Chase's Lists: Top Ten Fighters In MMA Today

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Georges St. Pierre celebrates his victory against Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. St. Pierre defeated Alves by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

After UFC 100 many questions were answered and many fighters stocks rose and fell. Here are my top ten fighters in the Mixed Martial Arts game right now.


10. Dan Henderson, Middleweight, UFC

Henderson, the former PRIDE star and MMA legend has bounced back from his setback losses to Anderson Silva and Rampage Jackson which resulted in the unification of the Pride and UFC belts in a big way.

Henderson has beaten Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping since then and should earn himself a rematch against Anderson Silva in the future but only time will tell if Henderson will be able to bring back that old magic and return to title glory.


9. Rampage Jackson, Light Heavyweight, UFC

Quinton Rampage Jackson has almost entered the Mike Tyson zone of fighters whose personal problems have taken away from their immense fighting talent. Even with his out of ring problems Rampage is still one of the top dogs in MMA's toughest divisions.

If Rampage beats Evans he will once again cement his place as the top dog in the MMA game


8. Rashad Evans, Light Heavyweight, UFC

Even with his loss to Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans is arguably still the second best fighter in the Light Heavyweight division. He has destroyed everyone in his path with the exception of Machida, who is one of the best fighters in the game right now.

Look for Evans to keep running the table against the Light Heavy's and beat Rampage Jackson in their rematch


7. Brock Lesnar, Heavyweight, UFC

Lesnar has cemented his spot in the top ten by avenging his only loss in the UFC by pummelling Frank Mir on Staurday. Lesnar will continue to win easily in the heavyweight division as there is little depth in what is the UFC's weakest division.

Look for Lesnar to have trilogies with Frank Mir and Randy Couture before hopefully getting the dream fight with Fedor.


6. BJ Penn, Lightweight, UFC

After a brief hiatus from the Lightweight game, BJ Penn is defending his belt against Kenny Florian in what has fight of the night potential. Penn may be on the slide, but a return to his natural weight class will help him redeem his status among the elite.


5. Mike Brown, Featherweight, WEC

Brown is the star of UFC's minor leagues, World Extreme Cagefighting, but the only reason he is there is he fights in the featherweight division which is one of the most exciting divisions in MMA.

Brown has beaten all of his competition and could jump to Lightweight and have a good run in the UFC.


4. Fedor, Heavyweight, Affliction

Fedor is one of MMA's biggest enigma's there is so many opinions on whether he is the best for pound for pound fighter or another Kimbo Slice.

Fedor is real and with the lack of heavyweights it is impossible for him to have the level of competition that others have, but a move to the UFC and destroying their mediocre fighters would help.


3. Anderson Silva, Middleweight, UFC

The Spider is the best striker in MMA history in my opinion and has the potential to end a fight at any moment, but his fights have been lackluster of late as most of the fighters he has faced have basically rolled over and refused to fight like men.

This problem will be solved at UFC 101 as he fights Forrest Griffin who does not back down from anyone. This will go down as one of the best moment in each fighters careers.

If Silva shows us he has a ground game he will once again be recognized as the best pound for pound fighter, but until then he sits at number three.


2. Lyoto Machida, Light Heavyweight, UFC

Lyoto Machida is on to an incredible start to his already superstar career. He has beaten everyone that has stepped in the cage with him and his Machida Karate seems to be able to match up with any kind of fighting style.

It will be a long time before a fighter comes along that will be able to beat Machida, but there is till one fighter out there who is better than Machida.


1. Georges St. Pierre, Welterweight, UFC

St. Pierre may be the greatest all-around fighter of all time. He can strike, wrestle and submit fighters and seems unable to be the underdog in any fight. His recent fight against up and comer Thiago Alves reinforced the fact that GSP is not going anywhere.

A superfight against Anderson Silva would not only settle the debate on who is the best fighter in MMA, but would put UFC in the "Big Four" major sports.


So there you have it your top ten fighters in MMA right now. Tell me what you think and check me out on Twitter: