After last weekend's UFC 172, the Light Heavyweight division's title picture became a little clearer, with a title defence from Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson brutalising Phil Davis.
GMS now ranks the top 10 fighters in the division...
10 - Jimi Manuwa (14-1-0)
The London fighter suffered his first career loss in his last outing to number one contender Alexander Gustafsson early last month but that doesn't stop Manuwa from appearing on the list.
Manuwa has 13 knockouts from his 14 wins and the other was a submission victory. He's 3-1 in the UFC division and could be only two wins from a potential title shot. His criminal record poses an issue for Manuwa fighting outside of the UK and with the UFC not due to return until early next year, he may have to take an extended break.
Last Fight: Lost via TKO (Knee and Punches) to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night - Gustafsson vs. Manuwa - March 8 2014
Next Fight: Unknown
9 - Ryan Bader (16-4)
Bader bounced back from a defeat to Glover Teixeira to defeat Anthony Perosh at UFC Fight Night: Hunt v Bigfoot in December to show why he's still one of the biggest threats in the UFC division.
The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner has never challenged for the title before and seems to struggle against the top tier fighters but he cleans up in all his other fights. He fights again in July but he has to be careful because Dana White seems to have a trigger finger for fighters who become 'gatekeepers'.
Last Fight: Won via Unanimous Decision against Anthony Perosh at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot - December 7 2013
Next Fight: Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 174 - June 14 2014
8 - Phil Davis (12-2, 1NC)
'Mr Wonderful' looked far from that on Saturday night against the returning Anthony Johnson.
Davis had talked the talk all week going into the fight, seemingly looking past his opponent and towards the champion, Jon Jones. If he wants to fight the champion now he's going to have to do a lot of groundwork with how stacked the top of the division remains. No fight has been announced yet but we can foresee someone a bit easier than Johnson.
Last Fight: Lost via Unanimous Decision to Anthony Johnson at UFC 172 - April 26 2014
Next Fight: Unknown
7 - Anthony Johnson (17-4)
'Rumble' Johnson returned to the UFC in style, the former middleweight dismantled the UFC's #4 fighter, Phil Davis, over three rounds, barely taking any shots throughout the fight.
While he was unable to finish the slippery Davis, Johnson certainly replaced him as a possible contender for the next title shot, after Jones fights Gustafsson. Although the winner of Cormier-Henderson has been announced as for a title shot, facing the winner against Johnson could serve as a fantastic warm-up.
Last Fight: Won via Unanimous Decision to Phil Davis at UFC 172 - April 26 2014
Next Fight: Unknown
6 - Dan Henderson (30-11)
Hendo bounced back from three straight defeats and weathered a storm against Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua before knocking him out and pushing himself back into title contention in his third stint with the UFC.
He throws down with Daniel Cormier at UFC 173 next month for what's supposed to be a title shot, whether or not he'd have to fight again after a win is unclear but at 42 years of age this could be the Cinderella Story for Hendo.
Last Fight: Won via TKO (Punches) against Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 - March 23, 2014.
Next Fight: Daniel Cormier at UFC 173 - May 24th, 2014
5 - Daniel Cormier (14-0)
The former heavyweight looked good on his light heavyweight debut as he knocked out Patrick Cummins in the first round of their UFC 170 clash and now finds himself fighting for a potential title shot at next month's UFC 173.
Boasting finishing power and also the stamina to go three rounds, the Olympic wrestler should look to take Hendo to the ground and wear him out over the three rounds of their main event fight. Cormier says if he wins he'll wait for his title shot but the UFC may have different plans.
Last Fight: Won via TKO (Punches) against Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 - February 22, 2014
Next Fight: Dan Henderson at UFC 173 - May 24, 2014
4 - Glover Teixeira (22-3)
Glover struggled in his fight against Jon Jones on Saturday, his power hitting style was nullified by the range advantage and technical superiority of his opponent. Despite suffering a controversial eye poke and standing shoulder crank, Glover was the unanimous loser in the five round clash.
While he's dropped back down the pecking order, the 34-year-old will still serve as a formidable opponent looking to make his name in the light heavyweight division.
Last Fight: Lost via Unanimous Decision against Jon Jones at UFC 172 - April 26, 2014.
Next Fight: Unknown
3 - Rashad Evans (19-3-1)
'Suga' stopped an opponent for the first time in two years when he smashed Chael Sonnen with punches in November and he was the original opponent for Daniel Cormier's light heavyweight debut in February but a leg injury forced him out the fight and on the shelf for a minimum of six months.
The injury came right in the middle of a solid title run for Evans and he'll have to work his way back up the pecking order as Daniel Cormier, Dan Henderson and Anthony Johnson have all pushed their way above him.
Last Fight: Won via TKO (Punches) against Chael Sonnen at UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks - November 16, 2014.
2 - Alexander Gustafsson (16-2)
'The Mauler' suffered his second ever loss to Jon Jones last year in what was the 2013 Fight of the Year and after a win over Jimi Manuwa in London, the Swede will get his eagerly anticipated rematch with Jones later on this year.
Gustafsson presented the biggest challenge to Jones' title yet and with a fight against him under his belt, it'll be interesting to see how he changes his style to his advantage when the two meet. He may have the home crowd advantage as Dana White talked about possibly hosting the rematch in Sweden in front of 50-60,000 people.
Last Fight: Won via TKO (Knees and Punches) against Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa - March 8, 2014
Next Fight: Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight title - TBD
1 - Jon Jones (20-1)
The undisputed number one pound-for-pound fighter defended his light heavyweight title for the seventh time in impressive fashion, beating on Glover Teixeira for five rounds.
The lopsided bout looked like a MMA clinic for Jones and while his streak of 'accidental' eye pokes continued to bring controversy, nobody can say Jones wasn't the better fighter.
He'll now face Alexander Gustafsson for the second time, the first time in his career he'll ever fight the same opponent twice. He and Gustafsson had a war last year and while Jones claimed he was at '80%' for that fight, he'll need to step it up for the rematch - especially if he's in the enemy territory of Sweden.
Last Fight: Won via Unanimous Decision against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 - April 26th 2014.
Next Fight: Alexander Gustafsson for UFC Light Heavyweight title - TBD
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