UPDATED: 5thRound World Rankings

Written by Tom Ngo
December 24th, 2009

Now that “Strikeforce: Evolution” 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. Thiago Silva
9. Forrest Griffin
10. Jon Jones


1. Anderson Silva
2. Nate Marquardt
3. Vitor Belfort
4. Dan Henderson
5. Jake Shields
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. Josh Koscheck
5. Dan Hardy
6. Matt Hughes
7. Mike Swick
8. Paul Daley
9. Carlos Condit
10. Martin Kampmann


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

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