There are a lot of MMA pound for pound Top 10 lists out there, but I’m not sure what any of them are actually looking at. I on the other hand know exactly what’s going on, therefore I’ve decided to put the true p4p list up for you. So here it is, the High$Dollar MMA Top 10*:
1. Anderson Silva (31-4) – The UFC MW Champion is 14-0 in the UFC and has defended his title a record 9 times. During the stretch he has also dismantled two 205′ers. The talent this guy possesses is simply amazing and he is miles ahead of anyone else. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Anderson Silva is the best fighter on the planet, even Chael Sonnen.
2. Georges St. Pierre (22-2) – The UFC WW Champion is 16-2 in the UFC, has not lost in over 4 years and the two losses he does have he has avenged. He has defended his title 6 consecutive times and has defeated most of the division. However he’s been sidelined for quite awhile, has some big competition ahead and a special light heavyweight on his tail.
3. Jon Jones (15-1) – The UFC LHW Champion is 8-1 in the UFC, with his only loss being a disqualification where he was completely dominant. He ran through Brandon Vera, Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader, made Shogun tap to strikes, finished Rampage and choked Machida unconscious. He has shown signs of brilliance, vast improvement and at only 24 – with the talent in his current division – he could be ranked even higher soon, and for a long time. Is Rashad the next victim?
4. Jose Aldo (21-1) – The UFC FW Champion is 3-0 in the UFC with wins over Chad Mendes, Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian, but compiled an 8-0 record in the WEC, and defended his belt twice before it was absorbed into the UFC. Jose Aldo is a true talent with ridiculous stand-up and a ground game to match, and he is only 24.
5. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) – The UFC LW Champion is 9-2-1 in the UFC, with one loss and his draw to Gray Maynard (who he knocked out in their 3rd fight) and his other loss an extremely close decision to Ben Henderson. Defeating BJ Penn twice in a row through 10 rounds is simply amazing, and that’s not the only top talent in his “W” column. He has also beaten Tyson Griffin, Sean Sherk, Jim Miller, Mark Bocek and Hermes Franca. This kid has the heart of a true champion, and could easily be fighting at 145.
6. Junior Dos Santos (14-1) – 8-0 in the UFC and their current HW Champion after knocking out Cain Velasquez 64 seconds into the first round. He also owns dominant victories over Shane Carwin, Fabricio Werdum, Cro-Cop and Gabe Gonzaga. This kid is more hungry than I’ve seen anyone and if he stays on course he could remain champ for a long time in a tough division.
7. B.J. Penn (16-8-2) – The Prodigy has gone 12-7-2 in the UFC. Sure, Penn has some losses. Two of them to the much bigger GSP, and both were controversial. One of them (while not in the UFC) to a 220 lb. Lyoto Machida – by decision. He finished Matt Hughes twice, Caol Uno, Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez – all in devastating fashion. BJ has moved up and down weight his whole career, and hardly trained – at least comparatively. A born fighter with unbelievable flexibility, there’s not much he can’t do. He fought Jon Fitch to a decision and although he lost to Edgar twice, it wouldn’t happen three times. Look for BJ to eventually come back at lightweight.
8. Carlos Condit (28-5) – Condit went 5-0 in the WEC, defending the Welterweight Championship 3 times before joining the UFC. After a close decision loss to Martin Kampmann, he’s won 5 straight over Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, Dong-Hyun Kim and Nick Diaz. Out of 33 fights he has gone to decision only 4 times, winning 2 and losing 2. He will be a great test for GSP.
9. Benson Henderson (16-2) Ben was 5-0 in the WEC and Lightweight Champion until he lost a close decision to Anthony Pettis’ 3rd round “Showtime Kick”. He has since gone 4-0 in the UFC, beating Mark Bocek, Jim Miller, Clay Guida and Frankie Edgar to become the current UFC Lightweight Champion. Keep an eye on this kid.
10. Jon Fitch (23-4-1, 1 NC) – Fitch is 13-2-1 in the UFC, losing to GSP by decision over 2 years ago and just recently Johny Hendricks. He has defeated Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves twice. Although he fought to a draw with BJ and isn’t known for finishing fights, you can’t doubt the fact that he keeps winning at the top level, and a lot. Anyone can get caught.
ON THE FENCE: Rashad Evans, Dominick Cruz, Gray Maynard, Dan Henderson
Last updated on 4.10.12 – for current list click here!