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UFC Divsion Rankings Shake Up-Randy Couture & Chael Sonnen Make Moves

PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 28: UFC heavyweight fighter Randy Couture weighs in at UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira Weigh-In at the Rose Garden Arena on August 28, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Tommy MessanoContributor IFebruary 8, 2010

A major talking point prior to UFC 109 posed the question; is Randy Couture a top five light heavyweight? Though disposing of Mark Coleman with ease does not answer this question, the lack of upward movement at 205 pounds from fighters like Thiago Silva, Keith Jardine and Rich Franklin may place Couture in the UFC's top five light heavyweights by default.

Major divisional movement also took place at middleweight and welterweight. Chael Sonnen stormed past three other 185 pound contenders with his win over Nate Marquardt to move to number two. Brazilian Paulo Thiago is now 3-1 in the UFC with his submission of Mike Swick and has positioned himself into the top five of the UFC's 170 pound weight class.

These ranking appear courtesy of ULTMMA (Uniting Locals Through Mixed Martial Arts)

Heavyweight (over 205 pounds)

UFC Champion: Brock Lesnar 4-1

1. Frank Mir 13-4
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 32-5-1
3. Shane Carwin 11-0
4. Cain Velasquez 7-0
5. Junior dos Santos 9-1
6. Gabriel Gonzaga 11-4
7. Cheick Kongo 14-6-1
8. Ben Rothwell 30-7
9. Mirko Filipovic 25-7-2
10. Stefan Struve 19-3


Light Heavyweight (205 pound limit)

UFC Champion: Lyoto Machida 16-0UFC 113 vs. Mauricio Rua 18-4

1. Mauricio Rua 18-4
2. Rashad Evans 14-1-1
3. Quinton Jackson 30-7
4. Forrest Griffin 17-6
5. Randy Couture 18-10
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 18-3
7. Thiago Silva 14-2
8. Keith Jardine 14-6-1
9. Rich Franklin 25-5
10. Luiz Cane 10-2

Middleweight (185 pound limit)

UFC Champion: Anderson Silva 25-4UFC 112 vs. Vitor Belfort 19-8

1. Vitor Belfort 19-8
2. Chael Sonnen 25-10-1
3. Nate Marquardt 29-9-2
4. Demian Maia 11-1
5. Yoshihiro Akiyama 13-1
6. Yushin Okami 23-5
7. Michael Bisping 19-2
8. Alan Belcher 15-6
9. Patrick Cote 13-5
10. Wanderlei Silva 32-10-1

Welterweight (170 pound limit)

UFC Champion: George St. Pierre 19-2UFC 111 vs. Dan Hardy 23-6

1. Jon Fitch 20-3
2. Dan Hardy 23-6
3. Paul Daley 23-8-2
4. Thiago Alves 16-4
5. Paulo Thiago 13-1
6. Josh Koscheck 14-4
7. Martin Kampmann 16-3
8. Mike Swick 14-4
9. Carlos Condit 23-5
10. Ben Saunders 8-1-2

Lightweight (155 pound limit)

UFC Champion: B.J Penn 15-5-1UFC 112 vs. Frank Edgar 11-1

1. Gray Maynard 9-0
2. Frank Edgar 11-1
3. Diego Sanchez 21-3
4. Kenny Florian 12-4
5. Sean Sherk 33-4-1
6. Tyson Griffin 14-2
7. Jim Miller 16-2
8. Clay Guida 25-11
9. Joe Stevenson 31-10
10. Takanori Gomi 31-5

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