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UPDATED: Exclusive 5thRound.com World Rankings

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
January 7th, 2010
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Now that “UFC 108: EVans vs. Silva” 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.

Come one, come all! Post your thoughts in our forums and let us know what you like or don’t like, and why you are more correct than we are.

Here’s a look at our pecking order, let us know what you think:

Heavyweights:

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 (Drop based on “retirement”)
7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
8. Forrest Griffin
9. Jon Jones
10. Thiago Silva

Middleweights:

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. Jorge Santiago
10. Chael Sonnen

Welterweights:

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

Lightweights:

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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