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MMA Top 10 Lightweights: 1-B.J. Penn, 2-Shinya Aoki, 3-Sean Sherk

B.J. Penn was thoroughly manhandled by Georges St. Pierre when he tried to move up to welterweight at UFC 94, but he's still the best lightweight in mixed martial arts, and he has a big lightweight title fight against Kenny Florian coming up this summer.

On my list of the 10 best lightweights in MMA, Penn is first and Florian is fourth. Second on the list is Shinya Aoki, who is about to follow in Penn's footsteps and try moving up to welterweight, in Aoki's case to participate in Dream's upcoming welterweight tournament. The full lightweight Top 10 is below.

Top 10 Lightweights in MMA
1. B.J. Penn
2. Shinya Aoki
3. Sean Sherk
4. Kenny Florian
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Joachim Hansen
7. Gray Maynard
8. Josh Thomson
9. Gesias "JZ Calvan" Cavalcante
10. Satoru Kitaoka

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