Pound for Pound – December 2011
MMA has never been bigger. The sport is growing at a tremendous rate and fans across the globe are tuning in like never before. It’s no coincidence that today’s fighters have evolved into the best athletes in the world and have unmatched skills in the cage. With such widespread talent reaching across the globe, it’s a difficult task to prove who the best fighters in the world truly are. However, these 10 fighters have proven themselves to be the best of the best. So without further ado, we present the MMANonstop Top Ten Pound for Pound fighters in the world.
1. Anderson Silva – There is little question as to who reigns supreme here. The Spider is 14-0 in the UFC with an incredible 12 stoppage victories. His reign as middleweight champion spans over 5 years and counting and includes victories over former world champions in 2 different weight classes. The man is simply unrivaled and by the time his career concludes, will likely be regarded as the greatest of all time. Just don’t try to tell that to Chael Sonnen who is calling out the champ for a rematch. Look for that to take place in Sao Paolo during the summer of 2012.
2. Jon Jones – Jon “Bones” Jones’ ascent through the UFC light heavyweight ranks has been nothing short of brilliant. Fight after fight, we watched a young, lanky athlete evolve into a mixed martial artist with a style like no other. In each of his 9 UFC victories, he’s shown new weapons in his arsenal. From flying knees to spinning elbows, his opponents have not been able to solve the puzzle he presents and when you mix in his wrestling and submission game, we start to see how Bones became the youngest champion in UFC history. At 24 years old, he’s already demolished former UFC champions Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and most recently Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He’ll defend his belt against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 in a match of puzzling styles.
3. Georges St. Pierre – Dominance is an understatement when describing GSP’s time in the octagon. He is 22-2 and he’s avenged those two losses to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra in brutal fashion. He’s the perfect definition of a mixed martial artist as his mixes his striking with wrestling and jiu jitsu so completely that over his last 9 fights, he’s only lost a single round. GSP still has a number of contenders waiting to test him, but he’ll next square off against Nick Diaz on Super Bowl weekend in a fight that has become very personal to the champ.
4. Frankie Edgar – Frankie “The Answer” Edgar makes this list not only by putting together a string of 6 consecutive victories over the likes of Hermes Franca, Sean Sherk, and BJ Penn (twice), but showing the true heart of a champion during the 1st round of his latest title defense against Gray Maynard. Maynard had Edgar practically out on his feet (again), but somehow the champ composed himself, turned the tide, and rallied to deliver a brutal TKO stoppage to Maynard. Even UFC boss Dana White stated that Edgar is the #2 pound for pound fighter in the world following his latest performance at UFC 136. He’ll next face Benson Henderson in Early 2012 when the UFC returns to Japan for UFC 144.
5. Jose Aldo – The UFC featherweight champion is anot
her fighter whose skills on paper seem to be unmatched. His hand speed and devastating leg kicks have left a stack of contenders lying unconscious wondering what just hit them. He boasts a career mark of 19-1 and at the young age of 25 shows no signs of slowing down. At UFC 136 in Houston, he showed his skills against a very dangerous UFC veteran Kenny Florian. Next up for Aldo is undefeated Chad Mendes who he’ll face in the headliner at UFC 142 in Rio.