Continuing with the Yahoo! Sports Top 10:
5. Anderson "Spider" Silva
Weight class: Middleweight (UFC middleweight champion)
Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil
2007 results def. Travis Lutter, Round 2 TKO, Feb 3; def. Nate Marquardt, Round 1 TKO, July 7
Analysis: Silva has largely answered the questions about perceived weaknesses against takedowns. The Spider dismantled Rich Franklin to win the title last October, beat Lutter despite a knee injury, and looked lethal in his win over Marquardt. UFC hasn’t had much luck building to main events this year, but they came up aces with the Silva-Franklin rematch in October.
4. Dan Henderson
Weight class: Light heavyweight (PRIDE lt. heavyweight and middleweight champion)
Hometown: Victorville, Calif.
2007 results def. Wanderlei Silva, Round 3 KO, Feb. 24
Analysis: Henderson became the first man in MMA history to hold major titles in two weight classes when he KO’d Silva in Las Vegas. Henderson, who is going to focus on the 205-lb. division, is going to have a chance to add more gold to his collection when he faces Quinton Jackson on Sept. 8 in London in the most-anticipated match on the horizon.
3. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Weight class: Light heavyweight (UFC lt. heavyweight champion)
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
2007 results def. Marvin Eastman, Round 2 TKO, Feb. 3; def. Chuck Liddell, Round 1 TKO, May 26
Analysis: One big right hand and four hammer fists were all it took to vault Rampage up toward the top of the list. Jackson’s dismantling of Chuck Liddell for the UFC light heavyweight title under the biggest media glare in North American MMA has a way of securing your place in the poll.
2. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Weight class: Light heavyweight
Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil
2007 results def. Alistair Overeem, round 1 KO, Feb. 24
Analysis: Shogun makes his UFC debut on Sept. 22 in Anaheim against Forrest Griffin, so the vast majority of American fight fans are about to find out what the fuss is all about. Rua has won 12 of his past 13 fights, including a KO of Qunton Jackson, and his only loss was due to a stoppage because of a broken arm.
1. Fedor Emelianenko
Points: 80 (8 first-place votes)
Affiliation: PRIDE, BodogFight
Weight class: Heavyweight (PRIDE heavyweight champion)
Hometown: Stary Oskol, Russia
Record: 26-1 (1 no-contest)
2007 results: def. Matt Lindland, round 1 submission, April 14
Analysis: It doesn’t get more clear-cut than this. The only real question is, when will UFC president Dana White bring the world’s best fighter into the UFC? Fedor beat game middleweight Matt Lindland in April, but has not fought an A-list heavyweight since beating Mirko Cro Cop nearly two years ago.
Votes for others: Mirko Cro Cop 17; Kid Yammamoto 10; Matt Hughes 14; Rich Franklin 4; Matt Serra 3; Shinya Aoki 1; Takanori Gomi 1; Urijah Faber 1.
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- Anderson Silva
- Quinton Jackson