UPDATED: 5thRound.com World Rankings

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
October 30th, 2009

Now that UFC 104 is officially in the books, let’s take some time to carefully rank the world’s best fighters in order of supremacy – based on our humble and completely unbiased opinions, of course. 5thRound.com’s pecking order was determined by a variety of factors including professional record, strength of competition, momentum, reputation and who we believe would come out on top in a fight.

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1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Brock Lesnar
3. Frank Mir
4. Antonio Rodrigo Nogeira
5. Alistair Overeem
6. Randy Couture
7. Brett Rogers
8. Shane Carwin
9. Cain Velasquez
10. Junior dos Santos

Light Heavyweights:

1. Lyoto Machida
2. Rashad Evans
3. Anderson Silva
4. Gegard Mousasi
5. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
6. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Slight drop based on “retirement”)
7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
8. Luis Cane
9. Thiago Silva
10. Forrest Griffin


1. Anderson Silva
2. Nate Marquardt
3. Yushin Okami
4. Dan Henderson
5. Jorge Santiago
6. Vitor Belfort
7. Robbie Lawler
8. Yoshihiro Akiyama
9. Demian Maia
10. Kazuo Misaki


1. Georges St-Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Thiago Alves
4. Jake Shields
5. Mike Swick
6. Dan Hardy
7. Matt Hughes
8. Josh Koscheck
9. Martin Kampmann
10. Carlos Condit


1. BJ Penn
2. Shinya Aoki
3. Eddie Alverez
4. Joachim Hansen
5. Tatsuya Kawajiri
6. Josh Thomson
7. Gilbert Melendez
8. Kenny Florian
9. Diego Sanchez
10. Sean Sherk

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