Pound for Pound Kings of MMA
George “Rush” St. Pierre (20 wins, 2 losses)
St. Pierre remains to be the most dominant welterweight MMA fighter today. He literally went through all of his opponents in a very decisive way.
This guy is great fighting on the ground because of his explosive wrestling style, great in stand up because of his karate base and has a phenomenal cardio that would not let other fighters to keep up with him.
He comes off with a dominant title defense against Dan Hardy last March, and now scheduled to fight Josh Koscheck after they’d finished coaching in “The Ultimate Fighter Season 12”. This may be a tough fight for St. Pierre, but almost every fight fans would say that George will definitely win 90% against Kos. I know he would.
Anderson “The Spider” Silva (26 wins and 4 losses)
Anderson Silva arguably is considered by many as the pound for pound king, winning all of his 11 matches in UFC.
Although some thought that Silva has a tendency to not finish fights like he should, referring to his wins against Patrick Cote, Thales Leites and Demian Maia, there is still no doubt that Anderson Silva is still one of the most talented and gifted fighters in MMA today.
He has an excellent record of finishing 18 of his 30 fights, 15 via KO or TKO and 4 via submission. Anderson is a very exciting fighter. It’s just that he hasn’t fought a guy that can bring it to him.
An opponent that can push him to show his full abilities. Let us all just hope that Chael Sonnen is the guy that can wake the beast out of Silva.
Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw)
Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva and George St. Pierre are 3 of the pound for pound fighters that are most talked and argued about as number 1.
If you do not know Fedor and just saw him walking around with his beer belly hanging, you wouldn’t think he is a great fighter or a fighter even. Despite of Fedor Emelianenko’s “un-fighter” like physique, The Last Emperor finished 24 of his 33 fights, 8 by KO or TKO and 16 via submission.
He is an all around fighter with a chin that you can compare to a robot or a zombie. He was slammed head first by Randelman, Kicked solidly on the head by Mirko Crocop, pounded by many of his opponents but Emelianenko who always has no reaction being pounded, calmly and with great focus would always find an amazing way to defeat almost all of his opponents.
Fedor somehow is doubted by many because of the fighters that he has fought. Many of the critics are saying that not unless he fights for the UFC, he will always be doubted in being the pound for pound king.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19 wins out of 23 fights)
In 2004 to 2005 he was considered to be the best light heavyweight MMA fighter. But because of his humbling lost against Forrest Griffin in 2007 and a bad performance against Mark Coleman in early 2009, people doubted his abilities.
They thought that Shogun does not belong to the pound for pound category anymore. But after he knocked the former light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell out and an excellent first match against Machida, critics realized that Shogun might be back on top.
In his latest bout last May 8 2010, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeated the seemingly untouchable Lyoto Machida via KO and became UFC’s Light Heavyweight champion. Many were shocked, not because he won against Machida but how he won against him.
He has knocked out Lyoto Machida, a guy who was known to perfectly evade strikes, a guy who is untouchable, but yet he defeated Lyoto without giving it to the hands of the judges, knocking him out cold. He’ll stay here on top as long as he performs as great as his last fight every time he steps in the octagon.
Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (16 wins, 1 loss)
Lyoto Machida rose from being an unexciting to a great fighter after he won against Sokoudjou via submission in 2007, against Tito Ortiz in 2008 and a KO win against Thiago Silva who at that time was undefeated.
Machida seemed to have improved everytime he stepped in the octagon. After knocking out Thiago Silva, he earned a title shot in 2009 against Rashad Evans who at that time was also undefeated. Lyoto Machida defeated Rashad via KO in UFC 98 and became the UFC Light heavyweight Champion.
That moment, many people thought that Machida would reign in UFC for a long time because no one can figure out how to fight against Machida and his Machida Karate style. But in August 2009 he was matched against Rua. He had defended his title via unanimous decision in that match but a lot of critics and fans believed that Rua should have won that match, which led to an immediate rematch.
Lyoto Machida failed in defending his title last May 2010, but because of his good performance he is still in the top fighters today. He will stay on top if he can defeat Rua in their third match, though there are no schedules on them fighting again.
But everyone knows that third fight will definitely come really soon.