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Jun
29

Washington Sportsjam MMA Pound-for-Pound Rankings: June Edition

Hector Lombard

None of the top five ranked fighters has fought in the past month, so the rankings remain the same. The big news is Nick Diaz vacating his Strikeforce belt for a chance to face Georges St-Pierre and become UFC champ. This knocks him off the “In Consideration” list and places Hector Lombard on it. Lombard has an impressive win streak and looked great in his most recent Bellator action, winning with a brutal 3rd round KO.

1. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion, Record 28-4)

The “Spider” is an easy pick here, being the most dominant UFC champion of all-time. Since winning the UFC Middleweight belt in 2006 Silva has defended it a record of eight times (He has also won 13 consecutive fights in the UFC). Until someone can dethrone him and take his belt, he owns this spot.

2. Georges St-Pierre (UFC Welterweight Champion, Record 22-2)

GSP was not able to dominate Jake Shields the way he dominated his six previous challengers. However he once again held off a red-hot challenger by not playing into their game and exploiting their weaknesses. It may not have been exciting but it was the smart move. He still looks unbeatable in the Welterweight division.

3. Jon Jones (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Record 13-1)

Jones has looked unstoppable since he joined the UFC but many thought he would look more human once he fought the elite fighters. Turns out he doesn’t. He made just as quick work of former champ Shogun Hua as he did every other fighter he’s faced. While he still has to prove he can defend the title, he’s on a hot-streak right now and looks unbeatable.

4. Cain Velasquez (UFC Heavyweight Champion, Record 9-0)

After the reigns of the hulking Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar, Velasquez proved that winning in the UFC required more than strength, power, and wrestling top-control. When Velasquez defeated Lesnar he proved that he was better all-around fighter than Brock and that he could contest with anyone in any aspect of a fight. There are a few UFC Heavyweights in his same class, but he’ll be a hard guy to take a belt from.

5. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion, Record 19-1)

Aldo may have gutted out a win against his most game challenger yet, but he did not look like his usual self in his first UFC title defense. His ground game and cardio were terrible, especially in the final round where he allowed the challenger Mark Hominick to stay in top-position for the final few minutes. Hominick ground-and-pounded away while Aldo just laid there. He wasn’t his usual exciting self in the standup either, relying on more technical striking. He may have mashed up Hominick’s face and won his first UFC title defense, but he didn’t look anything like the dominant WEC champion he once was. Worse, probable next challenger Chad Mendes thinks he found a weakness in Aldo’s game. Also, if Dominick Cruz or Gilbert Melendez comes up with another dominant win they could knock Aldo off this list.

Other fighters in consideration: Dominick Cruz, Frankie Edgar, Hector Lombard, Gilbert Melendez, Alistair Overeem

May
11

Washington Sportsjam Pound-for-Pound MMA Rankings May 2011

Two of the champions on this list defended and retained their titles at UFC 129. Welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre stays pat based on his boring but strategic defense. Featherweight belt-holder Jose Aldo drops to the bottom of the list after looking beatable for the first time.

1. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion, Record 28-4)

The “Spider” is an easy pick here, being the most dominant UFC champion of all-time. Since winning the UFC Middleweight belt in 2006 Silva has defended it a record of eight times ( He has also won 13 consecutive fights in the UFC). Until someone can dethrone him and take his belt, he owns this spot.

2. Georges St-Pierre (UFC Welterweight Champion, Record 22-2)
GSP was not able to dominate Jake Shields the way he dominated his six previous challengers. However he once again held off a red-hot challenger by not playing into their game and exploiting their weaknesses. It may not have been exciting but it was the smart move. He still looks unbeatable in the Welterweight division.

3. Jon Jones ↑(UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Record 13-1)
Jones has looked unstoppable since he joined the UFC but many thought he would look more human once he fought the elite fighters. Turns out he doesn’t. He made just as quick work of former champ Shogun Hua as he did every other fighter he’s faced. While he still has to prove he can defend the title, he’s on a hot-streak right now and looks unbeatable.

4. Cain Velasquez ↑(UFC Heavyweight Champion, Record 9-0)
After the reigns of the hulking Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar, Velasquez proved that winning in the UFC required more than strength, power, and wrestling top-control. When Velasquez defeated Lesnar he proved that he was better all-around fighter than Brock and that he could contest with anyone in any aspect of a fight. There are a few UFC Heavyweights in his same class, but he’ll be a hard guy to take a belt from.

5. Jose Aldo ↓(UFC Featherweight Champion, Record 19-1)
Aldo may have gutted out a win against his most game challenger yet, but he did not look like his usual self in his first UFC title defense. His ground game and cardio were terrible, especially in the final round where he allowed the challenger Mark Hominick to stay in top-position for the final few minutes. Hominick ground-and-pounded away while Aldo just laid there. He wasn’t his usual exciting self in the standup either, relying on more technical striking. He may have mashed up Hominick’s face and won his first UFC title defense, but he didn’t look anything like the dominant WEC champion he once was. Worse, probable next challenger Chad Mendes thinks he found a weakness in Aldo’s game. Also, with the way Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez are fighting he may drop off this list.

Other fighters in consideration: Dominick Cruz, Nick Diaz, Frankie Edgar, Gilbert Melendez, Alistair Overeem

Apr
27

Mark’s MMA Corner Episode 1

The experiment continues! This is the second of the test podcasts I’ll be doing in the next few weeks. Reminder that you can download the first one the Tennis Tangent here. This is Mark’s MMA Corner and it concentrates on MMA. My main topics are going to be the UFC,Strikeforce, and Bellator. I got a little behind on this test schedule because I got sick. We’ll be recording two podcasts soon as well so it may be a while for the last batch. Podcasts on the United and Sports Videogaming are coming. As always let me know what you think and what podcast you’d like to see become a mainstay.

Episode 1 Topics

UFC 129 Preview

Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley Recap

Bellator Tournament recap and finals preview

Update 5/6/11: Check out Mark’s MMA Corner on iTunes!

Apr
2

Washington Sportsjam MMA Pound-for-Pound Rankings: April 2011 Edition

Hello, welcome to the first edition of the Washington Sportsjam Pound-for-Pound MMA Rankings! Let me spell out the ground-rules before we get to our list.

Number one, we are only concerned with fighters in the UFC, Strikeforce, or Bellator organizations, the major North American fight labels .We’re a local blog, I’m one man and don’t have time to watch every Japanese fight.  Number two, only current belt-holders are eligible for the list, if you’re not the best in your weight class you’re not the best in pound-for-pound either. I know there could be many exceptions to this rule but it makes the creation of this list much easier. And lastly, a fighter must have been active in the last twelve months.

George "Rush" St. Pierre

Ryan Mallard/flickr

This first list is dominated by the UFC, I’m going to start following Strikeforce and Bellator much more closely so this list could change drastically or expand to 10 spots.

1. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion, Record 28-4)

The “Spider” is an easy pick here, being the most dominant UFC champion of all-time. Since winning the UFC Middleweight belt in 2006 Silva has defended it a record of eight times ( He has also won 13 consecutive fights in the UFC). Until someone can dethrone him and take his belt, he owns this spot.

2. Georges St-Pierre (UFC Weltweight Champion, Record 22-4)

It could be argued that St-Pierre has been an even more dominant champion. Since reclaiming his undisputed championship he has completely destroyed his opponents in his six title defenses. However six in a row is not eight in a row.

3. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion, Record 18-1)

Since his WEC debut Aldo has been on a tear. No one in the division seems to be anywhere near his level. He’s got quickness in the stand-up to avoid shots and land his own and has great ground-and-pound. Most of all he’s a brilliant tactician who never engages in a disadvantageous position and always finds an opponent’s weak spot.

4. Jon Jones (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Record 13-1)

Jones has looked unstoppable since he joined the UFC but many thought he would look more human once he fought the elite fighters. Turns out he doesn’t. He made just as quick work of former champ Shogun Hua as he did every other fighter he’s faced. While he still has to prove he can defend the title, he’s on a hot-streak right now and looks unbeatable.

5. Cain Velasquez (UFC Heavyweight Champion, Record 9-0)

After the reign of the hulking Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar, Velaszquez proved that winning in the UFC required more than strength, power, and wrestling top-control. When Velasquez defeated Lesnar he proved that he was better all-around fighter than Brock and that he could contest with anyone in any aspect of a fight. There are a few UFC Heavyweights in his same class, but he’ll be a hard guy to take a belt from.

Other fighters in consideration: Dominick Cruz,Nick Diaz,Frankie Edgar, Gilbert Melendez, Alistair Overeem