1. Jon Jones – Number 1 fighter in 2011 obviously. There’s not much point in even explaining why he was, because anyone that beats 4 Top Ten fighters, wins a UFC Title, Defends it twice, and finishes all his fight in 2011 is by far the fighter of the year.

2. Dan Henderson - There is quite a margin between number 1 and number 2, taking into account that Jon Jones demolished Sho Gun and finished him in the 4th round, while Dan Henderson edged out Sho Gun in a 5 round war. But Henderson did KO Fedor, Fejio , and was involed in by far the fight of the year.

3. Nick Diaz – Diaz defiantly can’t make the argument that he’s not getting enough attention anymore. He was probably the most talked about fighter in the year of 2011. He started off the year by submitting Cyborg, then he KO’d Paul Daley in the best round of the year, and topped of his year with a unanimous decision over BJ Penn. Not to mention his antics outside the cage.

4. Benson Henderson –  Even though he didn’t hold a title in Zuffa in 2011, unlike the 3 above him. His 2011 record may not look that impressive when you look at the fact that they were all decisions. But when you look at the excitement factor of his bouts, and the level of opponents he faced, he was one of the best fighters of the year. Beating two, number 1 contenders on his way to a title shot in 2012.

5. Frankie Edgar – He only had 2 fights this year, due to injury to him and his main rival Gray Maynard. But he had 2 phenomenal comebacks at UFC 125, and UFC 136 on his way to becoming one of the top 3 Pound for Pound fighters in the world.

Honourable Mentions : 

Donald Cerrone – 4 wins in 2011, maybe not the caliber of opponents that the people in the top 5. But he racked up 3 bonus awards and continued a 7 fight win streak. Even more impressive his year isn’t over, he faces Nate Diaz on December, 30th.

Junior Dos Santos – He only had 2 fights in 2011, but he beat 2 heavy hitting world class wrestlers, and won the UFC HeavyWeight Championship on UFC’s first FOX event.

Anderson Silva –  He also only had 2 fights on the calendar year due to injury. But he finished both by KO and got the Knockout of the year of Vitor Belfort while he was at it .

1. Anderson Silva v.s Vitor Belfort   –   Knockout (Front Kick & Punches at 3:25 of Round 1)   

2. Lyoto Machida v.s Randy Couture  –  Knockout (Front Kick at 1:05 of Round 2)

3. Cheick Kongo v.s Pat Barry –  Knockout (Punch at 2:39 of Round 1)

4. John Makdessi v.s Kyle Watson – Knockout (Spinning Back Fist at 1:27 of Round 3)

5. Carlos Condit v.s Dong Hyun Kim – Knockout (Flying Knee & Punches at 2:58 of Round 1)

6. Patricky Freire v.s Tomy Imada – Knockout (Flying Knees & Punches at 2:53 of Round 1)

7. Nick Diaz v.s Paul Daley – Technical Knockout (Punches at 4:57 of Round 1)

8. Travis Browne v.s Stefan Struve – Knockout (Superman Punch at 4:11 of Round 1)

9. Chris Leben v.s Wanderlei Silva – Knockout (Punch at 0:27 of Round 1)

10. Sam Stout v.s Yves Edwards – Knockout (Punch at 3:52 of Round 1)

 

Honourable Mentions – Jeremy Stephens(125),  Mark Hominck(UFN 23)

 


1. Anderson Silva – Anderson has proved he’s the best striker in MMA over and over again. He has showed his superior boxing against names like Yushin Okami, Rich Franklin, and Forrest Griffin. He also has 18 KO’s in his career.

Next Fight : Winner of Sonnen/Munoz

 

2. Junior Dos Santos – In his latest fight, he KO’d one of the most feared men on the planet in 64 seconds. He has KO’d Fabrico Werdum, Stefan Struve, Gabriel Gonzaga, Gilbert Yvel and picked apart Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin intwo dominant decisions.

Next Fight : Winner of Lesnar/Overeem

 

3. Frankie Edgar – He may not have knocked out the majority of his last 10 opponents like some on this list, but anyone that picks apart BJ Penn for 10 Rounds and then KO’s Gray Maynard deserves a spot on this list.

Next Fight : Benson Henderson(UFC 144)

 

4. Nick Diaz –  He’s riding a 11 fight win streak, and 7 of them ended in Knockouts. In his latest performance he embarrassed BJ Penn with his pitter patter boxing for 3 rounds.    Next Fight: Carlos Condit(UFC 143)

 

5. George St.Pierre – Although most people look at him as a boring wrestler who never finishes fights, he really is one of the best boxers we have in MMA today. He may not have that knockout power that we’d all like to see, but he most certainly has one of the best jabs and some of the best footwork in MMA.

Next Fight : Injured(Expected Return in early 2013)

 

 

6. Vitor Belfort – With probably the quickest hands in MMA, he has destroyed people like Rich Franklin, Yoshiro Akiyama, Matt Linland and Wanderlei Silva.     Next Fight : Anthony Johnson(UFC 142)

 

 

7. BJ Penn –  Freddie Roach once called him the best boxer in MMA, although he hasn’t looked as good as he once did in the last couple of years, it can’t be denied the BJ Penn is one of the best boxers in MMA.

 Next Fight : Unknown(Possible Retirement) 

 

 

8. Dominick Cruz – The FeatherWeight champion of the world has some of the most unorthodox boxing in MMA. Like George St.Pierre he hasn’t shown knockout power, but has picked apart his last 10 opponents, most notable Urijah Faber, Brian Bowles and Joseph Benevidaz.   Next Fight : Urijah Faber (Ultimate Fighter Coaches 15)

 

9.  Alistair Overeem – He defiantly has an argument for being the best boxer in MMA today, but with his lack of quality opponents over the last few years, it’s hard to place him that high on the list. But his 1st place finish in K-1 earns him a spot on this list.

Next Fight : Brock Lesnar (UFC 141)

 

10. Mark Hominick – This might be odd to put him on this list after being KO’d by Chan Sung Jung in 7 seconds. But most people are of the opinion that hominick is one of the most technical boxers in MMA, and that UFC 140 was kind of a fluke.

 

Honourable Mentions : KJ Noons, Jon Jones, Rashard Evans, Gegard Mousasi

Top 10 Boxers in MMA Video : 

http://www.youtube.com/watchv=9G_idQpkWH4&list=LLo1BNG4TVthPFhrQ6x_sMIg&index=1&feature=plpp_video

Zuffa does own Strikeforce but i did include the Strikeforce fighters under contract in this list. 

1. Gilbert Melendez –  2 time Strikeforce LightWeight Champion (Current). 

2. Josh Barnett – Strikeforce Grand Prix Finalist. Pride Openweight Grand Prix Finalist. 

3. Muhammed Lawal – Former Strikeforce Light HeavyWeight Champion. 

4. Shinya Aoki – Dream LightWeight Champion (Current).

5. Tyrone Woodley – Undefeated Strikeforce WelterWeight Fighter. 

6. Daniel Cormier – Strikeforce Grand Prix Finalist.

 7. Luke Rockhold – Strikeforce MiddleWeight Champion (Current).

8. Michael Chandler – Bellator LightWeight Champion (Current).

9. Gegard Mousasi – Former Strikeforce Light HeavyWeight Champion. Dream Light HeavyWeight Champion. 

10. Hector Lombard – Bellator MiddleWeight Champion (Current).

Honourable Mention – Ben Arsken, Joe Warren, Zach Makovsky, Tatsuya Kawajiri

Strikeforce 37 will take place December 17th on Showtime. It is headlined by the Strikeforce lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez who is considered by most in the top 3 lightweights in the world and Jorge Masvidal, who is coming off of a huge win over KJ Noons. 

 

Melendez/Masvidal – Melendez(Unanimous Decision)

Masvidal will grind it out to a decison, but in the end Melendez will get the nod. 

 

Cyborg/Yamanaka – Cyborg(TKO in 1st Round)

At this point, Cyborg is by far the best female 145er in the world. 

 

Moussai/St.Preux – Moussai(Unanimous Decison)

I expect Moussai to pick St.Preux apart, this will be Ovince first real big fight in his MMA Career. 

 

Noons/Evangelista – Noons(TKO in 3rd Round)

  Noons is one of the very best boxers in MMA, he can give lots of people fits at 155. 

141 -

The UFC 2011 calendar will come to a close on December 30th, with a blockbuster main event between two of the biggest bodies in MMA today. Brock Lesnar will challenge Alistair Overeem to see who is the number 1 contender in the heavy weight division. The Co-Main Event will be between the former WEC star Donald Cerrone, and the season 5, TUF winner Nate Diaz.

Predictions:

Lesnar/Overeem – Overeem(TKO in 2nd Round.)

Cerrone/Diaz – Cerrone(TKO in 1st Round.)

Fitch/Hendricks – Fitch(Unanimous Decision)

Matyushenko/Gustaffson – Gustaffson(KO in 2nd Round.)

Pham/Hettes – Pham(Unanimous Decision)

Pearson/Assuncao – Pearson(Unanimous Decision)

Njokuiani/Castillo – Njokuiani(KO in 1st Round.)

 

 

UFC On Fox Predictions:

Velasquez/Dos Santos – This fight could really go any way, it’s got to be one of the most unpredictable fight of the year. Velasquez has the advantage in wrestling, conditioning and possibly even mauy thai. But Dos Santos has the best boxing in the heavy weight division by far, possibly even in the UFC. He also displayed great takedown defence in the Carwin fight at 131. Prediction : Dos Santos via TKO (Round 2)

Guida/Henderson : This, along with the Velasquez/Dos Santos is one of the most unpredictable fights of the year. They’re both very strong wrestlers, and both good grapplers. I would have to give Henderson the advantage in the submission games though.It’s Also important to note that Henderson’s stand up has looked very good lately.
Prediction : Henderson ( Unanimous Decision )