Power Rankings: Pound-for-pound

Updated: April 23, 2013, 11:59 AM ET
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All losses are not created equal. That's why Gilbert Melendez, despite dropping a split decision to Benson Henderson last weekend, remains the No. 8 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. It's also why a guy like Frankie Edgar, 0-3 in his last three bouts, is ranked No. 10. Seems like Edgar's placement on any pound-for-pound list these days is a great source of debate. Understandable. If you're cool with Melendez staying on here though, (and judging by the outrage over Saturday's split decision, most of you are) give the Edgar situation a little more thought. He fought No. 5 ranked Henderson close in the first fight and, by most accounts, beat him in the rematch. He then fought five competitive rounds with No. 4 ranked Jose Aldo in his next appearance. We're not claiming any pound-for-pound list is 100 percent perfect, but for those wondering how guys like Melendez and Edgar can remain on the list, hope that's a little food for thought.