A Look At the Top of the MMA Mountain, Top Five P4P Fighters
With UFC 101 and WEC 42 in the books, let's take a look at my opinion of the top 5 pound-for-pound fighters in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
From Heavyweights to Bantamweights, from the WEC to Strikeforce, we are looking at the guys who stand atop the Mt. Olympus of MMA.
I look forward to the barrage of backlash I'm gonna get for this; just please remember that this is my first article and any helpful suggestions will be great.
Ok guys get ready for my top five P4P fighters...
1. Anderson Silva
After his total domination of Forrest Griffin, it's hard to argue that "The Spider" isn't the P4P king.
Silva had many skeptics coming off his wins against Patrick Cote and Thales Leites but Anderson silenced those critics with a swift TKO over Griffin in round one at UFC 101.
With a 25-4 record and wins over names like Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, and Nate Marquardt, it seems very likely that Silva will be dominating the P4P lists for years to come.
2. Fedor Emelianenko
Fedor has gotten a lot of heat lately for his signing with Strikeforce and lack of quality opponents as of late. No matter what he's been doing lately, there is no doubt that Fedor has a place in any P4P list.
Fedor has amassed 30-1 record, with that one loss being sketchy. No matter who you are...a record like that against guys like Big Nog, Cro-Cop, Arona, Sobral, Sylvia, Arlovski, and Lindland makes you a P4P top fighter.
3. Georges St. Pierre
What needs to be said about GSP? The smooth talking, hard hitting French-Canadian out of Greg Jackson's gym.
GSP first staked his claim in P4P list back with his first win over Matt Hughes, and continues to climb up the list after a win over Thiago Alves at UFC 100.
St. Pierre has a stellar 19-2 record with wins over the likes of Thiago Alves, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Matt Hughes, and Sean Sherk. Easily earning him a spot at No. 3 on this P4P list.
4. Lyoto Machida
Lyoto Machida, the UFC's best kept secret...well at least until UFC 98 where he completely destroyed Rashad Evans for the LHW title and introduced himself to the world.
Not only has "The Dragon" defeated his opponents, but he's made them look like grade school children. Don't believe me? check out that fight against Thiago Silva at UFC 94.
Machida is riding high at 15-0 with destructive wins over huge names like Rashad Evans, Thiago Silva, Tito Ortiz, BJ Penn, and Rich Franklin. The Dragon is for real.
5. BJ Penn
BJ has been long considered the master at 155 and rightfully so...the guy hasn't lost there in 7 years.
Yeah, I know. The guy may have a not so fantastic record, but c'mon; have you seen the guys he's lost to? Not exactly slouches.
Penn hasn't only laid the smackdown at 155 but also at higher weight classes cause ya' know...that's how BJ rolls.
"The Prodigy" has 14 wins against top flight opposition like Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Joe Stevenson, Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes, and Caol Uno.
Well that's it folks, hoped you enjoyed my very first article here on Bleacher Report and any helpful suggestions or tips of any sort are greatly appreciated. Make sure to leave your opinions and comments! and have a good day.