Agree or disagree, these ranking were compiled in a completely unbiased manner based on several decisive contributing factors to the decision making process. There will be no delusional (hopefully) or political slants to these rankings
The different factors taken into account when considering the placing of the various top ten listers included, among a variety of other variables:
A) Recent activity at the weight class. Basically the deciding factor was that if you have competed your last two fights or more at a given weight, that’s your division.
For example, Some are going to be upset to see that Hendo and Rich Franklin aren’t considered for 205 due to the fact that neither have competed at the weight class in two or more bouts. Although a case could be made for either man jumping right into the top ten as soon as they return to the weight.
A guy like Anderson Silva is going to be ranked in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions due to the fact that he consistently bounces back and forth between divisions.
B) Activity. I could make a very strong case for putting Tito Ortiz in the 205 top ten, but he hasn’t been fighting. Someone like Alistair Overeem that hasn’t fought in over ten months also takes a significant hit for not competing.
C) Level of competition faced in the past
D) Recent wins over top contenders
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1. Georges St-Pierre: With wins over Fitch, Alves, Koscheck, and Hughes, GSP has basically cleaned out the welterweight division. It could end up being a long time before we see anyone else occupy this top spot at 170.
2. Jon Fitch: Fitch has a single defeat to GSP in his last eighteen bouts with wins over guys like Brock Larson, Thiago Alves, Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago along the way.
3. Thiago Alves: Impressive victories over top ten fighters such as Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck, with his only recent defeats coming to the men in the number one and two spots make Alves a lock for third.
4. Jake Shields: The only thing holding Jake back on these rankings has been his inability to square off with any of the top guys recently, due to most of the top guys being with the UFC. Shields has put together a dozen consecutive victories over dangerous opposition, with past wins over the likes of Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit and Paul Daley.
5. Josh Koscheck: Wins over men like Diego Sanchez, Chris Lytle, Dustin Hazelett, and most recently Frank Trigg make a case for Kos to be placed much lower than fifth a tough one to present.
6. Matt Hughes: In Hughes’ last twenty five fights competing at the highest level imaginable, he as only lost to three men, Georges St-Pierre, Thiago Alves and B.J. Penn (a fight he avenged). During that time he has compiled wins over fighters like Frank Trigg, GSP, Chris Lytle, and most recently Matt Serra.
7. Mike Swick: Swick is undefeated since moving down to welterweight following a decision loss to Yushin Okami at middleweight. He has gone on to notch wins over Josh Burkman, Marcus Davis, Jonathan Goulet and Ben Saunders since his arrival in the division.
8. Dan Hardy: Undefeated since his arrival in the UFC, Hardy has recent wins over Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham and Marcus Davis in the Octagon. A win over Mike Swick at UFC 105 could jump him up in the rankings, along with earning the Brit an instant title shot.
9. Carlos Condit: Condit has gone 9-1 in his last ten, with his only defeat being a razor thin split decision to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18. During that time “The Natural Born Killer” has put together wins over John Alessio, Brock Larson, Carlo Prater, and most recently Jake Ellenberger in a wild, back and forth affair.
10. Dustin Hazelett: “McLovin” has won five of his last six with the UFC, with the sole defeat coming at the hands of Josh Koscheck in March of 2008.
Honorable Mentions: Martin Kampmann, Anthony Johnson, Paulo Thiago, Paul Daley, Marcus Davis, Dan Hornbuckle