UFC power rankings, or rankings of the best fighters in the top MMA organization in the world, are always good to stir up conversation, and with the UFC deeper than ever before, there is sure to be much discussion.
The best fighters in the UFC nowadays are usually well-rounded, smart, and athletic, and the talent level continues to rise with each passing year.
Here is a list of the top ten best fighters in the UFC going into 2010.
UFC Guide: Ranking the Top Ten Best Fighters
10. Jon Fitch-
He just wins, period. Fitch isn’t flashy but he beat fellow top welterweight contender Thiago Alves and he gave Georges St. Pierre a war even though he came out on the wrong end of it.
9. Brock Lesnar-
Sure, he’s the UFC Heavyweight Champ but he still has much to prove. His title shot after just two MMA wins was wholly undeserved but each win validates his title more and more.
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-
The UFC fighter known as both Big Nog and Minotauro bounced back from an awful staph infection, knee problems, and a tough loss to Frank Mir with a big win over Randy Couture just when everyone thought he was done. It’s tempting to put him above Mir but he’ll have to prove his loss was a fluke. Minotauo didn’t look like himself in their UFC Interim Title fight due to injuries.
7. Frank Mir-
He’s finally recovered fully from a motorcyle accident and is now bigger and stronger than ever in preparation of a possible rubber match with champion Brock Lesnar.
6. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson-
Even with his acting career getting in the way and his tendency to fall in love with boxing too much and not using his great wrestling, Rampage is one of the most explosive fighters the sport’s ever seen at light heavyweight and one of the best UFC light heavyweights around.
5. Lyoto Machida-
Most people believe Machida actually lost to Shogun Rua in their light heavyweight title fight…the rematch will be explosive. Machida doesn’t have the same resume as Shogun either so he gets fifth on the best UFC fighters list for now.
4. Shogun Rua-
He will have his work cut out for him in a rematch with Machida, but Rua has fought and defeated some of the best MMA fighters of all-time in his illustrious career and he seems to be in great shape.
3. BJ Penn-
The new BJ Penn seems stronger and in better condition than ever before. Despite his beating at the hands of Georges St. Pierre in their rematch Penn would have a legitimate shot to win a rematch if he spent some time getting bigger and took a welterweight tune-up fight in the UFC.
2. Georges St. Pierre-
Maybe the best wrestler MMA has ever seen despite his lack of a college background. GSP is an amazing athlete with a work ethic to match his talent which allows him to rank as one of the best UFC fighters ever.
1. Anderson Silva-
He has some weaknesses but his strengths more than make up for them. Whether at 205 pounds or 185, “The Spider” makes even the best UFC fighters look silly with his counter-striking, quickness, jiu-jitsu skillsm and power