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Top 10 Pound for Pound MMA Fighters?

By:  Matthew Pearlman

 

July 7, 2011

 

10 - Lyoto Machida - One of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC.  His record is 17-2 with wins over UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, Rashad Evans, and Shogun Rua.  He is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

 

9 - Junior Dos Santos - A heavyweight with wins over many top fighters.  An MMA record of 13-1 and a kickboxing record of 18-0.  He has 8 knockout wins and 3 wins by submission.

 

8 - Gilbert Melendez - Strikeforce Lightweight Champion with wins over Clay Guida, Shinya Aoki, and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

 

7 - Dominick Cruz - The UFC Bantamweight Champion with wins over Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgenson.

 

6 - Jose Aldo - The UFC Featherweight Champion with wins over several top fighters.  He has a record of 19-1 with 12 knockouts.

 

5 - Jon Jones - He is the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion with wins over Ryan Bader and Shogun Rua.  He is the youngest title holder in UFC history.

 

4 - Cain Velasquez - Cain is the UFC Heavyweight Champion.  He knocked out Brock Lesnar in the 1st round.  He has a record of 9-0.

 

3 - Nick Diaz - He is the Strikeforce Welterweight Champion.  He defeated KJ Noons by decision and knocked out Paul Daley.

 

2 - Georges St. Pierre - He has a professional record of 22-2.  He has beaten Matt Huges, BJ Penn (twice), Jake Shields, and many other top fighters.  Can anyone beat him?

 

1 - Anderson Silva - Any question about this one?  He has defended the UFC Middleweight Championship the most times in UFC history.

 

Others to watch:  Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, Frank Edgar, Hatsu Hioki, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, Jon Fitch, Gray Maynard,