Top 10 MMA Fighters 2011: Light Heavyweight

No.5 Forrest Griffin

Griffin returned from a long period of inactivity with a unanimous decision win over Rich Franklin.

No.4 Quinton Jackson (“Rampage”)

In his fights after filming the A-Team, Rampage was controlled by Rashad Evans and won a very close split decision over Lyoto Machida. Not enough to push him into the top 3.

No.3 Lyoto Machida

Machida has now lost 2 (some would say 3) in a row. However, he’s still a handful for anyone, and his loss to Rampage balances out his karmic gain from the controversial win over Shogun. Couture…

No.2 Rashad Evans

Evans finished his TUF obligations by beating Quinton Jackson in the most popular event that did not feature a title match. Unfortunately, it was revealed at UFC 126 that Evans is injured and won’t be able to fight in the scheduled title fight.

No.1 Mauricio Rua (“Shogun”)

Shogun Rua left no doubt in his rematch with Lyoto Machida, knocking Machida out in the 1st round to become the UFC LHW champion. After an injury to Rashad Evans, Shogun will now face Jon Jones for title defence 1.


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