Please note that the rankings are voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers and the previous rankings (6/18/14) are in parenthesis:
1. Jon Jones (1)
A training injury to Jon Jones will sideline him until UFC 182 which is the planned New Years show when he faces Daniel Cormier. This actually works out as Cormier was in dire need of surgery so with the extra time he may get the procedure done.
2. Rashad Evans (4)
Rashad Evans will supposedly be returning to the Octagon sometime this fall, though a specific date and opponent aren’t named. He will likely be facing a top fifteen light heavyweight considering most of the top 10 are booked or out of commission right now.
3. Daniel Cormier (3)
The injury of Jon Jones is something Daniel Cormier should take advantage of by getting the surgery he needs on his bad leg.
4. Alexander Gustafsson (2)
Alexander Gustafsson has been verbal in stating his displeasure that he still isn’t getting the next title shot against Jon Jones.
5. Glover Teixeira (5)
After taking sometime off, Glover Teixeira will be returning to competition on October 25th at UFC 179 against Phil Davis. This will be Teixeira’s first match after his whopping at the hands of Jon Jones, his first loss in years despite the big names he’s faced.
6. Anthony Johnson (6)
Anthony Johnson continued establishing himself in the UFC Light Heavyweight division against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown on July 26th. It’s scary to think that this might be the edge of the Rumble iceberg.
7. Dan Henderson (8)
After being man handled by Daniel Cormier, Dan Henderson is now considering dropping back down to middleweight.
8. Phil Davis (7)
Phil Davis will be looking for a rebound win by taking on former title challenger Glover Teixeira at UFC 179 in Brazil on October 25th. This is another chance for Davis to rise to the occasion and possibly get another big name fighter under his belt.
9. Emanuel Newton (9)
Changes in Bellator will be felt immediately as Emanuel Newton defends his title at Bellator 124 on September 12th against Joey Beltran. This will be Newton’s first title defense as the Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion and will be a legitimate test.
10. Ryan Bader (N/A)
Ryan Bader recently extended his current winning streak to three by defeating Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 47.
The following fighter received votes for the light heavyweight division and is considered a weight class contender: Mauricio Rua.