It's safe to say a handful will always be in the discussion.
Recently, B.J. Penn injected himself into the discussion.
The question I wondered while watching Penn dismantle Sanchez Saturday in Memphis, is it too late for the 30-year-old Hawaiian to earn the distinction?
It seems the one fight for Penn at 155 that could capture people's imaginations would be against a fighter not under contract to the UFC, Japan's
It would be great to see, but on paper it doesn't look like much of a fight for the UFC champion. Aoki is a sublime submission fighter. Would his stuff work against Penn? Doubtful. On the feet, Penn would own a substantial edge. And he's the better overall athlete.
As far as separation of talent from No. 1 ranked fighters and their challengers, I'd rank the gap from largest to smallest like this: Anderson Silva (185); Penn (155); Georges St. Pierre (170); Fedor (heavyweight);
Mir (13-4) has always grappled with power, and the additional 20 pounds of muscle he added since losing to
I have my doubts that the size will be better for his career. Granted this all happened in 71 seconds, but Mir looked less fluid, less quick and less agile than he had in the past. Give him credit for the heavy punch that dropped Kongo (14-6-1) prior to the choke, I'm just not so sure he'd be able to keep any kind of pace past the second half of Round 2.
In the main event, Penn used more than 20 minutes to obliterate the left side of Sanchez's face, highlighted by the fight-ending canyon of a cut on the challenger's forehead.