SNG Resident MMA Expert Enrique Bajo breaks down the Top Ten P4P MMA Fighters.
A couple of weeks ago Stipe Miocic avenged his loss against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211. He looked better than ever and without a doubt put him ahead on the P4P Rankings. Now he has an impressive winning streak in one of the most unstable division ever against guys ranked in to the top ten. He is just one win away for setting the record of title defenses in the heavyweight division.
Demian Maia got an important win against Masvidal in a dominant performance and secured him the title shot for the gold against the champ, Tyron Woodley. Maia now with a streak of 7 win against guys like Carlos Condit, Matt Brown, Gunnar Nelson, Neil Magny among others, has proven that deserve to be in the P4P Top Ten lists.
1.Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1)
Last April Demetrious Johnson defeated Wilson Reis via Armbar, completing his tenth title defense and tying the record of title defense with Anderson Silva. After his lost against Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight title and moving down to the flyweight division, Johnson have improved on every presentation and beating all the competition he has faced. With wins against Joseph Benavidez (twice), John Donson (Twice), Kyoji Horiguchi, Henry Cejudo, Ali Bagautinov, and Ian McCall, “Mighty Mouse” has shown why he is the #1 P4P fighter in this moment. Now after the withdrawal of Cody Garbrandt of his title fight against TJ Dillashaw for UFC 213, this could be a good opportunity for Johnson to maybe move up and test the waters of the bantamweight division again. For now it seems unlikely to happen since the event is only 7 weeks away, but moving up back to the 135 pounds division could be possibly the most logical move to Johnson in order to establish as the #1 P4P fighter right now.
MORE: According to White, Dillashaw will be re-booked to a flyweight title fight vs Demetrious Johnson in August. https://t.co/fIz68xkHhk
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2. Daniel Cormier (19-1)
Coming from submitting Anthony Johnson for his last title defense, Daniel Comier has established himself as one of the top P4P fighters at this moment. There is only one thing that can stop him from putting him as the #1 fighter, and his name is Jon Jones. In their first fight Jones was able to use his reach advantage and wresting to basically neutralize and dominate the AKA captain for the win. After Jones was stripped from the title, Comier was able to win the title against AJ and defend two times the belt in a hard-fought fight against Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. A rematch against Jones, who came back and defeated Ovince St. Preux, is already set for UFC 214 this July 29. A win against Jones could help him to put him as the #1 fighter at this moment.
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3. Stipe Miocic (17-2)
Stipe Miocic avenged his lost against Junior Dos Santos via TKO to defend successfully for the second time the Heavyweight Title. Right now, he is on a 5 win streak against Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Farbricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos (all top 5 Heavyweights at the moment he fought them). This is definitely a murderer’s row and he not only won those fights but he KO/TKO all of them. We only see a just better version of Stipe every time he comes back. Right now is not really clear who will be his next challenge. Newest challengers like Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis could need at least one more bout before getting a title shot and the only top contender left to face for Stipe, Cain Velazquez is still recovering from his back surgery last January, but the only thing that we know for sure is that Croatian Descend is a couple of fights of being considered one of the best heavyweights ever if he successfully defend his belt.
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4. Conor McGregor (21-3)
After winning the Lightweight Title against Eddie Alvarez last year, Conor McGregor became (at least for a short period of time) the first fighter to hold two belts in different divisions. Unfortunately for the MMA fans, the division would be on hold for a while because of his super fight against Floyd Mayweather. McGregor has proven that he is one of the top P4P with his title run on the featherweight division then moving up to lightweight to the champ, but still he faced the defeat against Nate Diaz in a fight that Diaz just took just in days noticed. Even when he avenged his loss against Diaz in the rematch and won, many people still think that he needs to be tested against the best in the lightweight division like Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagumenov among others in order to get ranked as the top P4P fighter in the world.
5. Jose Aldo (26-2)
There is no doubt that Jose Aldo is one of the greatest featherweight fighters of all time. He was unbeaten for almost a decade until he lost against Conor McGregor in just 13 seconds in one of the most disappointing title fights ever. Still Jose Aldo was able to come back and show one of his best performances ever against Frankie Edgar in UFC 200. With this win Aldo got the interim featherweight title after and then became the undisputed champion after Conor being stripped from the featherweight title and now he is set to defend/unify his belt against Max Holloway in one of most trilling matchups from this Year.
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6. Cody Garbrandt (11-0)
There is no doubt that Cody shocked the world with his win against Dominick Cruz for the 135 pounds world title at UFC 207. Honestly, with all pre-trash talk that they have before the fight, Cody looked sometimes lost and that maybe he would be out of focus for this fight but instead of that he put in an incredible performance and imposed his will for 5 rounds to get the bantamweight title. Unfortunately, he is battling a back injury and had to pull from his highly-anticipated match against his former training partner, TJ Dillashaw. Right now, is uncertain if the UFC is going to reschedule the match and or if they are going to look a new opponent for TJ, since there still no information yet about when the featherweight champ could be ready for the action again.
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7. Tyron Woodley (17-3-1)
Woodley won the title against Robbie Lawler in an incredible fashion at UFC 201, after having a great run defeating opponents like Dong Hyum Kim and Kelvin Gastelum. Then, he defended the title twice against the Karate standout Stephen Thompson, the first fight resulting a draw and the second one a Majority decision. Now “The Chosen One” is probably having his next defense against Demian Maia, who seems unstoppable probably in the most competitive division right now.
8. Michael Bisping (30-7)
The Count won the title in one of the most upsetting title fights ever KO’ing Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 and then defended against the legend Dan Henderson at UFC 204. After that it was announced that Bisping was set to defend against George St. Pierre in June, but St. Pierre stated that he wouldn’t able to fight until October. Bisping seemed to be happy with that but not the fans and apparently, Dana wasn’t happy either so he announced that Yoel Romero was going to be the next title challenger instead of GSP but then Bisping said he wasn’t able to fight until October due to a slight knee injury. This kind of situation is disappointing to the fans, mostly because there are several contenders (Romero, Whittaker, Mousasi) that could easily face Bisping but due to the circumstances they all will have to wait until this whole situation gets cleared up and the n the champ can defend his title.
Michael Bisping Confirms GSP Fight Off, Talks Romero-Whittaker – https://t.co/LerWDB2yXW
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9. Frankie Edgar (22-5-1)
After his second loss against Jose Aldo at UFC 200, Frankie’s future didn’t seem so clear in the division especially when he took a worst beating than their first encounter. But Frankie decided to keep going and it just seems to get better and better. Even after Decisioning Jeremy Stephens on a one-sided contest and pulverize the rising-prospect Yair Rodriguez is still unclear the future of Frankie in the division. Still we can’t forget that “The Answer” is 19-1 in not title fights and that’s impressive if you consider that Frankie has fought bigger framed guys. So even when Frankie decides to stay on featherweight or drop down to bantamweight, “The Answer” has proven enough to be part of this list.
10. Demian Maia (25-6)
After his dominant performance against Masvidal at UFC 211, Maia secured his title shot against Tyron Woodley. Even when Masvidal did a great job defending the different attempts of submission from Maia, he dominated Masvidal when the fight hit the mat. Maia is now 7-0 after his decision loss against MacDonald back in 2014 and have looked unstoppable since then, especially against his win against Condit last year. Now Maia will have his second title shot of his career (and probably last) against a hard matchup, so if the grappling wizard is able to finally get the gold, would definitely solidify him as one of the tops P4P fighters of the moment.
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