Editor's Choice: Top 10 P4P MMA Fighters RankingsPosted on July 8, 2011, 09:39 AM by Anton Gurevich
Despite Chael Sonnen's recent comments, let's assume we live in a parallel universe where there IS such thing as P4P weight class. Who would be the ultimate champion? That's something every fan would love to find out, especially in a sport like Mixed Martial Arts.
It's the first staff Pound-for-Pound list ever posted on LowKick.com. From now on, we'll be bringing Pound for Pound Rankings post once a month, written by one of LowKick.com staff members. This one is written only by yours truly, so I'm the only address for "why Dominick Cruz is #3?" and "what Gilbert Melendez and Gray Maynard do there?" type comments.
As always, please make sure to update your Top 10 lists in the Rankings section. Current edition of LowKick.com Community rankings will be closed on July 25th, five days before Fedor Emelianenko's clash against Dan Henderson in Chicago, Illinois.
So here we go. This is my Top 10 Pound-for-Pound rankings, as for July 2011. You are more than welcome to discuss and post your suggestions in the comments section below. And you can also bomb my Twitter at @LowKick_Anton.
Photos by Francis Specker and Scott Hirano
|1. Anderson "The Spider" Silva
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva proved he's the #1 P4P Mixed Martial Artist on the planet with a spectacular victory over Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. I had Anderson Silva below Georges St. Pierre in my previous lists, but St. Pierre's lackluster performance against Jake Shields at UFC 129 and Silva's mentioned above victory over Vitor Belfort moved "The Spider" up in the rankings. Anderson Silva will defend his title against Yushin Okami at UFC 134, with sights on cementing his status as #1 P4P MMA fighter on the planet.
|2. Georges "Rush" St. Pierre
St. Pierre faced the toughest competition inside the Octagon than any UFC Champion bar none. However, St. Pierre has only one finish (BJ Penn) in his last five fights, while Anderson Silva has two highlight reel knockouts and one dramatic submission. GSP will face Nick Diaz next, in what could be his last bout as a 170-pounder.
|3. Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz
Maybe because UFC's Bantamweight division is still not as popular as core Lightweight to Heavyweight, but it looks like people are not giving "The Dominator" Dominick Cruz enough credit. Cruz has an impressive record of 18-1, with victories over Top 3 Bantamweights Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen and of course Urijah Faber in his last 5 bouts. Skill-wise, there's no other fighter in MMA, Boxing or Kickboxing who has a movement style even remotely similar to the one of Dominick Cruz. "The Dominator" is a unique fighter, and a solid #3 in my list.
|4. Jose "Junior" Aldo
Black House product Jose Aldo is without a doubt one of the most exciting fighters to ever compete in MMA, with some of the most brutal TKO/KO victories on his record. Aldo's most recent performance (Mark Hominick at UFC 129) left some question marks that the Brazilian phenom will look to remove against Kenny Florian, later this year
|5. Jon "Bones" Jones
Jon Jones went through Brandon Vera, Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader and finally Shogun Rua to become the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Jones is incredibly skilled, and has the necessary mental strength to become the best Pound for Pound fighter on the planet. Bones Jones will fight Rampage Jackson later this year, with sights on adding another top-tier name to his long list of victims.
|6. Frankie "The Answer" Edgar
Frankie Edgar didn't lose a fight since getting "bullied" by Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 19, back in 2008. Despite being a relatively small fighter even for a 155’er, Edgar holds victories over UFC Lightweight division's best, including a double triumph over "The Prodigy" BJ Penn at UFC 112 and UFC 118. “The Answer” also proved he has a heart of true Champion, with an inspirational comeback against Gray Maynard at UFC 125.
|7. Jon Fitch
The Ultimate Grinder Jon Fitch defeated every UFC Welterweight, but the reigning Champion Georges St. Pierre. Fitch often comes under fire for his inability to finish fights, but it's hard to argue with his winning record, and the fact that Jon Fitch is one of the most dominant fighters in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Just like Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar, Fitch’s encounter against BJ Penn ended in a draw, as the pair are expected to rematch at UFC 138.
|8. Gray "The Bully" Maynard
Unbeaten inside the Octagon, "The Bully" Gray Maynard holds victories over of the best 155'ers in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Gray Maynard is still 1-up against the ranked above Frankie Edgar, as both fighters are waiting to come back from injuries that postponed their long-anticipated trilogy bout at UFC 130.
|9. Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez proved why he's one of the best fighters on the planet by crushing "The Crusher" Tatsuya Kawajiri at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley. Melendez called out Frankie Edgar, but it looks like the Cesar Gracie product will have to wait before showcasing his skills inside the UFC Octagon. Jorge Masvidal is next in line for Gilbert Melendez.
|10. Yushin "Thunder" Okami
Number one contender for the UFC Middleweight title, Yushin "Thunder" Okami holds an impressive UFC record of 10-2, with victories over some of the best fighters the 185lbs weight class has to offer. Okami will face Anderson Silva in Rio, with sights on becoming the first UFC fighter to ever defeat “The Spider”. If victorious, "Thunder" Okami will earn a Top 3 spot in P4P rankings and place in MMA history.