Men's MMA pound-for-pound rankings

Brett Okamoto lists the 10 best pound-for-pound fighters in the world

Updated: September 18, 2017, 4:41 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN

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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 Sept. 11.

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Jon Jones

1. Jon Jones 
Record: 23-1
Div.: Light heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO3) Daniel Cormier, July 29, 2017
Next: TBD

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.

Demetrious Johnson

2. Demetrious Johnson 
Record: 26-2-1
Div.: Flyweight (UFC)
Last: W (Sub3) Wilson Reis, April 15, 2017
Next: UFC 216 on Oct. 7, vs. Ray Borg

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.

Conor McGregor

3. Conor McGregor 
Record: 21-3
Div.: Lightweight/Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (KO2) Eddie Alvarez, Nov. 12, 2016
Next: TBD

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.

TJ Dillashaw

4. TJ Dillashaw
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD3) John Lineker, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: UFC 217 on Nov. 4, vs. Cody Garbrandt

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.

Tyron Woodley

5. Tyron Woodley 
Div.: Welterweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Demian Maia, July 29, 2017
Next: TBD

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.

Stipe Miocic

6. Stipe Miocic 
Record: 17-2
Div.: Heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO1) Junior dos Santos, May 13, 2017
Next: TBD

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?

Daniel Cormier

7. Daniel Cormier
Record: 19-2
Div.: Light heavyweight
Last: L (TKO3) to Jon Jones, July 29, 2017
Next: TBD

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.

Max Holloway

8. Max Holloway  
Record: 18-3
Div.: Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO3) Jose Aldo, June 3, 2017
Next: TBD

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"?

Khabib Nurmagomedov

9. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Div.: Lightweight (UFC)
Last: W (SUB3) Michael Johnson, Nov. 12, 2016
Next: TBD

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.

Cody Garbrandt

10. Cody Garbrandt 
Record: 11-0
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD5) Dominick Cruz, Dec. 30, 2016
Next: UFC 217 on Nov. 4, vs. T.J. Dillashaw

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.

Brett Okamoto

ESPN Staff Writer



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