Who is the Best Welterweight Fighter in the Ufc?

June 19, 2010 by  
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While the UFC has certainly upped it’s talent pool with the addition of many fighters from the Pride Fighting Championships, the UFC welterweight division has always been deep in talent.

In fact, our top two fighters each hold wins over each other and our #3 fighter holds the title. Hold on for a bumpy ride as I try to justify my top five UFC welterweight rankings.

5. Jon Fitch is #5 on my top UFC welterweight list. While the UFC marketing machine has been busy promoting Diego Sanchez and Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch has been slowly building what is the best record in the welterweight division. In fact, Fitch has not been defeated since 2002. He’s beaten Luigi Fioravanti, Thiago Alves, Josh Burkman, Jeff Joslin and Shonie Carter on route to his current thirteen fight winner streak. Unfortunately Fitch has yet to fight any of the fighters in our top 4, something that will be corrected at UFC 76 when he meets our #4 fighter, Diego Sanchez.

4. Diego Sanchez has a near perfect mixed martial arts record. He’s gone 20 wins with only one defeat. That defeat came at the hands of Josh Koscheck at UFC 69. Diego was going through some health problems at the time, it turned out to be a staph infection in his leg, and probably didn’t fight up to his potential. Wins over Nick Diaz, Karo Parisyan, Joe Riggs and Kenny Florian put Diego up near the big boys in the 170lb weight class.

3. Matt Serra is the current UFC welterweight kingpin. He earned his crown by defeating Georges St Pierre at UFC 69. He not only defeated Georges St Pierre, but humiliated him with a first round knockout. This is the first time that Serra has shown really aggressive, effective striking in the Octagon; I hope it continues. One thing Serra has shown is brilliant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He’s used those skills in wins over Chris Lytle, Yves Edwards and near decision losses to “The Prodigy”, BJ Penn and Din Thomas.

2. Matt Hughes is the former UFC welterweight champion. He lost his belt to Georges St Pierre, but not before he had a chance to build up wins over Goerges St Piere, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, BJ Penn, Carlos Newton and another MMA legend you may have heard of, Royce Gracie.

1. Georges St Pierre has lost to both the #2 and #3 ranked fighters on this list, so how can I justify ranking Georges #1? Call it gut feeling, call it favoritism, I don’t know but what I do know is that Georges St Pierre is the best welterweight fighter in the UFC. Georges does not only have wins over Frank Trigg and Sean Sherk, but dominant, one sided wins. While Matt Hughes struggled with these guys early, Georges just steam rolled them. The same can be said of his second fight with Hughes where St Pierre’s striking and take down defense made it a one sided match up. St Pierre has also defeated BJ Penn, in a close decision, Karo Parisyan and most recently Georges surprised the MMA community by out wrestling Josh Koscheck on way to a decisive victory. Georges is back on track and ready to face the winner of Hughes vs Serra.

Matt Hughes and Matt Serra will fight following the conclusion of the Ultimate Fighter “Team Hughes vs Team Serra” reality show. I believe that Georges St Pierre will face the winner of that fight. The truth is, with a talent pool as deep as the UFC welterweight division any one of the top 6 or 7 fighters in the division (add in Karo and Josh) could beat any other one on any given night. That makes every fight in this division exciting!

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What You Should Know About The UFC

June 19, 2010 by  
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The UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, is currently recognized as the largest MMA promotion worldwide, is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC began as a tournament to find the best fighters in the world, and was based on the Brazilian vale tudo fighting style. Originally, it was known as a no holds barred fighting contest, which eventually led to accusations of human brutality. After criticism reduced the UFCs visibility was diminished by these accusations, the organization reformed itself and adapted strict, athletic commission sanctioned rules, remarketing itself as a legitimate sporting event.


This idea of a tournament geared towards finding the best world fighter was that of Art Davie, a Southern California based advertising executive who developed this concept while researching marital arts for a client. Davie went on to become the student of Rorion Gracie, a teacher of mixed martial arts. In 1992, Gracie, Davie, and John Milnus, a film director and screen writer, in addition to being a fellow Gracie student, developed a business plan to generate the initial capital required to start WOW Promotions in order to develop their tournament into a television franchise.


The fledgling company partnered with Semaphore Entertainment Group in 1993, and the name Ultimate Fighting Championship was born. The first event was produced at McNichos Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado on November 12,1993 and featured kick boxer Patrick Smith and Kevin Roier, and as well as savate fighter Gerard Gordeau, and others. The appeal for this how, including its core proposition can a wrestler beat a boxer? was a contrast from most martial arts events at the time, where competitors typically had skill and expertise in just one discipline and little to no experience in other disciplines.


In 2001, The UFC was purchased for $2 million and came under the control of its parent company Zuffia, which resulted in a return to pay per view for the UFC after a plunge into relative obscurity after Senator John McCain criticized it as human cockfighting. The UFCs secured spot on The Best Damn Sports Show Period only added to its renown and reputation. After being featured in the reality television series, American Casino, the UFC was featured in its own reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, showcasing up and coming MMA fighters. The success of this show led to a second show UFC Unleashed, which featured select fights from UFC events, as well as a live broadcast entitled UFC Fight Night. After the first season of the Ultimate fighter, the first UFC event drew a pay per view audience of 280,000, and the next season of The Ultimate Fighter drew in a record 410,000 pay per view buys, leading to the present, with the UFC holding its own in the world of mainstream sporting events.

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UFC Is On A Steady Rise

June 19, 2010 by  
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The UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, is currently recognized as the largest MMA promotion worldwide, is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and owned by Zuffa LLC. The UFC began as a tournament to find the best fighters in the world, and was based on the Brazilian vale tudo fighting style.


Originally, it was known as a no holds barred fighting contest, which eventually led to accusations of human brutality. After criticism reduced the UFCs visibility was diminished by these accusations, the organization reformed itself and adapted strict, athletic commission sanctioned rules, remarketing itself as a legitimate sporting event.


This idea of a tournament geared towards finding the best world fighter was that of Art Davie, a Southern California based advertising executive who developed this concept while researching marital arts for a client. Davie went on to become the student of Rorion Gracie, a teacher of mixed martial arts. In 1992, Gracie, Davie, and John Milnus, a film director and screen writer, in addition to being a fellow Gracie student, developed a business plan to generate the initial capital required to start WOW Promotions in order to develop their tournament into a television franchise.


The fledgling company partnered with Semaphore Entertainment Group in 1993, and the name Ultimate Fighting Championship was born. The first event was produced at McNichos Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado on November 12,1993 and featured kick boxer Patrick Smith and Kevin Roier, and as well as savate fighter Gerard Gordeau, and others. The appeal for this how, including its core proposition can a wrestler beat a boxer? was a contrast from most martial arts events at the time, where competitors typically had skill and expertise in just one discipline and little to no experience in other disciplines.


In 2001, The UFC was purchased for $2 million and came under the control of its parent company Zuffia, which resulted in a return to pay per view for the UFC after a plunge into relative obscurity after Senator John McCain criticized it as human cockfighting. The UFCs secured spot on The Best Damn Sports Show Period only added to its renown and reputation. After being featured in the reality television series, American Casino, the UFC was featured in its own reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, showcasing up and coming MMA fighters.


The success of this show led to a second show UFC Unleashed, which featured select fights from UFC events, as well as a live broadcast entitled UFC Fight Night. After the first season of the Ultimate fighter, the first UFC event drew a pay per view audience of 280,000, and the next season of The Ultimate Fighter drew in a record 410,000 pay per view buys, leading to the present, with the UFC holding its own in the world of mainstream sporting events.

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The Ultimate Fighting Entertainment UFC

June 19, 2010 by  
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The last decade of the twentieth century saw the rise of a new popular sport that encompassed many attributes of ancient styles of unarmed hand-to-hand combat. This newly emerged sport was first referred to as “no hold barred” fighting. With the blending of styles that included not only wrestling and boxing but also various forms of oriental unarmed combat this new sport became known as Mixed Martial Arts.

The first MMA competitions enforced few rules and included both grappling and striking movements and used both arms and legs as offensive weapons of attack. The combat between opponents was allowed whether standing or on the ground. Primarily only such tactics as eye gouging and hair pulling were disallowed and even groin punches, while frowned upon, were not illegal. With MMA being described in the news media as “human cock fighting”, it might have been a short-lived sport had it not been for the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tournaments designed by the Californian Art Davie.

Davie, an advertising executive developed the idea from his association with Rorion Gracie, a teacher of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Being fascinated with the ability of these non-traditional fighters to defeat even high-ranking combatants of the traditional forms of unarmed combat, Davie developed WoW Productions (War of the Worlds). He then raised the funding for the first official MMA tournament and gained a contract with the new pay-per-view Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG) to televise the event.

”The Ultimate Fighting Championship” aired on November 12, 2003 and became an instant hit. UFC1 drew 86,592 television subscribers who thrilled to the eight man elimination tournament that featured specialists in such diverse fighting forms as kickboxing, savate, karate, shootfighting, sumo, jiu-jitsu and boxing. Rorion Gracie’s brother Royce, a black-belt Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, took the first UFC tournament crown.

With the reputation as a violent, rule-less bloodfest, MMA and the Ultimate Fighting Championship came under harsh penalties from the lawmakers of many states and was, for a while, banned from pay-per-view television and some states entirely. However, the sport began to work with various United States sanctioning agencies to develop a safer competition environment. Various holds and maneuvers were banned and time limits were set on the individual rounds. By the end of the year 2000, UFC28 made its comeback under the sanctioning of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board’s “Unified Rules”.

Opponents of this fighting sport applauded the new, restricted form of MMA as a safer sport despite the findings of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that; “Knockout rates are lower in MMA competitions than in boxing. This suggests a reduced risk of traumatic brain injury in MMA competitions when compared to other events involving striking.” To date there has been only one fatality related to sanctioned UFC competition in the United States. This is a drastically lower rate than what has occurred in professional boxing.

Despite the troubled and controversial beginnings of MMA and the UFC, the sport continues to grow in popularity. Now televised in thirty-six countries, the UFC has grown offices in both Canada and the Unite Kingdom and are beginning to expand into the continent with the aim of creating a European UFC organization in the near future.

The UFC has recently absorbed the World Extreme Cage fighting organization and has developed corporate sponsorships that include such sports-promoting companies as Anheuser-Busch and Harley-Davidson motors.

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Ufc Middleweight Rankings

June 19, 2010 by  
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It seems fitting with UFC 77 right around the corner, with Rich Franklin fighting current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to give my UFC middleweight top 5 rankings now.

The UFC middleweight division is probably the weakest in all of the UFC. By weakest I mean that there is one clear cut champion, a clear cut second and then everyone else is way below. Mixed Martial Arts has come a long way in a very short period of time, so things could change overnight. Let’s get started with my rankings.

5. Chris Leben; I think most MMA fans would not include Chris Leben in the top 5 of the UFC middleweight division, but Leben is coming off an impressive come from behind win over a very tough Terry Martin and fought a close decision loss with Kalib Starnes. I personally thought that the Starnes fight was a draw or even a narrow Leben victory.

The thing I’ve been most impressed with lately with Leben is his ground game. Sure, he’s not at the level of Jason MacDonald or Travis Lutter yet, but he’s defended very well and even attempted some submissions in the Starnes fight. It’s clear after his loss to MacDonald Silva that Chris Leben has gone back to the drawing board and made some real improvements to his game.

4. Jason MacDonald had a real streak going before he met Rich “Ace” Franklin. He had back to back wins over ultimate fighters Ed Herman and Chris Leben winning both fights by submission. MacDonald had a bit of a set back when he faced recently de-throned champion Rich Franklin. This fight showed just how big of a gap there is in the UFC middleweight division, but MacDonald is taking it all in stride and a recent victory at UFC 72 over Rory Singer shows that “The Athlete” is back on track. Jason MacDonald takes on Yushin Okami at UFC 77, likely to see who will face the winner of Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin.

3. Yushin Okami and Jason MacDonald have both faced Rich Franklin, but neither has faced middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Since Okami got less beaten up by Franklin than MacDonald did, I give him the #3 spot. I think that if Okami had committed himself earlier in the fight he would have possibly decisioned Franklin.

2. Rich Franklin is defintely deserving of his #2 status. He has defeated both the third and fourth best fighters in the division and deserves to get his title rematch against Anderson Silva. Until Silva arrived on the scene, it looked like Rich Franklin would remain on top of the middleweight mountain for quite a while. Franklin took a beating at the hands of Silva and I’m interested to see what improvements he has made to his game/strategy for the rematch.

1. Anderson Silva is the best middleweight in the UFC, maybe the best middleweight in the world. Real MMA fans would love to see a bout between Matt Lindland and Anderson Silva to decide the best MMA middleweight, but since Lindland doesn’t fight in the UFC we have Anderson Silva reigning supreme. His dominant performances against Chris Leben, Rich Franklin, Travis Lutter and most recently Nate Marquardt indicate true dominance. In fact, in his last 4 fights only one has gone into the second round and they represent only 10 minutes of total fight time.

Anderson Silva is extremely comfortable throwing punches from all angles. He isn’t afraid of being taken down, so he allows himself to take risks throwing big flying knees and other high profile strikes. It’s that kind of fighting which will both keep Anderson on or near the top of the middleweight division for quite some time. Fans love to see the big strikes and there is nothing more satisfying than a KO.

That rounds out the UFC middleweight top 5. Time to start working on the UFC heavyweight top 5, but with the departure of Randy Couture and the recent signing to M-1 of Fedor Emelianenko, that could be a real chore.

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Challenges for Ufc Champion Anderson Silva are a Weight Class Above

June 19, 2010 by  
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UFC 78 is quickly approaching and it’s main event match-up between Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping made me think about fighters who could cut weight to drop to a lower weight class. In that spirit I am going to discuss four UFC fighters who might be well served by dropping weight and fighting below their current class.

Let me start at the top, the UFC heavyweight division. There are a couple of UFC heavyweights who could make 205lbs, remember Randy Couture fought as a light heavyweight for a while, he even held the light heavyweight title. There is really only one UFC heavyweight who I want to talk about dropping weight. Brandon “The Truth” Vera just dropped a three round decision to former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Brandon didn’t loose this match because of his skill-set. He lost because of Tim’s size. Tim pushed Vera up against the fence and used his weight to close the distance, essentially negating Vera’s superior kicking game. If Brandon Vera dropped down to 205lbs I feel he would be competing on an even playing field and would likely quickly move into title contention.

The UFC light heavyweight division has the majority of guys who should consider dropping weight. There are three that I’d like to discuss, they are Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson. You’ll note that Bisping and Evans are the main event fighters at UFC 78. Both of these fighters are undefeated at light heavyweight.

Michael Bisping is an outstanding fighter, a good striker with an adequate ground game. However, his recent fight with Matt Hamill shows that he can be manhandled by a stronger opponent. Bisping mostly stayed on the outside in this fight and let Hamill control the action. I believe that this is because he was staying away from Hamill’s strength…with is wrestling, and physical strength. We all remember on the Ultimate Fighter when Hamill was overwhelming the other fighters with his physical strength, a move to 185lbs would not only put him into title contention, but would allow Bisping to be stronger than other opponents in that weight class.

Rashad Evans has already dropped a weight class. Rashad competed at heavyweight on the Ultimate Fighter TV series and did very well, winning his division, but his recent bout with Tito Ortiz showed that Rashad, despite his superior wrestling skills is a small light heavyweight. Rashad will have no problems matching strength with Bisping at UFC 78, but when fighting the larger light heavyweights like Forrest Griffin, Wanderlei Silva and Tito Ortiz he will get manhandled, essentially negating his wrestling advantage. A move to 185lbs would likely make Rashad an immediate title contender.

Dan Henderson has already fought at 185lbs and is the current, and likely last, PrideFC 185lb champion. Dan is strong, even for a 205lb fighter and Dan probably has the best wrestling in the UFC. Dan’s last fight with Quinton Jackson showed that he can have trouble with a guy who is a good wrestler, a good striker and is as physically strong as he is. There simply isn’t a fighter at 185lbs with Dan’s strength. With a decisive strength advantage, Dan’s heavy hands and fantastic wrestling would take him not only into title contention, but in my eyes he would defeat Anderson Silva.

The UFC 185lb division is probably it’s weakest. With a dominant champion and everyone else way below there are seemingly no challengers, but just above at 205lbs there are a bunch of small light heavyweight fighters who might want to consider transitioning to 185lbs.

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Ufc 92 Live Video Streaming

June 19, 2010 by  
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UFC 92 The Ultimate 2008 is about to unfold. The greatest Ultimate Fighting Championship 92 will be on December 27, 2008. It is believed to be the best match of the year. The main event of UFC 92 is between Rashad Evans and Forrest Griffin.

Webmasters are already optimizing for UFC 92 Live Video Streaming or UFC 92 free streaming because UFC 92 is expected to be watched by millions of fans accross America and perhaps all over the world. In the blogging world, traffic is equivalent to money. More traffic more money. But webmasters are not always thinking of money, some really offer live video streaming such as this link - UFC 92 Live Video Streaming. This same blog embeds videos in it’s posts.

So it is possible to watch UFC 92 streaming online free. You can watch online without spending a cent. But there are however risks involved like possibility of viruses, malwares, and spywares in certain websites. The risks are alarming. So one should always exercise caution, proper caution. Remember that not everything that’s free is safe. Some of the free things are not always good. So be clever and visit sites safely.

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Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans – THE HIGHLIGHT!
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir
Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva
C.B. Dollaway vs. Mike Massenzio
Cheick Kongo vs. Mustafa Al Turk

For The Preliminary card:
Yushin Okami vs. Dean Lister
Antoni Hardonk vs. Mark Burch
Matt Hamill vs. Reese Andy
Brad Blackburn vs. Ryo Chonan
Dan Evensen vs. Pat Barry

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Ufc 2009 Undisputed Game Review for the Playstation 3

June 19, 2010 by  
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Following the increasing popularity of the sport, it was inevitable that UFC would bring out a great looking game for the Playstation 3 based upon the exciting all action sport of MMA. UFC 2009 Undisputed is an explosive fighting game detailing all the non-stop the action, intensity and attitude of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Featuring an authentic and comprehensive UFC atmosphere, including an extensive roster of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world (including Rampage Jackson, Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin, Brock Lesner and all the major stars), players will push the envelope with a powerful new game engine and put their best fighting disciplines to the test in the world famous Octagon.

Features of UFC 2009 Undisputed

Real UFC Characters – Explore a deep roster of more than 80 top names in UFC competition across five weight classes and enter the Octagon surrounded by the sport’s popular commentators, announcers, referees, trainers, Octagon girls and more. 
Realistic Models & Effects – Experience the world of UFC as it appears on television with photorealistic fighters who breathe, sweat and move like their real-life counterparts. Players will also view amazing ripple effects across the faces and bodies of their fighters from the impact of devastating punches and kicks.
Total Control – Gain the upper hand in matchups with a brand new fighting game engine designed specifically for next generation systems. Emphasis on innovative, responsive and easy-to-play controls will give players unparalleled command of their fighters in the Octagon. 
All The Different Fight Styles – Take down opponents and get the submission with a variety of mixed martial arts disciplines, including Judo, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Kickboxing, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 
Create Your Own UFC Fighter – Jumpstart the career of a future champion by customizing your fighter’s physical appearance, learning new fighting techniques to use in the Octagon and managing the training process through attributes such as strength andcardiovascular health. 
Career Mode – Develop attributes, perfect moves and fight for entry into the UFC Hall of Fame.

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Ufc: Cheick Kongo and Antonio Nogueira to Face Off at Ufc 79

June 19, 2010 by  
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Fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship can place their bets and look forward in the near future to the scheduled bout between fighters Antonio Nogueira and Cheick Kongo at the upcoming UFC 79. The names of the two combatants have been added to a list of other mixed martial arts veterans who are expected to pit their strength against each other on the 29th of December. Brian Knapp of The Fight Network revealed this information last October 1 on Monday, and he added that whoever came out triumphant in their match would most likely go on to challenge the dominance of present UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture.

Considered to be an expert of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has often claimed victory with the use of powerful submission techniques, and he has trained together previously with the National Boxing Team of Cuba. By September 26, the website MMAWeekly.com raised Nogueira’s position in the rankings to the number two strongest heavyweight fighter in the whole world. He also holds the honor of being a former champion of the Japanese PRIDE fighting tournament, and one of his more recent UFC triumphs was earned in a bout with the fighter Heath Herring during the previous UFC 73.

On the other hand, his opponent Cheick Kongo is no pushover, either. A French kickboxer, his MMA record consists of 11 wins, three losses, and one draw. Kongo’s official UFC record also consists of four wins and one loss. His most recent victory during the UFC came in a match against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic during UFC 75, where Kongo was judged the winner by a unanimous decision. The kickboxer’s one UFC career loss so far has only been during UFC 64, where he was beaten by Carmelo Marrero in a split-decision defeat. Kongo’s win at UFC 75 propelled him into a spot on the top 10 heavyweight fighter ranks.

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Greatest UFC Champ of All Time?

June 19, 2010 by  
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A champion in any sport has a huge target on their back, but when you fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest and baddest men on the planet are gunning for you at all times; title shot or not.  In the fifteen year, 97 event history of the UFC only 11 fighters have defended their title more than once.  This list of elite fighters have justly earned their place in UFC history, as many critics and followers of the sport believe that one is not truly a champion until he has successfully defended his belt.  Those that have done it more than once are unquestionably the cream of the crop.  So who is the Greatest of All Time?

The following is the list of UFC fighters with multiple successful title defenses.  You decide who the best of the best is.  If the main criteria is the number of consecutive successful defenses; Anderson Silva is incontestably the king.  If total number of defenses is your measuring stick, Matt Hughes would get the nod.  And if the caliber of the champ’s competition is also a consideration; I think most will argue for Silva.

1. Matt Hughes (WW) – Title Defenses: 7
Matt Hughes was and is a UFC legend.  He defended his title a total of seven times during two separate stints as the UFC Welterweight champion.  During his first term as champ, he defended five consecutive times against the likes of Gil Castillo and Frank Trigg (lol).  I’m having fun here, but on a serious note, Matt Hughes has beaten a load of quality fighters over his illustrious career, however, looking at his list of challengers it surely doesn’t compare to Anderson Silva’s.

2. Anderson Silva (MW) – Title Defenses: 6
After his last defense he is now the sole record holder for consecutive title defenses in the UFC.  Despite all the unmerited criticism he garnered from UFC 97, he is still the UFC Middleweight champ and pound-for-pound king. The next time someone has the balls to get in the cage with him and try to IMPOSE their will on him, I bet he will continue to dominate. (read Anderson is the CHAMP!)  His streak of defenses and the challengers he has beaten is nothing less than remarkable!

3. Tito Ortiz (LHW) – Title Defenses: 5
UGH!!  It pains me to have to put the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” on this list, but the facts are the facts.  Tito defended his Light Heavyweight title from 2000 to 2002, until Randy Couture took it away from him.  This is when Randy gave the Bad Boy some well deserved corporal punishment in the form of a humiliating spanking…HA HA!!

4. Chuck Liddell (LHW) – Title Defenses: 4
The “Iceman” has one of the most impressive title defense streaks.  Including his win over Randy Couture to gain the title, he won and defended the title with five consecutive TKO wins.  Randy, Tito, Jeremy Horn and Renato Sobral all fell victim to the dynamite hands of Chuck during his reign as champion.

5. Pat Miletich (WW) – Title Defenses: 4
Miletich made his official UFC debut at UFC 16 and won the very first UFC Lightweight Tournament.  In 2001, the UFC changed the weight class limits, creating the Welterweight.  At UFC 17: Ultimate Brazil, Pat defeated Mikey Burnett and became the first UFC Welterweight champion.  He went on to defend the Welterweight belt four times before losing it to Carlos Newton by submission at UFC 31.

6. Frank Shamrock (LHW) – Title Defenses: 4
“The Legend” was the Light Heavyweight champ from 1997 to 1999, until he forfeited his title due to retirement.  The talent he faced was so so, but Shamrock’s wins were in impressive fashion - all by submission, TKO or KO in the first round, except for the beating he put on Tito, which ended by strikes in the fourth round.

7. Randy Couture (HW) – Title Defenses: 3
Randy “The Natural” Couture, possibly the most popular mixed martial artist of all time, has won the Heavyweight championship on four separate occasions (1 interim title), and has successfully defended it a total of three times.  He also won the Light Heavyweight belt twice, but has never successfully defended it.  While his win-loss record may not be as stellar as some of the UFC’s other great champions, to some he is the greatest of all time for his achievements in two weight classes at a more advanced age.

8. The following fighters have all defended their respective titles 2 times:
a. Tim Sylvia (HW) (read Tim Sylvia and the Willy Nilly Freak Show)
b. George St. Pierre (WW)
c. Rich Franklin (MW)
d. Andrei Arlovski (HW)

9. Royce Gracie (open) – Won 3 UFC Tournaments
Royce Gracie and the Gracie Jiu Jitsu family, for whom we owe much of everything to, was also a great champion.  He won the UFC 1, 2, and 4 tournaments, which were night long, weight- classless events.  It was not until UFC 16 that the title and belt system was implemented.  Royce was also a great mixed martial artist, who many consider one of the greatest.

I think most will agree that this list of fighters is quite impressive, however, not all challengers were top contenders.   Regardless of who the competition was, it is a feat in and of itself to win more than one or two fights in a row in the National Football League (NFL) of mixed martial arts, and even more so while wearing a belt.

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