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UFC pound for pound rankings: There is a new P4P king following UFC 278

Jason Burgos
RankFighterRecordLast 3 Results
#1Alexander Volkanovski23-1W-W-W
#2Israel Adesanya21-1W-W-W
#3Kamaru Usman20-2L-W-W
#4Charles Oliveira33-8W-W-W
#5Deiveson Figueiredo21-2-1W-L-D
#6Francis Ngannou16-3W-W-W
#7Aljamain Sterling21-3W-W-W
#8Brandon Moreno20-6W-L-W
#9Leon Edwards20-3W-W-NC
#10Jiri Prochazka29-3W-W-W

The men’s UFC pound for pound rankings is the cream of the crop when it comes to MMA top-10 lists. It is a group of the very best fighters on planet earth. It features the competitors who best mix power, speed, athleticism, and fight IQ into an absolutely destructive cage fighting force. It’s also a list that is heavily debated and as subjective a topic as there is in the MMA community.

With that said, here are the official Sportsnaut.com men’s UFC pound-for-pound rankings.

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UFC pound-for-pound rankings

10. Jiri Prochazka (29-3)

Jiri Prochazka may be the most unorthodox fighter on this list, but there is no denying how well-rounded and gifted “Denisa” is. His last-second win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 — in one of the best bouts in division history — solidified his place as the best light heavyweight in the promotion. His 13-fight win streak with 12 finishes (11 knockouts) is why he should be considered one of the 10 best fighters on the planet.

  • Next Fight: vs. Glover Texeira at UFC 282 on Dec. 10

9. Leon Edwards (20-3)

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Leon Ewards will go down as having the greatest comeback victory in the entire history of the UFC and the sport of MMA. His last-minute UFC 278 win over a living legend in Kamaru Usman stamped his spot in welterweight history and landed him in the pound-for-pound rankings for the first time. He proved he has a heart just like the fictional “Rocky” and is a dangerous man to the very last seconds of a fight. If there were any doubters of the Englishman’s elite status, they are not quiet after his game-changing win on Aug. 20.

  • Next Fight: TBD

8. Brandon Moreno (20-6)

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Brandon Moreno may not be one of the best strikers, grapplers, or athletes in the sport, but there are few fighters in the UFC that are better at mixing up the various elements of MMA like the “Assassin Baby.” His victory at UFC 277 against Kai Kara-France once again proved he is as well-rounded a fighter as the UFC has and is a handful wherever a fight goes. The legend continues.

  • Next fight: TBD

7. Aljamain Sterling (21-3)

Many doubted the validity of Aljamain Sterling as the bantamweight champion, but at UFC 273 he proved his merit as a titlist and one of the best fighters in the world. It wasn’t a performance for the ages but Sterling won fair and square and beat an elite talent using his world-class wrestling. If he beats former two-time champion TJ Dillashaw in Oct. fans will have to learn to live with the fact he is an elite talent in this sport.

  • Next fight: vs. TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280 on Oct. 22

6. Francis Ngannou (16-3)

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When you are the UFC heavyweight champion, you are viewed as the baddest man on the planet. Francis Ngannou looks the part and has proven deserving of the moniker with an absolutely destructive run in the organization. After beating Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 he proved to not only be a monster but a tactician as well. However, his return to action is unclear as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

  • Next fight: TBD

5. Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1)

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Deiveson Figueiredo quieted many doubters in regaining his flyweight championship at UFC 270. Many felt that former champion Brandon Moreno had his number and he entered their trilogy bout as a pretty notable underdog despite his reputation before the Moreno fights. However, by switching camps to train with former two-division king and coach Henry Cejudo at Fight Ready, he made enough key tweaks to his game to win a razor-thin — and maybe controversial — victory. The champ’s future is unclear with Moreno set to face Kai Kara-France in an interim title bout in July.

  • Next fight: TBD

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4. Charles Oliveira (33-8)

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While missing weight led to Charles Oliveira having to vacate his title at UFC 274, he proved on fight night that he is still the uncrowned king of the weight class with a destructive submission victory over Justin Gaethje. There is no doubt he is the undisputed best lightweight in the world, but the win also proved he is a legitimate pound-for-pound superstar.

Now, at UFC 280 he will look to regain the belt in a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov mentee Islam Makhachev and possibly set up a future revenge fight with “The Eagle” if he can easily beat his pupil.

3. Kamaru Usman (20-2)

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The long-standing king of the UFC has finally been dethroned. While Kamaru Usman dominated most of his UFC 278 title defense against Leon Edwards, his fall from glory is now the new thesis of a fight is never over, until the final bell rings. “The Nigerian Nightmare” is still one of the best fighters on the planet, but with the competition at the top of the rankings so strong, the former welterweight king falls two spots after his first UFC loss.

  • Next Fight: TBD

2. Israel Adesanya (21-1)

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Despite a loss to Blachowicz, Israel Adesanya’s tapestry of MMA work makes his place in the top three of this list an easy decision. He’s lost just once in 22 MMA fights and that came in a closely contested fight against a champion at a higher weight class. Adesanya is so good at middleweight that he is heading towards lapping the division a third time. With a lack of strong challengers, he will now face former kickboxing archrival Alex Pereira in his next defense despite the Brazilian only having three fights in the UFC.

1. Alexander Volkanovski (23-1)

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Featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski has won 20 straight fights, defeated the best 145-pounder ever, Max Holloway three times, and hasn’t tasted defeat in eight years. With Kamaru Usman’s stunning last-minute defeat at UFC 278, “The Great” jumps up to the top spot of our rankings of the best cage fighters on Earth.

  • Next Fight: TBD