While there are plenty of great mixed martial arts fighters from plenty of different organizations across the sport’s landscape, the UFC is the home to the best fighters without a shadow of a doubt. Fedor Emelianenko, the heavyweight star of the Affliction promotion, is probably the best fighter in the world but until he enters the UFC he will not achieve the kind of star status that he deserves.
Here are the top fighters in the UFC today:
Top Ten Pound-for-Pound Fighters in the UFC
10. Thiago Alves-The welterweight contender will get his “shitle tot” (He meant to say title shot, but was so nervous that he said the former when interviewed after St. Pierre-Penn 2) against Georges St. Pierre later in the year.But he lost to Jon Fitch a few fights ago and while he recently beat Josh Koscheck, Koscheck took the fight on short notice so more evidence of his greatness is needed. Still, Alves is a prime prospect.
9. Jon Fitch-A grinder in every sense of the word, Fitch is not the most athletic guy but he is a great wrestler and he’s tough. He has one of the best win percentages in UFC history and doesn’t get much pub for it, and his five-round title fight with St. Pierre looks more impressive now even though he was beaten soundly. He still got some good shots in on the welterweight champ.
8. Forrest Griffin-Despite a tough loss to Rashad Evans, Griffin will be a top light heavyweight contender when he bounces back from a broken hand. His kicks are top-notch now and he is a scrappy fighter to say the least who is more athletic than he looks.
7. Kenny Florian-Florian is a pint-sized, more athletic version of Griffin right now. The most impressive thing about him is his ability to transition from standing combos and other moves to submission attempts with amazing fluidity. If he adds more strength and continues to mature he could be a lightweight title holder soon.
6. B.J. Penn-The St. Pierre loss was the result of a bad matchup for Penn, who should continue to be one of the most difficult guys to beat in the entire UFC thanks to his amazing flexibility and jiu-jitsu as well as his boxing skills.
5. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson-His fight with Keith Jardine should be an easy win. Rampage stands a good chance of getting his light heavyweight title back because he is an explosive striker and amazing wrestler in terms of MMA-applicable skills.
4. Lyoto Machida-It’s tempting to put him higher because of his amazing karate and incredible level of focus. He’ll get his shot to move up when he faces Rashad Evans soon.
3. Rashad Evans-No one gives him much credit but he has beaten some elite fighters and he continues to evolve as a mixed martial artist. Evans has knockout power and knows how to pick his spots.
2. Anderson Silva-Still an amazing fighter but St. Pierre gets the edge for now due to beating a tougher opponent in Penn.
1. Georges St. Pierre-His strength and wrestling skill, pound-for-pound, is unmatched, and he has the work ethic to continue to get better. That wrestling ability gives him a slight edge over Silva as of right now. The world needs to see Silva and St. Pierre fight, however. It is the UFC’s destiny.