Off the board is allowed, I like it. But since Dana and the Fertita's bought Strikeforce it's not really going out of the UFC. But since Barnett's last stint with the UFC ended negatively, winning the title and then testing positive for steroids, I doubt he'll be employed by them for long. But his numbers are hard to argue with and adds another name to the discussion, thanks Beast!
3 -- Okay, I am going way out on a limb and out of the UFC here. I am going to say Josh Barnett. He has not lost a fight in six years (seven straight fights) and his last few fights he has totally dominated solid competition. I expect him to win the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
2 -- Anderson Silva. It is hard to argue with success. His head movement is incredible and his hands are brutal. With good takedown defense and solid Jiu Jitsu it is going to be tough to beat him. He just has to avoid Chael Sonnen, because -- based on the last fight -- I think Chael has his number.
1 -- GSP. I know, I know, he doesn't finish fights and it is easy to argue that he is boring. On-the-other-hand, he is 22 -2 and is probably the most well rounded fighter in the UFC. Not only that, his game continues to evolve. His boxing keeps getting better and better. He is one of the best wrestlers in MMA despite not having a wrestling pedigree, He is also a legit black belt in Jiu Jitsu. I simply don't see him losing anytime soon.
In my opinion, Anderson Silva is the best pound-for-pound fighter in both middle and light-heavy weight divisions. I did not include welter weight because I have never known him to fight in that division (he may have). If he ever fought GSP I think he would soundly beat Georges (no offense, because he is a great fighter and champion). Jon seams to always be getting caught up in drama. Honestly, I am ready to see him get beat.
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I know it's early to throw Jones in there...but I can see him holding that belt for a long time. Give me your thoughts on the pound for pound best of the best.
3 - GSP - there's not much competition in welterweight for him to be challenged, and he doesn't finish fights? A win is a win and a decision will hold the belt but you're not dazzling me. And keep in mind I'm Canadian so saying that about GSP will get me shot.
2 - Jones only because he's so young still. He's gonna stomp Rampage no doubt, but Rashad will be the test for him because Rashad will neutralize the ground advantage he holds over everyone else in the division. If he dominates Evan's he's not going anywhere for a long time.
1- Silva - He knocked out Okami with his hands practically "tied behind his back". I think he can fight his next opponent blindfolded and still hurt someone. He's skilled!
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