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Like any professional sport, expect America to produce a lot of the world's top talent. What helps facilitate the U.S.'s success in MMA is our amateur wrestling programs built up into and through the NCAA.
Most top Americans have a wrestling background, and as has been suggested by many analysts, wrestling can be the best base for MMA.
1. Jon Jones. Jones is a phenom who became the youngest UFC champion in history and has already surged, on many rankings, up to the spot as the second best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
2. Frank Edgar. The lightweight champion is a blue collar hero and perpetual underdog. His unbreakable will has propelled him to become a worthy and respected champion and individual.
3. Dominick Cruz. Only Urijah Faber has come particularly close to challenging the bantamweight champion in recent memory. Cruz is a star with a unique and unorthodox fighting style that confounds opponents.
4. Chael Sonnen. Sonnen is a brash and loud-mouthed contender who can back up his talk. While he has a weakness in submission defense, his overall game is one of the most overwhelming in the sport.
5. Dan Henderson/Nick Diaz. Henderson and Diaz split the honors for the fifth spot because they are both feared and respected veterans who are top contenders, and both just defeated fellow legends.