Status: MMA Gatti
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Unfortunately, I'm not so MMA savvy as to really be able to compile any sort of top 10 list...perhaps a top 5. I haven't seen guys like Werdum, Kharitonov, Kawajiri, Ribeiro, or Shields fight, just to throw out some names, but I'll give a relative rookie top 5, and short reason why.
1.Fedor- No brainer. The names he's beaten, and the manner in which he's beaten them makes him tops until proven otherwise.
2.Nog- Has only lost (recently) to Emilianenko, otherwise, as dominant as ever against top names.
3.Crocop-Only notable losses have come to the two above, and Randleman, which he got back. Otherwise, completely deserving of this spot.
4.Sylvia- Yes, he's here because he holds a major org title belt, and sports an impressive win over a guy previously in the top 5.
5.Hunt- He's just been hot lately, and could very well become the top contender to Fedor's title unless Barnett impresses as well.
1.Chuck- No one has been more impressive or dominant within the last two years than Chuck. Easily No. 1 in my book
2.Wand- Again, he is still the champ, and got a win back against another top 5er, but not as impressive as Chuck recently
3.Arona- Despite setback in close title fight with Wand, I'll give him the 3 spot.
4.Shogun- Fluke as it may be, a loss is a loss, and with his absence, could drop out of top 5 if other LHWs begin to get hot.
5.Babalu- Thoroughly hot the last couple of years and could become top of the heap if he beats Chuck in August for the title. Him and Shogun could easily swap positions.
1.Ace- I suppose Hendo could be here as well, but I've seen Franklin being much more impressive in his wins against top competition, so he goes here.
2.Hendo- Of course, he's not that far behind, and if he wins the upcoming Pride GP for his weight class, I have no choice but to put him at the top.
3.Law-Gets major props for beating a tough guy at a higher weight class, and he's pretty much regained his old form since a shocking loss to Terrell.
4.Filho- Still undefeated, with a good win over Ninja recently.
5.Silva-A couple good wins recently, asides from that DQ loss to Okami.
1.Hughes- Absolutely dominant since that Penn loss with wins over the likes of Rush, Trigg, Charuto, and Riggs. Unless Rush says otherwise, Hughes is planted here.
2.GSP- His last three wins have come over top 10 cometition in Penn, Sherk, and Trigg, including two dominant wins over Sherk and Trigg. If he beats Hughes, he is firmly at the top.
3.Penn- Suffered a close setback to another top 3 guy, so he merely falls one place. One more loss, though, and he may fall out of top 5.
4.Karo- Hasn't lost since he dropped a decision to GSP, and holds solid wins over Diaz, Serra, Lytle, and Thompson. Beating Sanchez will solidify him as the best out of the elite 3.
5.Shields- Winning a grueling tournament over tough competition makes him the best fighter at 170 who's not currently in the UFC. Sanchez relatively dull performance recently keeps him out of the top 5.
I'm not too qualified to talk about the lightweights, and as you can see, I might have a slight UFC bias, simply because I have little access to Pride. Hopefully, I can rectify this.
Last edited by Salvy_Mic; 05-30-2006 at 08:14 PM.