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MMA: Top 10 light-heavyweights

Jon Jones tops the list (©GettyImages)
Jon Jones tops the list (©GettyImages).

1. Jon Jones

Jones is the UFC Light Heavyweight champion for a reason.He has literally looked unstoppable in almost every one of this MMA fights.

He is now the UFC's longest Light Heavyweight champion, surpassing Tito Ortiz's record of most title defences.

This came in the toughest fight of his career - in his five round war with Alexander Gustafsson.

Although it showed that Jones was very much not unstoppable, he showed the heart of a champion in the fight to walk away with the strap.

He'll now meet Glover Texiera in his seventh title defence in 2014.

2. Alexander Gustafsson

How unlucky the Swede was not to be crowned Europe's first ever UFC champion.

He gave Jon Jones by far his hardest fight he has ever had, however, lost the fight by decision.

He gained many fans in the process and UFC President Dana White even called for an immediate rematch.

This was not granted and he will now meet Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in London on March 8th.

With a win he will get another crack at the title.

3. Glover Texiera

Since joining the UFC ranks, the Brazilian boasts a perfect 5-0 record.

He flew very much under the radar of the casual MMA fans before joining the UFC.

A long time training partner of Chuck Liddell, Texiera has finished all but one of his fights under the Zuffa banner, against Rampage Jackson.

His latest submission victory over Ryan Bader was enough for him to seal a title shot against Jon Jones some time in 2014.

4. Lyoto Machida

Although Machida looks to have permanently moved to middleweight, before he finalises it he still deserves to be in the rankings.

His last outing at 205 lbs was a defeat to Phil Davis.

However, it is a contender to be the worst MMA judging in history, with 'The Dragon' controlling the fight in all areas.

Machida was the first opponent to really test champion Jon Jones, landing a straight left that Jones admitted after the fight hurt him

5. Rashad Evans

In a very wide open and confusing 205 lbs division, the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion takes the number three spot.

He was back to winning ways last time out after a split decision win over Dan Henderson after suffering back-to-back losses.

Evans is a stand out in the division and his fight against Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 gives him another opportunity to impress and give reason for another shot at Jones' title.

6. Dan Henderson

Hendo' is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.

Despite him being 43-years-young and on a two fight losing streak, he is still one of the best in the division.

His two latest losses where to former UFC Light Heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida - both via razor thin split decisions.

He has a who's-who of wins on his record, including his fight of the century against Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua.

He faces foe Vitor Belfort on Novemeber 9th in a rematch which Henderson won in 2006.

8. Phil Davis

Since his loss to Rashad Evans, 'Mr Wonderful' has matured a lot in his career.

He's improved his striking and went 3-0 with one no-contest. Although his last win against former champion Lyoto Machida was somewhat controversial, it sits him in line for a big named opponent next.

8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 

'Little Nog' has one of the biggest upsets in the last five years by beating Rashad Evans at UFC 156.

He was set to rematch Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua at UFC 161, however, he was forced out with injury.

He now headlines the UFC card in London next year against Alexander Gustafsson and hopes to spoil the party for the Swede to gain another title shot.

9. Chael Sonnen

Sonnen talked himself into a title shot against Jon Jones, including a TUF coaching series job.

He didn't do too bad against 'Bones' and stated that he would remain at 205 lbs.

His surprise submission victory over Shogun cemented his place in the top ten and his upcoming fight against Rashad Evans could see him quickly rise through the rankings.

10. Gegard Mousasi

A former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion when the division was very strong.

Mousasi has been around a while and is a top striker, holding victories over Hector Lombard and Ronaldo Souza.

He seems keen on a move to middleweight and is expected to make his debut at 185 lbs some time in early 2014.

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