UFC 146 Results: The Top 25 Pound-for-Pound Fighters in the UFC

Tim McTiernan@tmt2393Correspondent IMay 27, 2012

UFC 146 Results: The Top 25 Pound-for-Pound Fighters in the UFC

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    On Saturday night, Junior dos Santos squared off against Frank Mir for the heavyweight title, and the fight went as many expected, with dos Santos scoring a TKO victory over the former champion.

    In the co-main event, Cain Velasquez faced off against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, in a bout with major title implications. Velasquez emerged the winner and put himself in line for a shot at the heavyweight belt.

    In addition to those fights, there were several cards between this one and the last time I'd done a pound-for-pound ranking, so let's take a look at what the list looks like now.

     

    Alistair Overeem is not included due to his suspension.

No. 25: Vitor Belfort

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    Age: 34

    Weight Class: Middleweight

    Record: 21-9

    Last Fight: Submission victory over Anthony Johnson at UFC 142

    Next Fight: TBA

    Vitor Belfort is the former UFC light heavyweight champion and the former UFC heavyweight tournament champion.

    These days, Belfort is a top-five middleweight who has won seven of his last eight fights.

    He is currently coaching on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and was supposed to face Wanderlei Silva in the coach's fight at UFC 147, but a broken hand forced him out of the bout.

No. 24: Mauricio Rua

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    Age: 30

    Weight Class: Light Heavyweight

    Record: 21-6

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 139

    Next Fight: Thiago Silva at UFC 149

    Shogun may have lost at UFC 139, but in such a close fight, there really is no loser.

    Rua and Dan Henderson had an epic battle for the ages, which easily could have gone either way—or could have been a draw.

    Rua will go back to the drawing board, and look for a statement victory, when he faces Thiago Silva at UFC 149.

No. 23: Renan Barao

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    Age: 25

    Weight Class: Bantamweight

    Record: 28-1 [1 NC]

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Scott Jorgensen at UFC 143

    Next Fight: Urijah Faber at UFC 148

    Renan Barao makes his first appearance on the top 25 pound-for-pound fighters, as his performance over Scott Jorgensen proved to everyone that he is a contender at 135.

    When Dominick Cruz was forced out of his title fight with Urijah Faber at UFC 148, Barao got the call and will now face Faber for the interim bantamweight title.

No. 22: Hatsu Hioki

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    Age: 28

    Weight Class: Featherweight

    Record: 26-4-2

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Bart Palaszweski at UFC 144

    Next Fight: Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FX 4

    Many people were surprised to see Hatsu Hioki on a top 25 pound-for-pound list after just one—underwhelming—UFC appearance.

    However, at UFC 144 he showed everyone why he is one of the best featherweights in the world and is more than deserving of a spot on the top 25 pound-for-pound fighters.

No. 21: Jake Ellenberger

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    Age: 26

    Weight Class: Welterweight

    Record: 27-5

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Diego Sanchez at UFC on Fuel 1

    Next Fight: Martin Kampmann at The Ultimate Fighter 15: Finale

    Welcome to the top 25, Mr. Ellenberger.

    In his last fight, Jake had an absolute war with Diego "The Dream" Sanchez in the main event of the UFC's inaugural event on Fuel TV.

    Although he was nearly finished in the third round, Ellenberger had done enough in the first two to take home the victory.

    He will now face Martin Kampmann in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 15: Finale.

No. 20: Nate Diaz

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    Age: 27

    Weight Class: Lightweight

    Record: 16-7

    Last Fight: Submission victory over Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 3

    Next Fight: TBA

    Nate Diaz has done something that only four men have ever done—defeat Jim Miller. Nate Diaz has done something that nobody before him had done—finish Jim Miller.

    At UFC on Fox 3, Diaz earned a fantastic submission victory over Miller, tapping him out with a guillotine choke in the second round.

    Diaz has now won three straight in his return to lightweight and is looking like a force to be reckoned with.

No. 19: Johny Hendricks

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    Age: 28

    Weight Class: Welterweight

    Record: 13-1

    Last Fight: Split decision victory over Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3

    Next Fight: TBA

    Johny Hendricks has announced his presence to the welterweight division, and he has done it with a bang.

    He started it off with a 12-second knockout of consensus No. 2 welterweight Jon Fitch. Then, he followed it up with a split decision victory over consensus top four welterweight, Josh Koscheck.

    Hendricks is in line for a shot at a title, but the welterweight logjam will prevent that for the time being.

No. 18: Gray Maynard

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    Age: 32

    Weight Class: Lightweight

    Record: 10-1-1 [1 NC]

    Last Fight: TKO loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 136

    Next Fight: Clay Guida at UFC on FX 4

    Had the fight gods done this a little differently, Gray Maynard could have been the UFC lightweight champion.

    Maynard holds a win over the former champ Frankie Edgar. In their rematch, they fought to a split draw, and, in the third fight of the trilogy, Maynard lost to Edgar in the fourth round via TKO.

    Maynard will look to rebound and start his climb back up the ladder now that Frankie Edgar is not the champion anymore.

No. 17: Urijah Faber

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    Age: 32

    Weight Class: Bantamweight

    Record: 26-5

    Last Fight: Submission victory over Brian Bowles at UFC 139

    Next Fight: Renan Barao at UFC 148

    Urijah Faber is the former WEC featherweight champion, but is 0-3 in his past three title fights, including his loss of the title and losses while challenging for two more.

    At UFC 139, Faber earned another shot at the bantamweight title when he defeated Brian Bowles via second-round submission.

    He will now face Renan Barao for the interim bantamweight title.

No. 16: Cain Velasquez

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    Age: 29

    Weight Class: Heavyweight

    Record: 10-1

    Last Fight: TKO victory over Antonio Silva at UFC 146

    Next Fight: Junior dos Santos at TBA

    Cain Velasquez is the former UFC heavyweight champion, and he lost the title at UFC on Fox 1, when he was TKO'd by Junior dos Santos.

    At UFC 146, he decimated Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, en route to a first-round TKO victory.

    With that win, Cain earned himself a second shot at the heavyweight title, and a chance to avenge his loss to Junior dos Santos.

No. 15: Joseph Benavidez

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    Age: 27

    Weight Class: Flyweight

    Record: 16-2

    Last Fight: KO victory over Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX 2

    Next Fight: TBA

    Joseph Benavidez is the No. 3 bantamweight in the world, and his only two losses have come to the current champion in the division Dominick Cruz.

    Benavidez's last fight saw him earn a knockout over Yasuhiro Urushitani.

    His next fight will be against the winner of the upcoming Demetrious Johnson-Ian McCall match, for the UFC flyweight title.

No. 14: Demetrious Johnson

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    Age: 25

    Weight Class: Flyweight

    Record: 14-2-1

    Last Fight: Majority draw vs. Ian McCall at UFC on FX 2

    Next Fight: Ian McCall at UFC on FX 3

    Demetrious Johnson was last seen facing off against Ian McCall, where he controlled the action for the first two rounds, before getting dominated in the third.

    It was originally announced that Johnson had won, but, after the event, it was revealed that the scores were added incorrectly and it was actually a draw.

    Johnson fought to a draw with the best flyweight in the world. He deserves placement among the elite fighters in the world.

No. 13: Ian McCall

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    Age: 27

    Weight Class: Flyweight

    Record: 11-2-1

    Last Fight: Majority draw vs. Demetrious Johnson at UFC on FX 2

    Next Fight: Demetrious Johnson at UFC on FX 3

    Ian McCall is considered by many to be the No. 1 flyweight in the entire world. At UFC on FX 2, he nearly finished Demetrious Johnson in the third round in a fight that ended up being a draw.

    McCall has notable victories over Darrell Montague, Jussier da Silva and Dustin Ortiz.

    At UFC on FX 3, he and Johnson will fight again to see who faces Joseph Benavidez for the inaugural UFC belt.

No. 12: Rashad Evans

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    Age: 32

    Weight Class: Light Heavyweight

    Record: 17-2-1

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision loss to Jon Jones at UFC 145

    Next Fight: TBA

    Rashad Evans is the former light heavyweight champion and is probably the unluckiest fighter on the entire UFC roster.

    He beat Rampage Jackson for the No. 1 contender spot at UFC 114 and decided to wait for the title shot. Since that time, Rashad has waited, been injured, beaten Tito Ortiz and gotten injured again.

    Then, at UFC on Fox 2, he defeated Phil Davis by unanimous decision and earned his long-awaited shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.

    At UFC 145, Jones beat Rashad by unanimous decision, sending him back to the drawing board.

No. 11: Carlos Condit

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    Age: 27

    Weight Class: Welterweight

    Record: 28-5

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 143

    Next Fight: TBA

    At UFC 143, Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz by unanimous decision to become the interim UFC welterweight champion.

    Condit is 5-1 in the UFC and has impressive victories over Nick Diaz, Dong Hyun Kim, Dan Hardy, Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger.

    The win over Diaz proved that Condit is one of the best in the world, and with Condit's decision to wait for GSP, the welterweight division is quite logjammed now.

No. 10: Chael Sonnen

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    Age: 34

    Weight Class: Middleweight

    Record: 27-11-1

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2

    Next Fight: Anderson Silva at UFC 148

    After being out for 14 months, Chael Sonnen came back and submitted Brian Stann in the second round of their fight.

    Not only did Sonnen submit Stann, but he did it while easily controlling Stann on the ground and was never in any danger.

    Then, at UFC on Fox 2, Sonnen earned the unanimous decision over Michael Bisping and put himself in line for a second shot at Anderson Silva.

No. 9: Dan Henderson

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    Age: 41

    Weight Class: Light Heavyweight

    Record: 29-8

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 139

    Next Fight: Jon Jones at UFC 151

    "Dangerous" Dan Henderson is the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and No. 9 on the list.

    After Hendo's impressive win over Shogun at UFC 139, he jumps way up the pound-for-pound list, as he has now proven that age is nothing but a number.

    If you think Hendo is ranked too high, look at it this way—Henderson is 5-1 in his last six fights, including knockouts at middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.

No. 8: Frankie Edgar

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    Age: 30

    Weight Class: Lightweight

    Record: 14-2-1

    Last Fight: Unanimous-decision loss to Benson Henderson at UFC 144

    Next Fight: Benson Henderson at UFC 150

    Frankie Edgar is the former UFC lightweight champion and a great young fighter.

    Edgar is possibly the smallest fighter in his division, and he cuts very little weight to make the 155-pound limit for the lightweight division.

    He lost a close decision to Benson Henderson, and because he hung in there with him, he remains near the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.

No. 7: Benson Henderson

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    Age: 28

    Weight Class: Lightweight

    Record: 16-2

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144

    Next Fight: Frankie Edgar at UFC 150

    Benson Henderson is the real deal.

    In his UFC career, he is 4-0, with four straight unanimous decision victories over Mark Boeck, Jim Miller, Clay Guida and now Frankie Edgar.

    There's no denying that he is an outstanding fighter.

No. 6: Junior Dos Santos

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    Age: 27

    Weight Class: Heavyweight

    Record: 15-1

    Last Fight: Second round TKO over Frank Mir at UFC 146

    Next Fight: Cain Velasquez at TBA

    Junior dos Santos is the heavyweight champion of the world. He seems like the first person to take a fight, risk losing a title shot and still earn the shot.

    dos Santos has beaten a Who's Who in the heavyweight division, including Frank Mir, Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez, Stefan Struve, Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson.

    dos Santos is an absolute beast, and it looks like a rematch with Cain Velasquez is up next.

No. 5: Dominick Cruz

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    Age: 26

    Weight Class: Bantamweight

    Record: 19-1

    Last Fight: Unanimous-decision victory over Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6

    Next Fight: TBA

    Dominick Cruz is the former WEC bantamweight champion and the current UFC bantamweight champion.

    Cruz is one of the best young fighters in the sport and has only one loss on his record, which he has since avenged.

    In his last fight, he was able to defeat another top contender. Cruz won all five rounds (on two judges' scorecards) and defeated Demetrious Johnson by unanimous decision.

    He was supposed to fight Urijah Faber after a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter, but a torn ACL has pushed him out of the fight.

No. 4: Jose Aldo

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    Age: 25

    Weight Class: Featherweight

    Record: 21-1

    Last Fight: KO victory over Chad Mendes at UFC 142

    Next Fight: Erik Koch at UFC 149

    At UFC 142, Jose Aldo proved to everyone that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division.

    With his first-round KO of Chad Mendes, Aldo jumped right back into contention as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

    After Mendes, there are still several challenges left for Aldo at featherweight, including Chan Sung Jung, Erik Koch and Hatsu Hioki.

    Up next is Koch, as they'll fight at UFC 149.

No. 3: Jon Jones

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    Age: 24

    Weight Class: Light Heavyweight

    Record: 16-1

    Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Rashad Evans at UFC 145

    Next Fight: Dan Henderson at UFC 151

    Jon Jones is the current UFC light heavyweight champion and has all the tools to become one of the greatest of all time.

    When he defeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, Jones completed the single greatest year in MMA history, as he went 4-0 with four finishes over three former UFC champions.

    He kicked off 2012 right too, earning a unanimous decision over Rashad Evans. Up next is Dan Henderson.

No. 2: Georges St-Pierre

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    Age: 30

    Weight Class: Welterweight

    Record: 22-2

    Last Fight: Unanimous-decision victory over Jake Shields at UFC 129

    Next Fight: TBA

    Georges St-Pierre is the current welterweight champion and was last seen winning a unanimous decision over Jake Shields at the largest MMA event in North American history.

    Now he's injured again and will likely be out until the fall.

    Jon Jones—with a win at UFC 151—will likely pass St-Pierre on the list.

No. 1: Anderson Silva

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    Age: 36

    Weight Class: Middleweight

    Record: 31-4

    Last Fight: TKO victory over Yushin Okami at UFC 134

    Next Fight: Chael Sonnen at UFC 148

    Anderson Silva is the man!

    Silva is the current UFC middleweight champion and gets the nod as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

    Silva's last fight saw him knock out the last man to defeat him in Yushin Okami. He was able to drop Okami with a jab—twice.

    Up next for "The Spider" will be a rematch with the man who pushed him to the brink of defeat, Chael P. Sonnen.

     

    Tim McTiernan is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. For the latest news on everything MMA, follow him on Twitter @TimMcTiernan.