Pound for Pound – November 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 – Not much has changed for the pound for pound King over the past month. Oh wait, The People’s Champ Chael Sonnen upped the ante on his Silva bashing at UFC 136 and now it appears that The Spider is on a crash course with the man who pushed him to the brink. Not many challenges remain for Silva at 185 lbs., but Silva vs. Sonnen II will be perhaps the biggest fight of the year and the champ will get another crack at silencing his biggest critic.
2. Georges St. Pierre – Like the man above him in these rankings, while he’s recovering from an injury, another mega fight is brewing in a very personal way. GSP has walked through all his opponents during his latest title run, but Nick Diaz has done something that no one has been able to do. He’s inside the champ’s head. If a calm GSP is the #2 pound for pound fighter in the world, what will a furious GSP look like? We’ll find out Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas.
3. Jon Jones – Jon Jones is the leader in the clubhouse for Fighter of the Year. In 2011 he’s already won 3 fights against top 10 205ers finishing each of those fights in decisive fashion. With another title defense looming at UFC 140 versus Lyoto Machida, Jones can seal the deal for Fighter of the Year in perhaps the greatest 12 month run in UFC history. The scary part is that if he gets past Machida, there won’t be too many contenders left to challenge the young champion who is still learning and improving.
4. Frankie Edgar – Is there a greater compliment than having your boss label you the #2 pound for pound fighter on the planet? After Frankie Edgar avenged his only loss and in the process became the only man to stop Gray Maynard, the Lightweight champ proved that most had somehow underrated him. There is no question this kid has the biggest heart on this list and that alone is saying a ton, but mix in excellent conditioning with tight boxing and a stout wrestling base and you’ve got a pound for pound great.
5. Jose Aldo – At UFC 136, Jose Aldo added another dominant victory over a very game opponent and somehow continues to slide down this list. We know he’s lethal striking; he’s got a world class BJJ base and is currently riding a 13 fight win streak. How is it possible that this kid is ranked #5? He’s slated to face undefeated Chad Mendes early next year and if he can continue his streak of dominating victories, the cries for him to move up and challenge Frankie Edgar will get louder and louder.
6. Cain Velasquez – There have been some big fights this year in MMA, but none compare to the Heavyw
eight clash between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos on November 12th. The UFC is showcasing their best to the world and it’s no fluke that Cain Velasquez is the main attraction. He’s got a relentless pace, knockout power, and a wrestling base that is unrivaled. If there was a baddest man on the planet list, this guy would sit at the top. He’s looked better and better every time he’s stepped into the cage so get used to seeing the name of Cain Velasquez on this list.