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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 11946205 Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight champion (32-4, 15-0 UFC) Anderson+Silva%2C+UFC+middleweight+champion+%2832-4%2C+15-0+UFC%29 UFC

At UFC 148 on July 7, "The Spider" snuffed out Chael Sonnen, the only man to even sniff any success against the champ in recent memory. Silva has not lost a fight in more than six years and has UFC president Dana White's endorsement as the greatest fighter, in any sport, of all time. Another win over Sonnen only furthers that sentiment.

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 29672117 Jon Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion (16-1, 10-1 UFC) Jon+Jones%2C+UFC+light+heavyweight+champion+%2816-1%2C+10-1+UFC%29 UFC

Jones, while not injured, has had some problems of his own in the form of a DUI arrest in May. Inside the cage, however, he's arguably been the most impressive fighter of the past 18 months. The champ will get back to work in September when he fights Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in Las Vegas.

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 11946223 Georges St. Pierre, UFC welterweight champion (22-2, 16-2 UFC) Georges+St.+Pierre%2C+UFC+welterweight+champion+%2822-2%2C+16-2+UFC%29 UFC

You guessed it. Another champion, another injury. St. Pierre had successful knee surgery in December and is on his road to recovery, targeting a UFC 154 return in November against Carlos Condit.

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 11946225 Jose Aldo, UFC featherweight champion (21-1, 3-0 UFC) Jose+Aldo%2C+UFC+featherweight+champion+%2821-1%2C+3-0+UFC%29 UFC

Another victim of the injury bug, Aldo was scheduled to headline UFC 149, but was forced out of his title fight with Erik Koch. The Brazilian did not require surgery and is expecting to be ready to fight around October.

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 29833634 Dominick Cruz, UFC bantamweight champion (19-1, 2-0 UFC) Dominick+Cruz%2C+UFC+bantamweight+champion+%2819-1%2C+2-0+UFC%29 UFC

Cruz has battled with injuries much of the last two years, with another scrapping his scheduled title fight with fellow TUF coach Urijah Faber. Faber will now fight Renan Barao for the interim Bantamweight belt at UFC 149 in Calgary

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 30848189 Benson Henderson, UFC lightweight champion (16-2, 4-0 UFC) Benson+Henderson%2C+UFC+lightweight+champion+%2816-2%2C+4-0+UFC%29 UFC

The former WEC standout is undefeated since transitioning to the UFC and captured the lightweight title along the way. A rematch with Frankie Edgar at UFC 150 in Denver is next for the champ.

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 30260285 Dan Henderson (29–8, 6-2 in UFC) Dan+Henderson+%2829%26ndash%3B8%2C+6-2+in+UFC%29 UFC

Perhaps nobody on this list has tested themselves within the sport of MMA as much as Dan Henderson. Taking fights at three different weight classes against the best in the world, "Hendo" has proven himself to be one of the greatest of all time. He'll have another stiff test when he takes on Jon Jones at UFC 151.

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 29833635 Gilbert Melendez, Strikeforce lightweight champion (21-2, 11-1 Strikeforce) Gilbert+Melendez%2C+Strikeforce+lightweight+champion+%2821-2%2C+11-1+Strikeforce%29 UFC

The lone Strikeforce fighter on the list, Melendez has proven he can hang with the big boys over the course of his career. "El Nino" has said time and time again that he'd like to test his skills in the UFC, but to date, nothing seems to be in the works.

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 30848190 Junior dos Santos, UFC heavyweight champion (15-1, 9-0 UFC) Junior+dos+Santos%2C+UFC+heavyweight+champion+%2815-1%2C+9-0+UFC%29 UFC

The UFC heavyweight champion makes the list after impressive victories over Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir. Alistair Overeem is waiting in the wings, but all signs point to a Velasquez rematch before that scrap happens.

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UFC 1318583 43 Latest MMA pound-for-pound rankings 30848187 Joseph Benavidez, UFC flyweight title challenger (16-2, 3-0 UFC) Joseph+Benavidez%2C+UFC+flyweight+title+challenger+%2816-2%2C+3-0+UFC%29 UFC

Benavidez caught some bad luck when Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall had to rematch, putting "JoeJitsu" on the sidelines until an opponent for the inaugural flyweight title was decided. He'll now face Johnson for the 125-pound strap in the coming months.

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