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August 11, 2010, 01:05 PM
From MMA fighting:

1. Georges St. Pierre (2): GSP seems close to cleaning out the welterweight division, to the point where we're going to wonder if there are any interesting fights left for him. Then again, that was the case for Silva, too. Josh Koscheck is a legitimate threat to St. Pierre, even as he's also a major underdog.

2. Jose Aldo (3): At age 23, Aldo is the youngest fighter on this list, and it's exciting to think about how much he can accomplish in MMA. Up next is a featherweight title defense against Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51 in September.

3. Anderson Silva (1): At age 35, Silva is the oldest fighter on this list. It's incredible that he's managed to win his first 12 UFC fights, and he may still have plenty more wins left in him. But make no mistake, he's on the down side of his brilliant career.

4. Shogun Rua (4): The biggest question about Rua is how long his knees can hold up. Rua is the champion of the UFC's marquee weight class and is a good enough fighter to be the first light heavyweight champion since Chuck Liddell to go on a sustained run of dominance over the division. But longevity questions will linger over any athlete who has multiple knee injuries.

5. Frank Edgar (5): Edgar's victory over B.J. Penn in April was viewed by many as either a result of Penn showing up out of shape or Edgar benefiting from bad judging -- or just a fluke. But the closer we get to their rematch at UFC 118, the more I think Edgar has the right style to keep the fight standing and win another decision.

6. Dominick Cruz (6): The 15-1 Cruz is probably a little bit underappreciated because he wins so many of his fights by decision, but I for one am thrilled about his WEC bantamweight title defense against Joseph Benavidez next week. That's one of the best fights of the year.

7. Lyoto Machida (7): Although the UFC hasn't officially announced it, all indications are that Machida's next fight will be against Rampage Jackson in November. That's a fight Machida should win going away; Rampage's style is tailor made for Machida to pick him apart.

8. Rashad Evans (8): I'd like to see Evans be a little more active, but he's planning to wait around for as long as it takes for Shogun to get healthy. When it happens, likely in early 2011, the fight will be worth the wait.

9. Joseph Benavidez (9): I still think it's long past time for the WEC to launch a flyweight division, and for Benavidez to start cutting down to 125 pounds, a weight class at which I think he'd be the best fighter in the world. As it stands, he has an opportunity to prove himself as the best fighter in the world at 135 pounds against Cruz.

10. B.J. Penn (10): We'll find out a lot about Penn when he gets his rematch against Edgar later this month. Does he come back in great shape and with a great game plan? Or are there going to be renewed questions about his dedication? I expect to see Penn looking better than he did in their first fight in April -- but I think Edgar will look better, too.
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August 11, 2010  05:44 PM ET

3. Anderson Silva (1): At age 35, Silva is the oldest fighter on this list. It's incredible that he's managed to win his first 12 UFC fights, and he may still have plenty more wins left in him. But make no mistake, he's on the down side of his brilliant career.



This to me is the dumbest statement ever!!!!!!!! Was I the only one that saw Chaels face after the fight? Silva has dominated every fight so far and gets outwrestled in one fight that he still manages to win and that means he is on the downside of his career.....

Someone please tell me who was saying this before the Sonnen fight......

August 11, 2010  05:47 PM ET

Machida is still in the top 10 after 2 straight losses "yes he lost both fights to Shogun" and Fedor is removed?

and if you are going to add in all of these smaller fighter why not Gilbert Melendez? Or Jake Shields? How many fights in a row has Jake won?

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August 11, 2010  08:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Funny, Ive been saying the same thing in another thread before this guy wrote this.

yet you have nothing to back you up (that he is declining)...
he won his fight. he won his previous 12 fights.
he dominated everyone up to Sonnen's.

What are exactly the facts that shows he's declining?
The fact he is 35? - even though some people are fighting well into their late 40's?
The fact that he was dominated LAST FIGHT? - and yet he found a way to win AND he was hurt before the fight.
You have no base and nothing to prove you are right.

I would even let it slide if you told you "feel" he is getting over the hill. That is your feeling and I can't disagree with your personal feeling. But when you try to state this as a fact, then you have to back it up with more than BS excuses.

August 11, 2010  09:40 PM ET

Anderson Silva dominates everyone up to Sumbitchoonen. Dominates. He is no way in decline. And do you know any 35 year that can dance like him? Didn't you see him in the Maia fight? He is a awesome dancer.

August 12, 2010  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

3. Anderson Silva (1): At age 35, Silva is the oldest fighter on this list. It's incredible that he's managed to win his first 12 UFC fights, and he may still have plenty more wins left in him. But make no mistake, he's on the down side of his brilliant career.This to me is the dumbest statement ever!!!!!!!! Was I the only one that saw Chaels face after the fight? Silva has dominated every fight so far and gets outwrestled in one fight that he still manages to win and that means he is on the downside of his career.....Someone please tell me who was saying this before the Sonnen fight......

I didn't say he was downsliding, but I did say he wasn't the best. Hell, I picked Sonnen to win but that ball fell through right at the end.

August 12, 2010  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

yet you have nothing to back you up (that he is declining)...he won his fight. he won his previous 12 fights. he dominated everyone up to Sonnen's. What are exactly the facts that shows he's declining?The fact he is 35? - even though some people are fighting well into their late 40's?The fact that he was dominated LAST FIGHT? - and yet he found a way to win AND he was hurt before the fight.You have no base and nothing to prove you are right.I would even let it slide if you told you "feel" he is getting over the hill. That is your feeling and I can't disagree with your personal feeling. But when you try to state this as a fact, then you have to back it up with more than BS excuses.

Some people? You mean Randy right?

August 12, 2010  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Anderson Silva dominates everyone up to Sumbitchoonen. Dominates. He is no way in decline. And do you know any 35 year that can dance like him? Didn't you see him in the Maia fight? He is a awesome dancer.

Dancing with the Stars???

August 12, 2010  02:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Some people? You mean Randy right?

Randi comes to mind, yes.
Butr he is hardly the only good fighter who is 35+

August 12, 2010  02:49 PM ET

also, how about guys like Nog? he is 34 and he is not the same.
How about Cro Cop? same thing.

The thing is: To say someone is 35 therefore OBVIOUSLY declining is dumb.

 
August 12, 2010  03:15 PM ET

My top 10
Here's my top 10

1) Silva
2) GSp
3) Fedor
4) aldo
5) Shields
6) Penn
7) Rua
8) Machida
9) Mousasi
10) Rashad

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