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UFC Fighters and Weight Classes

One of the primary reasons for the growth in popularity of mixed martial arts is the number of exceptional fighters found in every weight class. Ironically, for a sport that in its infancy didn't have any separate weight classes today there is a very deep talent pool with high level competitors in every weight class from heavyweight all the way down to lightweight. And despite the UFC's assimilation of smaller promotions like the Borg Collective in 'Star Trek' there are excellent fighters in promotions all over the world.

At heavyweight, the UFC has a dominating champion in Cain Velasquez with some popular contenders including Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos. At light heavyweight, talented youngster Jon Jones looks like he could potentially dominate at that weight class as well. He's younger, bigger and stronger than most of the contenders in the division including over the hill Tito Ortiz, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and 'Shogun' Rua. Strikeforce's Muhammad 'King Mo' Lawal may not have as much experience as Jones but has a similar type of size and power.

At middleweight, Anderson Silva and Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza rank among the top competitors with contenders like Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann and Vitor Belfort. At welterweight, Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz rank among the best at the weight and are likely #1 and #1A for the best 'pound for pound' fighters in the sport. They'll face off later this year in a rare UFC main event that might actually live up to their over the top hype and histrionics. The welterweight division is one of the deepest in the sport including strong contenders like Jake Shields, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn (moving up from lightweight) and Josh Koscheck.

The lightweight division is one of the most exciting in the sport and currently ruled by Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and Japanese submission machine Shinya Aoki are also at the top of the division followed by a deep pool of contenders including Gray Maynard, Eddie Alverez and Clay Guida.

For more information and analysis of the top MMA fighters in every weight class check out our fighter profiles here at UFCBetting.com.