Who is the best pound for pound MMA fighter to date?

Best all-around fighter based off of their accomplishments and skill. The fighters can be from UFC, Bellator, Pride or any of the older promotions.

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Anderson Silva

Anderson da Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history, which ended in 2013 with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses. He has 12 post-fight bonus a... wards. Silva is ranked as the #2 middleweight in the world by multiple publications including Sherdog and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world according to ESPN, Sherdog, Yahoo! Sports and other publications. UFC president Dana White and other publications have called Silva the greatest mixed martial artist of all time   more
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Georges St-Pierre

Georges St-Pierre, often referred to as GSP, is a Canadian mixed martial artist and the current Welterweight Champion of the UFC. St-Pierre has for several years been ranked as the #1 welterweight in the world according to Sherdog, and numerous othe... r publications. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 he was named the Canadian Athlete of the Year by Rogers Sportsnet   more
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Randy Couture

Randy Duane Couture is an American actor, retired mixed martial artist, collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler. During his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Couture became a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light Heavyweig... ht Champion, an Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and was the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner. Couture is the first fighter to hold two UFC championship titles in two different divisions. Couture has competed in a record 15 title fights. He holds the most title reigns in the UFC with five. His last fight with Lyoto Machida marked his 24th fight in the UFC, the third largest number of fights in the UFC. Couture is the fourth member of the UFC Hall of Fame. He is the only person over the age of 40 to have won a UFC championship fight, having done so four times.Couture was an Olympic wrestling alternate and has lived in Corvallis, Oregon, throughout much of his career, where he served as an assistant wrestling coach and a strength and conditioning coach for Oregon State University. He established Team Quest with Matt Lindland and Dan Henderson, a training camp for fighters, based out of Gresham, Oregon, and headed by coach Robert Folis. In 2005, Couture moved to Las Vegas, where he opened his own extensive chain of gyms under the name Xtreme Couture. He currently trains at his Las Vegas-based gym. Couture partnered with Bas Rutten in the opening of Legends Gym in Hollywood, California   more
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Demetrious Johnson

Demetrious Khrisna Johnson is an American mixed martial artist. He is the first ever and the current Flyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently holds the longest active championship reign at ten title defenses.
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B.J. Penn

Jay Dee "B.J." Penn; nicknamed The Prodigy, is an American mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Penn debuted and competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Prior to fighting for the UFC, he became the first American Gold m... edalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In mixed martial arts, Penn has competed in the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. As a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, he is only the second fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes. Through his tenures as champion, Penn unified the UFC Lightweight Championship when he defeated Sean Sherk, thus, becoming the division's first Undisputed Champion; as well as broke the UFC's all-time lightweight title defenses record.During his reign, B.J. Penn holds the distinction of being undefeated at lightweight for over eight years, surpassing many of the UFC's lightweight divisional records in the process. Penn is famously known for his willingness to fight only the top competition throughout his career, which, on numerous occasions, involved moving up in multiple weight classes. In early 2004, following his back-to-back submission victories over Takanori Gomi and Matt Hughes, he became the only fighter in mixed martial arts history to simultaneously hold number one rankings in the two different divisions; lightweight and welterweight   more
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Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez is an American mixed martial artist fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is a two-time and current UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is currently ranked the No. 1 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
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José Aldo

José Aldo is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who competes as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is the first and current UFC Featherweight Champion. Aldo was also the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion. Aldo is...  ranked as the #1 featherweight in the world by Sherdog, ranked #3 in their pound-for-pound list, and was named the 2009 Fighter of the Year. Aldo is primarily a Muay Thai striker and has won the majority of his fights by KO/TKO   more
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Ronda Rousey

Ronda Jean Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and judoka. She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She has defeated all of her opponents by armbar in the f... irst round. Rousey became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.Rousey trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy, and Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club. She formerly trained at the Olympic Training Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts under guidance of Jimmy Pedro and is now part of Team Hayastan in Santa Monica, California. Rousey also trains with Romanian Leo Frîncu and Gene Lebell, along with Team Hayastan fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan and Sako Chivitchian. She is managed by Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe MMA. In July 2012, Rousey enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker as striking coach.Rousey is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to MMARising, MMAWeekly, and many other publications. She is also ranked #1 at 135 pounds according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings   more
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Jon Jones

Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones, is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. When he won the title in March 2011, he became the youngest champion in...  UFC history. As of December 2012, he was ranked as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by various media outlets. According to MMA Mania and Sherdog, Jones is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world   more
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Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts. Various mixed-style contests took place through... out Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. In 1980 CV Productions, Inc. Created the first regulated MMA league in the United States named Tough Guy Contest, later renamed Battle of the Superfighters, sanctioning ten tournaments in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill in 1983 which prohibited the sport. The combat sport of vale tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.The more dangerous vale-tudo-style bouts of the early UFCs were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA seen today. Originally promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against one another with few rules   more
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