GMS Academy member Will Rooney runs down the top 10 MMA middleweights....
1. Chris Weidman
It was the biggest upset since Frankie Edgar spoilt BJ Penn's party in Abu Dhabi when Weidman dethroned Anderson Silva for the Middleweight title. Some call it luck and Silva's cockiness that caused Weidmann to get the KO victory. Call it how you wish but it was impressive and he'll have have his chance to defend his title for the first time in the rematch on December 28th.
2. Anderson Silva
Arguably the best MMA fighter of all time, however he no longer possesses his MW crown. He had walked through the rest of the 185 lbs division before his KO loss to Weidmann. His boastfulness style finally caught up to him, however he has been given an immediate rematch to avenge his only UFC defeat.
3. Vitor Belfort
Since rejoining the UFC in 2009, 'The Phenom' has only lost twice. They were two title fights against Anderson Silva and Jon Jones on short notice for the Light Heavyweight title. He's looked unstoppable in this others, stopping former Strikeforce MW champion Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping in his last two fights at MW. He meets Dan Henderson at LH this month and a win could earn him a title shot at the winner of Silva and Weidmann.
4. Lyoto Machida
Successful weight cut and another highlight reel KO for the former UFC LH champion. Machida looked superb in his 185lbs debut against Mark Munoz where he won in impressive fashion. Machida's style is tricky and a win in his upcoming fight against Gerard Mousasi could have him fighting for the title next year.
5. Ronaldo Souza
Since losing his Strikeforce MW title to Luke Rockhold, he has not lost a single fight. Before he relied solely in the world class Jiu-Jitsu. However since his striking has come on leaps and bounds. His most recent victory via TKO over Yushin Okami highlighted this.
6. Yushin Okami
Okami was very harshly cut from the UFC after his loss to Souza. He was 13-5 in the company including wins over Alan Belcher (2), Hector Lombard and Mark Munoz. He's still a top 185er and has signed for World Series of Fighting where he'll make how debut early 2014.
7. Michael Bisping
Bisping is Britain's greatest MMA star and rightly so. His latest win came over Alan Belcher where he worked his way to a decision. He unfortunately had to pull from a fight with Mark Munoz in October due to an eye injury and won't be seen until the middle of next year.
8. Luke Rockhold
Rockhold came into the UFC as a dominant MW champion in Strikeforce. It was a losing debut again Vitor Belfort and was forced to pull out of his fight against Tim Boetsch at UFC 166.
9. Mark Munoz
Since dropping to MW from 185lbs, Munoz has looked fantastic. His latest win over Tim Boetsch was a mature display of striking and his wrestling. He was stunned by Machida last month and will be look to bounce straight back from the loss.
10. Mamed Kalidov
A dominant champion in Poland's KSW promotion. However his biggest win come against Jorge Santiago. That was almost 4 years ago however Kalidov has improved significantly since. Any sniff at a chance to fight in either the UFC or America has also been quickly shut down and if he wants to prove himself, at 33, it needs to come sooner rather than later.
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