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Jonny “Bones” Jones has finished 8 of his last 9 opponents. He pours on the hurt with extreme unorthodox and controlled abandon. I’m choosing to ignore the single blemish on his record created by an infamous Steve Mazzagatti reffing blunder. The king of the hill will have an overhyped challenge in Dan “Hendo” Henderson on  September 1st at UFC 151 in Mandalay Bay Events Center.  Hendo’s only chance is in cornering the champ and dropping one of those lethal H-bombs of his. Something tells me Jones will be too fast and too strong for him though.

I love the “Believe Your Eyes” highlight reals of Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. This one of course features “Bones” as he dispatches former champ Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.
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Rashad “Sugar” Evans is the only man in a long time to give the current champ a run for his money without getting finished in the process. I believe no one in the current lineup has a chance to dethrone the champ and I would love to see Rashad back in title contention. I hope he moves to middleweight and makes a run at The Spider.

Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson may surprise some for my inclusion of him in the top five, but his only loss is to Phil Davis in the beginning of his professional career and he has yet to get wrecked by the current champ, unlike most of the top contenders in the division. His fights are always exciting and his style is intent on finishing his opponents. I hope he earns the next shot.

Dan “Hendo” Henderson is on top of the division through one war after another. Don’t forget he has struggled to face high level wrestlers in the past and might be at an extreme disadvantage to the modern day fighter in Jon Jones. I believe he loses his third title shot in a division ruled by the most dangerous man to ever grab gold in the sport.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been on the wrong end of a couple seriously brutal battles recently. I doubt he will remain this high on the list. I believe his recent win against Forrest Griffin and his probable victory in his upcoming bout with the “Truth” Brandon Vera. Unfortunately, neither of these men are anywhere close to the top ten and if Shogun wishes to make any progress on this list then he better fight a higher caliber opponent eventually.

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis deserves to be number six on this list with his only loss by way of education in a unanimous schooling by Rashad. I believe he has more potential than some give him these days. Sometimes a loss is just what a contender needs to climb the mountain and become the champ. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see that happening. In my opinion he has more potential than anyone else in the light heavyweight division if he can clean up his stand up game.

Honorable mentions 

Ryan Bader

Lyoto Machida

James Te Huna

Quinton Jackson