MMA Power Rankings
Tuesday, Aug. 30
Is Anderson Silva the best fighter on the planet?
It's not easy to live up to that kind of billing, but after coolly, viciously finishing Yushin Okami at UFC 134, it's impossible to dispute him as at least the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA right now. That gives him 14 victories in a row, and he hasn't had a legit loss since 2004 (savor it, Ryo Chonan).
The more staggering figure? Silva has finished 12 of those opponents, some via KO (Vitor Belfort), some via submission (Dan Henderson), some via unspeakable annihilation (Forrest Griffin). Anderson Silva fights are now events.
Meanwhile, the emergence of Jon Jones has been an accelerated one. Similar to Silva, Jones is a finisher -- yet unlike Silva, he has yet to be truly challenged. Silva had to overcome Chael Sonnen after being worked for more than four rounds. So far, Jones has riddled everybody who has been put in front of him with a creative blend of range striking that makes full, often unfathomable, use of all limbs.
Dominick Cruz continues to be a blur, and Jose Aldo is on another level in the feathers. The newcomer on this week's pound-for-pound list is Rashad Evans, who looked like a brand new fighter against Tito Ortiz at UFC 133. Credit Mike Arsdale, or his Jones vendetta, or all the haters out there voicing their dissent, but "Suga" is treating it all as fuel and is northbound in the rankings.