UFC pound-for-pound rankings: Who is the most dominant pound-for-pound fighter?

UFC pound-for-pound rankings: Who is the most dominant pound-for-pound fighter?

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is home to some of the best mixed martial artists in the world. Therefore, it is no surprise that fans often debate how the elite octagon beasts compare. In this read, you will find the UFC pound-for-pound rankings of different elite fighters with various records.

Who is the best pound-for-pound UFC fighter?
UFC pound-for-pound rankings: Who is the most dominant pound-for-pound fighter? Photo: Neil Lockhart (Modified by author)
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As of November 2022, the UFC pound-for-pound fighters who most linger in their fans' mouths following their most recent encounter are Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya. Sooner or later, the two might be dubbed MMA's octagon monsters. But how are the UFC pound-for-pound rankings determined?

Current UFC pound-for-pound rankings as of 2022

Using a criterion that takes into account everything from the accomplishments to their respective current form, here is a list showing the UFC pound-for-pound rankings of all time, stating their previous rankings and records.

10. Leon Edwards - (20-3, 1 NC)

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Leon Edwards attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2022 on 16th November 2022, in London, England. Photo: Mike Marsland
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  • Welterweight champion
  • Previous ranking - 10

A true-life champ's story played out in front of MMA fans, especially when the often-overlooked Leon struggled to stop Kamaru Usman dramatically at UFC 278. Consequently, he extended his unbeaten streak to 11 fights since the 2015 defeat to Kamaru.

Full nameLeon Edwards
Date of birth25 August 1991
Place of birthKingston, Jamaica
Age31 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityJamaican
Height6 feet or 183 centimetres
Weight170 pounds or 77 kilograms

9. Charles Oliveira - (33-9)

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Charles Oliveira attends UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena on 2nd July 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Carmen Mandato
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  • Lightweight
  • Previous ranking: 8

Most fans allege that Charles Oliveira's one-sided title loss to Islam Mahkachev resulted in a poor stylistic matchup. On the other hand, some fans are convinced that Oliveira's reckless and dramatic deeds finally caught up with him.

However, either way, the 33-year-old mixed martial artist will be forced to regroup after a remarkable 11-fight win streak that will not be forgotten any time soon.

Full nameCharles Oliveira da Silva
Date of birth17 October 1989
Place of birthGuarujá, São Paulo, Brazil
Age33 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 feet 10 inches or 178 centimetres
Weight155 pounds or 70 kilograms

8. Jiri Prochazka - (29-3-1)

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Jiri Prochazka attends the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on 2nd July 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Jeff Bottari
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  • Light heavyweight champion
  • Previous ranking: 7

Following his extension to a winning streak of 13 in a dramatic and savage fifth-round submission of Glover Teixeira at UFC 275, it is high time he was given his flowers. Additionally, he has ultimately shown an elite chin and will have to flash it again in a rematch with Teixeira set for 10 December 2022.

Full nameJiří Procházka
Date of birth14 October 1992
Place of birthZnojmo, Czechoslovakia
Age30 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityCzech
Height6 feet 4 inches or 193 centimetres
Weight205 pounds or 93 kilograms

7. Alex Pereira - (7-1)

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Alex Pereira of Brazil walks to the Octagon in a middleweight fight during the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on 2nd July 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Jeff Bottari
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  • Middleweight champion
  • Previous ranking: Not revealed

At the age of 35, Alex made a late transition from kickboxing to MMA. Even though it was hard to project how excellent of a fighter the Brazilian star was, he still managed to live up to his hands of stone by stopping middleweight champ Israel Adesanya.

Full nameAlexsandro Pereira
Date of birth7 July 1987
Place of birthSão Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil
Age35 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 feet or 4 inches or 193 centimetres
Weight185 pounds or 84 kilograms

6. Aljamain Sterling - (22-3)

  • Bantamweight champion
  • Previous ranking: 6

One fight after shutting his critics up by knocking out Petr Yan in their title rematch, Aljamain's second title defence mainly produced unpredictable results. Despite his severely injured shoulder, he still managed to secure his place in the octagon.

Full nameAljamain Antoine Sterling
Date of birth31 July 1989
Place of birthUniondale, New York, United States of America
Age33 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityAmerican
Height5 feet 7 inches or 170 centimetres
Weight135 pounds or 61 kilograms

5. Israel Adesanya - (23-2)

How are the UFC pound-for-pound rankings determined?
Israel Adesanya of Nigeria enters the octagon in the UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on 2nd July 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Jeff Bottari
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  • Middleweight champion
  • Previous ranking: 2

When you hear about Israel Adesanya, the one thing that comes to mind is him being the king of the octagon. He lead in all three scorecards in his UFC 281 title defence against rival Alex Pereira.

Full nameIsrael Mobolaji Adesanya
Date of birth22 July 1989
Place of birthLagos, Nigeria
Age33 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityNigerian
Height6 feet 4 inches or 93 centimetres
Weight185 pounds or 84 kilograms

4. Francis Ngannou - (16-3)

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UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou attends the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on 6th November 2021, in New York City. Photo: Jeff Bottari
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  • Heavyweight champion
  • Previous ranking: 5

Despite suffering a severe knee injury amid a public contract battle with UFC brass during one training session, Francis Ngannou gutted out a unification win against the unbeaten interim champion Cyril Gane.

Full nameFrancis Zavier Ngannou
Date of birth5 September 1986
Place of birthBatié, Cameroon
Age35 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityCameroonian
Height6 feet 4 inches or 193 centimetes
Weight257 pounds or 117 kilograms

3. Islam Makhachev - (23-1)

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Islam Makhachev celebrates after his victory over Charles Oliveira in their UFC lightweight championship fight on 22nd October 2022, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Chris Unger
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  • Lightweight champion
  • Previous ranking: 4

During the first UFC bout between fighters riding on win streaks of 10 or more, Islam Makhachev made his 11th win as memorable as possible, dominating Charles Oliveira. He is a skillful fighter in the octagon, thanks to his beast coach, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Full nameIslam Ramazanovich Makhachev
Date of birth27 October 1991
Place of birthMakhachkala, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Age31 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityRussian
Height5 feet 10 inches or 178 centimetres
Weight155 pounds or 70 kilograms

2. Kamaru Usman - (20-2)

  • Welterweight
  • Previous ranking: 3

At the second position sits Usman, who looked on his way to a sixth title defence and consequently had a tie with Anderson Silva for consecutive UFC wins. Later, an immediate trilogy bout appeared like the next move for him, resulting in his career's first takedown in the opening round.

Full nameKamarudeen Usman
Date of birth11 May 1987
Place of birthAuchi, Nigeria
Age35 years of age as of November 2o22
NationalityNigerian
Height6 feet or 183 centimeters
Weight170 pounds or 77 kilograms

1. Alexander Volkanovski - (24-1)

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Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates during his post-fight press conference after his win against Brian Ortega on 25th September 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Alex Bierens de Haan
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  • Featherweight champion
  • Previous ranking: 1

Who ranks as the best? As of November 2022, Alexander Volkanovski takes the first position in ranking the best UFC pound-for-pound fighters. Concerning Jose Aldo, the mixed martial artist took one step closer to featherweight guru status by leaving former champion Max Holloway in a bloody mess.

Full nameAlexander Volkanovski
Date of birth29 September 1988
Place of birthWales, Australia
Age34 years of age as of November 2022
NationalityAustralian
Height5 feet 6 inches or 168 centimetres
Weight145 pounds or 66 kilograms

Who is the best pound-for-pound UFC female fighter?

And while many would think UFC is only meant for men, women have begun to understand their way around the octagon. Among these best female UFC, pound-for-pound fighters include:

FighterRecordWin streak
Amanda Nunes22-51
Valentina Shevchenko23-39
Zhang Weili23-32
Julianna Peña11-50
Rose Namajunas11-50

Today, the UFC pound-for-pound rankings can only be complete with the likes of Alexander Volkanovski, Israel Adesanya, and Islam Makhachev, among other big names. Nevertheless, all these mixed martial artists are skilled in different ways.

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