I'll post a new weight class every day.
1. Brock Lesnar: I'm not gonna lie, I hate Brock Lesnar and badly want to see him lose, with that said there is no scarier fighter in MMA right now. He has elite wrestling skills, and paired with his freakish size really there are very few fighters I can see stopping him. Lesnar is also a much smarter fighter than he is given credit for. He pretty much knows his stand up is garbage so he knows when to take someone down. He almost lost it though against Carwin, but as for now he’s still the king.
2. Alistair Overeem: I’m sure no one else has him this high but really I think he’s the only guy in MMA who could challenge Brock, unfortunately that will never happen. Overeem, roids or not has become absolutely monstrous physically, and skills set wise he’s one of the most complete MMA heavyweights. He’s an elite World Class K1 striker, and has powerful GnP. Also anyone who’s followed his career knows that he has solid Jitz, unlike Lesnar who just knows a few things. I hope Overeem/Fedor happens sooner than later so he can hush the critics.
3. Fedor Emelianenko: It’s always questionable putting him above Werdum despite having just lost but looking at it I still believe Fedor is the better fighter and still can be considered the best. No one has his technical boxing. The speed and power in his hands is unmatched by anyone in the division. Add to that his world class Sambo and Judo throws along with his precise GnP and bone breaking subs, there are still very few if any fighters who can dethrone him. Really his only weakness is the fact that he’s barely 230 if that while other top guys in the division have to cut down to 265. I think the Werdum loss was more fluke thaan anything.
4. Fabricio Werdum: Freak upset over Fedor and could definitely be ranked higher but this is a good place for Werdum who showed he has world class jiujitsu. I still think though his striking is a major hole as we saw JDS plow through him.
5. Shane Carwin: The guy is a beast. He nearly beat Brock but got overexcited and didn’t do the smart thing in mounting Brock. I think he proved that he has better stand up than Brock. Carwin is the only guy who can physically match up with Brock, as we all saw him shrug off Brock’s takedown attempt. I Think that if Carwin goes back and works on some things he’ll be right back up there. He is the most powerful striker in MMA. Right now though he needs major work on his cardio, and serious work on the ground. Brock Lesnar so easily transition from half guard, to full mount, to choke.
6. Junior Dos Santos: Best heavyweight striker hands down. The precision and power of his strikes is scary. Also while we haven’t seen it in action he’s said to have slick Bjj, and working with the Nog’s it’s got to be true. At this point I think the only thing I will question is his TKD, and the fact that he’s a smallish heavyweight against some of the brutes of the division.
7. Cain Velasquez: Everyone is in love with him but I question if he can make it to the top. He’s an elite wrestler, has nice top game and good striking and works with the Nogs. I do question though if at 240 he’ll be able to use his wrestling on Brock. I guess we’ll see.
8. Antonio "Big Foot Silva"
9. Frank Mir: With the all of a sudden stacked UFC division Mir has kind of become the new Kongo. Mir has sick skills, sick bjj, nice stand up but he’ll always have a ceiling. His wrestling is poor and I never think he’ll be able to overcome that against elite wrestlers. Even though he’s bulked up his functional strength is nothing compared to guys like Carwin and Lesnar.
10. Big Nog: He’s still hanging around there. Absolute soldier and some of the best BJJ in the division still. Time is definitely catching up to him and I have a bunch of fringe top 10 guys like Brett Rogers, Roy Nelson, Arlovski, Schuab, etc.
Did you see Bones Jones last night? Dude is a beast.
Edit: my bad this is just heavyweights. but i like your rankings. what do you think of bobby lashley?
^^^ I'll have my LHW rankings tomorrow, first time I'll have Bones in my top 10 and you might be surprised at how high. As for Lashley it's really hard to get a barometer on him since he hasn't fought anyone even near the top 50 heavyweights of the world. I guess we'll have to see him fight someone legit before we make judgments but Lashley shows a ton of promise. Good although not Lesnar elite wrestling base, very strong, and what impresses me most about him is that he seems like a very hard worker and humble guy. It's a shame his fight with Shane Del Rosario was canceled because that would have been a real test. Just from what I've seen of Lashley he obviously is a powerful wrestler, he really sets his takedowns well. He shows good ground and pound although I'd like to see him work more on advancing positions and not just staying in guard. His stand up looks a little slow and clunky and we don't know how good his chin is but that will be ever improving. I think the biggest test is when he finds himself on his back to see if he has any clue what he's doing. What I do love is that they are really building him up, although after his fight on the 21st if he wins I think it's time for a step up in competition. It's a lot better than Lesnar, who was basically given a title shot with no credentials. I'm not saying Lashley is even in the realm as Lesnar as a fighter but at least they are building him up the way ever other fight does.
now were talking my sport. I would drop werdum behind carwin, jds and velasquez. Otherwise I like it. Werdum looked a little sloppy in the early goings against big foot and i think fedor would win the remtach. Hard to put JDS behind him when he knocked him out. And I have on problem with overeem being that high. I honestly think he is the second most talented hw out there after brock. Sucks that strikeforce doesnt utilize him better.
Have you seen UFC 121, holy crap talk about a stacked card. On the main card obviously headlined by Cain and Brock, but also Jake Shields UFC debut against Martin Kampmann who is a dangerous striker who can work off his back, also Matt Hamill vs Tito Ortiz which might be the final nail in the coffin. Diego Sanchez vs Paulo Thiago which is a big WW fight, although I still think Diego should go back to 155 as his fight with Hathaway proved. Rounding out the Main card is Brendan Schaub's step up in competition against Gabriel Gonzaga. Gonna be tough for Schaub to win, he has KO power and pretty solid jitz, but Gonzaga is just a beast against non elite competition. Powerful striking, strong wrestling and top game, and submissions off his back. I can't see Schuab winning other than an early KO. Even the undercard is stacked as hell. Most recent TUF winner Court Mcgee against Ryan Jensen, everyone's favorite HW prospect albeit overhyped Todd Duffee vs Jon Madsen, Patrick Cote vs crowd please Tom Lawlor, then a striking match between Sam Stout and Paul Taylor, and finally Mike Guymon vs Ninja Roberts. Damn there isn't a single one of those fights that I don't want to see. It's nice since UFC 119+120 look kind of weak, although if we've learned anything usually the cards that look weak and don't have the biggest draws, usually end up having the most exciting fights.
Huge month for MMA, last night was the Bones Jones coming out party, this saturday is Sonnen vs Silva, then 28th Penn/Edgar 2. I still am clueless as to why Dana White signed Toney and to put him up against Randy. Just seems weird since Dana always bashes SF for freak shows.
yeah this month is huge. I wish urijah faber didnt have to pull out with an injury. Bones jones is the real deal. He needs to be fighting a top guy next that could put him into a title shot with a win. I could easily see him beating or at least having the potential to beat any lhw out there.
I didnt realize 121 was so stacked, that card looks sick. Im probably one of the last tito fans out there. I've been with him since he was the champ so its been hard watching him in recent years. Hamill i think is a pretty good stylewise fight for him. Shields wins vs kampamm and its a gauranteed title hsot for him next. Schuab has a lot of potential looks like he could be one of the more athleitc and quick hw's. but gonzaga is no stepping stone. Despite gabe's struggles, he is a threat to beat any one ot there. I like gabe in that fight too. DIego vs thiago is huge for both fighters. Lose and they fall pretty hard down the rankings, win and they are still in the mix with the top guys. Stout vs taylor should be a lot of fun, those guys are never in boring fights. I honestly think duffee is worth the hype. He just needs to work that cardio becasue he lost a lot of speed in the later part of his last fight right before he KO'd
Im pulling for chael next week but i wouldnt bet on him. Silva will probably come out quick and chael will lose all that bravado real fast. But at this point, im pulling for anyone to beat silva. Certainly a wrestler is probably the most likely to do it and there arent many better wrestlers then chael.
Does anyone even want to see this title fight next week? I think it will be another dance off for Silva.
I mean Anderson isn't going to be able to fck around as much as he had been like against Maia and Leities. The difference is those guys were scared out of their minds on their feet and had no chance at a takedown, Anderson knew this so he basically fooled around for 5 rounds. With Sonnen he's arguably in my mind top 5 in all MMA in terms of wrestling and takedowns so Silva really won't be able to dance around. Sonnen is coming after him with the takedowns and while Anderson does have a nice sprawl he probably will end up on his back. I'm calling Anderson KO in the 3rd round but I think Sonnen will surprise some and win a round or two by controlling Anderson on the ground. It sucks because I want to root against Anderson but Sonnen has just made himself into the biggest D-bag, POS fighter I've ever seen. I understand promoting the fight but he's crossed the line into idiocy. I hope Anderson wants to finish this quick although Sonnen is going to be much tougher than people think. Hendo and Marquardt showed flashes against Silva, Sonnen has superior wrestling to those two although he doesn't stand a chance on the feet like Hendo and Nate somewhat did.
BTW I'll be posting my LHW rankings soon.
i want to see it just to see if silva does it again or if its a real fight. This main card is unofficially the USA vs Brazil card. The 5 main fights are:
Andersen Silva(brazil) vs Chael Sonnen(USA)
Thiago Alves(brazil) vs Jon FItch(USA)
Rafael Dos Anjos(brazil) vs Clay Guida(USA)
Ricardo Almeida(brazil) vs Matt Hughes(USA)
Junior Dos Santos(brazil) vs Roy Nelson(USA)
obviously im pulling for usa. I think it will be 3-2 for usa with silva and dos santos both winning for brazil.
1. Shogun Rua: I don’t think that Shogun is as tough in terms of the general division to beat as Machida is because of his stylistic nightmare, but I do feel like Shogun right now is the class of the division. It sucks that injuries once again are affecting him but I do see him walking through Rashad when that eventually happens but with some of the guys waiting in the wings like Bones, Bader, Lil Nog, etc, I can’t see him having a long title run.
2. Rashad Evans: Another one of those situations of having him ranked ahead of a guy who’s beaten him, but for me it’s who’s hotter now, and that’s Rashad. Rashad is given too much hate and he really is a matchup nightmare. I don’t know a fighter who executes a gameplan better than Rashad. He’s a great counter puncher who has pretty good wrestling and top control. I really wonder if he’s better than his teammate Jones but with his fight victories you have to have him this high. While I won’t pick him to win it, I could easily see him taking the belt away from Shogun.
3. Lyoto Machida: Machida is still the toughest fighter to game plan for. His unorthodox and intelligent style is really one that can’t be replicated by anyone else. Still though I think he’s lost some of his awe and luster after Shogun has figured him out and I do think this will open up things for other guys who face Machida. I do think he will be too much for Rampage but I no longer think Machida is unbeatable. Shogun has kind of laid a gameplan out with the leg kicks to slow him down that I see others trying to execute. Still though it’s just a matter of time before he’s back up there lined up for a title shot.
4. Jon Jones: You can question his competition no doubt, but to be honest he is one of the top 5 biggest mismatches in MMA right now. I’ll put him right behind Brock, GSP, Anderson, and Aldo in terms of freakish skill sets. There appears to be very few flaws in his game if any. His wrestling base is incredibly strong. He might not have a D-1 pedigree, but in terms of wrestling functionality in MMA he is top notch. Any time you have a solid wrestling base with his athleticism and explosion it’s something special. He also has a wide array of judo throws and tosses. He’s really been able to take down with ease some really good wrestlers like Maty, Vera, Hamill, and O’Brien. I mean Vera gave Couture fits trying to take him down in their fight yet Jones had him on the mat in seconds. What’s even more impressive is how deliberate Jones is on the ground. He stays calm with submission attempts like when Vera tried several times to pull high on him. What’s more impressive is how deliberate he is at advancing positions and finishing fights. His elbows are nasty, KenFlo nasty. He’s no lay and pray fighter. Stand up wise he just has the perfect build. Long and lanky. He can throw some unpredictable strikes in there. I might question his stand up if he went against a technical striker like Shogun, but he’d probably take him to the ground before testing his standup. What I love about him though is his composure. He never looks rattled even when Vera had 2 illegal upkicks. It’s shocking how much he improves every fight. The only thing slowing his rise is Shogun’s injury and the fact that all the top fighters are already scheduled to fight. A matchup with the Lil Nog/Bader winner seems to be the best option, unless they want to wait on Forrest although that fight doesn’t have great appeal with how Forrest fared against Anderson. Really the only thing we haven’t seen is him fight off his back but with his training camp he’s got to be at least solid.
5. King Mo: Again you can criticize him for lack of competition but that’s not really his fault. Of course his only fight at LHW is Mousasi, but this is where he belongs. In my opinion he’s the best wrestler in MMA right now with the exception of Brock Lesnar and GSP. Mo isn’t the most versatile fighter but that doesn’t matter much when you are so good at one thing. He can get anyone down whenever he wants. His combination of elite wrestling pedigree and explosion is nearly impossible to stop. Now his fight against Mousasi was a bit lay and prey, but he controlled Mousasi who was helpless on his back. It will be very exciting to see him progress although I think apart from Gerard the competition at LHW for Strikeforce is a joke especially with a guy who I thought would contend Antwain Britt going down and Babalu’s refusal to fight his training partner. I also hear that Mo has an iron chin and is a monster in the gym so I’d like to see that tested. Calvacante although a dangerous striker I doubt he stands a chance against Mo. Mo did play around on the feet with Mike Whitehead before dropping him, and Whitehead is a tough SOB who most guys don’t do that to. I really hope after his contract expires Mo moves to the UFC, there are so many tough fights awaiting him, although for him he’s probably happy being a big fish in a small pond. Really a re-match with Mousasi is the only fight left in SF that interests me.
6. Quinton Rampage Jackson: Rampage is one of my favorite MMA fighters of all time and I do actually find his personality hilarious, but I will admit that he may be on the slide a little bit. While I do believe in ring rust I do think he trained for Rashad as hard as he could. He obviously isn’t anywhere near Chuck washed up but I really do think that he’s starting to slow down. Starting to lose that power and quickness. It doesn’t help that he isn’t known for training hard and he does let his weight balloon to crazy numbers when he’s not training. Then there is the whole question of whether or not his head is in the game. With that said Rampage is still a threat to anyone who steps in the cage with him. Even if he’s lost a step you won’t finish him early and he can KO you at any time as Rashard nearly saw.
7. Gerard Mousasi: Really right before Mousasi’s loss to Mo I was about ready to put him up there in elite status right around #2 or 3 or so, but I think it became evident that he has one glaring weakness which is TKD. Mousasi basically laid on his back helpless for 5 rounds as Mo smothered him. Aside form his wrestling deficiencies Mousasi is dangerous as hell. Precision striker with KO ability and great submission skills. There are very few fighters out there that can beat him but those wrestlers pose a great threat at dominating him so he needs to work hard on that.
8. Lil Nog: His fight against Jason Brilz was extremely disappointing but still it’s an absolute pleasure to finally have him the UFC which is long overdue. I still think his pride show down with Shogun was one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen. I will say though that personally I had him losing to Brilz but it was close enough to give him the nod. Nog’s strengths are obviously his hands and his BJJ. I really want to see how he handles Bader after the criticism with his fight with Brilz. Hah even all these years later I’d still love to see him match up with Shogun again.
9. Forrest Griffin: One of my MMA hero’s his fight with Anderson was embarrassing, but I’m glad he bounced back against Tito. Forrest is the true ultimate fighter. Balls to the wall. What people don’t’ realize though is how skilled and strong he is. Is it almost time for Forrest/Bonnar 3?
10. Ryan Bader: Ryan Bader is kind of like Hendo-lite. A missile in his right hand and powerful wrestling. He definitely doesn’t have the striking versatility of Hendo or the ground savy, but Bader is an even more powerful wrestler. I’d say he isn’t far behind Mo in the wrestling department. With his combination of power and wrestling very few guys will be able to take him out. I’m gonna love seeing him match up with Lil Nog and see how he control’s Nog’s guard. If he can dominate Nog for 3 rounds I’d have no problem with a Bader/Jones #1 contender matchup. I do think Bader will struggle against a guy like Jones who can stuff his take downs because while Bader has nasty power in his right hand his striking is extremely predictable and his leg kicks are non existent. He really is kind of a one trick pony in terms of striking and he doesn’t finish fights well.
The Division is really stacked, a bunch of other guys who have top 10 talent like Randy, Thiago Silva, Babalu, Rich Franklin, Brandon Vera, Jason Brilz. It’s crazy how stacked the division is to the point that guys like Bonnar and Krzystof are the gate keepers. Two guys to definitely keep an eye out for is Cyrille Diabate and Phil Davis. Diabate can KO anyone although his all around game is only average, and Davis is another elite wrestler although I’d like to see more evolution in his stand up. Jon Jones vs. Phil Davis for the title in 2012? Who knows.
i would flip flop rashad and machida. Then i would add franklin over bader. I really think jon jones is the truth though. I would love to see him in their with lyoto, shogun or rashad.
Yeah I'd definitely agree with Bader and Franklin. I guess I was kind of looking potential there. Bader has a shot to be near the top of the heap in the future where as Franklin is tough as nails and will remain fringe top 10 the rest of his career but I can't ever see him being a serious contender at 205. Although the cut is brutal with the weakness of the division I still believe he should be fighting MW even if Anderson and Vitor are there.
*I left Jake Shields from my rankings since he’s back at WW in the UFC
1. Anderson Silva: Obvious #1, the king of kings. I’d still probably have him as my #1 P4P fighter in MMA. I have grown though to completely dislike him. For someone so talented he really has become a bad draw. His fights against Cote, Leites, and Maia have been some of the most boring and irrelevant title matches I have ever seen. Anderson’s become so boring to watch that you could never have a title shot with him and Okami because it would be a horrible draw. I am rotting for him against Sonnen though who I absolutely hate, but I really wish Anderson would take things seriously. A lot of people have GSP over Anderson in P4P rankings simply based on the fact that Anderson is a horrible representation of MMA.
2. Chael Sonnen: I understand hyping a fight and generating interest but he has crossed the line into idiocy and has really become my most hated fighter. People have been hating on Anderson but Sonnen has just given Anderson his popularity back by being such a D-head. I know there are arguments that this is all part of Dana’s PR plan, but damn Sonnen really is an annoying ass. With that said, his wrestling is about as good as it gets in MMA. I was rooting for Marquardt who has more diverse striking, but even Nate couldn’t handle Sonnen’s wrestling. His last 3 wins are about as impressive as it get’s, Dan Miller, Yushin Okami, and Nate Maruardt
3. Vitor Belfort: It’s sucks that Vitor had to pull out with injury, but after his Rich fight it looks like he’s back. I can’t wait because very few guys can deal with his hands. A fight with Anderson is really Anderson’s only fight left at MW worth watching. I love how a lot of my favorite guys are having resurgences.
4. Nate Marquardt: I love Nate but was a little surprised at how easily Sonnen handled him. Nate though will definitely bounce back and he’ll definitely stay in contender range for a long time. I think he may be wrongly putting too much training focus on his striking but I do love how he’s able to finish fights.
5. Jacare: The modern day Royce Gracie. He obviously needs to continue to improve on his striking and wrestling, but I am extremely impressed at how good his hands look, and we all know he’s a virtuoso on the ground. I’m actually one of those people who thinks he’s a much better fighter than Maia.
6. Yushin Okami: He’s kind of stuck in the division. He’s not a big enough draw for Dana to give him a title shot so he’s basically relegated to fighting somewhat meaningless fights sometimes even on the undercard. He’s kind of the Jon Fitch of the division. Okami has really impressed me with his evolution of his boxing. I’d love to see a re-match with Sonnen when Sonnen loses on Saturday. Unfortunately for him with only 2 fights left on Anderson’s contract, no way they are using one on Okami. Anderson’s last 2 fights are probably Vitor and a 205 super fight with someone like Shogun, Rampage, or Bones.
7. Dan Henderson: Hendo is nearing the end of his career and still an absolute bull. He nearly finished Shields with his insane power. Still though Hendo’s physical injuries are apparent. His back problems are causing major issues with him, and for his Olympic background Hendo’s TKD has always been mediocre as we saw Shields dominate him after round 1. Still though lots of appealing fights out there for him in strike force now that Shields has vacated the title.
8. Damien Maia: Maia really needs a come back victory to stay relevant in the conversation. He’s a Wizard on the ground but unfortunately he is a bit one dimensional. His striking is far from good so he’ll always have trouble on the feet, and unfortunately for him he isn’t able to consistently get his man on the mat.
9. Alan Belcher: It truly sucks that Belcher had to drop out of his fight with Maia because Maia would have been his first real true test, although IMO watching it live I felt like he beat Akiyama although it was definitely close. Belcher is definitely a contender and if he could beat a top 10 MW in impressive fashion, a potential title fight with Anderson could be appealing to the audience.
10. Chris Leben: I never thought Leben would make it back in MW contention and there have been times in his career when I thought he was in danger of being cut, but he has been on an absolute tear and has finally found the focus and drive. His fight with Akiyama was an absolute brawl. The thing is that Leben is not a smart fighter, but he’s a crazy SOB who will brawl with you and most likely KO you even if you are dominating the fight. On his feet there are very few people who can stand upright for 3 rounds. What’s underrated is his game off his back. He is a brawler but he is incredibly skilled.
Next guys: Palharaes, Akiyama, Robbie Lawler, Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, Cung Le
cant disagree with any of this. Im assuming we will see shileds on the ww rankings though. And while i agree chael has been d-bag, he is the lesser of two evils. Silva was the epitome of dbag against maia. And i still have a bad taste in my mouth for paying for that leites fight.
And i thought akiyama beat belcher. I havent watched t since it happened, but i remember thinking joe rogan was smoking crack for thinking belcher had easily won.
It was definitely tight. I think Belcher got the better of the striking more consistently but then Akiyama got the takedowns. I think an argument for either fighter winning any of the rounds can be made. I do think that Akiyama is a top 10 fighter still though. He is a better fighter than Leben, but unfortunately for him he fell into what every other opponent of Leben does, fall into a brawl. It was an amazing fight but if you get into a brawl with Leben in that 3rd round it's almost impossible to keep up with him, Akiyama has a super chin though.
I know its pretty much just me and you ghettosermon, but i was hoping you wold continue the rankings. Oh and what are your predictions for tommorow nights main card?
silva over sonnen
alves over fitch
guida over dos anjos
hughes over almeida
JDS over nelson
the card got some extra intirgue becasue not only are we gonna see a title fight, but dana announced that the winners of both the alves/fitch fight and the jds/nelson fight will get title shots. SO lots on the line.
Yeah sorry I'm getting through it, I'm posting the rest of my rankings on Monday. I'm only ranking up to featherweight though, bantamweight and flyweight I only really know the top guys.
As for the card tonight, really any of the fights can go either way the Fitch/Alves and Guida/Dos anjos fights are toss ups. TBH though he is a monster but I don't think Alves deserves a title shot if he wins even though Fitch is the #1 contender. This is Alves first fight since being dominated by GSP, and with GSP hinting towards retirement in the near future I don't think Alves should get a title shot just one fight removed. At the very least he should have to fight the Shields/Kammpan winner, but whatever. Also kind of upset Alves missed weight again. You'd think after failing before he'd start cutting weight sooner. Right now the penalty is just a loss in purse, but there's nothing worse than a guy not making weight for a title fight and making it a non title fight, i.e, Lutter vs Silva. We'll probably see the Phil Davis/Rodney Wallace undercard fight on the ppv airing as Davis will probably win quick. I'm real excited about Davis and the potential he has.
^ that forrest/silva fight had to be one of the most embarrassing things i ever saw. He got humiliated, drop 3 times, KO'd then ran out of the ring as soon as he woke up and you can clearly hear someone yell "forrest, wtf!?! LMAO
All right, im gonna do my top 10 P4p list here> Let me point out that unlike some people, i do NOT play the "what if they were all the same size" bs when making p4p rankings. I just simply go by what fighters dominate their respective division, fighting the best opposition and i find them the least likey to lose a fight, lose a round or even allow themselves into a bad position in a fight. SO here it is:
1-Georges St Pierre, Canada welterweight
GSP has fought the best comp across the globe in ihs weight class. In his entire 21-2 pro MMA career, he has lost a total of 4 rounds (silva lost that many in his last fight). He is such a dominant wrestler that he makes elite wrestlers look like they have neer wrestled before. He has revenged both his losses in such brutal fashion that no one wants to see him fight those 2 guys ever again. Despite being criticized for being a boring wresler who goes to decisions, his standup is worldclass, just he doesnt use it very often since taking guys down is so easy for him. He will be fighting Josh Koschek next and i actually think that is a solid matchup. Kos was the last guy to take a round from GSP 3 years ago and he is one of the few ww's who might not get totally raped on the ground.
2-Andersen Silva, Brazil middleweight
Many people put Silva first and that hard to argue against. He plays with opponents. His striking is on another level. He has an amazing chin and excellent BJJ to go with his striking. He not only beats people, but he demoralizes them by making them feel like they dont even belong in the ring with him. Only reason i dont put him first is due to the fact that IF a fighter can get him to the ground(and thats a big if), he is defenitely beatable. I felt that way before his most recent fight where he was htoughrouly dominated for 4 rounds by an elite wrestler before pulling out the submission win in the last round. His next fight could be against either Vitor Belfort or an immediate rematch with Chael SOnnen who just pushed silva harder then anyone in UFC history.
3-Jose Aldo, Brazil featherweight
Aldo has cleaned up the FW division in the WEC. He blows through guys with ease and does it in exciting fashion. He has great striking and is always the aggressor. At this point, everyone is expecting him to walk through his next opponent, Manny Gamburyan, and then look to move up a weight class to lightweight and join the UFC where he can immediately be in line for a title fight. He is a training partner of Andersen SIlva and brings a lot of the same tools to the table. His leg kicks are devestating. And he has a great BJJ game when on the bottom.
4-BJ Penn, USA lightweight
Some will immediately take issue with the fact that he lost his last fight to Frankie Edgar and how can he be ranked lower then Edgar? But BJ will get his remtach next weekend and I fully expect BJ to pull it out this time. BJ has dominated the lightweight division for years. Unlike many fighters, he doesnt just sit on his thrown at his weight class and feel satisfied with ebing the best LW in the world. He has gone up in weight and fought at every weight class in cluding heavyweight! He has amazing boxing and is one of the best BJJ practitioners in the entier sport. He is well known for his absurd flexibility. The Prodigy needs to win the edgar rematch to remian this high, but if he does, expect him to regain his king of the lw division status.
5-SHogun Rua, Brazil light-heavyweight
Shogun has a history of fighting nothing but toip comp in arguably the worlds toughest weight class. He is currently sitting on top of the UFC LHW division after having handed Lyoto Machida his first pro loss. Shogun has devestating Muay Thai striking that he mixes well with both kicks and punches. He gets in and out fast and doesnt just try and slug it out. He has his hands full with his next fight against Rashad Evans who will test Shogun's ground game by taking him down and trying to grind out a wrestling match on the floor.
6-Lyoto Machida, Brazil Light-heavyweight
Prior to running into Shogun, Lyoto had an aura of invincibility about him that he would run the LHW divisin for years. He was running through top competition and had a unique karate based style that was very difficult for opponents to crack. He throws lots of fakes and faints and sets up his power strikes by getting his opponenets to commit first and come in off balance and make mistakes. He's got terrific wrestling and strneght both standing and on the mat. He should have lost his first fight to SHogun but was awarded a controversial decision. The rematch was not left up to the judges and lyoto was KO'd early. but expect Machida to look to bounce back starting with his next fight against the always dangerous Rampage Jackson.
7-Jon FItch, USA welterweight
Fitch is an unbelievable 12-1 inside the UFC. He is the undisputed #2 WW in the world and considering the only man in front of him is GSP, thats nothing for him to hang his head about. He is a wrestler who draws much criticism fo rhis boring style of closing the distance on his opponent and wrapping htem up and leaning on them while executing dirty boxing. His fights almost all go to decision and his opponents often seemed more frustrated that they cant get him off them as oppossed to being visibly hurt. But I personally dont mind his style. I find it interesting to see him completely fluster his opponents and neutralize anybodys gameplan. COming off a decisive victory over #3 ww thiago alves, he has been promised a title shot at the GSP/Koschek winner, but that may not happen as the UFC is backing off those statements due to FItch not drawing much fan appreciation.
8-Frankie Edgar, USA lightweight
Frankie has been fighting nothing but elite comp since he has entered the UFC. He is the current LW champ and is coming off a very close decision win over BJ Penn. Fair or not, his first title defense will come against Penn as mo st observers believe Edgar is probably the lesser of the two fighters. But if Edgar wins the rematch, he will officially shut up the critics and will officaly lay claim to the LW thrown and convincingly move past Penn. He is a top notch wreslter and has great hand speed. He has not demonstrated great power in his hands, but he throws combos in blinding fashion and moves around at a break neck pace that leaves viewers exhausted.
9-Rashad Evans, USA light-heavyweight
Rashad has only 1 career loss on his record to Machida. He is primarily a wresler whith great athleticism, but has shown great improvement in his striking. He has KO power and is a very solid counter striker. If you get off first on Rashad you better keep your hands up becasue he will fire back with deadly hay makers. He also is always a threat to shoot for takedowns which makes it difficult for opponents to get into a comfortable rythim against him. He will be taking on Shogun next and will need a solid performance to stay on this list.
10-Chael Sonnen, USA middleweight
Ill admit right off the bat that a lot of this high ranking has to do with making p4p king Andersen SIlva look human in his last fight. But even before that most recent, he had consecutive top notch victories over title contenders in Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami. His wrestling might be the second best in MMA behind only GSP. His hands are above average and he is very quick on his feet. He gets in and out of danger quickly and changes levels before his opponent can see the takedowns coming. Once on the ground, he stays active and works dilligently. However, his biggest wekness is his submission defense. He has been submitted from elite BJJ guys in the past and he actually talks openly about his disdain for the Juijitsu apsect fo the sport.
Just missed-Jake SHields(really hard to keep him off htis list), Brock Lesnar, Fedor Emelienko, Nate Marquardt, Gilbert Melendez, Dominic Cruz.
Chael Sonnen going to beat Andersen Silva in rematch for the belt
sonnen tested positive for steroids and will be suspended for 1 year. So thats out the picture
I wasnt a fan of the rematch in the first place, so this is a blessing for those of us who don't think he deserved it
who do you think takes his spot?
i havent read anything, but im thinking the winner of vitor belfort vs yushin okami will get it. If vitor wins, that will probably happen for sure since they were gonna give him the title fight anyways. If yushin wins, that might be tough becasue he isnt a big name and maybe marquardt works his way in somehow.