Top 10 Pound-for-Pound MMA Fighters
The list of top ten pound for pound fighters currently fighting in all MMA promotions houses well known Champions and up and coming superstars. These men are not afriad to fight the best, most have moved around to fight top fighters in other weight classes.
Some are well known, and others are on the brink of superstardom. Not all of these men fight for MMA's premier promotion, the UFC, but they all display characteristics of true champions who will throw down with anyone at any weight.
From bantamweights to heavyweights, we have got them all.
1. George St. Pierre
After his domination of KO artist Thiago Silva at UFC 100, GSP has passed Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko to become MMA's P4P King.
He has not lost since 2007, and with the way he has been fighting, don't look for him to lose anytime soon. If his domination continues, is a superfight against fellow P4P member Anderson Silva looming?
2. Anderson Silva
The Middleweight Champ, Silva has destroyed all competition in the UFC since his debut in 2006, and until Thales Leites took him five rounds in his last fight, Silva had either submitted or knocked out all of his opponents.
With the exception being Patrick Cote, of course, but that victory still counts as a TKO. Silva moves up to 205 to fight fan favorite Forrest Griffin in a couple weeks at UFC 101. It's more than likely whoever wins will be the victor of a fight of the year contender.
If Silva emerges the winner, he will undoubtedly challenge GSP atop the P4P standings.
3. Fedor Emelianenko
Fedor 'The Last Emperor' Emelianenko is recognized as the best heavyweight in the world, he has held belts in Pride and Affliction. He has beaten a list of future Hall of Famers.
He is considered undefeated within the MMA community, because his only loss was the result of a controversial cut. Fedor fights another top heavyweight in Josh Barnett at Affliction's next event on Aug. 1.
His contract with Affliction expires after the Barnett fight, making a jump to the UFC possible. A Lesnar-Emelianenko could go from a dream fight for MMA fans to a UFC headliner.
4. Lyoto Machida
After an incredible knockout of Rashad Evans to earn the Light Heavyweight Belt, the undefeated Machida looks unstoppable.
With the combination of all aspects of mixed martial arts along with Karate and superb striking, the Dragon has carved a path through the UFC's LHW divison. He will defend his belt against Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua at UFC 104
5. Miguel Torres
MMA's premier 135-pounder stars in the UFC sister promotion World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). His last fight against Takeya Mizugaki showed that he can still out-gut anyone in the ring, as he defeated the Japanese fighter unanimously after five rounds.
It was the first time in the last 12 fights that his opponent went the full course of the fight. Next up for the Bantamweight Champ is Brian Bowles at WEC 42 on Aug. 9.
6. BJ Penn
Although his last fight ended with his corner throwing in the towel was further concluded by allegations, Penn still belongs in the top 10. If you take out his two ventures into the 170 lb. divison against GSP his record becomes a more acceptable 13-3.
B.J Penn also fought current LHW Champ Lyoto Machida during his 'I will fight anyone' stage and if you take that away, his record becomes 13-2. This leaves two remaining losses against MMA legends Jens Pulver and Matt Hughes.
This guy simply dominates everyone at 155 on the ground, and when motivated is the scariest man in mixed martial arts. Just ask Joe Stevenson. B.J will fight Kenny Florian at UFC 101 as he defends his Lightweight belt.
7. Mike Thomas Brown
The WEC featherweight champion has come off of three impressive fights against top fighters Urijah Faber and Leonard Garcia. He went the distance against Faber in his last fight afterocking him out in their previous meeting.
He won against Garcia via Triangle Choke, which was sandwiched between the Faber fights. It seems like a rivalry between Faber and Brown is already on it's way, which means there will be some very intriguing WEC cards in the future.
8. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
Rampage is coming off an interesting bout against Keith Jardine, in which Rampage lost by decision, leaving many who thought a Jackson KO was imminent scratching their heads.
Rampage has blamed the disappointing loss on over training for the fight. Things will only get more interesting for the most powerful LHW in UFC as he becomes a coach on next season 'The Ultimate Fighter' against rival Rashad Evans.
These men will also fight along with the conclusion of the show, making the winner the number one contender for the title. One thing is for certain, though, Rampage makes for interesting television. Tune in when TUF airs this September.
9. Brock Lesnar
Let the hype begin. After his incredible G 'n' P win against submission assassin Frank Mir to avenge his only loss, Brock looks unstoppable.
His freakish athletic ability, along with his superb wrestling skills, could allow Lesnar to be atop the Heavyweight ladder within the UFC for a long time.
He still must answer questions about his heart and chin in the cage in order for him to get a higher ranking. Brock will fight the winner of Shane Carwin vs Cain Velasquez, which takes place at UFC 104. If he can get past either of the two, a fight against fellow P4P would be demanded more than ever.
10. Kenny Florian
KenFlo has been on fire lately, winning his last six fights with four of them being by submission. His elbow strikes are things of folklore and he will surely use them when he takes on B.J Penn on Aug. 8 at UFC 101 for the Lightweight Championship.
He has fought his way back to being the number one contender after losing to Sean Sherk for the belt back in 2006 at UFC 64, and he give it his all against BJ Penn in a couple of weeks.