FiveOuncesOfPain.com publisher Sam Caplan has updated his World Rankings in light of the completion of UFC 92 this weekend. And with so many top ten fighters facing each other in head-to-head action, the outcomes of several fights prompted major changes in the top ten pound-for-pound ratings along with the top ten for heavyweight and light heavyweight.
The biggest mover coming out of this weekend’s action is none other than new UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. Evans not only moves into the number one spot at light heavyweight, but is now the number sixth ranked pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.
While not yet ranked amongst the world’s pound-for-pound best, another big mover in the latest rankings is Frank Mir, who not only returns to the top ten heavyweight rankings but moves all the way into the number four slot thanks to recent notable victories over Brock Lesnar and of course, his UFC 92 win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the interim UFC heavyweight title.
Nogueira’s disappointing showing dropped him from the top ten pound-for-pound rankings and saw his heavyweight ranking fall from number two down to number five.
In the light heavyweight rankings, Evans’ ascension from six to one was not the only major change. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was able to supplant Lyoto Machida in the top ten thanks in large part to his win over Wanderlei Silva. Jackson not only won but received additional credit because he was able to finish the then sixth-best ranked fighter just minutes into the first round.
Machida falls to four because Griffin has only fallen from one to two. The reasoning behind not moving him down further was because with Jackson moving up, Griffin’s head-to-head victory against him from this past July had to be factored in. The fact that Griffin also fought well for two rounds against Evans also was taken into consideration.
There were also two other minor changes to the rankings, one of which included Renato “Babalu” Sobral supplanting Vladimir Matyushenko as the number ten ranked light heavyweight due to an extended period of inactivity for Matyushenko. Also, Mike Swick debuts in the top ten welterweight rankings courtesy of his impressive showing against Jonathan Goulet earlier this month during the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event. Swick comes in at nine, which moves Jay Hieron down to ten and Nick Thompson out of the top ten altogether.
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