- MMAWEEKLY’S LATEST TOP 10 POLL

May 31, 2006
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MMAWeekly.com has released our FINAL Top 10 Fighters & Broadcasters poll ever. Coming up next month, we will have a new rankings system that will change the way you view the Top 10s. More details to come on our new poll system very soon, but for now, back to the final Fighters & Broadcasters Poll.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (265-pound limit)

Not surprisingly, every single ballot in the Heavyweight division had Fedor as #1, Nogueira as #2, and Cro Cop as #3.

What is surprising is that Andrei Arlovski still finished slightly ahead of Tim Sylvia, despite the fact that Sylvia defeated Arlovski in April. Arlovski and Sylvia have each beaten the other once, and they will meet for a third time in July.

1. Fedor Emelianenko – 100 Points (including 10 first-place votes)

2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – 90 Points

3. Mirko Cro Cop – 80 Points

4. Andrei Arlovski – 64 Points

5. Tim Sylvia – 57 Points

6. Josh Barnett – 40 Points

7. Sergei Kharitonov – 26 Points

8. Aleksander Emelianenko – 20 Points

9. Fabricio Werdum – 17 Points

10. Heath Herring – 16 Points

Other Fighters Receiving At Least 5 Points:

Jeff Monson – 14 Points

Mark Hunt – 14 Points

Brandon Vera – 6 Points

Hidehiko Yoshida – 6 Points

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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)

While the actual order of the top fighters did not change, some of the first-place votes did. Even though Shogun had three votes for first place and Wanderlei Silva had none, Wanderlei still managed to finish just ahead of Shogun in the overall point totals. Also, Forrest Griffin almost took the #10 spot from Vitor Belfort.

1. Chuck Liddell – 97 Points (including 7 first-place votes)

2. Wanderlei Silva – 87 Points

3. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – 86 Points (including 3 first-place votes)

4. Ricardo Arona – 70 Points

5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – 60 Points

6. Renato “Babalu” Sobral – 47 Points

7. Tito Ortiz – 34 Points

8. Quinton Jackson – 33 Points

9. Alistair Overeem – 26 Points

10. Vitor Belfort – 6 Points

Other Fighters Receiving At Least 5 Points:

Forrest Griffin – 5 Points

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MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION (185-pound limit)

Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson remained in an extremely close race for the #1 spot, and Franklin came out ahead by two points. Franklin’s domination of David Loiseau, coupled with Henderson’s unspectacular performance against Kazuo Misaki, is likely what shifted the balance in this race ever-so-slightly towards Franklin in recent months.

1. Rich Franklin – 95 Points (including 6 first-place votes)

2. Dan Henderson – 93 Points (including 3 first-place votes)

3. Matt Lindland – 83 Points (including 1 first-place vote)

4. Murilo Bustamante – 70 Points

5. Anderson Silva – 61 Points

6. Jeremy Horn – 41 Points

7. Nathan Marquardt – 21 Points

8. David Loiseau – 19 Points

9. Paulo Filho – 16 Points

10. Phil Baroni – 11 Points

Other Fighters Receiving At Least 5 Points:

Evan Tanner – 10 Points

Ivan Salaverry – 7 Points

Jason “Mayhem” Miller – 6 Points

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WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (170-pound limit)

Matt Hughes got every single first-place vote except for one. The last remaining ballot ranked BJ Penn as the #1 welterweight, in a vote that must have been cast by someone who believes that Penn was completely robbed by the judges in his loss to Georges St. Pierre.

In the meantime, St. Pierre finished as a strong #2 in overall points, Frank Trigg is making his last appearance on this list after recently announcing his retirement, and Sean Sherk is also making his last appearance on this list before his upcoming move to the 155-pound division.

1. Matt Hughes – 99 Points (including 9 first-place votes)

2. Georges St. Pierre – 89 Points

3. BJ Penn – 83 Points (including 1 first-place vote)

4. Karo Parisyan – 70 Points

5. Sean Sherk – 57 Points

6. Diego Sanchez – 44 Points

7. Jake Shields – 43 Points

8. Carlos Condit – 21 Points

9. Jon Fitch- 11 Points

10. Frank Trigg- 10 Points

Other Fighters Receiving At Least 5 Points:

Josh Neer – 9 Points

Akira Kikuchi – 6 Points

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LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION (160-pound limit in some organizations; 155-pound limit in other organizations)

This was a fascinating race among many great fighters. Even though Takanori Gomi recently lost to Marcus Aurelio in a non-title match, the voters still chose Gomi as the top fighter in the weight class. Aurelio only finished in sixth place, even though he got three first-place votes, primarily because voters seemed to either make Aurelio number one on their ballots or pay him little attention at all. Yves Edwards is the only UFC fighter left on a list that is stacked with international talent.

1. Takanori Gomi – 96 Points (including 6 first-place votes)

2. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai – 80 Points

3. Joachim Hansen – 75 Points

4. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto – 63 Points (including 1 first-place vote)

5. Tatsuya Kawajiri – 62 Points

6. Marcus Aurelio – 45 Points (including 3 first-place votes)

7. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro – 43 Points

8. Genki Sudo – 30 Points

9. Yves Edwards – 23 Points

10. Jens Pulver – 12 Points

Other Fighters Receiving At Least 5 Points:

Duane “Bang” Ludwig – 7 Points

Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante – 7 Points