High on the hit parade

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

As a member of the World Association of Mixed Martial Arts ranking body, the Scrapyard gets its say in where fighters place in the bloodsport pecking order.

The official rankings were released earlier this week and are always good fodder for argument.

Enjoy!

Heavyweights: No surprise and no change with Fedor Emelianenko holding strong at the top. The rest of the heavyweights fell in this order:

2. Josh Barnett

3. Frank Mir

4. Andrei Arlovski

5. Brock Lesnar

6. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

7. Randy Couture

8. Tim Sylvia

9. Alistair Overeem

10. Shane Carwin

With his win over Forrest Griffin to claim the UFC light-heavyweight belt, Sugar Rashad Evans moved to the top spot in the rankings. The rest of the 205-lb. lot looks like this:

2. Lyoto Machida

3. Quinton Jackson

4. Forrest Griffin

5. Chuck Liddell

6. Dan Henderson

7. Wanderlei Silva

8. Keith Jardine

9. Rich Franklin

10. Renato Sobral

Seen by some as the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA, Anderson Silva tops the middleweight division, followed by:

2. Yushin Okami

3. Nathan Marquardt

4. Robbie Lawler

5. Gegard Mousasi

6. Demian Maia

7. Jorge Santiago

8. Vitor Belfort

9. Michael Bisping

10. Thales Leites

The pride of Montreal -- Georges St. Pierre -- tops the 170-lb. class. The rest of the welterweight list looks like this:

2. Thiago Alves

3. Jon Fitch

4. Jake Shields

5. Josh Koscheck

6. Matt Hughes

7. Carlos Condit

8. Mike Swick

9. Matt Serra

10. Dustin Hazelett

The undisputed king of the 155-pounders remains UFC lightweight champ B.J.Penn. The rest stack up as follows:

2. Ken Florian

3. Eddie Alvarez

4. Sean Sherk

5. Joachim Hansen

6. Gesias Calvancante

7. Josh Thomson

8. Tatsuya Kawajiri

9. Tyson Griffin

10. (tie) Satoru Kitaoka

10. (tie) Diego Sanchez


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