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Pettis climbs the lightweight ladder in TSN.ca's MMA Rankings

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James Lynch, TSN.ca
9/10/2013 9:49:29 AM
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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) Cain Velasquez
2) Junior Dos Santos
3) Daniel Cormier
4) Fabricio Werdum
5) Josh Barnett

Didn't Make The Cut: Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva, Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem

Barnett's first round knockout over Frank Mir (UFC 164) bumps him into the top five. Overeem's first round knockout loss to Travis Browne (UFC on FOX 1) moves him out of the top five.

Light Heavyweight

1) Jon Jones
2) Alexander Gustafsson
3) Glover Teixeira
4) Rashad Evans
5) Phil Davis

Didn't Make The Cut: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida

Teixiera moves into the top three with his first round stoppage of Ryan Bader (UFC Fight Night 28). Davis moves into the top five with his controversial win over Machida (UFC 163)

Middleweight

1) Chris Weidman
2) Anderson Silva
3) Vitor Belfort
4) Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
5) Luke Rockhold

Didn't Make The Cut: Michael Bisping, Costa Phillippou, Mark Munoz

Rankings remain the same, but upcoming matchups including Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch (UFC 166), Lyoto Machida vs. Tim Kennedy (UFC Fight For The Troops 3) and Bisping vs. Munoz (UFC Fight Night 30) will certainly shake up the rankings.

Welterweight

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

Didn't Make The Cut: Demian Maia, Robbie Lawler, Martin Kampmann

Brown moves into the top five with his first round knockout of Mike Pyle (UFC on FOX Sports 1), MacDonald moves into the fourth spot with his win over Jake Ellenburger (UFC on FOX 8). Condit moves back to the third spot with his TKO of Kampmann (UFC Fight Night 27)

Lightweight

1) Anthony Pettis
2) Benson Henderson
3) Gilbert Melendez
4) T.J. Grant
5) Michael Chandler

Didn't Make The Cut: Josh Thompson, Nate Diaz, Gray Maynard

Pettis' impressive submission win over former champ Henderson puts him into the top spot (UFC 164). Bellator 155lb champion Chandler's first round knockout of David Rickels keeps him undefeated, and into our top five.

Featherweight

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

Didn't Make The Cut: Dustin Poirier, Chan Sung Jung, Cub Swanson

Aldo defending his title (UFC 163) and Mendes stopping Clay Guida (UFC 164) keep their one and two spots in the division intact. 

Bantamweight

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

Didn't Make The Cut: Eddie Wineland, Eduardo Dantas, Bibiano Fernandes

McDonald moves into the fourth spot win his win over Pickett (UFC on FOX Sports 1). The title fight between Barao vs. Wineland at UFC 165 in Toronto later this month could impact the rankings.

Flyweight

1) Demetrious Johnson
2) Joseph Benavidez
3) John Dodson
4) Ian McCall
5) Tim Elliot

Didn't Make The Cut: Darrell Montague, Jussier Formiga John Moraga

Elliot moves into the top five with his dominating decision win over Louis Gaudinot (UFC 164) and Formiga moves out with his first round loss to Benavidez (UFC Fight Night 28)

Bantamweight (Women)

1) Ronda Rousey
2) Cat Zingano
3) Sara McMann
4) Sarah Kaufman
5) Miesha Tate

Didn't Make The Cut: Liz Carmouche, Alexis Davis, Shayna Baszler

No major movement in the division as the upcoming bout Tate vs. Rousey II (UFC 168) in December will determine who takes top spot.

Pound-For-Pound

1) Jon Jones
2) Georges St-Pierre
3) Anderson Silva
4) Jose Aldo
5) Cain Velasquez 

Didn't Make The Cut: Anthony Pettis, Demetrious Johnson, Renan Barao

Henderson's loss to Pettis puts him out of the top five and inserted is heavyweight champ Velasquez.

(Agree or disagree with these rankings? Leave a comment below.

Anthony Pettis (Photo: Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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