Rankings: Georges St-Pierre back in the mix (Yahoo! Sports)


Georges St-Pierre returned to the UFC with an impressive win over Carlos Condit in a welterweight title unification bout at UFC 154 on Nov. 17. He also returned to his perch near the top of the Yahoo! Sports MMA rankings with the decisive unanimous decision win.

St-Pierre had been ineligible for consideration for the poll because had had been inactive for more than 12 months. Voters proved they hadn't forgotten about him, sliding him back into the rankings at No. 3, behind only UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

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St-Pierre's return prompted a minor shuffle in the ratings, with Condit falling out with his loss. Light heavyweight Dan Henderson, who has been inactive for more than a year, is newly ineligible and dropped out.

Renan Barao, the UFC's interim bantamweight champion, moved into the poll at No. 10.

With that, here is the results of the November Yahoo! Sports MMA poll:

 1. Anderson Silva

  Points: 199 (19 of 20 first-place votes)
  Affiliation: UFC (middleweight champion)
  Weight class: Middleweight
  Record: 31-4
  Last outing: TKO1 Stephan Bonnar, Oct. 13
  Previous ranking: 1
  Up next: Nothing scheduled

 2. Jon Jones

  Points: 174 (1 of 20 first-place votes)
  Affiliation: UFC (light heavyweight champion)
  Weight class: Light heavyweight
  Record: 17-1
  Last outing: SUB4 Vitor Belfort, Sept. 22
  Previous ranking: 2
  Next: Title fight vs. Chael Sonnen, April 27

 3. Georges St-Pierre

  Points: 165
  Affiliation: UFC (welterweight champion)
  Weight class: Welterweight
  Record: 23-2
  Last outing: W5 Carlos Condit on Nov. 17
  Previous ranking: NR
  Next: Nothing scheduled

 4. Jose Aldo

  Points: 139
  Affiliation: UFC (featherweight champion)
  Weight class: Featherweight
  Record: 21-1
  Last outing: TKO1 Chad Mendes, Jan. 14
  Previous ranking: 3
  Next: Title fight vs. Frankie Edgar, Feb. 2

 5. Junior dos Santos

  Points: 105
  Affiliation: UFC (heavyweight champion)
  Weight class: Heavyweight
  Record: 15-1
  Last outing: TKO2 Frank Mir, May 26
  Previous ranking: 4
  Next: Title fight vs. Cain Velasquez, Dec. 29

 6. Benson Henderson

  Points: 101
  Affiliation: UFC (lightweight champion)
  Weight class: Lightweight
  Record: 16-2
  Last outing: W5 Frankie Edgar, Aug. 11
  Previous ranking: 5
  Next: Title fight vs. Nate Diaz, Dec. 8

 7. Frankie Edgar

  Points: 78
  Affiliation: UFC
  Weight class: Featherweight
  Record: 14-4-1
  Last outing: L5 Benson Henderson, Aug. 11
  Previous ranking: 7
  Next: Title fight vs. Jose Aldo, Feb. 2

 8. Gilbert Melendez

  Points: 71
  Affiliation: Strikeforce (lightweight champion)
  Weight class: Lightweight
  Record: 21-2
  Last outing: W5 Josh Thomson, May 19
  Previous ranking: 7
  Next:Title fight vs. Pat Healy, Jan. 12

 9. Demetrious Johnson

  Points: 68
  Affiliation: UFC (flyweight champion)
  Weight class: Flyweight
  Record: 16-2-1
  Last outing: W5 Joseph Benavidez, Sept. 22
  Previous ranking: 8
  Next: Title fight vs. John Dodson, Jan. 26

 10. Renan Barao

  Points: 16
  Affiliation: UFC (interim bantamweight champion)
  Weight class: Bantamweight
  Record: 29-1
  Last outing: W5 Urijah Faber, July 21
  Previous ranking: NR
  Up next: Nothing scheduled
Others receiving votes: Carlos Condit, 13; Cain Velasquez, 12; Rashad Evans, 7; Ronda Rousey, 7; Johny Hendricks, 4; Gray Maynard, 4; Daniel Cormier, 2. Ineligible: Nick Diaz (serving marijuana suspension); Alistair Overeem (serving PED suspension); Dominick Cruz (inactive more than 12 months) Dan Henderson (inactive more than 12 months).

Voting panel:Denny Burkholder, CBSSports.com; Elias Cepeda, Cage Potato; Mike Chiappetta, MMA Fighting and Fight! Magazine; Steve Cofield, ESPN Radio 1100, Las Vegas; Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press; Dave Doyle, MMA Fighting/SI.com; Matt Erickson, MMA Junkie/USA Today; Adam Hill, Las Vegas Review-Journal; Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports; Case Keefer, Las Vegas Sun; Damon Martin, MMA Weekly; Todd Martin, freelance; Dave Meltzer, The Wrestling Observer/MMA Fighting; John Morgan, MMA Junkie/USA Today; Brett Okamoto, ESPN.com; Ken Pishna, MMA Weekly; Greg Savage, Sherdog; Mike Straka, Spike TV and Sirius/XM; Dann Stupp, MMA Junkie/USA Today; Jeff Wagenheim, SI.com.

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