UFC 138 Results: Mark Munoz and the 5 Best Middleweights in MMA

Matt Juul@@MattchidaMMAContributor IIINovember 6, 2011

UFC 138 Results: Mark Munoz and the 5 Best Middleweights in MMA

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    UFC 138 turned out to be a surprisingly entertaining event with each bout on the main card ending in a finish.

    In the main event of the evening, Mark Munoz went to war with Chris Leben in the UFC's first ever five-round non-title fight.  

    The fight, however, would not go the full 25 minutes, as it would only take Munoz two rounds to finish Leben, who was forced to throw in the towel after suffering a huge cut above his eye.

    Adding his name to the list of top contenders, here's how Munoz stacks up with the top five middleweights in MMA.

5. Hector Lombard

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    Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard is the best 185-pounder not fighting in the UFC today.

    A champion in multiple Australian organizations as well, Lombard has not lost since dropping a unanimous decision to Gegard Mousasi at Pride Bushido 13 in 2006.

    Since then, Lombard has gone on a tear, going undefeated in 24 bouts, advancing his record to an impressive 30-2-1 (1).

    Set to face Trevor Prangley in a non-title fight at Bellator 58, Lombard will look to further his winning streak as he awaits the winner of the middleweight tournament.

4. Vitor Belfort

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    After a tough knockout loss to UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, former champion Vitor Belfort came back with a vengeance against Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama.

    Belfort decimated Akiyama at UFC 133, taking Knockout of the Night honors with his first-round finish.

    Since his middleweight debut against Terry Martin in 2008, Belfort has gone 4-1, with each win coming via knockout.

    Set to face Anthony Johnson at UFC 142, Belfort will look to get back into title contention with another big win.

3. Mark Munoz

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    Mark Munoz took a huge leap in the rankings with his win over Chris Leben at last night's UFC 138.

    Holding his own in a back-and-forth war with "The Crippler," Munoz showed how devastating his ground-and-pound is, as well as showcasing his amazing wrestling skills.

    Extending his winning streak to four in a row, Munoz advances his record to 12-2 as he looks to take the top contender spot in the UFC's middleweight division.

2. Chael Sonnen

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    Chael Sonnen shocked fans with his dominating four and a half rounds against Anderson Silva at UFC 117.

    Using his wrestling and top control to smother the champion, Sonnen almost made his dream of taking the title a reality until he was caught in a last second triangle-armbar.

    Sonnen rebounded from the loss in a big way at UFC 136, taking on Brian Stann in what fans were calling a top contender eliminator bout.

    The self-proclaimed people's champion caught Stann in an arm-triangle choke in the second round after controlling his opponent during the entire bout.

    Sonnen now wants a rematch with Silva, something that the fans definitely want to see.

1. Anderson Silva

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    UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva needs no introduction.

    With the longest title reign in UFC history, as well as breaking virtually every record in the book, Silva cemented his status as the best in the business with his dominating win over Yushin Okami at UFC 134.

    Silva picked the Japanese middleweight apart with his strikes, neutralizing Okami's wrestling before finishing him in the second round via technical knockout.

    Regardless of who his next opponent is, Silva will look to decimate any challenger to retain his status as the best middleweight and pound-for-pound fighter of all time.

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