5thRound.com World Rankings UPDATED

Written by Tom Ngo
November 17th, 2009

Now that UFC 105 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 is 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. Shane Carwin
8. Cain Velasquez
9. Junior dos Santos
10. Brett Rogers

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. Vitor Belfort
6. Robbie Lawler
7. Yoshihiro Akiyama
8. Demian Maia
9. Kazuo Misaki
10. Jorge Santiago


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


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

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