MMA Power Rankings -- Light Heavyweight

Updated: August 10, 2011, 6:26 AM ET
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
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Rashad Evans ceded his No. 1 contender spot to Quinton Jackson through a series of injuries and other obstacles, but after a 14-month layoff looked like Suga 2.0 against Tito Ortiz at UFC 133. Now he re-emphasizes himself as the No. 1 contender to face either his long-time rival Jackson or the bane of his existence right now, Jon Jones. Either way, it's a win-win situation for the UFC to have Evans in the wings for the winner of Rampage-Bones on Sept. 24. All the things going on below that threesome are a shifting sands proposition. Dan Henderson technically won a heavyweight bout in July, though he had to eat extra portions to get over 206 pounds. His stock rises by beating Fedor Emelianenko, and now the question becomes whether or not Hendo jumps to the UFC or stays to defend his belt in Strikeforce. Meanwhile, Mauricio Rua gets set to try and avenge his loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro later this month, and former Strikeforce champ Muhammed Lawal steps back in the cage for the first time in over a year against Roger Gracie. Things are about to get real interesting, real fast.

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