PROMMA.INFO writers poll – September light heavyweight rankings

Undefeated Lyoto Machida (15-0) is PROMMA.INFO's undisputed number one light heavyweight in the world.

The PROMMA.INFO writers poll is a compilation of all the website’s writers. These rankings represent the collective view of all our staff.

Light Heavyweight

1. Lyoto Machida – UFC Champion
Last Fight
The Karate master opened the “Machida Era” with a brilliant second round victory over Rashad Evans. Despite being in one of the UFC’s most competitive divisions, many think Machida is unbeatable.
Next Fight
The clear number one contender was former champion Quinton Jackson, but he chose to instead coach a second season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Now former Pride GP champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will get a shot at the title at UFC 104 on Oct. 24.

2. Rashad Evans
Last Fight
In his first title defense, Rashad Evans was defeated for the first time in his career by Lyoto Machida.
Next Fight
The UFC’s plan was to have Evans fight Quinton Jackson, after the pair coached on the newest season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” However, now it appears as if Jackson has pulled out of the fight due to a acting commitment.

3. Quinton Jackson
Last Fight
In a bit of a tune up fight, Jackson had a little bit more trouble than expected, but he was still able to defeat Keith Jardine. After the fight there was an intense stare down between Jackson and Evans.
Next Fight
Fighting does not appear to be Jackson’s top priority. Rumors are that the former UFC champion will instead play Mr. T’s old role in the A-Team movie.

4. Mauricio Rua
Last Fight
Shogun had loss pretty much all of his luster due to uninspiring performances against Forrest Griffin and Mark Coleman. However, it all came back in a big way, when he scored a first round victory over Chuck Liddell in April.
Next Fight
At UFC 104 Mauricio Rua will get the first crack at UFC champion Lyoto Machida.

5. Forrest Griffin
Last Fight
At UFC 101 the original TUF champion took on pound-for-pound superstar Anderson Silva. Many thought Griffin was the man to push Silva to the limit, but instead he was dropped three times in the first round and ultimately knocked out.
Next Fight
After his loss to Anderson Silva, Griffin’s future is unclear, but it has been confirmed that he has already returned to training.

6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Last Fight
Although he was already a veteran of 19 fights, Nogueira had not fought in his native Brazil until his last fight in May. Nogueira defeated Dion Staring at Jungle Fight 13 last May.
Next Fight
An opponent has not been announced, but it appears as if Antonio Rogerio Nogueira’s next fight will come in the UFC against Dan Henderon.

7. Luiz Arthur Cane
Last Fight
At UFC 97 Luiz Arthur Cane defeated former WEC champion Steve Cantwell. The win moved Cane’s UFC record to 3-1 and his overall record to 10-1.
Next Fight
He was forced to pull out of his last fight due to kidney stones. Another fight has not been announced, but he has recovered from the injury. Expect Banha back in action soon.

8. Rich Franklin
Last Fight
Back in June, Franklin secured a decision over former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva. The main event of UFC 99 brought home fight of the night honors.
Next Fight
The master of the catchweight bout will be back in action against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort at UFC 103 on Sept. 19.

9. Gegard Mousasi – Strikeforce Champion
Last Fight
The doubters really have very little to say now, after Gegard Mousasi handily defeated veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
Next Fight
With Mousasi pulling out of Dream’s Super Hulk, no announcements have been made concerning Mousasi’s next opponent. Bellator’s middleweight champion Hector Lombard has made it clear that he would like a chance to rematch Mousasi.

10. Thiago Silva
Last Fight
The Brazilian prospect rebounded from his first career defeat, by stopping veteran Keith Jardine. Silva showed off more polished striking and fight stopping power.
Next Fight

Others receiving votes: Wanderlei Silva, Jon Jones, Keith Jardine

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