Saturday, May 16, 2009
Let the arguing begin!
The beauty of Pound for Pound rankings is that they are entirely subjective; with the right reasoning, the most anyone can say is that they disagree with you.
Well, that's not the most they can say, but you know what I mean. They can call you all kinds of names and storm out of the room because you think Bull Durham is the best sports movie ever and they vehemently disagree, but that's just cloud cover for the fact that they have no logical argument to refute your claim.
May Pound-for-Pound Rankings
10. Frank Mir - UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
I think the guy is a horrible announcer and possibly the most arrogant jackass on the Earth, but you can't knock his recent string of success. All he did last year was make Brock Lesnar tap and become the first man ever to KO Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Another win over Lesnar sends him skyrocketing up this chart.
9. Urijah Faber - #1 Contender, WEC Featherweight title
In three weeks time, we're going to find out if "The California Kid" was simply caught with a great punch while trying an unorthodox move or whether he simply is the Wes Mantooth of the WEC Featherweight division...
8. Mike Thomas Brown - WEC Featherweight Champion
Not that I doubted Brown's skills, but seeing him pummel Leonard Garcia in his first title defense cemented my belief that all that talk about Brown getting lucky was far from the truth. Plain and simple, the dude is the best there is at 145 right now and he deserves your respect.
7. Lyoto Machida - #1 Contender, UFC Light Heavyweight title
Watching the guy fight is agony for me, because he's just so damn good at not getting hit and surgically picking apart his opponent. Just because he bores the bejesus out of me doesn't mean I can recognize that "The Dragon" is one of the best on the planet at what he does.
6. Rashad Evans - UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
MMA is about evolution and since winning TUF 2 (at heavyweight), "Sugar" Rashad has been adding elements to his game that have elevated him from standout wrestler to dangerous striker and all-around stud. How he's the decided underdog in his upcoming bout with Machida is beyond me.
5. B.J. Penn - UFC Lightweight Champion
As much as I dislike Frank Mir, I dislike Baby Jay Penn even more, but I can't deny that he is a dominant force at 155 and could be one of the very best ever if he just set his mind to remaining in his weight class and winning fights. Instead of continuing to pursue his complaints over "Greasegate," Penn needs to get ready for Kenny Florian.
4. Miguel Torres - WEC Bantamweight Champion
He hasn't lost since November 2003. He's defended his WEC belt on three occasions against the best the sport has to offer and put on impressive displays of skill and heart in each. The scary part is that the 35-1 Torres is only 28.
3. Fedor Emelianenko - WAMMA Heavyweight Champion
If he fought more frequently and made a habit of always destroying the best competition around the way he did Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, Fedor would top this list. But he fights too infrequently and has wins over wrestlers, freakishly large Korean kickboxers and a guy who lost to Butterbean on his record, so...
2. Anderson Silva - UFC Middleweight Champion
I miss the Anderson Silva that steamrolled through the UFC Middleweight division. The guy who lit up Chris Leben and crushed Rich Franklin twice. Whoever this impostor is that has been fighting as Anderson Silva in his last two fights better not turn up against Forrest Griffin or else he's in serious trouble.
1. Georges St-Pierre - UFC Welterweight Champion
While Silva has had two lackluster performances in a row, GSP has put together five consecutive impressive outings since losing to Matt Serra. Vasoline or no Vasoline, "Rush" pounded the hell out of Penn for four rounds in January and a win over Thiago Alves at UFC 100 will leave him without a true challenger at 170.
What did we get wrong? Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments.