Men's MMA pound-for-pound rankings

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

Updated: February 12, 2018, 2:38 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty ImagesStipe Miocic retained his UFC heavyweight title with a decision win against Francis Ngannou at UFC 220.

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 Feb. 12, 2018.

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Demetrious Johnson

1. Demetrious Johnson 
Record: 27-2-1
Div.: Flyweight (UFC)
Last: W (Sub5) Ray Borg, Oct. 7, 2017
Next: TBD

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.

Jon Jones

2. Jon Jones
Record: 22-1
Div.: Light heavyweight (UFC)
Last: NC 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.

TJ Dillashaw

3. TJ Dillashaw 
Record: 15-3
Div.: Bantamweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO2) Cody Garbrandt, Nov. 4, 2017
Next: TBD

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.

Tyron Woodley

4. 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.

Max Holloway

5. Max Holloway  
Record: 19-3
Div.: Featherweight (UFC)
Last: W (TKO3) Jose Aldo, Dec. 2, 2017
Next: TBD

We're only one title defense in to the 'Blessed Era,' and it's already been a fun ride. Holloway took the title from Jose Aldo, the most dominant champion in featherweight history, and then proved it was no fluke in an immediate rematch.

Stipe Miocic

6. Stipe Miocic 
Record: 18-2
Div.: Heavyweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Francis Ngannou, Jan. 20, 2018
Next: UFC 226 on July 7, vs. Daniel Cormier

Miocic is the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history, and he's taken one of the most difficult roads ever to get there. It's quite safe to call him the best heavyweight of all time.

Daniel Cormier

7. Daniel Cormier 
Record: 20-1
Div.: Light heavyweight
Last: W (TKO2) Volkan Oezdemir, Jan. 20, 2018
Next: UFC 226 on July 7, vs. Stipe Miocic

Cormier did what he does best at UFC 220, as he easily took Volkan Oezdemir to the floor en route to another UFC title defense. He doesn't have a ton of fights left, so appreciate him while you can.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

8. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Record: 25-0
Div.: Lightweight (UFC)
Last: W (UD) Edson Barboza, Dec. 30, 2017
Next: UFC 223 on April 7, vs. Tony Ferguson

Nurmagomedov returned from a 13-month layoff to crush the soul out of Edson Barboza at UFC 219. The problem with Nurmagomedov has never been talent, it's been health. If he's healthy in 2018, look out.

Conor McGregor

9. 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.

Tony Ferguson

10. Tony Ferguson  
Record: 23-3
Div.: Lightweight(UFC)
Last: W (Sub3) Kevin Lee, Oct. 7, 2017
Next: UFC 223 on April 7, vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

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.

Brett Okamoto

ESPN Staff Writer



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