Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
So who is it going to be?
Anderson Silva has proven that striking can take you to the very top if you are that good. He has shown chinks in his armor, but no one has yet to pierce that armor far enough to defeat him. He has pulled out victory from the brink of defeat and has battered opponents when they exchange with him.
I believe his downfall is that his division is the weakest of the three and has had the path of least resistance to the top. He may not be the best well-rounded fighter, but he isn't losing either. Silva commands respect in the Octagon because he can end a fight with a well placed strike with either a kick, knee, or punch.
Another hidden statistic is if you add in who was cut to who changed weight classes, only two fighters remained at middleweight after fighting Silva which would be Cote and Okami.
When we talk about the middleweight division, it seems like the UFC is always searching for new bodies as the competition level just isn't there. The middleweight division is easily one of the weakest divisions in the UFC.
Jon Jones has shown that his skills coupled with his physical attributes can make an almost invincible opponent thus far. It doesn't seem anyone in his division can secure a takedown or land more than one decent punch upon him.
On the other hand, Jones has been able to do whatever he has wanted inside of the Octagon including the incorporation of some unusual offensive attacks and brutal elbow strikes.
Added to the fact that his division doesn't have much to offer him, he could reign as champion for quite some time due to the fact that he climbed the ladder and has already defeated most top contenders.
He has squared off against some aging fighters that have been on the decline and his upcoming opponent in Chael Sonnen only adds to the combined age total.
Then you could add Dan Henderson if he can secure a title fight which again will add to the combined age total. Jones is in the right place at the perfect time where he can add big names to his resume.
Georges St-Pierre has shown how well rounded a fighter can be in every aspect of the game. He can defeat your weaknesses and he is one of if not the only fighter that can defeat your strengths. The only problem I see with GSP is his inability to secure the finish.
Though he fully and utterly embarrasses his opponent, fans will always criticize him for not putting his opponent away. Some might say that the Matt Serra loss was the worst thing to happen to him, I on the other hand think it has made him a more aware and better fighter.
I believe also that GSP has easily had the toughest set of opponents yet none have come even close to matching him inside of the octagon and almost every opponent he has fought was at their prime when GSP fought them.
Like I said in the previous slide, no one has discovered a weakness or a game plan to defeat GSP. As for his division, it always seems that he is one or two steps from cleaning out the welterweights, but it has proven to be one of the deepest divisions in the UFC.
Let's hear your opinion!