The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the premiere mixed martial arts promotion in the world. When talking about the top fight companies, UFC is the easy No. 1 pick, while promotions like Strikeforce, Titan Fighting Championship and Bellator Fighting Championship fight over the second spot. To be the best fighter in the world, you need to compete in the UFC and succeed. Currently, just five fighters have gone undefeated in the UFC with at least five fights (WEC records excluded). Where do these fighters rank?
1. Anderson Silva, UFC Middleweight Champion, 15-0 UFC record
Silva is easily the greatest fighter in the promotion and the greatest fighter in the history of the sport. He has beaten the best fighters in the world and for the most part, has done so with relative ease. He has knocked off Chael Sonnen and Rich Franklin (2x each), Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Yushin Okami, Vitor Belfort and several other top fighters.
2. Junior dos Santos, UFC Heavyweight Champion, 9-0 UFC record
If it weren't for Silva, dos Santos would be at the top of the list. The dangerous heavyweight has great striking and scary knockout power. The way he demolished Cain Velasquez to win the heavyweight title can attest to the power behind his hands.
3. Benson Henderson, UFC Lightweight Champion, 5-0 UFC record
Henderson has quietly had five fights in the UFC since WEC fighters moved to the promotion, and is showing everyone that the WEC had great fighters. He has defeated Frankie Edgar twice inside the Octagon, and has also knocked off other top contenders like Clay Guida and Jim Miller.
4. Chris Weidman, 5-0 UFC record
The middleweight division's biggest prospect has gone 5-0 inside the Octagon and has already had many people calling for a title shot with Anderson Silva. Unfortunately for him, Silva is fighting Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in a light heavyweight fight and has aspirations of fighting Georges St-Pierre after that. Weidman's time will come as he could be the man to dethrone Silva.
5. Travis Browne, 4-0-1 record
Browne has beaten some tough heavyweights since joining the UFC, including Stefan Struve, Rob Broughton and Chad Griggs, but hasn't fought anyone like his next opponent, Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, yet. Still, he makes the list in the fifth spot since he has fought five times in the promotion.
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of mixed martial arts since the days of Tank Abbott and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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