# 1 Jon Jones

# 1 Jon Jones

Blane Ferguson: Never before has a champion been so close to cleaning out the division, making him arguably the greatest of all time.

  • WIN: Daniel Cormier | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 182
  • WIN: Glover Teixeira | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 172
  • WIN: Alexander Gustafsson | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 165

# 2 Jose Aldo

# 2 Jose Aldo

Ferguson: He is the most dominant champion in the entire UFC. He’s looked half asleep in his fights and he still dominates his opponents.

  • WINChad Mendes | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 179
  • WINRicardo Lamas | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 169
  • WINChan Sung Jung | TKO (punches) | UFC 163

# 3 Demetrious Johnson

# 3 Demetrious Johnson

Josh Davis: He should probably be #1, but it’s tough to put him there with his lack of competition.RJ Gardner: If Johnson fought at 170, he would be considered the best fighter in the sport today, but because he fights at 125, he is overlooked.

  • WINChris Cariaso | Submission (kimura) | UFC 178
  • WINAli Bagautinov | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 174
  • WIN: Joseph Benavidez | KO (punch) | UFC on Fox 9

# 4 Weidman

# 4 Chris Weidman

DavisI think Weidman has proven that right now he is the best in the division.

  • WIN: Lyoto Machida | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 175
  • WINAnderson Silva | TKO (leg injury) | UFC 168
  • WINAnderson Silva | KO (punches) | UFC 162

# 5 Pettis

# 5 Anthony Pettis

José Youngs: The definition of a finisher. A world class striker who has finished stand out kickboxers on his feet and has submitted back-to-back BJJ black belts.

  • WINGilbert Melendez Submission | (guillotine choke) | UFC 181
  • WINBenson Henderson | Verbal Submission (armbar)| UFC 164
  • WINDonald Cerrone | TKO (body kick and punches) | UFC on Fox 6

# 6 Velasquez

# 6 Cain Velasquez

DavisNo question Cain is the man right now.

  • WINJunior dos Santos | TKO (slam and punches) | UFC 166
  • WINAntônio Silva | TKO (punches) | UFC 160
  • WINJunior dos Santos | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 155

 

# 7 Rousey

# 7 Ronda Rousey

Garrett Derr: The face of women’s MMA will be untouched for a long, long time.

  • WINAlexis Davis | KO (punches) | UFC 175
  • WINSara McMann | TKO (knee to the body) | UFC 170
  • WINMiesha Tate | Submission (armbar) | UFC 168

# 8 Silva

# 8 Anderson Silva

Davis: After failing his out-of-competition drug test, many questions remain to Silva’ legacy.

  • WIN: Nick Diaz Decision | (unanimous) | UFC 183
  • LOSS: Chris Weidman | TKO (leg injury) | UFC 168
  • LOSS: Chris Weidman | KO (punches) | UFC 162

# 9 Dillashaw

# 9 T.J. Dillashaw

Davis: There is no question that T.J. is a beast, but is he the best? I think he is close, but we will find out soon.

  • WINJoe Soto | KO (head kick and punch) | UFC 177
  • WINRenan Barão | TKO (head kick and punches) | UFC 173
  • WINMike Easton | Decision (unanimous) | UFC Fight Night 35

# 10 Lawler

# 10 Robbie Lawler

DavisWith his recent victory over Hendericks (questionable or not), he is now the top guy in the division.

  • WINJohny Hendricks | Decision (split) | UFC 181
  • WINMatt Brown | Decision (unanimous) | UFC on Fox 12
  • WINJake Ellenberger | TKO (knee and punches) | UFC 173

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.