Written by: Kevin Early
1. George St. Pierre
People rag on George St. Pierre because he has a ton of decision victories. They say he does not have the killer instinct. I disagree. I love finishes but George St. Pierre is one of the best game-planners in all of MMA. He is well-conditioned and loves to find people's weaknesses. Josh Koscheck is a wrestler so St. Pierre out-strikes him. Dan Hardy is a striker so St. Pierre takes him down. You get the idea. He is undoubtedly the #2 p4p fighter in the world and to top it off, he is a nice guy.
Coming off wins over Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger and Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit has propelled himself to the number one contender (for the second time). I am with out a doubt a Carlos Condit fan and have been for a while. He recently lost to St. Pierre. Since he is the only fighter to even put St. Pierre in a bad spot, he stays as my number two welterweight.
Take away Ellenberger’s loss to Carlos Condit and “The Juggernaut” has been running through everyone. Look for him to face my number 4, Johny Hendricks, for a shot at the winner of Condit-St. Pierre.
Where the hell did this guy come from? He went 4-0 in the UFC but lost to Rick Story. Since then he has been on a tear. By far his most impressive win is his one-punch knockout of Jon Fitch. He has some serious power and a very serious beard.
Although he suffered a devastating loss to Johny Hendricks, Jon Fitch is still one of the best fighters in the welterweight division. He only has two losses in the UFC and one of those is to the current champion. The UFC did not want a rematch and he has stayed as the number two welterweight for a long time until now.
Nick Diaz has always been one of my least favorite personalities in the UFC (notice how I did not say fighters). His whining and generally bad attitude has prevented me from becoming a fan but that does not mean he is not one hell of a fighter. With more time (if he doesn’t retire) he could move up this list.
Josh Koscheck is a poor man’s Jon Fitch. He will never be a title holder as long as St. Pierre is around. I do not know if he will ever get a shot but he does have some significant wins and has improved tons since his ultimate fighter days.
Keep in mind that I had never seen Jake Shields fight before he got to the UFC. I was extremely unimpressed with his first three performances. I did not think he deserved a title fight by a long shot. Luckily for him, people considered him to be one of the best fighters not in the UFC (which makes a great case for the UFC being by far the best MMA promotion) and still believe he is a great fighter. He picked up a recent win over “Sexyama” but he has been on a four-fight losing streak.
Rory Macdonald only has one loss in his MMA career. That loss is to Carlos Condit, whose wins get more and more impressive as this list goes on. He is expected to face Che Mills at UFC 145. If he can keep this up, he will quickly move up into title contender status.
Diego Sanchez’s career has been a bumpy ride. Once thought to be a true contender, he has since lost to a lot of people on this list. Sanchez cannot seem to keep a win streak going and needs to rethink his strategy. If not, he will never be a top five welterweight.
This year’s National Football League draft gets underway on Thursday night (4/25) in New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. The ceremony will begin at 8ET and be televised on ESPN. One can only wonder what the wild and crazy Jets fans will have to cheer (or jeer) about now that the N.Y. American Conference franchise has picked up an extra first round pick for the newly departed Darrelle Revis, who is en route to the Sunshine State as a member of the Bucs.
There are no Andrew Lucks or RG3’s available in this year’s pool of NCAA players. …
Perhaps you missed “Inside the NBA” on Sunday night following the Thunders demolishment of the Houston Rockets. If so, let me fill you in on a comment made by Charles Barkley referring to the day’s activities. Sir Charles stated “This may be the worst playoffs we have ever seen.” Kenny, Shaq and Ernie were quick to clarify he meant the first round matchups thus far. This was confirmed and I tend to agree.
While things got off to a somewhat competitive start on Saturday they quickly deteriorated into blow outs the rest of the way. …
With the NBA playoffs just under way it is time to take a quick look back at the regular season and evaluate which individual players and coach made the greatest contributions to their respective franchises success this year.
We will start our in-depth analysis with Most Valuable Player, Candidates: LeBron James
Winner: LeBron James.
OK, perhaps it won’t be so “in-depth” after all. This award has been the most discussed of any, dating back to March 1. To mention anyone else’s name in this category would be NBA blasphemy. …