Yahoo! Sports own Dave Meltzer takes a look at B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva, all UFC champions who seem to have a stranglehold on their divisions.
This current period, with all three fighters defending their titles in a two-week span, is a prime example. St. Pierre retained his welterweight title against Dan Hardy on March 27, in a fight where odds favoring the champion at fight time in some circles were as high as 14-1 in the hours before the match.
At UFC 112, on April 10 in Abu Dhabi, Penn is going into his lightweight title defense against wrestler/boxer Frankie Edgar as an 8-1 favorite. Silva, the middleweight champion, on the same night is a similar 8-1 favorite over submission specialist Demian Maia.
None of the three seem to have a new contender on the horizon which most fans would see as a competitive championship match. St. Pierre destroyed the current top welterweight contender, Jon Fitch, so badly in 2008, that nobody, except possibly Fitch himself, is clamoring to see a rematch.
Take a look at Meltzer's article, then come back here and tell us. Who do you think is the UFC's best champ?
- Anderson Silva
- Dave Meltzer