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The middle weight division is home to the pound-for-pound best MMA fighter in the world, Anderson Silva. While the current UFC champion has taken most of the spotlight in this division, there are other fighters in the middleweight division that deserve their proper respect. Here are the best 185 pound MMA fighters in the world right now.

1. Anderson Silva

A name all MMA fans are familiar with, Silva has been amazing in his career, defeating all those the UFC have placed in front of him. Not only is Silva the best fighter in the middleweight division, most fans consider him to be the best fighter in MMA period.

2. Demian Maia

This Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist really found a way to adapt his grappling to MMA. Maia record is currently 14-2. If Maia ever gets his striking to anywhere near what his BJJ is, he will truly be a force at the middleweight division.

3. Chael Sonnen

While his failed drug test at UFC 125 has raised a lot of questions regarding his recent success, the fact is Sonnen's the only fighter that actually had a chance of winning against Anderson Silva. Sonnen was on his way to what would have been a clear unanimous decision against Silva, before getting caught with a triangle choke. Sonnen also had decent performances against Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt, leading up to the Anderson Silva fight.

4. Yushin Okami

With only one loss in his last 6 fights, Yushin has slowly worked his way up the UFC ladder and will probably be getting an opportunity against the champion in the near future. While his striking still needs additional work, his wrestling has been good enough to give him victories over tough fighters like Nate Marquardt and Mark Munoz.

5. Nate Marquardt

Even though he lost his last fight against Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt is still was one of the best middleweight MMA fighters in the world. Nate's skills are well rounded, and he just needs to put a few wins together before getting himself another title shot.

These are currently the best middleweight MMA fighters in the world right now. Fighters that almost made the list include Ronaldo De Souza, Gegard Mousasi and Robbie Lawler.

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BJJ head who passionately follows mixed martial arts and boxing. Former Yahoo Sports MMA contributor.

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