UFC rankings are head-scratchers

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

With so many UFC numbered cards in the past couple of months and Strikeforce taking to the network airwaves, there have been some changes to the MMA pecking order.

Surprisingly missing -- but sure to be in next month's rankings -- is Dan Hardy, who beat Mike Swick at UFC 105 for a shot at Georges St. Pierre's welterweight belt.

There are a few other head-scratchers in the rankings -- which are voted on by a WAMMA panel that includes CBS, ESPN, FoxSports.com, Sports Illustrated and your own Sun Media -- like why Matt Serra or Matt Hughes deserve to be in the welterweight top 10.

Without further verbiage, here are the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts rankings for November:

Heavyweights

1. Fedor Emelianenko (WAMMA heavyweight champ)

2. Brock Lesnar (UFC heavyweight champ)

3. Frank Mir

4. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

5. Shane Carwin

6. Alistair Overeem (Strikeforce heavyweight champ)

7. Randy Couture

8. Junior dos Santos

9. Brett Rogers

10. Cain Velasquez

Light-heavyweights

1. Lyoto Machida (UFC light-heavyweight champ)

2. Maurucio "Shogun" Rua

3. Rashad Evans

4. Gerard Mousasi (Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ)

5. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

6. Anderson Silva (also ranked as middleweight)

7. Forrest Griffin

8. Thiago Silva

9. Rich Franklin

10. Chuck Liddell

Middleweights

1. Anderson Silva (UFC middleweight champ)

2. Dan Henderson

3. Nathan Marquardt

4. Vitor Belfort

5. Yushin Okami

6. Demian Maia

7. Robbie Lawler

8. Jorge Santiago (Sengoku middleweight champ)

9. Jake Shields

10. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Welterweights

1. Georges St. Pierre (UFC welterweight champ)

2. Jon Fitch

3. Thiago Alves

4. Jake Shields

5. Josh Koscheck

6. Matt Hughes

7. Mike Swick

8. Paulo Thiago

9. Matt Serra

10. Carlos Condit

Lightweights

1. B.J. Penn (UFC lightweight champ)

2. Eddie Alvarez (Bellator lightweight champ)

3. Diego Sanchez

4. Tatsuya Kawajiri

5. Frankie Edgar (tie)

5. Ken Florian (tie)

7. Joachim Hansen

8. Gray Maynard

9. Sean Sherk

10. JZ Calvancante

JOSE.RODRIGUEZ@SUNMEDIA.CA


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