Originally Posted by SwordofAres
I like your top seven but then you lose me. I think I'd replace the last three with Big Nog, BJ and Royce.
Bones and Aldo could be up there but I think it's still early and Cruz I just don't see.
I will make my usual Cruz argument. Lets just look at the facts. All there records are nearly the same and title defenses.
Jones: 16-1 (3 defenses)
Aldo: 22-1 (5 defenses)
Cruz: 20-1 (4 defenses)
Out of the three, Cruz is the only one to avenged his only loss. I know Jones's loss is only on a loss on paper because he was killing Hamil but still. Out of all the loses Cruz's lose is to one of the best fighters of all time in Faber. You can not say that about Aldo or Jones.
Cruz has fought 6 straight fights against Top 5
BWs. Benny (ranked #5), Bowles (Ranked #1), Benny (Ranked #2), Jogersen (Ranked #5), Faber (Ranked #3) and Johnson (Ranked #5). When he fights Barao that will be 7 in a row because Barao will be ranked #2. He is always fighting the best BWs in the world. There are no Cotes, no Lietes, no Hardys, no Hominicks, no Sanchezs. Aldo in his last 6 fights has only fought 3 Top 5 FWs (Brown, Faber and Mendes) and Jones in his last 6 fights has only fought 4 Top 5 LHWs (Shogun, Rampage, Machida and Evans). Right now Cruz is on one of the longest murders row streaks in MMA history. Find another fighter that has fought 6 straight fights against Top 5 fighters. You can't.
So there is my rant for Cruz. The guy does not nearly get the credit he deserves and I can only hope one day people look past the fact he was a Bantamweight and look at what he did.