Who is the world’s best men’s mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 rankings are listed below.
In addition, here are my women’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Note: Results through July 31.
It was not “easy,” but Jones made it look far too simple, returning from a 15-month layoff to vanquish his greatest rival, Cormier, at UFC 214. Jones does not appear to have lost a single step in the last two years.
There is plenty of “GOAT” talk surrounding Johnson following his historic win over Reis. The victory tied Anderson Silva‘s mark of 10 consecutive title defenses. Next up for Johnson: setting a record of his own.
McGregor made history in a historic venue at UFC 205, and he did it by channeling a legendary performance — with plenty of showmanship. This sport has never seen anything equal to McGregor.
As far as Dillashaw is concerned, he should still be the UFC’s bantamweight champion. He felt he was robbed in a decision loss to Dominick Cruz in 2016, but at least he’s now in a terrific position to challenge for that title again.
Woodley’s title reign has been widely criticized, as his defenses over Stephen Thompson and Maia were incredibly slow five-round fights. He is, nevertheless, the undisputed champion and he did defend every single one of Maia’s takedowns at UFC 214. You may not enjoy the way Woodley is fighting, but there’s no denying he’s one of the best in the world.
UFC 211 brought dos Santos, the previous man to defeat Miocic (back in 2014). It resulted in another first-round knockout. That’s five knockouts in a row for Cleveland’s own. Dominant heavyweight champ? Could it be?
Heartbreak for “DC” at UFC 214. One wonders what might have happened had Cormier, 38, gotten into the sport earlier in his life. Even getting in when he did, he established himself as one of the best to ever do it. No shame in that.
Holloway starched his division’s greatest champion in his own backyard at UFC 212 and asserted himself as the new king of 145 pounds. Are we living in the “Blessed Era”?
Nurmagomedov has had some difficulty staying healthy, but when active, he has done nothing but win. His style appears to be kryptonite for any fighter out there, and he’s fast closing in on a UFC title.
Garbrandt’s rise has been nothing if not meteoric, and he’s outperforming high expectations. A prospect-versus-prospect bout with Thomas Almeida? Garbrandt finished it in the first round. A UFC title fight against Cruz, the best bantamweight of all time? Garbrandt schooled him. If this keeps up, we’ll have a crossover star on our hands.