Inside Fights MMA Pound for Pound Rankings – February 2011

1. Georges St. Pierre

“With over 50,000 of his fellow Canadians packed in the Rogers Center on April 30th, Georges St. Pierre is sure to receive an enthusiastic welcome when he walks out to face challenger Jake Shields. Should he defeat Shields then it looks ever more likely that he’ll move up in weight to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title. ” – Will Cooling

1. Anderson Silva

“Anderson Silva draws level with Georges St. Pierre after several months of being a clear second in our rankings after a dazzling performance against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. The front kick that knocked out Belfort showed Silva at his best – the ingenuity, the speed and the power. Now he waits to see whether GSP can secure the victory at UFC 129 that will set up the long awaited P4P clash between the two.” – Will Cooling

3. Jose Aldo

“Injury may have delayed the UFC debut for the featherweight king, but Jose Aldo knows that he can’t expect a warm welcome when he faces challenger Mark Hominick in his home province of Ontario, Canada at UFC 129.” – Will Cooling

4. Cain Velasquez

The UFC Heavyweight Champion is currently out injured with a torn rotator cuff and will be watching with interest when top contender Junior Dos Santos and former champion Brock Lesnar meet at UFC 131.” – Will Cooling

5. Frankie Edgar

“Frankie Edgar’s coming out party as lightweight champion did not go according to plan as he was held to a draw by challenger Gray Maynard. With the instant rematch booked for UFC 130 Edgar will have to prove that is the better man and worthy of holding his title.” – Will Cooling

6. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

“After nine months away from the Octagon, Shogun nears his return date of March 19th when he will face breakout sensation Jon ‘Bones’ Jones. The match may prove extremely difficult for Rua, especially as he has a history of struggling in his first matches back after prolonged injury layoffs. ” – Will Cooling

7. Jake Shields

“Jake Shields’ victory against Martin Kampmann earned him a long awaited shot at the UFC Welterweight Title but the manner of his performance asked more questions than it answered, with Shields clearly struggling in the second half of the fight as the 20Ibs weight cut played havoc with his conditioning. He’ll have to improve if he’s to be competitive against Georges St. Pierre” – Will Cooling

8. Dominick Cruz

“WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz is currently on the injured list waiting to see which contender will break out of the pack and next challenge for his title. He’ll no doubt be looking extra careful at Urijah Faber’s UFC debut on March 19th .” – Will Cooling

9. Jon Fitch

“With Jake Shields confirmed as the new number one contender at 170Ibs, division mainstay Jon Fitch will be looking to add a sixth victory to his long winning streak when he face BJ Penn at UFC 127 in a make or break fight .” – Will Cooling

10. Eddie Alvarez

“The Bellator Lightweight Champion is currently preparing for a new season on the organization’s new home of MTV2 with a defense against Pat Curran scheduled for April 2nd.” – Will Cooling

Also received votes: Alistair Overeem, Gilbert Melendez , Jon Jones

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