First off, FiveOuncesOfPain.com soft-launched the debut of its new rankings area earlier this week. You can check them out by clicking the “rankings” tab at the top of the homepage or by clicking here. Special thanks to Matt for getting that section all set up. Right now I’m the only one who voted in the ratings but the plan is to get Matt, Adam, and Ben involved next month as well.
Also, the votes are in for Yahoo!’s top 10 pound-for-pound September poll. You can check that out by clicking here.
Just like last month, I’m making my ballot available to the public so they can see who I voted for and why:
1. Randy Couture – He’s been active and has been dominant in his last two wins. Plus, in head-to-head situations I feel he’d beat most people on this list. I was surprised I was the only one on the poll who voted Randy number one.
2. Fedor Emelianenko – I vote on three polls now (Yahoo!, FIGHT!, and “Inside MMA” on HDNet) and the easy thing to do is to just jot down Fedor as number one. But I really put thought into my rankings and had to ask myself, is Fedor still number one considering his inactivity as of late? The answer is no.
3. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson – When your last two wins are over Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson it’s hard to question a guy.
4. Georges St. Pierre – As I mentioned last month, my criteria is based on fighting frequency, quality of wins, and pure fighting ability. The loss to Serra still weighs in my mind but GSP earned my respect back by dominating Josh Koscheck in August. And there aren’t many fighters in the world with more pure talent than St. Pierre.
5. B.J. Penn – Is a win over Jens Pulver all that impressive at this point? Perhaps not but Penn took care of business and the pure fighting criteria used for GSP is also a factor in this vote.
6. Anderson Silva – He’s just so dominant within his own division that it’s hard to rank him any lower. He’s fought well against top quality opponents.
7. Paulo Filho – Undefeated and has looked dominant most of the way. I’d love to see him against other top middleweights such as Silva, Henderson, Matt Lindland and Denis Kang.
8. Dan Henderson – He lost to Rampage but fought well.
9. Kid Yamamoto – He wasn’t on my top ten last month because of inactivity. Well, after fighting and winning for K-1 HERO’s earlier this month there was no way I could keep him off.
10. Gesias “JZ Calvan” Calvancanti – He rocketed up my rankings. Two dominating wins in one night will do that for a fighter. He also looked strong at USA Dynamite!! Nam Phan was giving up size but he’s still a good fighter and JZ cut right through him.