An update to the sport's pound-for-pound outlook was not expected before last weekend. Forrest Griffin changed that.
Quinton Jackson, courtesy of wins over former pound-for-pound entrants Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson, had cemented himself as the top fighter in arguably MMA's top division and as one of the foremost fighters in the sport. However, it was Griffin who walked out the UFC champion last Saturday night in Las Vegas, and courtesy of enormous back-to-back wins over both Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and now Jackson, Griffin is the greatest success story of "The Ultimate Fighter" series.
His entrance into these rankings also signals a notable exit.
While Griffin professes to not being the most talented fighter in the world, his hard work has paid off handsomely with major wins. On the flipside, Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto is one of the purest, most natural talents MMA has seen thus far. Yet the previously 10th-ranked Yamamoto falls out of the pound-for-pound top 10 due to a recent resume that is weaker than his contemporaries' accomplishments. With Dream set to kick start its new featherweight class, though, Yamamoto might soon finally get the chance to fight the top fighters befitting his talent.