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5 Oz. of Pain World MMA Rankings Updated

After some time away working on multiple projects, founder and publisher Sam Caplan updated the site’s world rankings earlier this morning for the first time since August.

The updated rankings can now be viewed by clicking here and includes changes to all six weight classes as well as the top-ten pound-for-pound rankings.

Despite a performance at UFC 90 last weekend that was panned by many critics, Anderson Silva remains the top pound-for-pound fighter.

“If you believed Silva was the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world before his fight vs. Patrick Cote at UFC 90, why would you think any less of him?,” Caplan wrote in Silva’s defense, which might come as a surprise since he was one of the last holdouts to bestow the designation on him.

Dropped from the P4P was UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, who has not competed since August of 2007.

“Couture went a full year of inactivity,” wrote Caplan, who also serves as the chair for the rankings committee for the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts. “Couture will be eligible to return to my rankings on Nov. 15, but he’ll need to beat Brock Lesnar in order to regain top-ten P4P status.”

Major changes to the individual weight class rankings include the long-delayed additions of Rashad Evans and Sean Sherk. The most vocal critics of the 5 Oz. World Rankings had pointed to the notable omissions of both Evans and Sherk but Caplan believed they weren’t worth on inclusion until this month.

Evans’ upset victory over Chuck Liddell in September and Sherk’s first untainted victory at lightweight in the past two years last weekend were the motivation for moving them into the top ten light heavyweights and top ten lightweights, respectively.

In addition to the debuts of Evans and Sherk, Jorge Santiago is now the 5 Oz. tenth ranked middleweight following his Oct. 31 Sengoku middleweight World Grand Prix victory.

Another fighter that competed at Sengoku VI was Takanori Gomi, who had been ranked as the site’s number two lightweight. However, recent lackluster performances combined with an upset loss to Sergey Golyaev caused him to fall all the way to six. Eddie Alvarez is now ranked second behind B.J. Penn in the 155 rankings.

There was also notable upheaval at welterweight, where Jake Shields has replaced Jon Fitch as the 5 Oz. number two ranked welterweight. Fitch’s loss in August to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre coupled with Shields victory over Paul Daley on Oct. 4 is the reason for the change. Fitch fell all the way to number four following Thiago Alves’ impressive victory over Josh Koscheck at UFC 90 last weekend.

To see the rankings in their entirety, click here.

  • Stan the Caddy says:

    My comments are probably going to sound a little dickish but that’s not my intent. Just some of your rankings made me lol. Here are a couple of the more notable ones that stand out to me……

    Mirko Crop at #10 – CroCop got embarrassed in the UFC. His only win in almost 2 years is against a 5 -4 professional wrestler. It’s a joke to have him in a top ten this point in time.

    Lindland at #9 – Lindland has never beat a top ten MW ever, let alone faced one in the last 4 years. How can you be a top 10 fighter if you’ve never beaten one?

    Thompson at # 10 – Pretty much the same argument for The Goat with the difference being that he has faced top ten competition. That top ten competition completely destroyed him. Losing both times in the first round and in convincing fashion. How can your “rankings” have any credibility when you have Thompson ranked above Parisyan?? I’m not even going to comment on Koschecks placing below Hughes….

    Florian at #8 – Florian in a top ten is lol’ish but placing him above Sherk is ridiculous. All one has to do is compare the level of competition each has faced added to the way in which Sherk controlled his fight against Florian.

    You really should change the title from rankings to opinions.

  • Rich S. says:

    Stan, these rankings are opinions..
    differen’t sites have different fighters in different spots..

  • JOe K. says:

    Where the f*ck is Marquardt?

  • Stan the Caddy says:

    Marquardt, Akiyama, Trigg, Leites. There’s literally a laundry list of more accomplished fighters at MW than Lindland.

  • steve24 says:

    I just looked at the WAMMA site and they have Alves ranked #4. Shields is #3. LMFAO. Shields wouldn’t even be able to touch him in a fight.

  • twindstorm says:

    those rankings are a fucking joke you have florian over sherk which last time i checked sherk wrecked florian not to mention no marquardt and if you dont think he destroys okami thats crazy talk son

  • Jared says:

    I think Marquardt should be close to #5 or #6, I also think Jake Shields is top 5 but not #2, It’s pretty clear that Alves has #2 right now. I don’t care much for pound-for-pound because except for the top 5 those 5 should be there, the rest is up to interpratation.

  • Hume says:

    Why is Tim Sylvia so low? Granted, he lost 3 of last 4 fights. But he lost to Couture, Nog, and Fedor. Prior to that, he beat Arlovski twice. Also, how can Liddel be so high? He’s lost 3 of last 4 fights as well, but to lower level competition (Jardine and Rashad are not on the same level as Couture, Nog, and Fedor).

  • ihateemo says:

    Surprised Werdum is still top 10 after being KO’d by Santos.

  • Imbecile says:

    I like the actual fighters included on your Top Ten PFP, but the order gets a bit strange in the second half of the list. Forrest Griffin and Lyoto Machida are ahead of ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira? That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I know Machida is undefeated, but his level of competition is nowhere near Nog’s impressive resume.

    Also, I still have a huge issue with putting someone like Jake Shields so high on a list. I believe Shields is good. Very good. But until he is ready to step up and figtht the best (and it is HIS decision which organization he fights for), than I don’t think he deserves to be ranked ahead of guys like Fitch, Alves, and Hughes. All three may have losses (Fitch and Hughes to GSP, and Alves to Fitch), but they have losses because they are fighting against the very best. Shields has only beaten second or third tier competition. He doesn’t even have someone like Karo Parisyan to compare his skills against to boost him that high, let alone another top 5 WW. You just can’t put him at #2 for that.

    This same logic applies to other fighters who I am not sure why are making your lists. Guys like Hieron and Matyushenko are good, but not top ten until they step up the competition.


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