The landscape of MMA has changed so drastically this year, I just don't think these rankings mean much anymore (not that they did in the first place, but still). It's possible that six months from now we could see a top-3 of Shogun-Aldo-Cruz. Who saw that coming at the start of the year? For now, I see it like this:
1. Anderson Silva
--The performance against Chael Sonnen was the most vulnerable we've seen him, but also his most inspiring outing to date.
2. Georges St. Pierre
--If St. Pierre demolishes Josh Koscheck, he might make his first appearance at the top of my rankings.
3. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
--He's here more by default than anything else.
4. Jose Aldo
--In 12 months time, might Aldo become the new force at lightweight?
5. Fedor Emelianenko
--As much as I dislike the way he goes about picking opponents, I believe my positioning of him at No. 9 last time out was too steep a drop. He's still Fedor, after all.
6. Frankie Edgar
--The guy is legit. He could inch up these rankings if his total game has developed enough to avenge the Gray Maynard loss.
7. Dominick Cruz
--I'll be sold on him after a couple more defenses. After the Benevidez win, not so much.
8. BJ Penn
--It'll be interesting to see if Penn comes back with a special kind of fire. Maybe Edgar just has his number.
9. Jake Shields
--Shields is still criminally underrated in most rankings. The guy has great wins in two weight classes.
10. Brock Lesnar
--He faces serious threats in the next year, with Cain Velasquez up next and Junior dos Santos thereafter.
What do you guys think?