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 Nov 6.
1. Demetrious Johnson
Div.: Flyweight (UFC)
Last: W (Sub5) Ray Borg, Oct. 7, 2017
Johnson is the longest-reigning champion in UFC, having surpassed the great Anderson Silva’s mark of 10 consecutive title defenses. How many of these defenses will Johnson have when it’s all said and done? As many as he wants, seems to be the answer.
Jones returned from two tumultuous years to regain his place as the No. 1 fighter in the world, only for it to come out he failed a drug test one day before his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. He has maintained his innocence and will appeal.
Dillashaw is a couple different scorecards away from an unbeaten record since 2012. His only two losses during that time were split decisions to Raphael Assuncao and Dominick Cruz — both of which could have gone the other way. And now he’s coming off a sensational finish over Cody Garbrandt.
McGregor is a two-weight UFC champion, and the current lightweight champion. Now he’s coming off a spectacularly lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. When it comes to his next move, one thing’s for sure: He has options.
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, followed by the announcement of a failed drug test by his rival Jon Jones. Once again, Cormier is the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, but not in a way he ever wanted. Unfortunate turn of events in this all-time rivalry.
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.
All Ferguson has done is won 10 consecutive fights, including a submission finish over Kevin Lee for the interim championship. He’s all pace, all action — and lately, all wins.