMA Manifesto and FIGHT! magazine, speeds - Sports Two MMA Forum, Dave Kelsey - 2011 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, Sanford & Son - old school MMA head and Slavoj Žižek zealot, and MMA journalist (FIGHT!, UFC.com, Keyboard Kimura) E. Spencer Kyte.

*new stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings


1) (tied) (1) Jon Jones - #1 Ranked Light Heavyweight - UFC - 47 points (out of 50)

Record: 16-1
Last Five Fights: 5-0
Record vs Top 10: 0-0
Next Fight: vs Vitor Belfort - UFC 152 - Sept 22nd

Dan Henderson hurt his knee.  Then Jon Jones's world collapsed upon him.

1) (tied) (2) Anderson Silva - #1 Ranked Middleweight - UFC - 47 points
                     Record: 32-4
                     Last Five Fights: 5-0 
                     Record vs Top 10: 1-0 (W-D. Henderson)
                     Next Fight: TBA

In vanquishing Chael Sonnen, The Spider has crept up to the top spot on our pound for pound list once again.

3) (3) Georges St-Pierre - #1 Ranked Welterweight - UFC - 40 points
           Record: 22-2
           Last Five Fights: 5-0
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0
           Next Fight: vs Carlos Condit - UFC 154 - Nov 17th

Now that he has a fight scheduled, GSP regains his rightful place near the top of our pound for pound list.

4) (4) Jose Aldo - #1 Ranked Featherweight - UFC - 36 points
           Record: 21-1
           Last Five Fights: 5-0 
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0
           Next Fight: vs Erik Koch - UFC 153 - Oct 13th

Jose Aldo's greatness might not be totally solidified until he moves up to 155 pounds and takes on some tougher challenges - he's pretty much cleared out the featherweight class.

5) (5) Dominick Cruz - #1 Ranked Bantamweight - UFC - 28 points

    Record: 19-1
    Last Five Fights: 5-0 
    Record vs Top 10: 0-0   
    Next Fight: TBA

Sadly, the MMA world has lost another great (temporarily) - a damaged knee will keep Dominick Cruz on the shelf for awhile.

6) (tied) (6) Benson Henderson - #1 Ranked Lightweight - UFC - 17 points
                     Record: 17-2
                     Last Five Fights: 5-0 
                     Record vs Top 10: 2-0 (W-Edgar, W-Edgar)
                     Next Fight: vs Nate Diaz - UFC on Fox 5 - Dec 8th

Benson Henderson's domination of the lightweight division continues - but just barely.

6) (tied) (7) Junior dos Santos - #1 Ranked Heavyweight - UFC - 17 points
                     Record: 15-1
                     Last Five Fights: 5-0   
                     Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                     Next Fight: vs Cain Velasquez - UFC 155 - Dec 29th

One successful title defense in the books for Junior dos Santos.

8) (8) Frankie Edgar - #2 Ranked Lightweight - UFC - 9 points
           Record: 14-3-1
           Last Five Fights: 2-2-1
           Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L- Henderson, L-Henderson)
           Next Fight: TBA

It sounds like Frankie Edgar is finally going to listen to his critics and drop down to featherweight.

9) (tied) (10) Dan Henderson - #3 Ranked Light Heavyweight- 8 points
                       Record: 29-8
                       Last Five Fights: 4-1
                       Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Silva)
                       Next Fight: TBA

Dan Henderson blew his knee out, and subsequently sent the MMA world into chaos.

9) (tied) (9) Renan Barao - #2 Ranked Bantamweight - 8 points
                     Record: 29-1 (1 No Contest) 
                     Last Five Fights: 5-0 
                     Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                     Next Fight: TBA

It wasn't pretty, but Renan Barao got past Urijah Faber and now has UFC gold around his waist (kinda sorta).

Bubbling under: Cain Velasquez, Rashad Evans, Gilbert Melendez, Rory MacDonald, Joseph Benavidez, Carlos Condit

Rankings: Heavyweights, Light Heavyweights, Middleweights, Welterweights, Lightweights, Featherweights, Bantamweights

Check back on Monday for our Heavyweight rankings

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