Where does Chael Sonnen go from here? He is one of the most dominating fighters in the sport, but unfortunately, he now has two losses against the top p4p fighter in the world. There are plenty of interesting match-ups for a fighter of his caliber but another run at a UFC championship, and up the p4p rankings, seems a little unlikely.
Of course, if he takes a cue from his friend and stablemate Dan Henderson, anything is possible. The legendary Henderson is 41-years old and re-enters the top 10 p4p rankings ahead of his confrontation with Jon Jones.
1. Anderson Silva UFC Middleweight Champion
With his second round destruction of Sonnen, arguments against Silva being the greatest of all time are becoming increasingly weak.
2. Jon Jones UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion
The youngest champion in UFC history has already accomplished so much. Before speculation soars as to his next move, Jones must first take on the living legend with dynamite in his right hand- Dan Henderson
3. Georges St. Pierre UFC Welterweight Champion
In a sport that revolves around a “what have you done for me lately” mentality, GSP sees his stock slip a little due to injury and time between title defenses. The long time dominant champion plans to return later this year against interim-champion, Carlos Condit.
4. Jose Aldo UFC Featherweight Champion
Since winning the WEC featherweight championship (which became the UFC championship), Jose Aldo has defended his title five times (three in the UFC). He is a phenom with destructive finishing talents. He is only 25 years old and we will be excited to watch him perform against an increasingly interesting division for a number of years.
5. Junior Dos Santos UFC Heavyweight Champion
The heavyweight champ of the world took care of business against former champion Frank Mir and will now look to defend against the man whom he took the belt from- a now surging Cain Velasquez.
6. Dominick Cruz UFC Bantamweight Champion
Having defended the bantamweight title four times, Cruz has already accomplished so much. Injury has sidelined him but he is still the division’s top dog.
7. Benson Henderson UFC Lightweight Champion
After mowing down established contenders in Jim Miller and Clay Guida, Henderson fought a tactful yet furious fight to win the belt from previously ranked #4 p4p fighter, Frankie Edgar. Henderson must now perform again against the rematch savvy Edgar.
8. Frankie Edgar former UFC Lightweight Champion
The loss against Henderson was tough for Edgar to swallow but he will get his chance at revenge. As a small fighter for the division, however, many are calling for Edgar to eventually drop weight and challenge Jose Aldo at featherweight.
9.Carlos Condit UFC Interim Welterweight Champion
His decision over notorious bad boy Nick Diaz was not the most convincing but there is little doubt that the interim champion has earned his status as one of the sport’s premiere fighters. His upcoming fight against St. Pierre will prove to be a monumental event.
10. TIE. Dan Henderson Former Pride two-division champion and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion/Rashad Evans Former UFC light heavyweight Champion
They are also tied with each other at the #2 spot for their divisional rankings. Evans recently fought champion Jones and he was the first man to take him to a decision since Stephan Bonnar in January of 2009. Henderson is coming off of a series of a tremendous high profile victories and will now get his crack at the young phenom.