Posted by mkiv9secsupra
Sherk is top 5 no doubt!
If Aoki and Alvarez trully thought they were numero uno then they should be fighting in the UFC against the number one to prove it...its easy to look good when you fight other b level fighters. Kawjiri, Hansen, Ishida, Thomson, and Melendez dont compare to Stevenson, Florian, Guida, Edgar, Maynard, and Griffin.
The best fighters have always been in the UFC. LHW, MW, WW, HW, and LW. To prove you are the best you have to beat the best.
And how did Nick Diaz drop off the rankings all together?
The lightweights you mentioned are not B level fighters. Japan has always had an incredibly stacked LW division.
For the sake of simplicity I'll use MMA weekly's rankings which I feel are one of the best around even if they're not perfect.
Kawajiri #6 Notable victories over Per Ecklund, Joachim Hansen, Vitor Ribeiro, and Yves Edwards
Hansen #5 Notable victories over Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Caol Uno, and Gesias Cavalcante
Gesias Cavalcante #7 Notable victories over Caol Uno, Vitor Ribeiro, and Bart Palaszewski
Ishida #8 Notable victories over Gilbert Melendez, Marcus Aurelio, and David Bieklheden
Thomson #9 Notable victories over Gilbert Melendez, Duane Ludwig, Hermes Franca, and Rob McCullough
Melendez #unranked Notable victories over Kawajiri, Clay Guida, and Rumina Sato (Mr flying armbar)
Florian, Guida, Edgar, Maynard, and Griffin are unranked (Florian probably should be ranked but the others are outside the top 10).
I think they compare more favorably for Japan. Oustide of a fight with BJPenn I don't think there is a tremendous amount of competition to draw these fighters to the UFC.