Newly crowned WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko in his 36 seconds inside the ring at Affliction: Banned, wiped away close to three years of backlash for participating in non-important matchups. In his second fight in the US, Emelianenko tapped out former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in a fight few expected to be so lopsided.
Former IFL standout Ben Rothwell enters our rankings for the first time despite losing to former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Banned. Though Rothwell, who entered the bout with a 13-fight win streak, suffered a knockout against the Belarusian -- who looked better than he ever did in the UFC, the Miletich fighter showed he carries the potential to be a top heavyweight, not to mention an iron chin.
Fan favorite Forrest Griffin completed his voyage as a television contestant to the number one light-heavyweight in the world when he won a five-round decision over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to capture the UFC belt.