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Top 10 MMA List
Posted on Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 9:34 am
by IDMA Editor

It's almost the end of the January, and a new year of MMA is underway.

With February about to be underway, the upcoming Strikeforce mega-tournament, UFC 126 and 127, and the Strikeforce card this weekend, there are numerous top fighters about to step foot into the cage and fight their way to the top.

There a bunch of fighters who can call themselves the top of their respected affiliations. But who are the top 10 fighters overall?

10. Gray Maynard, UFC

Age- 31

United States

Height- 5'8"

Lightweight

10-0-1 (one NC)

Eight by Decision

Two by KO

Last Five Fights

Draw vs. Frankie Edgar- Fight of the Night

Win vs. Kenny Florian via Unanimous Decision

Win vs. Nate Diaz via Split Decision

Win vs. Roger Huerta via Split Decision

Win vs. Jim Miller via Unanimous Decision

Next Fight- vs. Frankie Edgar- UFC 130- For Lightweight Championship

Why- Gray Maynard has been a pretty solid fighter and has only become better. He re-faces Frankie Edgar at UFC 130 after an exciting draw at UFC 125 versus Edgar. Maynard barely makes this list over two other Lightweights, but he has a title fight and is so far undefeated. He looked great against Edgar and could have won that fight. He came very close, but close doesn't cut it. A win versus Edgar will see him shoot up the rankings.


9. Jake Shields, UFC

Age- 32

United States

Height- 6'0"

Middleweight/Welterweight

26-4-1

13 by Decision

10 by Submission

Three by Knockout

Last Five

Win vs. Martin Kampmann via Split Decision (UFC debut, Welterweight Contender fight)

Win vs. Dan Henderson via Unanimous Decision (Defended Middleweight title)

Win vs. Jason Miller via Unanimous Decision (Won Strikeforce Middleweight Title)

Win vs. Robbie Lawler via Submission (Strikeforce, 182 lb Catchweight fight)

Win vs. Paul Daley via Submission (EliteXC)

Next Fight- vs. Georges St. Pierre- UFC 129- Welterweight Championship

Why- Shields has been pretty solid in his career and had an excellent showing against Kampmann. Not only that, but his fight against Henderson seriously helps him out here. He's faced some pretty stiff competition and was once the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.

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8. Dominick Cruz, UFC

Age- 25

United States

Height- 5'8"

Bantamweight

17-1-0

10 by Decision

Six by KO

One by Submission

Last Five

Win vs. Scott Jorgenson via Unanimous Decision (Won UFC Bantamweight Title)

Win vs. Joseph Benavidez via Split Decision

Win vs. Brian Bowles via TKO (Doctor Stoppage Injury, Won WEC Bantamweight Title)

Win vs. Joseph Benavidez via Unanimous Decision (Fight of the Night)

Win vs. Ivan Lopez via Technical Decision (Unintentional knee by Cruz on the ground)

Next Fight- Unknown

Why- Cruz will have to wait to defend his UFC Bantamweight title due to hand surgery. He's on an eight-fight winning streak since he lost in his WEC debut to Urijah Faber at Featherweight. Cruz has been really dominant since his move to Bantamweight and due to his hand surgery, could have a little rust on him against whoever he fights next. He could be facing the winner of the Faber-Wineland fight at UFC 128. Interesting to see if he gets a rematch against Faber, this time at Bantamweight or against Wineland.

7. Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce or M-1

Age- 34

Russia

Height- 6'0"

Heavyweight

32-2-0 (1 NC)

16 by Submission

Nine by KO

Seven by Decision

Last Five

Loss vs. Fabricio Werdum via Submission

Win vs. Brett Rogers via TKO (Strikeforce)

Win vs. Andrei Arlovski via KO

Win vs. Tim Sylvia via Submission (Affliction, Won first ever WAMMA Heavyweight Championship)

Win vs. Hong-Man Choi via Submission (Yarrennoka)

Next Fight- vs. Antonio Silva- Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal

Why- It's Fedor, and I might hear a lot about it but he's one of the most dominant fighters in MMA history, if not the most dominant. Fedor, before his loss to Werdum, hadn't lost a fight since 2000. Fedor is an excellent all-around fighter. He can take you out standing up and can take you out on the ground. As much of a non-believer I am, of him winning those "dream fights" versus UFC heavyweight fighters, I still think he's one of the top fighters in the world. His record doesn't prove otherwise.

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6. Cain Velasquez, UFC

Age- 28

United States

Height- 6'1"

Heavyweight

9-0-0

Eight by KO

One by Decision

Last Five

Win vs. Brock Lesnar via TKO (Won UFC Heavyweight Title, Knockout of the Night)

Win vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO (Knockout of the Night)

Win vs. Ben Rothwell via TKO

Win vs. Chieck Kongo via Unanimous Decision

Win vs. Denis Stojnic via TKO (Knockout of the Night)

Next Fight- Unknown

Why- He tore his rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He's going to be out a while, but until he comes back, he is the UFC Heavyweight Champion. He fought some really good fighters on his way to this position. He's earned the sixth spot.

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5. Frankie Edgar, UFC

Age- 29

United States

Height- 5'6"

Lightweight

13-1-1

Eight by Decision

Three by Submission

Two by KO

Last Five

Draw vs. Gray Maynard (Fight of the Night)

Win vs. B.J. Penn via Unanimous Decision

Win vs. B.J. Penn via Unanimous Decision (Won UFC Lightweight Title)

Win vs. Matt Veach via Submission (Fight of the Night)

Win vs. Sean Sherk via Unanimous Decision

Next Fight- vs. Gray Maynard- UFC 130- Lightweight Championship

Why- His last three fights have been amazing to watch. He beat one of the best lightweights the UFC has ever seen in B.J. Penn, not once, but twice. He then had a thrilling fight that went to a draw versus Gray Maynard, one of the top fighters in the world. Edgar is the Lightweight Champion and deserves every amount of credit. It was a long road to become Champion and an even harder road to retain that title.

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4. Jose Aldo, UFC

Age- 24

Brazil

Height- 5'7"

Featherweight

18-1-0

12 by KO

Four by Decision

Two by Submission

Last Five

Win vs. Manvel Gamburyan via KO (Won UFC Featherweight Title)

Win vs. Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision

Win vs. Mike Brown via KO (Won WEC Featherweight Title, Knockout of the Night)

Win vs. Cub Swanson via KO (Knockout of the Night)

Win vs. Chris Mickle via KO

Next Fight- vs. Mark Hominick- UFC 129- UFC Debut- Featherweight Championship

Why- Jose Aldo is an excellent fighter. He has devastating leg kicks something that helped decimate Urijah Faber on way to a unanimous decision. Aldo's next test will be against Mark Hominick, a hard test to defend his title. His 18-1 record is no joke, he can run over his opponents with his sharp, precise striking.

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3. Mauricio

Age- 29

Brazilian

Height- 6'1"

Light Heavyweight

19-4-0

16 by KO

Two by Decision

One by Submission

Last Five

Win vs. Lyoto Machida via KO (Won Light Heavyweight Title, Knockout of the Night)

Loss vs. Lyoto Machida via Unanimous Decision

Win vs. Chuck Liddell via TKO (Knockout of the Night)

Win vs. Mark Coleman via TKO (Fight of the Night)

Loss vs. Forrest Griffin via Submission (UFC Debut)

Next Fight- vs. Rashad Evans- UFC 128- Light Heavyweight Championship

Why- Shogun is an excellent fighter. Like I've said many times before, his loss to Machida shouldn't have happened. But what are you going to do? That's what happens when you leave it to the judges. His next time out, he went out and finished Machida off in the first round. Rua is an exciting fighter and should retain his title next time around versus Rashad.

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2. Anderson Silva, UF

Age- 35

Brazil

Height- 6'2

Middleweight/Light Heavyweight

27-4-0

15 by KO

7 by Decision

5 by Submission

Last Five

Win vs. Chael Sonnen via Submission (Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Year)

Win vs. Forrest Griffin via KO (Fought at Light Heavyweight, Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night)

Win vs. Thales Leites via Unanimous Decision

Win vs. Patrick Cote via TKO (Knee Injury to Cote)

Next Fight- vs. Vitor Belfort- UFC 126- Middleweight Championship

Why- Anderson hasn't lost a fight since 2006. He is on a 13-fight win streak—the longest in UFC history. He also has won seven consecutive title defenses—again a UFC record. His age is getting up there and could very well retire at the end of his contract. But, as of right now his next fight against Vitor Belfort should be exciting. Up until his fight with Chael Sonnen, Silva really hadn't fought anyone since his fight with Cote. He dismissed all of his opponents with relative ease.

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1. Georges St-Pierre, UFC

Age- 29

Canada

Height- 5'10

Welterweight

21-2-0

8 by KO

8 by Decision

5 by Submission

Last Five

Win vs. Josh Koscheck via Unanimous Decision (Fight of the Night)

Win vs. Dan Hardy via Unanimous Decision

Win vs. Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision

Win vs. B.J. Penn via TKO (Corner Stoppage)

Win vs. Jon Fitch via Unanimous Decision (Fight of the Night)

Next Fight- vs. Jake Shields- UFC 129- Welterweight Championship

Why- St-Pierre is one of the best fighters of all-time. He is an all-around fighter. No matter where the fight goes, GSP is still able to win. Four of his last five fights have gone to a decision. But, he has fought almost everyone in the Welterweight division and is about to run through the entire division, again. His next fight against Shields will be tough and show the greatness of GSP.



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