JOE P4P Top10 Jan11

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					JOE’s Pound4Pound Top 10 MMA Fighters
Rank    Fighter                          Rationale
1       Anderson “The Spider” Silva      Undefeated in last 12 outings, Silva is the most dominant UFC
        UFC Middleweight Champion        Champ in the promotions history with 7 defences and has also
        Record: 27-4                     notched a couple of victories at light heavyweight. With the
                                         exception of the Leites and Maia debacles, he generally finishes
                                         fights decisively, giving him the nod over GSP
2       Georges “Rush” St. Pierre        Prides himself on being a true martial artist, his dedication to
        UFC Welterweight Champion        perfection has seen him become the best wrestler in the UFC yet
        Record: 21-2                     GSP has no wrestling pedigree. His last 5 defences of the belt have
                                         lasted 24 of the scheduled 25 rounds. It’s his lack of finishes that
                                         sees him in 2nd.
3       Mauricio “Shogun” Rua            Before signing for the UFC, Shogun blitzed all before him in Japan
        UFC Light Heavyweight Champion   but never reached the pinnacle in his division as a training partner
        Record: 23-4                     (Wanderlai Silva) had got there before him. His narrow loss to
                                         Machida was scotched by the obliterating win in their 2nd tilt. Rua is
                                         has potentially the toughest division and the scope to get to #1
4       Alastair “The Reem” Overeem      The Dutchman is not everyones cup of tea. But with the DREAM and
        DREAM and Strikeforce            Strikeforce heavyweight belts round his waist, he has to be judged
        Heavyweight Champion             on his 3 and a half year 9 fight winning streak.
        Record: 34-11
5       Jose “Scarface” Aldo             Adding the lighter weight categories to the UFC will allow the world
        UFC Featherweight Champion       to see the talent that is Jose Aldo. Having beaten divisional top dogs
        Record: 18-1                     Swanson, Brown and Faber (3 former title holders) and with only 1
                                         loss on his record in a 19 fight career the 24 year old will feature in
                                         the Top 10 for a while yet
6       Cain Velasquez                   With only 9 fights in his record it might be premature to have him in
        UFC Heavyweight Champion         a P4P Top 10. However, the maturity with which he disposed of
        Record: 9-0                      Brock Lesnar to take the title deserves a fast track into the list.
7       BJ “The Prodigy” Penn            The record doesn’t seem that impressive but Penn is a true Pound
        Record: 16-7                     for Pound fighter having been a champion at lightweight and
                                         welterweight and fought at middleweight and heavyweight. His 21
                                         second destruction of Matt Hughes means we can’t write off Penn
                                         just yet.
8       Jake Shields                     Going undefeated since 2005 Shields claimed the EliteXC
        Record: 31-4                     welterweight title and Strikeforce middleweight title. Challenging
                                         GSP next for his UFC title, Shields can silence critics who question
                                         whether he would have had as much success had he made the UFC
9       Nick Diaz                        By virtue of being EliteXC’s lightweight champ and Strikeforce
        Record 32-7                      welterweight champ, Diaz deserves credit in a P4P list. He may have
                                         unfinished business in the UFC and continuing to win will see his
                                         return come sooner rather than later.
10      Jon “Bones” Jones                Another fledgling superstar, Jones is hands down the biggest
        Record: 12-1                     prospect in MMA today. In his 13 fights he has yet to look like he can
                                         be beaten (his only loss was a disqualification while man-handling
                                         Matt Hamill). His next fight with Ryan Bader will cement his status as
                                         the up and comer if victorious.
Fergus Ryan, January 2011

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