BEST MMA FIGHTERS LED BY GEORGES ST. PIERRE
‘POUND FOR POUND’ MMA LIST ALL UFC
Los Angeles, CA– With Anderson Silva (33-5, 16-1 UFC) losing by knockout to Chris Weidman (10-0, 6-0 UFC), the pound-for-pound rankings have been shaken up. I had Silva at number one going into the fight, but I can not in good conscience have him still holding that spot after he got flattened by a crisp Weidman left hook in the 2nd round. Instead, a man considered to be right behind Silva for years rises to the top of these mythical rankings.
1) GEORGES ST. PIERRE
The Canadian “Rush” (24-2, 18-2 UFC) has been top dog at welterweight (170 lb.) for six years. Since his last defeat at the hands of Matt Serra (11-7, 7-7 UFC) way back in 2007, St. Pierre has won 11 in a row, including easily dispatching Serra in their second encounter. The main knock on Georges is his lack of finishes in recent fights. The last time “GSP” stopped a foe was B.J. Penn (16-9-2, 11-9-2 UFC) in a “greased” event in 2009. Still, the champion has hardly lost a round against the best of the best at welterweight, and it is hard to see him relinquishing the welterweight belt. Johnny Hendricks 15-1, 10-1 UFC) is a very live underdog, and an upset would not be shocking seeing his one-punch knockout power, but I expect GSP’s superior cardio, even at 32 years of age, to make the difference November 16 at UFC 167.
2) JON “BONES” JONES UFC LIGHT HEAVY CHAMP
“Bones” (18-1, 11-1 UFC) is essentially an undefeated 205 lb. fighter, with his lone loss coming via disqualification against Matt Hammil (11-4, 10-4 UFC) in a fight Jon was easily winning. In what was the worst bet I’ve ever made, I picked Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7, 5-5 UFC) to beat Jones in Rua’s first defense of the light heavyweight belt he won from Lyoto Machida (19-3, 11-3 UFC). Instead, I watched my twenty bucks go down the drain as Shogun was battered around all eight sides of the Octagon before tapping to strikes in the 3rd round. The moral of the story: Do not bet against Jon Jones. As the heir-apparent to Anderson Silva, I expect Jones to continue his winning ways and beat the talented and equally as tall (6’4) Swede Alexander Gustafsson (15-1, 7-1 UFC) in his next defense of the light heavyweight title at UFC 165 September 21. .
3) JOSE ALDO TOPS (NEXT) UFC PPV #163
Pronounced Jo-zay, Aldo the talented Brazilian (22-1, 4-0 UFC) is undefeated in the UFC and appears head and shoulders above his peers in the featherweight (145) weight class. Ex-lightweight (155) king Frankie Edgar (16-4, 10-4 UFC) was at least able to make a decent go of it against the former soccer player, but fell short as most of Aldo’s opponents have. With his only loss coming back in 2005, Aldo takes on the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (13-3, 3-0 UFC) August 3 at UFC 163. As talented as Jung is, I believe Aldo’s combination of speed, power, explosiveness, and versatility will turn him into an actual zombie. The only problem I see in this young phenom is a slight lack of stamina, but it will take a very special fighter to be able to take advantage of that.
4) BENSON HENDERSON
“Bendo” (19-2, 7-0 UFC) is another fighter who is undefeated in the UFC and he earned his belt the hard way. He has already defeated Clay Guida (30-13, 10-7 UFC), Frankie Edgar twice, and dominated Nate Diaz (16-9, 11-7 UFC) in just seven UFC fights. As the champion of a stacked lightweight division, Henderson has shown he is more than capable of beating the best. Some pundits think he has a great UFC run in front of him, others say he lets his fights end up being closer than they should be. On August 31 at UFC 164, Henderson faces Anthony Pettis, the only man holding a win over the Seattle, WA native.
5) ANDERSON SILVA
“The Spider” may have gotten tangled in his own web at UFC 162, but that has not completely diminished the legacy of the 38-year-old. His December 28th rematch with Weidman will be a tough fight, but I believe Silva should be able to win if he holds back on the clowning. In the end, Chris Weidman was not the one who beat Anderson Silva. Anderson Silva beat Anderson Silva, and I truly believe he will fight a much smarter fight in the rematch. If Weidman manages to get a second win over the former pound for pound king, he deserves this spot.