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Georges St-Pierre has held the top spot in this division for years.  Even when Matt Serra shocked the world at UFC 69 in April 2007, it was believed that St-Pierre was still the man.

UFC Ranking #1:

Georges St-Pierre – #2 Pound for Pound Fighter in the World

With a career record of 21 – 2, including 15 – 2 in the UFC, St-Pierre has been considered one of the very best in the spot.  Many men have thought they had the formula to defeat him (Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn twice and Josh Koscheck twice) but when it came to the fight, they never had a chance.  St-Pierre has won eight in a row since the defeat to Serra, and 14 out of 15.

Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Koscheck at UFC 124

Next Fight: Jake Shields at UFC 129

UFC Ranking #2: Fitch – Just one loss inside the Octagon

Fitch might be suffering from the same condition that Rich Franklin battled years ago.  Franklin was able to beat everyone in his division until he met the Spider.  The biggest difference between these two men is Franklin actually won the World Title.  Fitch has run through everyone in the division, with the exception of St-Pierre, the title holder.  With a 23 – 3 – 1NC career record, including 14 – 1 in the UFC, he has become one of the top pound for pound fighters in the sport.  Since the St-Pierre loss, Fitch has won five in a row, including wins over Akihiro Gono, Paulo Thiago and Ben Saunders.

Last Fight: Unanimous decision victory over Thiago Alves

Next Fight: Penn at UFC 127

UFC Ranking #3: Shields – Former Strikeforce Champion looking for UFC gold

His debut in the UFC wasn’t the most impressive in history winning a split decision over Martin Kampmann.  Prior to entering the UFC, Shields was Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and Elite XC Welterweight Champion before that.  He has won 15 fights in a row including wins over Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami and Dan Henderson.  He will face his stiffest competition of his career when he battles for the gold.

Last Fight: Split decision victory over Martin Kampmann

Next Fight: St-Pierre at UFC 129

UFC Ranking #4: B.J. Penn – The Prodigy losing ground

Despite his most recent 21 second victory over rival Matt Hughes, Penn seems to be on a decline in his career.  He has lost two of his last three fights and three of six.  With a win over Fitch, he could jump into a title shot, but the only problem is, who wants to see St-Pierre – Penn 3?  As I wrote earlier this week, if St-Pierre retains his title against Shields, fans would rather see St-Pierre – Silva instead of any other fight involving those two men.

Last Fight: Knockout victory over Matt Hughes

Next Fight: Fitch at UFC 127

UFC Ranking #5: Josh Koscheck

Despite the beat down in the title fight, he is still one of the best in the division.  The last time we saw Koscheck, it looked as though St-Pierre had taken a cheese grater to his face.  Aside from that fight, Koscheck has been one of the most improved fighters since entering the Ultimate Fighting Championships in 2005.  He holds a 13 – 5 record inside the Octagon including wins over tough guys like Frank Trigg, Paul Daley and Diego Sanchez.

Last Fight: Unanimous decision loss to St-Pierre

Next Fight: TBD

see: UFC Ranking: Lightweight
see: UFC Ranking: Heavyweight


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