Just as predictably, debate ensues as to not only who deserves the top status as the world's best mixed martial artist, but also which fighters should represent this prestigious list.
Additionally, the qualitative measurements necessary to determine a fighter's ranking are also heavily scrutinized.
Blogs and threads on various websites typically include the following questions, which avalanche into heated debates.
Is Anderson Silva the top pound-for-pound fighter? Or is Georges St-Pierre the king of this throne? What determines the top spot? How heavily weighted are finishing fights, level of competition, winning streaks, dominance inside the cage and so on?
Quite honestly, I do not know how Sherdog.com creates the pound-for-pound ranking. I also do not precisely know the factors that are sorted through in determining the best mixed martial artists on the planet.
What I do know is that MMA is the most dynamic sport in this world. These fighters are the greatest athletes and perform at the highest level of competition known to man. Their individual performances inside the Octagon deserve accolades regardless of an inconsequential pound-for-pound ranking.
However, one aspect of journalism is to question what is provided as doctrine. Therefore, I have created my own top 15 pound-for-pound list of the top mixed martial artists on the planet.
The order of my list is based on the individual's overall performances inside the Octagon: his ability to finish fights, the level of competition during his matchups and his current win streak, proving dominance inside the cage.
I realize that this slideshow will create quite a stir. Please feel free to voice your opinion. After all, without debate, our beloved sport would not reach the level of mass appeal that it certainly enjoys.
I welcome your comments.