UFC 150 Results: The Top 25 Pound-for-Pound Fighters in the UFC

Tim McTiernanCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2012

UFC 150 Results: The Top 25 Pound-for-Pound Fighters in the UFC

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    On Saturday night, UFC 150 went down in Denver, Colorado, and the lightweight title was on the line between Benson Henderson and Frankie "The Answer" Edgar.

    In a close fight, Henderson won a split-decision victory over Edgar and defended his lightweight title for the first time.

    Henderson and Edgar are both two of the top fighters on the planet, so let's take a look at where they stand across all weight classes.

No. 25: Chris Weidman

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    Chris Weidman can now be considered one of the top fighters in the UFC middleweight division—and the entire world.

    Weidman is 9-0, 5-0 in the UFC, with wins over Demian Maia, Mark Munoz, Tom Lawlor and more.

    Weidman is undoubtedly the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division.

No. 24: Chad Mendes

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    Chad Mendes was a big winner at UFC 148, as he earned a TKO victory over Cody McKenzie just seconds into the first round.

    Mendes has officially rebounded from his loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 142, and he put himself in line to earn another title fight, or at least, a top-contender fight.

No. 23: Ian McCall

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    Ian McCall is almost universally considered the No. 3 flyweight in the world, behind both Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.

    The UFC flyweight division is still relatively small, so McCall shouldn't be too many fights away from a shot at either Johnson or Benavidez.

No. 22: Urijah Faber

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    At UFC 149, Urijah Faber dropped a unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to the new interim bantamweight champion—Renan Barao.

    Faber seemed to have no answer for anything Barao was doing, as his kicks were able to keep Faber on the outside and spending most of his time defending.

    Faber is undoubtedly the No. 3 bantamweight in the world, but with losses in his last five title fights, he just can't keep up with the best of the best in the division.

No. 21: Martin Kampmann

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    Martin Kampmann has proven to be a threat in the welterweight division as of late.

    His last two victories have been come-from-behind wins against both Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger—the first ending in a third-round submission and the second in a Round 2 TKO.

    Kampmann's next fight will be a No. 1 contender match against Johny Hendricks at UFC 154.

No. 20: Nate Diaz

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    In Nate Diaz's last fight, he was able to do something that no fighter before him had done—finish Jim Miller.

    Miller has lost four times in his career, to Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard, Benson Henderson and Diaz. Diaz was the only one to finish him.

    With three straight wins since returning to the lightweight division, Diaz earned the right to wait for the lightweight title fight at UFC 150 and will now face Henderson for the lightweight title.

No. 19: Johny Hendricks

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    Johny Hendricks has been the biggest mover in the welterweight division in the last 12 months, scoring two huge victories over former title challengers Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck.

    He knocked out Fitch in just 12 seconds and earned a split decision over Koscheck.

    Hendricks was hoping to get a crack at the winner of Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre, but he will, instead, face Martin Kampmann for a No. 1 contender spot.

No. 18: Mauricio Rua

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    Mauricio Rua remains in the top 25, as he's still a top-five light heavyweight.

    Shogun was last seen at UFC on Fox 4, where he had a second straight outstanding fight, and earned a fourth round TKO over Brandon Vera.

    He didn't earn the title shot with the win, but he could end up in a No. 1 contender fight against Alexander Gustafsson next.

No. 17: Chael Sonnen

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    Chael Sonnen came into the fight at UFC 148 with everything to prove. He had a chance to dethrone the greatest fighter of all time and back up all of his trash talk.

    For the first five minutes, he did just that, as he took down and controlled Anderson Silva.

    Then, in the second round, Silva did what he does best, as he used his pinpoint striking to finish Sonnen by TKO.

    However, Sonnen remains the No. 2 middleweight in the division and a top-25 pound-for-pound fighter.

No. 16: Renan Barao

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    Barao won the interim bantamweight title at UFC 149 with his five-round decision over Urijah Faber.

    Barao had said that he planned to wait for Dominick Cruz and unify the titles, and it appears Dana White believes the same thing.

    Barao vs. Cruz should be a very interesting fight.

No. 15: Gray Maynard

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    The former lightweight title challenger, Gray Maynard, is almost universally considered to be a top-three lightweight in the world.

    Maynard was last seen in action at UFC on FX 4, where he earned a unanimous decision over Clay Guida in a fight that saw Maynard, and not Guida, be the fan favorite.

    Maynard will likely fight a top contender next.

No. 14: Cain Velasquez

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    Cain Velasquez is the former UFC heavyweight champion, and he's on a mission to reclaim the belt from Junior dos Santos.

    If Velasquez's last fight against Antonio Silva is any indication, there may be no stopping Velasquez. He took Silva down in mere seconds and TKO'd him in the first round.

    Junior had better make sure his takedown defense is as good as ever for the rematch at UFC 155.

No. 13: Demetrious Johnson

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    Demetrious Johnson is a one-time bantamweight title challenger and soon-to-be flyweight title challenger.

    After earning a unanimous decision over Ian McCall, Johnson put himself in the finals of the tournament to crown the UFC's first-ever flyweight champion.

    "Mighty Mouse" will face Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152.

No. 12: Joseph Benavidez

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    Joseph Benavidez is considered, by many, to be the uncrowned flyweight champion of the world. With the close fights that Demetrious Johnson had with Ian McCall, many think that Johnson will not be able to compete with Benavidez.

    In Benavidez's career, he has only lost twice, and both of those came at the hands of the bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

    Benavidez will look to finally get a belt by beating Johnson at UFC 152.

No. 11: Rashad Evans

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    Rashad Evans fell short in his title-reclaiming effort against Jon Jones, but he'll certainly be back to fight for the title again.

    In the meantime, Evans is stuck in a Jon Fitch (pre-Johny Hendricks) type of situation, where he is one of the best fighters in the division but may have nothing to offer the champion.

No. 10: Frankie Edgar

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    As a former lightweight champion and a man fighting at least one weight class higher than he possibly could, Frankie Edgar belongs this high on the pound-for-pound list.

    After suffering a second loss to Benson Henderson at UFC 150, Edgar's shots at regaining the title any time soon are slim, but he did answer the questions about fighting at lightweight.

    He has earned the right to fight in whatever weight class he wants.

No. 9: Carlos Condit

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    Carlos Condit is the interim UFC welterweight champion, and he won the title back in February when he defeated Nick Diaz by a close unanimous decision.

    Condit, then, elected to sit out and wait for Georges St-Pierre to recover, and a title unification fight is scheduled for UFC 154.

No. 8: Dan Henderson

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    Dan Henderson just gets better with age.

    At 41 years old, Henderson is as good as ever and will be fighting for a UFC title for the third time in September when he faces Jon Jones at UFC 151.

    Henderson has won six of his last seven fights, including knockouts at middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. That's pretty impressive.

No. 7: Benson Henderson

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    On Saturday night, Benson Henderson defended his lightweight title for the first time in a split decision over Frankie Edgar.

    It was a close fight, a fight that many are considering controversial, but a win is a win, and Henderson remains one of the best fighters in the world.

    He will face Nate Diaz in his next title defense.

No. 6: Junior Dos Santos

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    At UFC 146, Junior dos Santos scored a TKO victory over Frank Mir, just as everyone assumed that he would.

    Earlier, on the same card, Cain Velasquez earned a No. 1 contender spot when he defeated Antonio Silva.

    Dos Santos and Velasquez will face each other in a rematch at UFC 155 on December 29 (h/t USA Today).

No. 5: Dominick Cruz

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    "The Dominator" is yet another fighter who was forced out of a fight due to injury.

    Dominick Cruz was set to face Urijah Faber for a third time in the co-main event of UFC 148, but a torn ACL forced him from the fight.

    When he returns, he will likely face UFC 149 winner, and new interim bantamweight champion—Renan Barao.

No. 4: Jose Aldo

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    Jose Aldo remains in the No. 4 spot in the pound-for-pound rankings.

    Aldo has decimated his competition at 145 pounds and was set to face Erik Koch at UFC 149, but an injury forced him from the card.

    His next fight will likely be against Koch and is set for UFC 153.

No. 3: Georges St-Pierre

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    Georges St-Pierre has finally dropped from the No. 2 spot in the pound-for-pound rankings.

    Some will be happy to see this change, and others will be absolutely livid. There are arguments for both sides, but the absence from the cage has dropped St-Pierre in the rankings.

    He will return to face Carlos Condit to unify the interim title and the official title at UFC 154.

No. 2: Jon Jones

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    It has finally happened. Georges St-Pierre is no longer one of the top two pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

    Inactivity has ruined St-Pierre's momentum, as Jones has defeated three top contenders since St-Pierre's last fight.

    Jones will look to make it four top contenders when he faces Dan Henderson at UFC 151.

No. 1: Anderson Silva

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    Anderson Silva remains entrenched as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, with 15 straight victories in the UFC, 10 title defenses and 13 finishes during that time.

    At UFC 148, Silva defeated Chael Sonnen by second-round TKO and cemented himself as the greatest fighter in MMA history.

     

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