Originally Posted by maverickBU
Oy, these are tough, cause so much of it is subjective and MMA is so much of a "what have you done for me lately" type sport. But for a current P4P, I'd go with something like this:
1) Fedor Emilianenko
2) Anderson Silva
4) Miguel Torres
5) Lyoto Machida
Those are about the only 5 right now that I feel comfortable saying are and will be dominant for years to come. Not necessarily undefeated, but they will be at the top of their divisions til time or their own choices stop them, not competition.
On a side note, I get BJ's pure talent, and that's why he has so many fans, but I don't get why he's on everyone's P4P lists. A jiujitsu ace whose done really well translating it to MMA, but he's 13-5-1 with wildly overestimated striking. His recent "impressive" wins are all over recently exposed one-dimensional fighters (see Sherk, Stevenson, aging Pulver). I need to see a dominant win over Florian to even consider im in my P4P top list.
Great list, I like that Torres was included, to be 37-1 in MMA is unbelievable. I completely agree with the BJ Penn statement as well, I think he has all the potential in the world to be on the list, but his downfall is he can be lazy. I'm really looking forward to see him and Florian go at it, Florian's improvement since TUF is day and night. I would love to watch him avenge his loss against Diego Sanchez.