The 411 MMA Top 10 10.08.12: Top 10 English Fighters
Hey there gentle readers, I am Alex Rella and this is the MMA Top Ten. This week we will be looking at ten English Fighters. But first,
Thoughts from last week and other random stuff:
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Back to this week’s list
This week’s column is on the top ten English fighters today. Last week’s UFC event was held in Nottingham so why not. There are a few fighters on that card that will make the cut this week. There has yet to be an English UFC champion but there are some top fighters moving up in the rankings. There are also some top fighters in other organizations. So this week’s list was made based on overall success, past titles or title opportunities, record, and some opinion
• Ronnie Mann: has 21-5-1 record and is a respectable fighter in Bellator’s featherweight division.
• Phil De Fries: 9-1 record (2-1 UFC) and has a big fight with Matt Mitrione coming up at UFC 155.
• Jimi Manuwa: 12-0 and just had his first fight in the UFC last week when he wrecked Kyle Kingsbury.
John Maguire had his seven fight win streak broken against John Hathaway last month in England in a rather dull fight. Maguire has a respectable 18-4 record but probably won’t make a title run anytime soon. The One will be a solid fighter in the UFC’s welterweight division for some time but his “Gypsy Jiu-Jitsu” isn’t good enough to beat any top fighters.
Unfortunately I had to put this tool on the list. Paul Daley is currently fighting in Bellator’s welterweight division and has a fight coming up at Bellator 79 in November. Daley was banned for life from the UFC for life after a post fight incident at UFC 113. Josh Koscheck owned him in a number one contender fight which lead to Daley walking over to Koscheck after the fight and throwing a punch. This was the best punch he threw all night and the last one he would throw in the UFC. Daley has also unsuccessfully challenged for the Strikeforce and EliteXC welterweight championships. So there is some skill there when he can make weight.
Rosi Sexton is currently one of the top female fighters in the world at 125 pounds. The Surgeon (cool nickname) is from Manchester and is currently fighting for Cage Warriors Fighting Championships. Sexton has a title fight coming up later this month against Sheila Gaff. Sexton has a 13-2 record and has previously competed in Elite XC and Bellator. The only two losses of her career were against Gina Carrano and Bellator’s current champion Zoila Gurgel. Sexton is also a sports therapist, osteopath, and writer for Fighters Only magazine. Yea I had to look up what an osteopath is too.
Ross Pearson’s hopes of fighting Jose Aldo were killed when Cub Swanson beat him earlier this year but Pearson has carved out a respectable place in the UFC for himself. Pearson won TUF season 9 when he defeated fellow Englishman Andre Winner. Pearson spent the first part of his career fighting at lightweight but moved down to featherweight in 2011. Pearson is currently coaching TUF: The Smashes opposite George Sotiropoulos. Pearson will be moving back up to lightweight for their fight that will take place December 15 in Australia.
So Sass lost for the first time in his career last month in England. The submission specialist was submitted by Matt Wiman in an exciting quick fight that was a bit of an upset. A loss may have set him back in his climb up the lightweight division but Sass should still be considered a top prospect at only 24 years old. Twelve of Sass’ thirteen victories have been by submission and this includes wins over Jacob Volkmann and Michael Johnson. Expect him to take some time off and get right back to submitting guys.
One Punch picked up his first knockout victory inside the UFC in England last month against Yves Jabouin. Brad Pickett is one of the most exciting and versatile fighters in the UFC’s bantamweight division right now. Pickett was defeated by the current interim bantamweight champion Barao but the division is shallow enough that we might see a rematch. Pickett has a 22-6 record with a win over current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Pickett was also in consideration to replace Cruz earlier this year in the title fight against Faber. It looks like One Punch is going to break through to the top pretty soon.
The Hitman’s last fight with compatriot John Maguire was pretty bad but at least he won. Maguire now has a 17-1 record and is 7-1 in the UFC. So while the lackluster win may not have made a lot of people excited about seeing Hathaway fight again, he has won three in a row and is moving up through the UFC’s welterweight division. Hathaway may be two wins away or so from breaking through to the top level of welterweights. But actually finishing an opponent will be big for his career.
The Outlaw Dan Hardy was successful this month as he defeated TUF season 7 winner, Amir Sabdollah in England. It certainly wasn’t the biggest win of his career but he continues to rebound and it was an entertaining fight. Hardy has been fighting in the UFC since 2008 and earned a welterweight title shot after winning the first four fights in the octagon. Hardy lost to GSP by unanimous decision at UFC 111 and then lost his next three fights. Hardy has now won two in a row and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here. I don’t think Hardy will ever challenge for the title again but he could solidify his position as an entertaining fighter on the main card. Maybe Hardy will get that fight with Matt Hughes.
Born in London, raised in the Netherlands, and now fighting out of Miami, Alistair Overeem is currently one of the best heavyweights in the world even though he is still suspended until December. Overeem is the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, Dream Heavyweight Champion, and K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. During his career Overeem has defeated top fighters like Belfort, Lesnar, and Werdum. Though, some of these wins were while he was eating horse meat. Even with the suspension Overeem will likely be placed right back into the title picture when he comes back.
I really hope Michael Bisping gets a title shot against Anderson Silva. I think Bisping has the best claim for the title shot right now in the middleweight division though I wouldn’t mind a true number one contender fight against the winner of Weidman/Boetsch. Bisping has been in the UFC since 2006 when he won TUF season 3. Bisping started his career at light heavyweight but moved down to middleweight after his first career loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 78. From 2010 to 2011 Bisping would get four straight wins and finally earn a number one contender fight against Chael Sonnen at Fox 2. He suffered a questionable loss but just rebounded at UFC 152 with a win over Brian Stann to keep him at the top of the division. Dana White seemed interested in having Bisping vs Silva in England after the UFC’s recent trip there. Hopefully it happens.
• So let me know how you guys would rank them or maybe I left a fighter out that you thought should be in the top 10.
• As always, let me know if there are any topics or fighters you would like to see ranked in the future.
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• Next week will be Anderson Silva’s top ten fights.
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