It has been a slow start for MMA's pound-for-pound elite in 2010. Moreover, the first time a divisional leader stepped into the cage this year, spoilage was on the menu.
Brian Bowles quickly, deftly climbed from rung to rung in the bantamweight division, rolling over all challengers, culminating in his sensational August knockout of Miguel Torres to take the World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight title. However, his reign atop the division and tenure on this list were short-lived. In his first defense on March 6, Bowles had no offense and no answer for upstart Dominick Cruz, who ducked, dodged, jabbed and kicked his way to two lopsided rounds before Bowles bowed out with a broken hand before Round 3.
The weeks ahead, however, will put the pound-for-pound community on display more prominently.
UFC 111 on March 27 in Newark, N.J., will host three of this list's entrants, including two against one another in a critical battle for second-fiddle status at 170 pounds. UFC 112 on April 10 in the United Arab Emirates will feature two pound-for-pound elites defending their respective divisional mantles and UFC titles. When Strikeforce returns to CBS on April 17, the newest addition to these rankings will try to convince stateside doubters he deserves pound-for-pound status by adding the Strikeforce lightweight crown to his hardware. Then, on April 24, the WEC heads to pay-per-view with the No. 1 and No. 2 featherweights in the world on the slate.
That's eight of the 10 men on this list in action over the next six weeks. How truly spoiled we are.