By Josh Reese
For so long the Middleweight division has been the laughing stock of the UFC, but just recently more and more guys have been able to stand above the pack. Silva has yet to lose and it seems it could happen sooner rather then later.
1) Anderson Silva (32-4) This one is really self-explanatory…. Has wins in three different divisions, has held the Shooto Middleweight belt at 168 pounds (really a Welterweight) held the Middleweight Cage Rage and UFC belt. He has not really lost since 2004, Undefeated since joining the UFC and has cleared out the division multiple times.
2) Chris Weidman (9-0) He is considered a better younger Chael Sonne, his wins have not been over chumps. Since joining the UFC he has beating Alessio Sakara, Tom Lawlor, Demian Maia and a total one sided beating of Mark Munoz. He is considered the next “real” test for Silva
3) Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) This is the man who has beat Silva for 6 rounds, and could have had another close fight with him if not for a ill-timed spinning back fist. If not for Silva Sonnen would be 5-0 in the UFC, the only problem is he runs in to Silva every few years.
4) Vitor Belfort (21-9) He is not a good Light Heavyweight….. 8 of his 9 losses are at Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight. Since his coming down to Middleweight, his only loss is to the champ and you can’t really slight him for that everyone losses to that guy.
5) Luke Rockhold (10-1) Now we all know people who don’t fight in the UFC do not face top competition, but in fact Rockhold has. Jacare Souza, Tim Kennedy, are pretty good fighters both guys could be top notch fighters in the UFC. Rockhold is rolling on a 10 fight win streak with no sign on stopping.
6) Mark Munoz (12-3) Before, his epic beat down by Weidman Munoz was number 2, I tend to believe he is better then his last showing and one loss no matter how bad shouldn’t drop you out of the top 10. Holds wins Leben, Maia, Dollaway and Simpson his hands are top notch at 185 and is still a top notch wrestler
7) Brian Stann (12-4) A decent Light Heavyweight in fact he was a WEC champion, but after his 3rd loss he made the way down to Middleweight. As a Middleweight he was on the cusp of a title shot, till he met Sonnen, but after that loss he rebounded with a win over Alessio Sakara and he is back baby!
8) Tim Boetsch (16-4) Regardless what you think, he beat Hector Lombard…. He may not have finished the fight or even looked impressive but he got the win. He also beat Yushin Okami in a epic come from behind win, and is undefeated as a 185’er
9) Jake Shields (28-6-1) Was a top flight Welterweight, but after a loss to GSP and Jake Ellenberger he ran in to a numbers game he wasn’t going to get a rematch with GSP any time soon. So the move back up was made, he didn’t look amazing against Ed Herman but he got the win and we have faith in Shields back at 185 his journey to a title shot his quicker here.
10) Alan Belcher (18-6) An exciting fighter on the cusp of greatness his win over leg snapper Rousimar Palhares was an eye opener that showed fans his game has grown and he is not afraid. Since his fight of the night split decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 100, he has won 4 fights all finishes.