New Blood: The Next Generation of Top UFC Fighters

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New Blood: The Next Generation of Top UFC Fighters

Looking back at the UFC’s start, you had the first generation of legends. Don Frye, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Oleg Taktarov, and even the occasional mention of Tank Abbott. The following generation showed hardened warriors in Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Pat Miletich, Pedro Rizzo, Matt Hughes, and Jens Pulver. From there came a multifaceted expansion of MMA to all corners of the world with its growing popularity. And with it, stars of the sport had a huge learning curve that proved you had to be skilled in many forms of martial arts. You have today's champions of the sport, warriors that are constantly training and learning to become even better than they currently are. You have Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, BJ Penn, Kenny Florian, Mauricio Rua, and Rich Franklin. So what is next? Here is a look at the top three fighters in each division that you should keep a close eye on in the next couple of years—the future of our sport.

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