Rankings: Jones run can't dislodge Silva

Rankings: Silva stays top

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Anderson Silva is, once again, the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. And, yes, the sun rises in the East, sets in the West and the Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since before your grandparents were born.

Silva landed 22 of the 24 votes cast by mixed martial arts journalists in the March Yahoo! Sports MMA ratings.

It’s hard to argue with Silva’s voting dominance. He’s unbeaten in the UFC, going 14-0. He’s only gone to a decision twice in those fights. He’s 11-0 in title fights and holds just about every meaningful record there is to hold.

That said, there is another guy who is worthy of being recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was just 19 when Silva began his remarkable UFC run. As remarkable as that run has been, however, it pales in comparison to what Jones accomplished in 2011.

He choked out Ryan Bader in a fight for the No. 1 contender spot, stopped Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to win the 205-pound title and then successfully defended it with submission victories over former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida.

It was, without question, the greatest year a UFC fighter has had. He beat three world champions in a very one-sided manner and he stopped a previously unbeaten fighter whom many had tagged as a potential title-holder.

The best part is, Jones still has growth and can get even better.

Silva did nothing to lose the top spot. Jones simply snatched it away from him.

Whether Jones can maintain Silva’s long run of excellence remains to be seen. But when you’re considering the best at the present moment, it has to be the guy beating the best opposition possible in the most convincing manner possible.

As great as Silva is, to me, right now that’s Jon “Bones” Jones.

With that, let’s get to the results of the voting.

10. Rashad Evans

Points: 42

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Light heavyweight

Record: 22-1-1

Last outing: W5 Phil Davis, Jan. 28

Previous ranking: 9

Up next: Title challenge vs. No. 2 Jon Jones at UFC 145, April 21

9. Frankie Edgar

Points: 48

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Lightweight

Record: 14-2-1

Last outing: L5 Benson Henderson, Feb. 25

Previous ranking: 5

Up next: Title challenge vs. No. 7 Benson Henderson, date/site TBA

8. Gilbert Melendez

Points: 51

Affiliation: Strikeforce (lightweight champion)

Weight class: Lightweight

Record: 20-2

Last outing: W5 Jorge Masvidal, Dec. 17

Previous ranking: T8

Up next: Nothing scheduled

7. Benson Henderson

Points: 74

Affiliation: UFC

Weight class: Lightweight (UFC champion)

Record: 15-2

Last outing: W5 Frankie Edgar, Feb. 25

Previous ranking: NR

Up next: Title defense vs. No. 9 Edgar, date/site TBA

6. Junior dos Santos

Points: 85

Affiliation: UFC (heavyweight champion)

Weight class: Heavyweight

Record: 14-1

Last outing: TKO1 Cain Velasquez, Nov. 12

Previous ranking: 7

Up next: Title defense vs. Alistair Overeem at UFC 146, May 26

5. Dominick Cruz

Points: 139

Affiliation: UFC (bantamweight champion)

Weight class: Bantamweight

Record: 18-1

Last outing: W5 Demetrious Johnson, Oct. 1

Previous ranking: 6

Up next: Title defense vs. Urijah Faber at UFC 148, July 7

4. Jose Aldo

Points: 172

Affiliation: UFC (featherweight champion)

Weight class: Featherweight

Record: 21-1

Last outing: TKO1 Chad Mendes, Jan. 14

Previous ranking: 4

Up next: Title defense vs. TBA at UFC 149 in Calgary, July 21

3. Georges St. Pierre

Points: 193

Affiliation: UFC (welterweight champion)

Weight class: Welterweight

Record: 22-2

Last outing: W5 Jake Shields, April 30

Previous ranking: 3

Up next: Out with injury; nothing scheduled

2. Jon Jones

Points: 211 (2 of 24 first-place votes)

Affiliation: UFC (light heavyweight champion)

Weight class: Light heavyweight

Record: 15-1

Last outing: Submission 2 Lyoto Machida, Dec. 10

Previous ranking: 2

Up next: Title defense vs. No. 10 Rashad Evans at UFC 145, April 21

1. Anderson Silva

Points: 238 (22 of 24 first-place votes)

Affiliation: UFC (middleweight champion)

Weight class: Middleweight

Record: 31-4

Last outing: TKO2 Yushin Okami, Aug. 27

Previous ranking: 1

Up next: Title defense vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 147, June 16

Others receiving votes: Dan Henderson, 37; Carlos Condit, 16; Gray Maynard, 5; Joseph Benavidez, 4; Alistair Overeem, 3; Chael Sonnen, 1

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