Building the Ultimate All-Star Team in any sport is always an unforgiving task, where disagreements and omissions abound. Other sports usually break it down by position in order to give it the clear structure needed to make it fair, accurate and credible.
For the Ultimate MMA All Star Team, the weight divisions must become the structure in which all fighters are measured. Like the shortstop in baseball or the left winger in hockey, the lightweight division is the best way to break down and compare fighters in MMA.
Aside from the selections by position, the other sports will then separately showcase individual skills within the game, via some sort of side competition to highlight the most exciting skills in the sport and the best players to showcase them.
Major League Baseball has the Home Run Derby, and The National Hockey League has the Skills Competition. While it would be pretty implausible, if not idiotic, to pit Anderson Silva vs. Lyoto Machida in a head kick contest, the All-Stars of individual skills must be noted and acknowledged in any All-Star break down.
In blending these two concepts together to cover all basis, I present the 2011 MMA first and second All-Star team by division, as well as stars for the various individual skills of MMA.
This is not an ongoing ranking, it is a list of my picks for the best of 2011.