After a shocking main event last Saturday that saw challenger Chael Sonnen dominate the champion Anderson Silva for 23 minutes before being submitted in what is sure to be remembered as one of the greatest come from behind wins of all time, the No. 1 middleweight in the world keeps his spot atop the rest.
Yushin Okami notched an impressive win over Mark Munoz a week earlier, distancing himself from a one-sided loss to Chael Sonnen in October.
The middleweight division is more intriguing now than it has been in recent memory. A line of contenders wait for their shot at the title, and surely the fans will benefit from them fighting to earn their way to the top.
With so many options in terms of interesting matchups between top middleweights, the division does not solely rest on the champion's shoulders.
If Jake Shields were not already set to face Martin Kampmann in the UFC at welterweight, he would be ranked very high in the top ten. Since he has now declared himself a welterweight, he has been dropped from the middleweight rankings.