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Henderson still on top of division in TSN.ca's MMA rankings

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TSN.ca Staff
12/11/2012 4:13:19 PM
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Find out where the world's best fighters stand in the latest edition of the TSN.ca mixed martial arts rankings.

For a breakdown of the UFC champions click here.

Heavyweight

1) Junior Dos Santos
2) Cain Velasquez
3) Alistair Overeem
4) Fabricio Werdum
5) Daniel Cormier

Didn't Make The Cut: Stefan Struve, Frank Mir, Josh Barnett

No major movement in the division as of late, but the title clash at UFC 155 between Dos Santos and Velasquez this month and Overeem vs. Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva at UFC 156 in February, should bring some clarity to the division. 

Light Heavyweight

1) Jon Jones
2) Dan Henderson
3) Lyoto Machida
4) Alexander Gustafsson
5) Rashad Evans

Didn't Make The Cut: Mauricio (Shogun) Rua, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen

With his loss at UFC on FOX 5, Shogun moves out of the top five and Gustafsson moves in. Sonnen is mentioned because of his title fight against Jon Jones, but not in the top five due to his lack of activity at light heavyweight and the belief that there are stronger opponents ahead of him. 

Middleweight

1) Anderson Silva
2) Vitor Belfort
3) Michael Bisping
4) Chris Weidman
5) Tim Boetsch

Didn't Make The Cut: Alan Belcher, Luke Rockhold, Brian Stann

Sonnen is out of the middleweight rankings as he moves up to the 205-pound division. Key matchups between Bisping and Belfort (at UFC on FX 7 in January) and Belcher vs. Yuskin Okami (at UFC 155 this month) should shake up the rankings.

Welterweight

1) Georges St. Pierre
2) Johny Hendricks
3) Carlos Condit
4) Nick Diaz
5) Rory MacDonald

Didn't Make The Cut: Martin Kampmann, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck

A successful title defence by St-Pierre at UFC 154 keeps the Canadian in the top spot, while big wins by Hendricks (who pushes Kampmann out of the top five) and MacDonald have moved them up the welterweight ranks.

Lightweight

1) Ben Henderson
2) Gilbert Melendez
3) Anthony Pettis
4) Nate Diaz
5) Donald Cerrone

Didn't Make The Cut: Gray Maynard, Michael Chandler, Eddie Alvarez

Henderson defending his title at UFC on FOX 5 keeps him atop the rankings and moves Diaz down. Frankie Edgar's drop to featherweight moves him out of the rankings. Ceronne vs. Pettis at UFC on FOX 6 in January should solidify the number two spot, unless Strikeforce champion Melendez is given the next title shot. 

Featherweight

1) Jose Aldo
2) Frankie Edgar
3) Pat Curran
4) Chad Mendes
5) Ricardo Lamas

Didn't Make The Cut: Erik Koch, Chan Sung Jung, Cub Swanson

Injuries have plagued this division in 2012. However, Edgar's drop to 145-pounds adds some intrigue and moves him into the second spot as he is set to face Aldo in February at UFC 156. There are also some key matchups in January as Koch faces Lamas (UFC on FOX 6) and Curran defends his Bellator title against Patricio ‘Pitbull' Freire (Bellator 85).

Bantamweight

1) Dominick Cruz
2) Renan Barao
3) Michael McDonald
4) Urijah Faber
5) Brad Pickett

Didn't Make The Cut: Bibiano Fernandes, Marcos Galvao, Eddie Wineland

An injury to the champion Cruz has put this division on hold…again. Instead the UFC has booked the interim champion Barao against McDonald at UFC on FUEL 7 in February. Faber also has a rematch against Canadian Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 in February as he starts the road back to a title shot.

Flyweight

1) Demetrious Johnson
2) John Dodson
3) Joseph Benavidez
4) Ian McCall
5) Jussier da Silva

Didn't Make The Cut: Darrell Montague, Yashuiro Urushitani, Shinichi (BJ) Kojima

This newly formed division should get some movement in 2013, when Johnson headlines the UFC on FOX 6 event against Dodson, in his first title defense. McCall battles Benavidez at UFC 156 in February, as both these fighter's aim for their respective rematches against the champ.

Benson Henderson  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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