FiveOuncesofPain.com has updated it’s official rankings for early 2010.
Take a look as quite a few significant changes have taken place…
Josh Barnett axed. Last fight was January 24, 2009 Affliction stoppage of Gilbert Yvel.
Cain Velasquez jumps up to # 5 based on two impressive wins since the # 7 and 8 guys have earned their last victory.
Junior dos Santos leapfrogs Shane Carwin and Brett Rogers based on the same reasoning listed for Velasquez: Activity, and victory.
Shane Carwin trades places with Brett Rogers based on inactivity. Last fight was on March 7 and next scheduled fight is set for March 27.
Andrei Arlovski is cut from the top ten based on not redeeming himself since two consecutive defeats.
Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem make their debuts in the heavyweight top ten.
Randy Couture makes his debut in the light heavyweight top ten since his return to the division with consecutive victories over Brandon Vera and Mark Coleman, both of who were coming off of wins.
Thiago Silva falls from # 8 to 10 with loss to Rashad Evans.
Luiz Cane leaves the top ten with one sided defeat to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Chael Sonnen flys from the # 8 spot to replace Nate Marquardt at # 2 with his one sided beating of “The Great” at UFC 109.
Paulo Thiago passes up Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick with his brutal beating of… Mike Swick.
Mike Swick makes his exit with consecutive defeats.
Nick Diaz re-enters the welterweight rankings with his return to the weight class.
Paul Daley hops up a couple spots based on the knockout of Dustin Hazelett and Swick’s removal.
Former division champion Matt Serra enters the top ten with first round mauling of Frank Trigg at UFC 109.
Shinya Aoki hops up to #5 with three straight wins and an arm-splintering submission over Mizuto Hirota at “Dynamite!! 2009″.
Gilbert Melendez enters the rankings with thrilling victory over Josh Thomson for the Strikeforce lightweight championship.
Benson Henderson shows his face in the top ten with submission over Jamie Varner to earn the WEC lightweight title.
Mackens Sermerzier leaves the top ten with Deividas Taurosevicius; Deividas takes his spot.
Scott Jorgensen enters the top ten with recent win over Takeya Mizugaki, while Takeya drops a few spots with the defeat.
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