Originally Posted by rekcutnevets
Most definitely. I'm no where near dropping Barnett and Couture for anyone else at the moment.
Couture at HW?
Wins - Sylvia, Gonzaga, Rizzo (twice), Randleman, Belfort, Smith
Losses - Barnett, Rodriguez, Lesnar, Nogueira
I'm not so sure that he is a lock for 5th spot as you do. That record (IMO) doesn't put him so far clear of the competition. Right now, Cigano's record is much better than that, for starters.
Consider someone like Werdum...
Wins - Fedor, Overeem, Aleks Emelianenko, Bigfoot, Gonzaga (twice), Nelson
Losses - Nogueira, Kharitonov, Arlovski, JDS, Overeem
IMO, Werdum has not only beaten slightly better fighters overall, but he has more wins in that division, and doesn't lose anything to Couture in terms of his losses as both Werdum and Couture only ever lost to other top fighters.