MMA Power Rankings

Updated: October 11, 2011, 11:33 AM ET
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Tuesday, Oct. 11
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Dana White didn't mince his words -- in his mind, the best No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter going is Frankie Edgar. And after Edgar's performance against previously unbeaten (perpetually unyielding) Gray Maynard, it's hard to argue. Especially when you get into the literal definition of the distinction. As a smaller 155-er who'd be much better oriented as a featherweight, he is pound-for-pound one of the game's best. Nobody gets the most out of his frame than Edgar.

Maybe he would be the best, if it weren't for Anderson Silva, who has never lost in the UFC. For all that he has accomplished in the sport, Silva will be the No. 1 P4P fighter going until somebody comes along to knock him off the perch. Could that man be Sonnen? Sonnen certainly thinks so. And he doesn't mind telling you about it.

Jon Jones continues to climb after his victory over Quinton Jackson, but he may find himself at an impasse in the rankings until one of the guys above him loses. Georges St. Pierre can solidify himself as the consensus No. 2 with a victory over the always-game Carlos Condit at UFC 137, and Gilbert Melendez is crashing in on Edgar as the next Big Challenge. Dominick Cruz broke his hand early and then broke Demetrious Johnson's will over the course of five rounds to make it 10 in a row, proving that he belongs right there among today's greats. And Aldo? Not too shabby against Kenny Florian.

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