Strikeforce Fedor vs. Silva Results: Ranking Top Ten Pound-For-Pound Fighters
While Strikeforce doesn't bolster the finesse of the UFC, the organization has made significant strides in delivering MMA fans an alternate source of entertainment.
There are plenty of world-class fighters who don't always get the opportunity to showcase their skills on the big stage.
Strikeforce gives these fighters another avenue for displaying their skills on a major stage.
In the ongoing Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament, fans can expect great things in 2011 from the San Jose-based organization.
Today, we honor Strikeforce as we rank the organization's top ten pound-for-pound fighters.
1) Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz may not be making a couple million dollars, but he is well taken care of under the Strikeforce banner.
Outside of Fedor Emelianenko, Diaz is arguably Strikeforce's main attraction.
In January, he successfully defended his welterweight title for the second consecutive time against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos.
Fans may call for Diaz's UFC acquisition, but the organization presents the Stockton native with a plethora of stylistic nightmares. As both a great fighter and an intelligent businessman, Diaz knows how good Strikeforce has been to him.
2) Alistair Overeem
The tremendous wave of success continued for Overeem at Dynamite!! 2010, where he destroyed former UFC prospect Todd Duffee to become the Dream Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Along with Dream gold, Overeem is also the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion.
He'll finally get the chance to test his improved skills against elite level opposition in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
A quarterfinal bout against Fabricio Werdum is set for April 9.
3) Fabricio Werdum
Fabricio Werdum's newfound recognition can be attributed to his huge upset in June 2010 over unbeaten MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, but amongst hardcore fans, Werdum has long been considered one of the best Heavyweights in the world.
As a 2nd-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Werdum is a two-time ADCC World Heavyweight Champion. He is listed among seven other heavyweights competing in the Strikeforce World Grand Prix.
On April 9, he'll face Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and heavy favorite Alistair Overeem.
4) Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
The dominance consistently displayed by Strikeforce Women's Middleweight Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos is unlike anything this sport has ever seen.
Strikeforce is constantly scouring the world for a legitimate challenge for the reigning pound-for-pound queen of MMA.
Santos is competing at a level that is unheard of for female fighters. In June 2010, she devastated Middleweight challenger Jan Finney en route to a round two KO stoppage.
5) Gilbert Melendez
It's been nearly a year since Gilbert Melendez spoiled the U.S. debut of Dream Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki.
Since the win, the Strikeforce Lightweight Champion has been on an extended hiatus. Fans can expect Melendez's return in 2011.
There are various rumors regarding possible opponents including a rematch with Shinya Aoki or a showdown with Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez.
The most likely scenario is a rematch pitting Melendez against Dream Lightweight contender Tatsuya Kawajiri.
6) Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
Since the exit of Jake Shields, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza has taken the middleweight division by storm.
He became the new Strikeforce Middleweight Champion in August 2010 with unanimous decision win over Tim Kennedy.
Recently, he put forth his first successful title defense after submitting former Elite XC Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler.
7) Dan Henderson
After getting dominated by Jake Shields, Dan Henderson quelled most critics with an impressive first round KO win over former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral.
The victory earned Henderson a shot at current champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante scheduled for March 5.
Despite his lackluster performance against Shields, Henderson remains one of the top middleweights in the world.
8) Gegard Mousasi
Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has stayed busy since losing his title to Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in April 2010.
At Dream 16, he defeated Tatsuya Mizuno to win the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix and become the first ever Dream Light Heavyweight Champion.
Mousasi recently took a unanimous decision victory over Kyotaro at Dynamite!! 2010 in a Kickboxing bout.
Fans eager for his Strikeforce return won't have to wait long. "The Dreamcatcher" is scheduled to make his stateside return April 9th against Mike Kyle.
9) Antonio Silva
Fabricio Werdum may be remembered as the first man to ever defeat Fedor, but Antonio Silva could be remembered as the man that retired him.
At Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva, "Bigfoot" battered "The Last Emperor" and progressed to the semifinals of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament.
His underrated skill set and enormous size could make him the dark horse of the competition. He is set to face the winner of the quarterfinal bout between Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem.
10) Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante handed Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal his first professional loss in August 2010 to become the new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion.
The light heavyweight title has changed hands three consecutive times and hasn't been successfully defended since June 2008.
Cavalcante will try to end the streak on March 5 when he defends against top contender Dan Henderson.