The pound-for-pound list is by nature going to be populated by champions, and with the UFC at the moment having nine titleholders, more than they have ever had in their history, seven of them have made it into the top ten.
George St. Pierre would have joined the list as well, but MMABurner.com has recently instituted a one year inactivity clause to the ranking system, in order to give new blood an opportunity in the spotlight.
As the number of weight classes and the sport itself continues to grow, the available space for non-titlists is getting thinner and thinner.
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar comes in at number seven, just behind Ben Henderson, the man that edged him out last February to take the crown. The two will rematch this weekend at UFC 150. It will be Edgar’s sixth championship match in a row and his fourth rematch in his last five outings.
The much-accomplished Dan Henderson takes the number nine spot. He will challenge the number two fighter Jon Jones next month in hopes of securing the only accolade that has eluded him over his illustrious career, a UFC championship belt.
Finally, Joseph Benavidez rounds out the top ten. In 18 professional fights, his only two losses have come to the reigning bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz. Now fighting at his natural weight-class of 125-pounds, Benavidez has become the favorite to become the first ever Flyweight champion in company history.
Late September he faces Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the UFC’s 4-man flyweight tournament to determine the inaugural titleholder.
1. Anderson Silva
2. Jon Jones
3. Jose Aldo
4. Dominick Cruz
5. Junior Dos Santos
6. Ben Henderson
7. Frankie Edgar
8. Renan “Barao” Pegado
9. Dan Henderson
10. Joseph Benavidez