No.5 Demian Maia
The submission specialist holds his top 5 status, remaining in the hunt by beating Mario Miranda. He’ll be in action again at the TUF finale against Kendall Grove.
No.4 Nate Marquardt (“The Great”)
Marquardt struggled again in his latest #1 contender match against Yushin Okami.
No.3 Yushin Okami (“Thunder”)
Okami moved into the #1 contender position with a win over Nate Marquardt. Originally slated to face the winner of-VItor Belfort, he may be stuck waiting again for the Silva- superfight.
After a reduced suspension for drug use and a guilty plea in a money laundering case, the only man to have Anderson Silva on the ropes hopefully will be getting back in the cage sooner rather than later.
No.1 Anderson Silva (“The Spider”)
Silva now has 8 title defences, with his most recent victim being fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort.
Chris Leben drops from the top 10 after losing to Brian Stann.
Dan Henderson unranked due to focusing on 205.