The MMAWeekly.com rankings list the Top 10 MMA fighters from around the world in each of the most widely accepted weight classes, as well as a Top 10 mixed pound-for-pound list ranking the best male and female fighters.
The Pound-for-Pound MMA Top 10 Rankings is easily the most subjective of any of the rankings we host. Not only is it difficult for us, as a staff, to come up with a mutually agreed upon Pound-for-Pound list, we made it even more difficult by combining all the best fighters in the world – man or woman – into one combined list.
The top three spots on this list are nearly dead even, but we hashed it out, leaving Georges St-Pierre in the top spot. It remains to be seen how long he’ll hold that honor, however, as his future fighting career remains a cloud of mystery. Demetrious Johnson and Daniel Cormier have been much more active in recent years, so it will be interesting to see how MMA’s Pound-for-Pound shakes out throughout the year.
Taken into consideration are a fighter’s performance in addition to win-loss record, head-to-head and common opponents, difficulty of opponents, and numerous other factors in what is the most comprehensive rankings system in the sport. The divisional rankings put a particular emphasis on recent results, while a fighter’s career, particularly if he or she has fought in multiple weight classes, adds considerable weight to the pound-for-pound ranking.
Fighters who are currently serving a drug-related suspension are not eligible for MMA Top 10 Rankings consideration until they have fought one time after the completion of said suspension.
Though we don’t have a strict timeline for fighters to compete, an athlete’s inactivity can also have an effect upon his or her MMA Top 10 Rankings consideration.
Pound-for-Pound MMA Top 10 Rankings
- Georges St-Pierre
- Demetrious Johnson
- Daniel Cormier
- Cris “Cyborg” Justino
- Max Holloway
- Stipe Miocic
- Conor McGregor
- TJ Dillashaw
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Tyron Woodley
*Previous ranking in parentheses