Matt Hughes - The world's toughest farm boy would have been much higher on this list before his loss to St. Pierre. Though he lost the title at that time, he still clearly has the ability to beat almost any welterweight out there.
In an organization full of incredibly strong athletes, Hughes may be the strongest fighter UFC has. He came back from his loss to St. Pierre to beat Chris Lytle convincingly, and he is on track for another title shot in November. Regardless of who he fights you have to like his chances of winning it.
Dan Henderson - You have to respect a guy that has held both the middleweight and welterweight titles in PRIDE, and you really have to respect Henderson because he currently holds both titles at the same time. He won the middleweight championship in impressive fashion in February by upsetting Wanderlei Silva by KO, thanks to a crushing left hook. Henderson will have a chance to raise his profile dramatically next time out - he is scheduled to challenge Quinton Jackson for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Chuck Liddell - Despite his recent embarrassing loss, you really can't have a list like this without the Iceman, He is probably the most popular fighter in the UFC, and deservedly so.
A case can be made that the loss to Jackson was the best thing that could happen to Liddell. He obviously wasn't focused going into the fight, given that he spent the night before out in the clubs.
Optimistically the loss will cause him to concentrate on his job more to take even better advantage of his immense skill. His next fight will be against Wanderlei Silva, and that will provide and outstanding opportunity to begin a climb back to the top.
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UFC 2009 Undisputed List of Fighters
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