Adios, Junior dos Santos.
It's time again for the great pound-for-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) rankings debate, which is perhaps the most divisive because there is no way to truly validate them unless "super" fights are booked between stars who can compete above or below their respective weight classes.
And that doesn't happen very often.
Therefore, we're forced to imagine and pretend what would happen if the best in the sport were all the same size, which is a rather perplexing exercise, but one that is fun regardless. With several events in the books since the last pound-for-pound installment, the list has had a mini-makeover; however, there has been no movement among the top four spots.
The SB Nation panel -- compiled by MMA Mania, MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow -- recently sifted through the Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and beyond.
Here is what happened:
1. Anderson Silva
2. Jon Jones
3. Georges St. Pierre
4. Jose Aldo
5. Ben Henderson
6. Cain Velasquez
7. Demetrious Johnson
8. Renan Barao
9. Dominick Cruz
10. Johny Hendricks (tie)
10. Gilbert Melendez (tie)
To see how these compare to the "official" UFC rankings click here.
Looks like we have a tie between "Bigg Rigg" and "El Nino." Who is the rightful owner of No. 10? Who made the list and shouldn't ... and vice-versa?
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