MMA Fighter Power Rankings: Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and More

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Things ramped up in the world of Mixed Martial Arts in September. Along with two UFC events, Bellator kicked off its fifth season with three events, Strikeforce held two and BAMMA had one. The action will continue at this feverish pace until the calendar turns over a new year.

The biggest drop in the ranks was by Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza who lost his Strikeforce Middleweight title to Luke Rockhold by unanimous decision. Souza had been ranked #2 in the division but the defeat saw him fall completely out of the top 5. For Rockhold, the win was huge for his career and someday he might land in the top 5, but not just yet.

Two losses in a row by the former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields found him also out of the top 5, with a long climb back up the ranks. The shakeup allowed the former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit to enter the ranks for the first time. Condit will be fighting for the welterweight title at UFC 137 after Nick Diaz was removed from the bout.

October has three title fights on the line that will surely change the look of the ranks next month. Many of the fighters “knocking on the door” will be in action this month and a big win from them could potentially move them up the ranks.

As always the goal here is to give you the best rankings that we can provide you with and of course a spot below for you to disagree and complain. So without further ado here is the latest fighter Rankings:

Key – [↑] = Moved up, [] = Moved Down, [•] = New to the list

Heavyweight (205lbs. – 265lbs.)

1. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior Dos Santos
3. Alistair Overeem
4. Fabricio Werdum
5. Brock Lesnar

Knocking on the door: Josh Barnett, Frank Mir, Shane Carwin, Daniel Cormier, Antonio Silva

Light Heavyweight (205lbs.)

1. Jon Jones
2. Mauricio Rua
3. Rashad Evans
4. Rampage Jackson
5. Dan Henderson

Knocking on the door: Phil Davis, Lyoto Machida

Middleweight (185lbs.)

1. Anderson Silva
2. Chael Sonnen [↑]
3. Yushin Okami
4. Hector Lombard 
5. Mark Munoz

Knocking on the door: Brian Stann, Michael Bisping, Chris Leben, Vitor Belfort, Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo Souza

Welterweight (170lbs.)

1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Nick Diaz
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Carlos Condit []

Knocking on the door: Jake Ellenburger, Anthony Johnson

Lightweight (155lbs.)

1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gray Maynard
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Eddie Alvarez
5. Clay Guida

Knocking on the door: Melvin Guillard, Ben Henderson, Shinya Aoki, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone

Featherweight (145lbs.)

1. Jose Aldo
2. Hatsu Hioki
3. Chad Mendes
4. Mark Hominick
5. Kenny Florian

Knocking on the door: Pat Curran, Tyson Griffin, Joe Warren

Bantamweight (135lbs.)

1. Dominik Cruz
2. Urijah Faber
3. Joseph Benavides
4. Scott Jorgenson
5. Brian Bowles

Knocking on the door: Demetrious Johnson, zach Makovsky

Ranks as of 10/4/2011