To put an end to endless discussion to pound-for-pound lists, I have created a list based on the real value of a fighter. It is based on the amount he gets paid, which corresponds to the number of butts in the seats.
Before we get to the list, I would like to mention a few fighters who did not make the list.
Let's start with WEC:
Fighters like Urijah Faber and Miguel Torres make only around 25K per fight, so they are far, far away from top 10.
Lyoto Machida only made only 140K in UFC 98, so the Karate Chopper did not make the cut either.
And finally, Anderson Silva comes in at No. 11, based on the Fight Night 14 salary of 200K. So unless he made substantially more in UFC 101, he is not making the cut.
Let's get ready to see who the "real" pound-for-pound kingpins are!