Power Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Updated: December 12, 2012, 7:35 AM ET
Tuesday, Dec. 11
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The old guard has obviously retired -- first Chuck Liddell, and then Tito Ortiz. But the list is growing for legends of the 205-pound division making their way into that twilight. The days of Mauricio Rua, Forrest Griffin and Quinton Jackson ruling the action have come to an end. Griffin was slated to fight Phil Davis at UFC 155, but blew out his knee. That's never a good thing, but Griffin was thought to be a springboard for Davis to get back into contention in that fight. Ditto Shogun's position in his fight with the young "Mauler," Alexander Gustafsson, at UFC on Fox 5. The kickboxer Gustafsson is one of the best strikers in the UFC, and he found his range throughout with Rua. There were a couple of tense moments (when Rua went for a heel hook), but the thing was never in doubt for the Swede. Does he get Jon Jones next? Theoretically. But with Jones tied up with a Chael Sonnen in an April bout, here's guess Gustafsson fights the winner of Dan Henderson/Lyoto Machida, or Rashad Evans/Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, to make it definitive.