I was just recently looking at records and one fighter in particular came up (ill get to him in a minute) who has 5 losses and all were to top Five fighters. So i was wonderin who else has an impressive loss record (only losses are to cream of the crop fighters)
Rich Franklin 25-5
A. Silva x2
Now, ignoring the obvious (undefeated fighters and fighters with only a few losses) who else has an impressive Loss record and Who Has The Most Impressive
Edit remembered another:
Big nog 32-5-1
Sean Sherk - 33-4-1
Georges St Pierre
Chuck Liddell - 21-7-0
Quinton Jackson x2
(Jardine is his only questionable loss the rest are/were top competition)
and two no names but those other losses make up for it. And Rodriguez/Barnett were better then.
BJ Penn's losses are the most impressive to me, mostly because they take place against great fighters that are remarkably bigger than he is, and he never has been blasted by any of them (except GSP the second time). St. Pierre and Hughes are the greatest welterweights of all time and Machida can debatably lay claim to a spot as one of the four or five greatest light heavyweights ever.
Georges St. Pierre
Georges St. Pierre
Nogueira (32-5), who probably has the most consistently difficult fights in the history of MMA's heavyweights, has losses to Fedor Emelianenko twice, Josh Barnett, Dan Henderson, and Frank Mir.
Couture's record statistically is putrid, but his ten losses include Barnett, Rodriguez, Liddell twice, Lesnar, and Nogueira.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-5):
Randy Couture (17-10):
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
lol you got randy down while i was editing him and liddell into my original post
Diego sanchez not a big fan but his only losses are kos fitch and penn
Bibiano Fernandes (7-2)
Urjiah Faber (2nd fight of career)
Kid Yamamoto (3rd fight of career)
Vitor Belfort: 19-8-0
Randy Couture x2
Alistair Overeem x2
Tito Ortiz: 15-7-1
Chuck Liddell x2
Tim Sylvia: 25-6-0
(Like him or not, other than Mercer he's only lost to top competition)