By Ricardo Guzman @rcky_guzman on August 18, 2014
UFC fighters have become more multifaceted outside the cage. In this countdown, I show you the top 10 stars that currently fight for the UFC, some of which may surprise you.
Miesha Tate starts off the list at No. 10. The No. 2 ranked Bantamweight has a record of 14-5 with two of the losses being to Champion Ronda Rousey. Tate may not be able to defeat Rousey but is surely a fan favorite.
Cain is a two-time Heavyweight Champion. He is matched up with Fabricio Verdum in November in UFC 180 in Mexico City. Velasquez is of Mexican descent. Cain has been at or near the top of the heavyweight division for a long time now; that may not change for a long time.
Cowboy makes No. 8 not for his championship status, but for the tear he has been on in this calender year. The lightweight has vowed to fight as many times as he can. Therefore, he is getting lots of air time through press and fights. It also helps that he hasn't lost in his last four fights.
DJ is pretty much unstoppable at this point in his career. He has defeated all, if not most, of the Flyweight division. Chris Cariaso gets the next shot at DJ, even though he has not faced the same kind of competition as Johnson. Oh and Mighty Mouse has an Xbox sponsorship. That's pretty darn cool.
In a country where homegrown fighters are enormous stars, Aldo may very well be the biggest star of them all. He has successfully defended his title six straight times since coming to the UFC. His next fight is against Chad Mendes, who he already beat once.
The California Kid comes in at No. 5. Over his last six years of fighting, the only losses that he has suffered have been in title chances. He is currently 35 years old, but continues to be dominant, which was exemplified by his most recent win. Faber may also be the most veteran of the stars on this list.
The Spider will make his return from a brutal leg injury and face Nick Diaz. The long time Middleweight Champ suffered two losses to Chris Weidman, but still continues to be a heavy fan favorite. The social media world exploded when his return was announced.
With quite possibly the most diverse striking arsenal, Pettis brings excitement to each and every fight. We all know about the "Showtime" kick that he landed on Benson Henderson in the final Strikeforce fight, but do you know he is currently a part of team Reebok and Wheaties. Not too shabby.
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey comes in as the No. 2 biggest star in the UFC. Not only can she dominate any fighter that stands across the octagon, but she is also a movie star. Starring in "Expendables 3" skyrocketed her into national spotlight as a dual threat fighter/action star.
Jon Jones is the UFC's top Star and his status is not affected by his recent injury. What he was involved in with Daniel Cormier only made him a bigger star. After being a highly touted prospect, he became the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He has held the belt since. Let's not forget he has his own clothing line with Nike, which included his personally designed training shoe.
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