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.
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)
2. Jon Jones
Points: 174 (1 of 20 first-place votes)
3. Georges St-Pierre
4. Jose Aldo
5. Junior dos Santos
6. Benson Henderson
7. Frankie Edgar
8. Gilbert Melendez
9. Demetrious Johnson
10. Renan Barao
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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