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MMA's 10 best pound-for-pound fighters

8/12/2009

Anderson Silva has sat atop Sherdog.com's pound-for-pound rankings since September 2007. Although there always has been spirited debate about whose accomplishments reign supreme in the sport, Silva's alpha dog status came under critical fire following dismal victories over Patrick Cote and Thales Leites. Sterling wins over elite fighters Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt, as well as his pair of destructions of Rich Franklin, seemed like distant memories.

Saturday night in Philadelphia, those memories came flooding back.

In just more than three minutes, Silva destroyed Forrest Griffin -- who once held a position on this list -- in stark and brutal fashion. The victory was so convincing that "The Spider" ran away with the Sherdog.com fan poll asking readers who they consider the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. Fifty-three percent of the 40,000-plus votes cast favored the Curitiban.

The weekend was not entirely kind to pound-for-pound standouts, however. Miguel Torres -- attempting to become the first bantamweight in the history of the sport to piece together a consistent, quality résumé -- saw his 17-fight winning streak snapped as unbeaten challenger Brian Bowles punched him out in the first frame and took his spot atop the 135-pound division.