It’s that time again, Jay’s Judgement has returned and for the first time ever it will appear on my new online home, ForceOfWrestling.com. It’s been a while since the last edition I know, the night of UFC 112 to be precise.
I’ve had to deal with the future of MMA Warfare, which unfortunately come August will be closing. With that said I hope you can all follow me over the FOW. For those of you reading on FOW, I appreciate you welcoming me to the site with open arms, now down to business.
In this edition, I’m going to run down through a Top 10 list. In this Top 10 list, I will give my opinion on who are the 10 most exciting fighters in the UFC today. So let’s get down to it.
10. Joe Lauzon – Lightweight
To many this may be a surprising entry, but this young man is a very impressive fighter. 18 – 5 in his career thus far, Lauzon has been impressive, competing mainly on the Ultimate Fight Night cards on Spike TV. The standout performances in the 26 year old Bostonian’s career have been his debut victory, knocking out Jens Pulver, and his submission victory over Jeremy Stephens. With Lauzon returning to the PPV card at UFC 118, he may well begin to ascend up the Lightweight ranks. Watch this space.
9. Ryan Bader – Light Heavyweight
The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner, Ryan Bader, has been highly impressive thus far in his UFC career. Still undefeated in his career, Bader’s highlight thus far was knocking out “The Dean Of Mean” Keith Jardine at UFC 110. Can the former amateur wrestler continue his undefeated streak when he returns to the Octagon? Only time will tell but I’m looking forward to it.
8. Forrest Griffin – Light Heavyweight
What can you say about Forrest Griffin? He’s done it all in the Mixed Martial Arts world. He’s the Original Ultimate Fighter, winning the first series of TUF. He’s a former Light Heavyweight champion. He’s faced the who’s who of MMA and he’s a New York Times best selling author. Ok, maybe the last one isn’t really classified as the MMA world but I digress. Holding wins over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz & New UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. There’s no doubt that Griffin is one of the top Martial Artists competing today. His return to the Octagon is delayed due to a shoulder injury, but time will tell if he can still hang with the big boys in the 205 pound division
7. Frankie Edgar – Lightweight
The New Jersey native has clocked up some dominant victories in his UFC career to date. Most notably his Lightweight Title decision victory over BJ Penn in Abu Dhabi. His only defeat was against Gray Maynard which isn’t something to be ashamed of. I’m expecting big things from Edgar, but first he must defend his title against BJ Penn in a UFC 112 rematch at 118. If Frankie successfully defends his title, I believe he could become one of the Pound For Pound best fighters in the world.
6. Georges St. Pierre – Welterweight
“I am not impressed by your performance” are words synonymous with the Canadian Mixed Martial Arts legend, but words that can’t be tagged to GSP. 20–2 in his career, it’s become almost a sin to think GSP could lose a fight. After his losses to both Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, he came back better than ever. Now that he’s cleared the Welterweight division, he’s going to do it again it seems with Josh Koscheck, stepping back inside the octagon to challenge for the title. He is currently on a seven fight winning streak and with no signs of that ending anytime soon, will GSP move up a division? Only time will tell but I think it’s the most logical step for his career. Whatever choice he makes, it’s always good to see GSP step inside the Octagon and let loose with his kickboxing and unstoppable takedowns.
5. Anderson “The Spider” Silva – Middleweight
I know I’ve been critical of Silva in the past, specifically after UFC 112, but there’s no denying that he is an extremely exciting fighter. He is currently the UFC winning streak record holder, on an 11 fight streak to date. Silva’s elusive style and deadly accuracy in the stand up make him great fighter to watch. His Mauy Thai clinch is second to none and he has time and time again shown his dominant skill against the likes of Rich Franklin. What’s next for “The Spider” now that he’s almost cleaned out the UFC’s Middleweight division.
4. Junior dos Santos – Heavyweight
The Brazilian knockout artist has risen through the ranks of the UFC Heavyweight Division. All his victories inside the octagon have come in impressive fashion, most notably against Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic and Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga. With his next bout against former Ultimate Fighter winner, “Big Country” Roy Nelson, coming up; he could put himself next in line for a title shot. I’m a big fan of his no holds barred styles and his desire to keep fights standing. He definitely has a bright future in the UFC and I for one can not wait to see what he does next.
3. BJ Penn – Lightweight
A man who has been in the UFC for 9 years, a true veteran of the Octagon. A modern day legend of this sport, who’s beaten the who’s who in Lightweight Mixed Martial Arts. With his excellent Brazilian Jiu Jitzu & fantastic Muay Thai, it’s extremely hard to beat BJ. The people who have beaten him found it more than tough and the people who’ve been beaten by BJ didn’t even come close to winning. If BJ fails to regain the Lightweight title, he will most likely jump up a weight class to the welterweight division, where he’s competed a number of times. No matter what division he’s competing in, one thing is for sure, he’s one of the most exciting fighters to grace the Octagon in its history.
2. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – Light Heavyweight
The Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion of the world, Mauricio ‘Shogun” Rua has been dominant since his days in PRIDE FC. He’s been defeated only 4 times, 2 of which were caused a broken arm suffered during the Mark Coleman fight and a less than correct decision against Lyoto Machida. However, Rua went on to avenge both those loses and with beating Lyoto to become the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. With his devastating Mauy Thai knees and kicks, he has become a feared striker and his black belt in BJJ have also made it dangerous to take him to the ground. This guy will be a huge hurdle for any title contenders to overcome over the next few months and maybe even years.
1. Cain Velasquez – Heavyweight
Surprised? Well you shouldn’t be. This young Heavyweight has been dominant in all ways since his debut in the UFC. Undefeated in his career thus far, he has dominated bigger Heavyweights with his outstanding wrestling; like he showed against 265 pounder Ben Rothwell. He also showed his vastly improved stand up against Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira by dominating the stand up game with technically perfect strikes. Cain is next in line to face the winner of Brock Lesnar/Shane Carwin bout for the UFC Heavyweight Title. I’ll make no secret, Cain is my favorite fighter to watch, I think he’s the perfect allrounder and his camp at American Kickboxing Academy is only making him a better fighter. His cardio is better than that of a lot of Welterweights & his ability to improve between every fight is fantastic. I believe when you look at Cain Velasquez, you are looking at the next UFC Heavyweight Champion.
If you don’t agree with my choices, please feel free to comment below and let your opinion be heard. Also, I welcome all suggestions for future columns and feedback is always welcome.
Well that’ll do it for this edition of Jay’s Judgement. Thanks for reading and hopefully, I’ll see you back here for the next edition of Jay’s Judgement.
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